Most of my work is born out of simply playing around.
I wrote about how creative play time is importatnt to artists in this post a while back.
I’ve just released a new line of greeting cards, and most of my designs have come from my 30-minute daily paintings!
Let me show you some examples.
Blue Bouquet Sympathy Card
You may know I’ve been really into painting in blues lately.
Blue is one of my favorite colors, and using just one color challenges me creatively. I really like the feel of my blue paintings, so I’m continuing with that until I get too tired of it. (I learned this technique from Lisa Congdon’s Creative Boot Camp on Creativebug.)
Sympathy cards are so nice – even if you don’t know what to say or the “right” thing to say, you can still let your friend know you’re thinking about them.
That’s really the best thing anyone can do anyway – to let them know you’re there for them when they’re having a hard time.
I felt this blue bouquet painting would be perfect for sympathy card because it’s calming and peaceful. I added my simple hand-lettered message, “I’m so sorry.”
Blue Handlettered Thank You Card
A couple of weeks ago, I did a survey with my newsletter subscribers asking them why they like my art.
Their responses were so nice and kind, and I was reminded again how lucky I am to have people who support and encourage me to do what I love!
So I dedicated one of my paintings to people like you – who like and support my art!
Of course, as soon as I made this painting, I knew I had to turn it into a thank you card. I try to express my gratitude as often as I can, and sending someone a handwritten thank you card feels extra special ❤
Party Snail Birthday Card
This snail painting was from one of August Wren’t 30-Day Painting Challenge on Creativebug. I’d never thought of painting snails before! I guess I just see them eating our plants in our garden so never really had positive feelings towards them 😀
But when I painted them, I thought they were so cute and really loved them. They just seem so happy!
So I painted the party hats separately and created a design for a new birthday card! Aren’t they adorable??
Gouache Bouquet Birthday Card
I painted colorful bouquets with gouache (an opaque watercolor) for several days for my daily painting back in December. Flowers are one of my favorite things to draw/paint – I just can’t get enough of them!
So I designed a birthday card with my flower paintings. Flowers never go out of style, don’t you think?
My 30-minute daily painting practice forces me to be loose and quick. I’m learning to express my voice without thinking too much or trying to be perfect.
It’s helping me to clarify what I want to say through my creations : art is fun and should make you happy!
How do you get ideas for your work? Do you get a lot of inspirations from your creative play time, too?
p.s. You can follow my daily paintings on Instagram (@honeyberrystudios) with a hashtag #yukosdailypainting
p.p.s. I’m gonna be on a sabbatical this coming week, so there won’t be a blog post next Sunday! I’ll see you in a couple of weeks 🙂