Playing with marks. My go-to guide in times of need. Since returning from Flora Bowleys Bloom True workshop I have been thinking a lot about mark making. I am still amazed at how liberating it was to just paint with no predetermined plan. Lots of random marks, lots of color and lots of freedom. As with any workshop, it is always so exciting to come home and put your new skills to work. The problem I am faced with now is what to do with all this new-found knowledge. I really enjoyed the process of creating in her class and it is something I would definitely like to continue in my own work. The question is....how do I make it my own? [caption id="attachment_1220" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="I see a bird and a flower and a cloud and ........"][/caption] A work in progress....looking for imagery..interesting marks and texture. As thrilled as I would be to create my own "Flora" . It's just not going to happen. I love , no LOVE her work, but even though I watched carefully and listened I still cannot adopt her style. Its just not the way I work...even though I would love it if it were! I have sat down to paint a number of times since and I have to be honest.. I am feeling a bit lost. To begin with every substrate feels much to small. I only want to paint big. I want to use colors that I haven't used before, but I am not entirely sure how to mix them.I also want to paint freely but having trouble coming up with imagery. Well that's not entirely true. I have tons of images I have doodled throughout my journal, but I guess I am just a little tired of seeing them. Need some new images. Shouldn't have any problem finding them in our household.... [caption id="attachment_1216" align="aligncenter" width="685" caption="hours of entertainment..."][/caption] Definitely feeling a wee bit frustrated .I think I need to just step back and breathe. Note to self... Practice..Patience...Perserverance It will all come together in time. I would love to hear where you find your images? Magazines, websites, photography...pinterest?