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 email@example.comRead more →
Oh my goodness I am exhausted. This whole new brave, intuitive way of painting is slowly killing me. ..It is also cluttering up my home. I am surrounded by canvas all begging for attention. All waiting for me to find something, some imagery in them. I must have at least 5 canvas on the go right now. Some intuitive style, some not. I think I am going to start turning their faces to the wall.Read more →
Pick me...don't you see the huge orange poppy? your favorite poppy pods?..No, pick me I am so a birch tree....oh..and I have some birds in me too..What about me? Pick me, why dont you love me? I have been sitting here for over three months.. waiting... I have potential, you'll see..love me.....There we go...silence. My favorite is now, in desperation, asking my children to find images for me. I asked my teenage daughter what she saw in one of my paintings. All I got was a "seriously?" you expect me to find something in that mess. My younger son, on the other hand, was able to find an entire, very complicated NYC skyline. If I see one more bird , tree or flower emerge from all of my mark making I may scream. Really now...why cant I find a lovely figure or maybe a sailboat? It must all boil down to the subconscious. What do I do when not painting and living life? I doodle. I doodle big bold flowers, leaves and fields of dreams. I guess it is only natural that I then keep seeing these images emerge in my paintings. I think it may be time to sit down and scan some magazines and books. I need to build up a repertoire of new images in my art journal. So, just because, I have posted a few progression pieces..work in progress, mind you. (There is no such thing as a finished painting around here..you are not safe from gesso until you leave the house:) [caption id="attachment_1607" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] making marks[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1608" align="aligncenter" width="1009"] sorry...white balance a little off..but you can start to see images..[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1609" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] outlining images..choosing colors..[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1614" align="aligncenter" width="1013"] still working color...[/caption] Close to being finished, but not quite. Definitely inspired by Flora, but trying to make it my own. Adding lots of texture. I am not one for transparency. Still need to add all the icing...more outlining and images to draw all the colors together. Also need a smoother transition from light to dark. Any other suggestions? Please...... Hold onto your hats for this one. This one is full of flowers and birds of all kinds. [caption id="attachment_1612" align="aligncenter" width="989"] mark making..warm and cool colors..[/caption] Amongst it all I was thrilled to have found this... [caption id="attachment_1613" align="aligncenter" width="840"] I see a barn!..seriously? do you see it?[/caption] In a 24" by 24" painting covered in marks, I found this little 3 inch section of what looked like an old barn and some rolling hills and now, all of a sudden, I have a game plan!! [caption id="attachment_1616" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] I see a village coming on...[/caption] Sigh of relief...I can only take so much braveness...I am actually still not that brave as I am still finding images "precious"..I have to be willing to turn this canvas upside down and re-work it...that still makes me quiver in my boots.. This has hours of attention coming its way... In a nutshell,I love intuitive painting. I wouldn't have it any other way. It is such a fun, free wheelin' process. Everytime I work a painting this way I learn oodles of information~ be it a mark, a texture, a color combination or an image. I can't tell you how liberating it is to just paint and see what happens. I am constantly surprising myself...and this, my friends, keeps the love for painting alive and well in me. Only three more weeks until Flora Bowleys online course Brave Intuitive You. I can't wait. I have worked with her in person and written about her here..and here..oh, and here too. All of a sudden I feel like a bit of stalker... My weekend with her was all I hoped for and more, but I feel like I only scraped the surface of this whole intuitive painting style and my potential. I am so excited to explore this concept more. I am open, willing.... and brave. Join me! For more info on Flora and her wonderful courses, take a peek here!
BREAKING NEWS!! (well in real life it would be, but in the internet world it is almost old news..and it is only 2 hours old!)...... AEDM creative challenge continues below....... I have some very exciting news for you today. I have mentioned Flora Bowley numerous times in my blog. She is one of the first artists whose work resonated with me. She sparked my imagination. She helped me reach a whole new level of artistic playfulness. [caption id="attachment_1296" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="Flora Bowley surrounded by her artwork"][/caption] I could even go so far as to say Flora knocked me on my ass! I was a bit lost after my True Bloom workshop with her two weeks ago. After, I had to sit down and re-asses how I wanted to express myself. I hate to say it was life-altering, but I really do believe something shifted in me. I have posted about my experience here. Will I be taking her Bloom True - the e-course version? You betcha'! It's not just about learning her style. It is about letting go. Opening yourself up to endless creative possibilities. Exploring. All practices that we, as artists, should learn to embrace. Well, lucky for all of you...she has just announced her first e-course! (For those of you living in remote places...now is the time to jump for joy) Bloom True ~ the e-course Bloom true: the e-course’ presents a groundbreaking and transformational approach to painting (and living) that celebrates intuition, connects body, mind and spirit and allows unique and expressive paintings to emerge naturally and authentically. Brimming with high-definition video demonstrations, new techniques, unique lessons and inspiring prompts, this course will empower even first time painters to unlock their creative flow while gleaning life transforming lessons along the way. This will be unlike any other online painting e-course out there, and it may just change the way you paint… forever. Registration is open now and this five-week painting adventure will begin on Monday February 6, 2012. See http://braveintuitiveyou.com/e-course/registration/ If you havent signed up already...you should! Dont forget to admire her new website while you are there! xo For more information on Flora Bowleys Bloom True e-course click here! p.p.s..... creative everyday resumes below!Read more →