Flora Bowley Workshop
Hello Winter! Whistler, B.C. is ready for you. The snow is falling, the lights are up around town and the mountain is open and ready for action. It has been a beautiful Fall. Lots of brilliant colour and crisp, clear days... interspersed with torrential downpours, low-lying cloud and very short days. I love it all. The worse the weather the less motivated I am to get outdoors and play. I feel less guilt for cozying up indoors and creating. November, you have been true to yourself. Thank you. Inspired by all the fall colours - red, orange, faded greens and greys. A peek into my sketchbook proves that these are probably my most favourite colours. I have been slowly updating my work around here. A new branding is in the works based on pen, paper, paint and pattern. I am updating my site to include all of my hand painted and collage work. I am loving the process of creating all new artwork in this style, but admit it is a bit of a slow process. So far I have managed to change my name from 'Artistically Afflicted" to Julie Hamilton Creative. Small steps. I will be keeping the blog all full of my afflicted ways, but will have a separate portfolio site. I am dying to get my hands on Fiona Humberstones new book How to Style your Brand It has been sold out forever and finally just when I thought I could get my hands on it, they wouldn't deliver to Canada. Crazy. Check out her site for lots of beautiful images and helpful advice on branding You. I haven't given myself an end goal date as I am trying to take this slowly and be in love with the finished product. I know what I want to create, but just want to make sure that I am representing myself the way that I would like to be perceived. Trust me, sometimes I am not even sure what that looks like. It is a start! In the mean time my licensing work is busy.I have a new embroidery contract with Janome (Acudesign) which I will be sharing shortly. I have another piece being published in Stampington & Co. and I am busy creating a new concept for a dream client. It is all about forward momentum and not losing sight of the Why. Sharing with you a few things going on in and about the world-wide web: Lilla Rogers, art agent extraordinaire, is giving a video presentation this week all about embracing and selling your creative quirkiness. Have a look here for more information. There is still time to join in. Flora Bowley has started a monthly newsletter/video series, Studio Diaries. I haven't joined in yet, but I am thinking about it for the New Year. Art prompts, videos, creative lessons, questions and answers and just general Flora loveliness. More information here. I have been enjoying ( and using) Jennifer Nelsons weekly Advice for Artists. Sign up here. She also offers a one on one consultation service if you are interested. See her website for more details. Make sure to check out her artists - all swoon worthy Finally, don't forget, it is the weekend of all sales. Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In the past I have received some outstanding discounts on online creative courses.If there is something you have your eye on then don't forget to pop by your want list and see if they are offering a discount. Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends. It is a big and busy weekend here and always brings with it a sense of celebration and the start of the holiday season. Makes me happy!Read more →
I am at it again! Spaying, splashing and stamping paint and it feels oh, so good. We are very fortunate to have the use of the Station house on Alta lake in Whistler to paint, sketch and just be creative. Beautiful views, the sound of the lake and wind through the trees, painting with like-minded souls. Pretty awesome! Bloom True class is coming to you! I have written many blog posts on Flora Bowley. My admiration runs deep for this woman! I love her story.She has put herself and her art out there and it was not an easy task for her. I think she best defines brave and bloom. She has taught me how to let go and discover my own personal painting style and helped me along on my own personal creative journey. Flora Bowleys next Bloom True ~ the e-course starts Monday Sept. 30th! Five weeks painting in your own private classroom. No one critiquing~ just you, your paints and inspiration. You will have the added bonus of professional video, audio interviews and a private, online community to discuss your process with. This little promotional video sums it up nicely! https://vimeo.com/73065643 BUT this is my all time favorite video of Flora painting from start to finish https://vimeo.com/58224937 I have been lucky enough to take both Flora's e-course and live class. While I loved meeting her in person, I found the online setting to be more conducive to me letting go and playing. No distractions from other classmates or being influenced by what others were doing. Lots of time to review the videos at your own pace and do what she does. I also felt I received enough critique from Flora and my online community as both were quick to answer any questions I had. Put the music on, move and explore your creative side... If you paint at night I would even suggest a few glasses of wine because it just never hurts! I hope this helps to give you an idea of what to expect during Flora's course. I have many a blog post discussing my trials and tribulations with the whole intuitive way of painting. Just "search" intuitive painting, Flora Bowley, Bloom true ,Brave Intuitive you or mark making in my "search" box (in the side column to the right) I think everything is there to answer any questions you may have. If you are still curious, please feel free to ask away, either below in comments or, directly at email@example.com. Do what you love to help promote Flora's Bloom True classes! This is as close as I could get to buying the company:) If you are interested in taking her class please mention me or click through my site here to register. Help me save up to take more Do what you love courses! I am a little addicted and need help to pay for my art habit!Read more →
So sad. My time with Flora Bowley is over...but only for the time being... I am 8 canvas into this brave, intuitive way of creating.. Some almost finished, some on their way to completion, one..or maybe two, waiting to be totally transformed. I am in awe at how much my painting technique, and dare I say.. style, has transformed over the past 4 months since my first meeting with her. I can honestly say that I believe this has become my way of creating. Simply...its a process that I love. It has offered me a whole new shiny perspective on how and why to create. I was in amazement after my first weekend course with her last November at the Annex. Now 3 months later, having just completed her Bloom True ecourse, I am even more grateful and still very awe-struck. I believe our paths will cross yet again. My time with her is not finished... there is still so much to be learned. To date.. I have learned to be open to suggestion. To let loose. To have patience and let my painting develop. It takes time to build to build a village... I have learned to embrace color and use it with wild abandon. The option to tone it down later is always there. Acrylic paint is flexible! I have learned volumes about color mixing by just playing with no worry about the outcome. I have learned a multitude of new marks and brush strokes. I have become quite ingenious at coming up with new devices for mark making...oh, the things that are now covered in paint. I have also been very open to using lots of different medium from alcohol ink to paper to thread to achieve different marks. I have learned the importance of depth, transparency, value and contrast. Now I am learning how to put them into play. There has been a lot of learning go on around here for the past 4 months! Trust me when I say there have also been many moments of tears and frustration. What would a creative journey be without a mixture of tears and triumph!? I have been hesitant to blog too much about Flora's process. Mainly because I believe it is so much more than just painting. It is a way of thinking. A way of approaching your blank canvas with loads of possibility. It is a way of discovery and most important self-awareness. I still have a little chuckle when I look at all of my work. All I really want to do is produce just one piece of "Floresque" style painting. Just one... But, try as I might I have been unable to pull it off. Flora has so much skill, intuition and, most importantly, love for what she creates. It comes very naturally to her.( I can't tell you how many underpaintings I would have happily purchased...just to watch her paint over them in a completely new direction..) An aside here...I am not for "copying", but I do believe there is alot to be learned by trying to copy. I have studied how she combines color~how she makes her imagery pop ~how she creates so much depth.These are all lessons to be learned by observing and trying. Unfortunately..or fortunately, the beauty of this style of painting is that you kind of get lost in the process. So while I am still striving to create at least one piece in her style I am willing to bet I will never be able to achieve it. I don't have that much focus!! I have, therefore, asked my husband to just please , pretty please, buy me just one of her paintings. Fingers crossed! In closing all I have to say is ~ Flora, you have rocked my creative world. Your work, your teachings and your words of wisdom have all made me a better artist . Thank you! A special thank you also goes out to Beth Nicholls of Do What You Love. Floras partner in the creation of this online course. Another special woman who is rocking the creative world. You have to check out her About page. I love it! If anyone has any questions about either Floras on-line or in-person painting courses please do not hesitate to email me. I have lots to say and love to talk about it! Or you can just click here for all information.. Until we meet again....Read more →
I am three weeks in to Flora Bowleys ecourse....Bloom True. Talk about an emotional roller coaster ride....but one that I am loving! I laughed out loud when I heard Flora use that exact term to describe the process. At least now I know I am on the right path! The typical painting goes something like this...Read more →
Oh, so much fun. Spreading paint with wild abandon.I could do this forever...this is what I love.Spray, splatter,swipe. Loving the cool colors and textures I am creating. Oh and I never knew how to make that color!! Wow, looking good.. Oh oh, now that's just plain ugly. How did it just go from great to bad? Shouldnt have done that. Paint over. Damn, just painted over a part I really like. You want me to add black and white..oh ok..well now its just really ugly. Wheres the gesso. No, dont touch it...let it grow,trust your instincts....Its madness. I have caught myself talking out loud.. more than once. Sorry, I mean talking to the dog. I love it...I hate it.. I have had moments of feeling like a superstar...the next Rothko. I have had moments when I have questioned this style of working.I have had to leave the house more than once to just walk and clear my head. My husband is very thankful he is away traveling. Well here you have my process....plus a possible finished product. Stop shaking your head....I know...poppies again... ahh...my comfort zone. I saw more than one parrot lurking around in there. Not signed yet...so there is still lots of time for changes! I have to be honest, this style of intuitive painting is right up my alley. I have comittment issues at the best of times and the beauty of this style is that it can go any new direction at any time. Makes me feel so free... I do shake my head a bit at another poppy painting. But, there is a rhyme and reason to it all. I am trying to explore themes and different ways of presenting the same thing. Things that I love...things that inspire me. I have never painted just pods so that's a little different. I would be curious as to which stage of the painting you liked best. I know I was in love around Layer 4-5 and when I first started adding the images. I am finding that with most of my paintings I am loving the middle section of the process vs the final product. I believe there is a lesson to be learned here. I need to stop then...maybe go a little abstract and keep it loose. I find I am loosing all of the wonderful marks in my journey back into my comfort zone...texture. Constantly learning.... It feels good and while I do get a wee bit frustrated, it is nice to know I am making progress! Thank you for all of your comments as I stumble through this process. At times I still cannot believe I am putting it out there, but I really do love and appreciate the community that I have become a part of....so much fun! Have a great weekend! Do you want to be part of this crazy, creative process with Flora Bowley? It is really quite fun! For more info on her course click here.
I am at it again. Stalking poor Flora. Read about her here....over here and here... I really should become her PR gal. Hmmmm... This time I am taking her newly released e-course Bloom True. As I expected it is everything I imagined and more.She is true to her word. I am OPEN to it all! So bear with me for the next 6 weeks as you help me intuitively paint myself to greatness.I will try to limit my " Help ..What do you see?" questions. I have really been enjoying our classroom community. I love reading everyone's comments and thinking "Yes, I get what you are saying, I see that...I know where you are coming from... " But it is our own process and each and everyone of us will find our own way.Its just so nice to know you are not alone in your process. Everyone is finding and sharing.It is a great learning environment. The key is trust.Not an easy value to uphold when painting. Especially when you have an inner critic sitting right next to you, critiquing every move..... Currently we are working on our mark making. I have been searching the house high and low for tools. Just recently I received a lovely bottle of wine as a gift...wrapped in some fabulous cardboard. What am I thinking you ask? I am eyeing the cardboard with great enthusiasm thinking the ridges on it will be a fine mark making tool. My children and husband no longer speak, they just glance sideways at each other and hope and pray that they did not inherit this gene.... So here you go. What I have found helpful in my mark making process. Fun times and lots of play.... My very own homemade cut outs. These are made from sturdy paint chips, a couple of different hole punches and an exacto knife. Anything goes... Fruit and veggie mesh. Great for spraying paint or inks on. Scrapbook paper cutouts, ridged cardboard,raised paper... Anything to scratch, etch and move paint around. Scrap cuts outs. Love these. Once again great for spraying through or painting on top. And last but not least. My favorite... Spray bottles, fluid paint and ink. I am loving these. My walls and floors are not! Great for spraying through cutouts, or into wet paint. Great for drips! So there you have it. Add a paint brush or two, fingers and rags and you have an arsenal of great mark making tools! I would love to hear what you are using. Please share and feel free to add a link! Thanks for dropping by...and remember..... practice, patience and perseverance For more information on Flora Bowleys workshops click here! Trust me, it will change the way you paint.If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.orgRead more →