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I am in the process of putting together a new Business Plan and I am super excited.

“Every artist is an ENTREPRENEUR and every entrepreneur is an ARTIST.” – Dr. ‘E’ (Dr. Elliot McGucken). It is true, both entrepreneur and artist create. With that being said, I cannot help but start a new business adventure. If you have been following my blog for any time now, you know that I value creativity and that helping people of all abilities create art is a passion of mine. How it all unfolds is in the works. If any of this sounds interesting to you then sign up and be the first to know when my new business launches.   P.S. there will be some free art goodies once I get whole thing rolling.

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Are you a “Scanner” or a “Diver”?

Scanner vs. Diver as referred to by Barbara Sher in “Refuse to Choose”

I had a lightbulb moment today while reading “Refuse to Choose”—I am a Scanner. What is a Scanner you may ask. Well, in order to fully understand you may need to read the book, but I will try to explain.

In our American culture since about 1950, Divers have been valued, Scanners, not so much. (Long story—read the book). Scanners are people who love to learn anything and everything all at once; they find it hard to commit to a specialty. Divers are those that easily commit to a subject and specialize in it, they are the experts in their field.

It is okay to be a Scanner—despite what our culture tells us. I would rather be Scanner of the world than a Diver of one thing. The pressure starts early with, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and “What are you going to major in?” Nobody asks, “Do you want to keep studying your whole life, looking for new opportunities and ideas, inventing things and creating the future?” Even the comment, “Find what you love and make a living at it”—is still asking you to focus on something.

Many Scanners are very creative, example, Leonardo da Vinci. Inventors are often Scanners, example, Ben Franklin. Scanners were never questioned in the past. People were free to discover many things and not criticized for it. Scanners were valued and they will be again in the future. Most entrepreneurs are also Scanners. What would our world be without all the dreamers?

So, now I know why my creative life is so scattered and my blog is about EVERYTHING creative. It is an adventure, a Creative Adventure! I am a Scanner.

Giving credit where credit is due: “Refuse to Choose” by Barbara Sher.

Are you a Scanner? Are you a Diver? Comment below.

Sculpted Paper Watercolor Flower: An Art Lesson #2

A close up:

© Holly Herick Design

© Holly Herick Design

Full watercolor painted flower—pen used for scale.

© Holly Herick Design

© Holly Herick Design

Even our cat Squeaky liked it.

© Holly Herick Design

© Holly Herick Design

One more full size image of the flower.

© Holly Herick Design
© Holly Herick Design

My sculpted paper flower is more than 12 inches across. Check out the process of making this flower in my previous post. I will definitely make more of these. It was a fun process with much guess-work this time around—taking me three full days to cut, shape and build the flower. I used a bit too much watercolor paint so it took a full day for all the layers to dry. After touch up paint, a day later, I felt like it was done. I am going to show this piece on a pedestal at the Studio at Living Opportunities this March 2014 for a month. I am curious to see how it is received. If you would like to see my sculpted paper watercolor flower in person, stop by 32 South Central, Medford, Oregon on March 14, starting a 5:00. There will be a reception and some great art by artists of the Rogue Valley mixed with artist of the Studio at Living Opportunities. I hope to see you there.

ART SUPPLIES: STRATHMORE® 140 LB. COLD PRESS WATERCOLOR PAPER AND DR. PH. MARTIN’S HYDRUS FINE ART WATERCOLORS FROM DICKBLICK.COM.

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Sculpted Paper Flower: Art Lesson #1

Sculpted Paper Flower: An Art Lesson

I’m not gonna lie. I am not the first person to create a sculpted paper flower, but here is my first experience with the creative experience.

I drew rough petals on 9″ x 12″ watercolor paper—consecutively larger.

Watercolor sculpture flower © Holly Herick

paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

Then, I cut out petals and stacked them from large to small.

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

I cut the center base of each petal, overlapped and glued with archival glue.

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

After overlapping the tabs and gluing together, the petals started to take shape.

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

I started to glue the petals together.

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

The flower started to take form—upside down view.

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

The flower started to grow.

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

And grow…

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

And grow bigger than scissors…

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

And bigger than apples and oranges…

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paper sculpture flower © Holly Herick

Art supplies: Strathmore® 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper and Dr. Ph. Martin’s HYDRUS Fine Art watercolors from DickBlick.com.

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Now to add watercolor. stop by next week when I show you the finished colored piece.

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Flowers, Gardening and Painting: 100 Flowers # 11

Flowers, gardening and painting…

Prismacolor pencil on paper

© Holly Herick

Where has my passion for painting flowers come from? I grew up in Arizona where flowers were maybe not as big, beautiful and bright as they are in Oregon. After having children, I became more interested in nurturing things. Whether it be a child, flowers, or creativity; I knew it was important to nurture. In Scottsdale, Arizona the weather was often hot—too hot to weed a garden. I did not like taking care of the yard when I was young. It seemed like a chore, using too much water—a precious resource. Now that I have lived in a more temperate climate in Southern Oregon, with more rain, I feel more inclined to the use of water, the climate and nurturing flowers. Painting flowers has been a life long study of nature beginning in the Arizona dessert with California Poppies on the Four Peaks of Scottsdale, AZ and concluding with the flowers native to Southern Oregon. Most of these images come from my memory. Whether it be the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona, Oahu, Hawaii or Portland, Oregon; it is all committed to memory. Somewhere from my mind, come the images in these floral paintings. Favorite flowers of mine include multi-petaled flowers including Hydrangeas, Gerber Daisies, Peonies, Austin Roses, Poppies, Ranunculuses and more.

Look at my paintings and guess what flowers may have influenced my paintings. Sometimes I don’t even know…

Above is the next one, what kind of flower is this? Prismacolor pencil on paper.

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XOXO,
Holly