Easier said than done! Everyone tells you to ‘go with the flow,’ but going with the flow isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
When my dreams began cascading into life, I felt very reluctant to believe any of it would stick. So accustomed to looking for the other shoe to drop, I did more than reserve judgement ~ I got in the way of the flow more times than not!
So how did I finally get it?
Truth is, I’m not sure that I do. I don’t know that I will EVER really get it fully. The thing I notice is that I am a lot quicker to stop when life feels like a struggle.
Go with the Flow of Cascading Dreams
“When life feels like a struggle, flip on some music and sing!”
You know. When the file won’t upload because the server is slow. Or traffic is blocking the bridge and I’m going to be late. I am much quicker at stepping back and taking a break. Go for a walk. Do something else and come back later. Flip on some music and sing.
The funny part is that whenever I have the presence of mind to chill and ask the Creator to show me. There is something way better that pops up.
“Just as soon as I clear the struggle ~ the Creator spills the dreams.”
It was four years ago when I went to France to paint them. I had no idea that lavender would have such a powerful force. In fact in Provence, I found the color and fragrance of lavender quite illusive.
Yet it started my dreams cascading
Yet here it is. Joy’s Garden is in my studio larger than life. I didn’t know the title of it. I looked on the back of the canvas yesterday to discover I had written it there a year ago.
I’d found the painting rolled up last week, unfinished. I wondered if I would be able to rescue it? That’s when I had the dream about lavender.
Fleurs was sitting on the chair by the easel begging to have it’s shadows lightened, just a tad. “Great,” I thought, “a small one to test this notion about warm lavender.”
Still sipping my coffee, I squeezed out some Rubine Lake and mixed it with Cyclamen. Adjusting it cooler and warmer, I painted it in under the shadows of the leaves. Then suddenly the sky demanded Turquoise.
Wow! It glows!
In the meantime a painting from my Cascading Dreams Series sold. We crated it up and sent it to a new home in California. In the process, other unfinished Cascading Dreams paintings found their way into the studio again.
“mmmmm,” I wondered. “Where is this going? Something must be up.”
Cascading Dreams II was already on the easel. I noticed that same lavender, warm and cool, beginning to show it’s face. My dream pointed to the warm reddish lavender, Cobalt Violet as it moves into deep cool red.
Danza del Tramonto
Dancing in the Sunset
After testing the color on Fleurs, I put Danza back on the easel. I scraped out layers of paint and sanded the painting down to it’s shadows. Beginning with the deep violet trees in the foreground, I painted in the new color relationships.
Wow! I LOVE the sparkling colors! The deep teals, lush meadow greens, and the warmth and verve feel wonderfully invigorating.
We’ve all heard of pastel colors, jewel tones, and earth colors. But what are they ~ really? What makes them what they are? And why should you care?
If you don’t already know which of these 3 palettes is YOU, take a moment to scan the 3 images below.
Which one draws you in?
Which feels most comfortable to you?
Which one IS you?
Is there one you hate?
Jewel Tones Palette
How do the Jewel tones make you feel?
Jewel tones are pure pigment, or nearly pure pigment. Very saturated colors. Intense.
The colors in this painting; Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Violet, Vermilion, Magenta, Veridian, Cadmium Yellow, Turquoise have been mixed with just enough white to bring the color identity to light.
The dark center of the flowers is Prussian Blue pure pigment. It appears black, but is not. If black were substituted for this color, it would appear lifeless and dead.
Charvin Jewel Colors
Ruby Red, Rubine Lake, French Red Light, Diamond Orange,
French Yellow Orange, French Yellow, Anise, Meadow Green, Peacock, Emerald, Intense Turquoise, Deep Turquoise, French Cobalt Blue, Deep Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue, Rembrandt Vermilion, Rembrandt Quinacridone Rose, Sennelier Rose
Now let’s look at the colors in this pastel palette. How do these colors feel to you?
Pastel tones are the same pure pigments, mixed with white. This dilutes the pigment. The dark in this example is actually Shadow Green. Mixed with Provence Blue, the color beside the full strength Shadow Green feels pastel.
Please note: this is an oil painting, not a pastel painting. My discussion here is about pastel tones, not the medium of pastels.
Charvin Pastel Colors
Naples Yellow, Incarnat, Celadon Green, Green Gray Light, Water Green, Tropical Green, St Remy Green, Deep Opaline Green, St Remy Blue, Caraibes, Royal Blue, Bright Linen, Leaded Gray
Earth Tones Palette
How do Earth Colors make you feel?
Earth colors are created from pigments found in the earth, Carmine, Red Earth, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber, Siena, Charcoal, Zinc White. These elements are literally dug from the earth and ground up fine like sugar. This granular pigment is then used to create oil paint, acrylics, watercolors and pastels.
Charvin Earth Colors
Yellow Ochre, Raw Siena, Transparent Yellow Ochre, Pouzzoles Red, Aubere Pink, Raw Umber, Savana, Green Shell, Deep Celadon Green
Here is a section of my pastel palette with one of my color charts. Which palette would you say this is?
HINT There may be more than one right answer!
I see y’all are voting heavily for the Jewel Tone Palette! Me too! However, there’s something I’ve discovered about balancing colors that requires all three. In doing my artist residencies in France and Italy, I’ve discovered a Color Fusion Palette that creates harmony. Here’s an example.
Can you see the difference between Waking Dreams IV and Blooming? Waking Dreams incorporates all three palettes. Learn more about my Color Fusion Palette in my Awakening Hearts Series and how you can use it in your home to create wellness, serenity, and vitality.