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Painting Valentine Hearts

Brave, Intuitive Painting

Valentine's Day is a great excuse to get in touch with all those lovey, happy, thankful feelings we have for the sweet people in our lives. It's also a great excuse for painting valentine hearts. I've been feeling inspired by Flora Bowley's incredible book Brave, Intuitive Painting, and I decided to go brave and bold with my valentine hearts this year.

painted heart valentine

I chose a palette of deep Crimson, Brilliant Red, Violet, Blue Lake, Phthalo Blue, and a tiny bit of Titanium White (to lighten up my purple blend). I had these lovely square paper tiles leftover from another project, so I mixed my colors just a little bit at a time so I could experiment with small hearts. I wasn't trying to match any specific colors—my goal was simply to paint some bold, free-hand hearts!

Once I had the general shape of the heart set, I played with spattering the different colors to add character to each tile. One of Flora's tricks in the book is to rotate your canvas, so I also tried rotating the tiles to see how the spackles changed. 

heart valentine painting

Flora's fearless approach to painting and life has a way of making you feel inspired, artistic, and full of good thoughts.  This was such a freeing exercise, and after letting the paint dry overnight, I had a sweet time writing valentine messages on the fresh side of the tile.  


"Often the fear of not knowing what to do or the fear of doing something wrong stops us in our tracks and keeps us from starting. If we can let go of this fear, we open ourselves up to a much larger world of expression—a world where anything is possible. I strongly believe that there are no mistakes in the creative process. Everything that happens along the way—every dab of paint, every emotion that arises, every brave new choice—is an important ingredient in the final offering. Working from this perspective leaves no room for fear to slip in...there is no wrong way. There are no mistakes. There is only a wide-open canvas beckoning your artistic muse to come out and play." ~Flora S. Bowley

brave intuitive painting

Excerpted from Brave, Intuitive Painting from Quarry Books

How do you keep your artwork fresh and expressive?

Angela Corpus

Angela is Marketing Manager for the Quarto Publishing Group USA. A Chicago gal at heart, she recently relocated to southern California and can usually be found exploring the beaches, feeding her newfound inner artist, and chasing sunsets with her camera. A collector of stories old and new, she's an avid postcard sender, and origami cranes always seem to tag along on her travels. Follow her adventures on Twitter: @angelacorpus

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