bloom true

The Wishing Tree

Wishing tree... another painting from the Bloom True class

Hi friends! I'm adjusting to this new life now that I'm a "student" again. I'm going to school one week a month and the rest of the time I'm an intern at a local culture and youth center. Fortunately, my schedule allows me to have some mornings off so I can keep painting, yay! Of course I have less time for social networking and blogging. I have decided to stop updating my Google+ page for now, and even my facebook page might get lost in limbo from time to time, but I'm still here and more than ever appreciate your comments and support.

The Wishing Tree, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
The Wishing Tree, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

It is a time for new projects, new dreams, new wishes, sending positive intentions into the Universe for this new life, this creative life that is slowly taking shape.

The Wishing Tree, detail, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
The Wishing Tree, detail, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

These past few weeks, dreams have grown onto the canvas, hopeful thoughts have revealed themselves in every color of the rainbow, layer after layer. And the tree that had started to emerge on this quiet riverside, has been whispering in the wind: "Make a wish..."

The Wishing Tree, detail, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
The Wishing Tree, detail, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

This is my second canvas started in Flora Bowley's Bloom True e-course. At the end of the post you'll find a summary of the different stages it has been through: the first layers, done in Flora's class following her techniques, have given the painting it's direction. Then, once the tree had revealed itself, I let it bloom in my own style.

The Wishing Tree, detail, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
The Wishing Tree, detail, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

Now, I'm closing my eyes and blowing wishes into its branches, of abundance, health and love for each and every one of you...

And you, what are you wishing for? Let us know in the comments!

The Wishing Tree, evolution from Bloom True, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
The Wishing Tree, evolution from Bloom True, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

Blooming true: 3 weeks already and 3 paintings in progress...

Blooming true: 3 weeks already and 3 paintings in progress...

Hi there lovely people! Week 3 of Flora Bowley's Bloom True class is over already and it's time for a little check-in!

I have been busy on the jobsearch/training front so haven't been painting as much as I would have wished these past 2 weeks. And there is so much amazing content in Flora's class that I'll need to go back to as soon as I can. But anyway, this intuitive painting process is taking me to new territory and I thought I'd share a few pictures with you!

For now it's all about layers: alternating warm and cool colors, black and white, and translucent paints. And above all it's about working on the inner plane to "dance the paint": yoga, meditation, music, movement, intuition and letting go...

Here is the evolution of the first two canvases I was showing you in my previous post, plus a third one I've started on top of a collage background from last summer. As I was saying, my painting time was limited and as I still wanted to keep up with the course as much as possible, I didn't do as many layers of each type as was suggested, but I've still been having lots of fun!

Canvas 1

Remember that solar energy whirlwind from the first layer?

Here it is after a layer of cool colors:

 And then more warm colors:

White layer:

Black layer: a face emerged! (I could actually see 2 faces back to back in the white layer and chose to go with this one)

Transparent colors layer, then more white, warm and cool colors. This is where I'm at now:

Canvas 2

This was the first, warm layer:

Cool layer:

More warm and cool layers:

White layer:

Black layer (a bit Xmas-y I guess...):

More colored layers and a bit of collage, that's it for now!

Canvas 3

(on top of a collage background started earlier this year)

That's it for now... I hope I'll get the chance to paint a little more next week... For those of you who would like to find out more, below is video presenting the course and links to Flora's ecourse and her book.

See you soon!

... and a link to Flora's book:

Blooming true! First week in Flora Bowley's class

Blooming true! First week in Flora Bowley's class

Hi guys! This month I'm taking Flora Bowley's "Bloom True" e-course! Week one is almost over so I thought I'd share a bit of the experience with you!

First, what is this all about? It's about painting (+bonus: living) more intuitively. Flora uses only acrylics but I can already see how what she teaches us would work really well with collage, inks and lots of mixed media techniques. I had loved her book "Brave Intuitive Painting" last year and was ready to learn more. Plus so many friends had been delighted with the course that I was really intrigued and felt it was time to see for myself! Here is a lovely little video showing you what this is all about...

... and a link to Flora's book:

Laly Mille Bloom True with Flora Bowley, creative space
Laly Mille Bloom True with Flora Bowley, creative space
Laly Mille Bloom True with Flora Bowley, creative space
Laly Mille Bloom True with Flora Bowley, creative space

First layer: working with warm colors, moving the paint around, spraying and dripping. At the end I felt like adding this big heart because it is all about painting from the heart. It will probably end up completely covered by the next layers but I'll know it's here and that's what counts!

Laly Mille Bloom True with Flora Bowley, layer 1
Laly Mille Bloom True with Flora Bowley, layer 1

 And then the second canvas: blindfolded finger-painting while dancing to music, woohoo! That felt awesome. And I was SO suprised at the firy energy whirlwind that just "came out"! I'm not often that bold with color and it really gives me an idea of all that is hiding inside of me and wants to come out... Talk about blooming! The canvas has been sitting on my easel since last Tuesday and I can't help smiling every time I enter the room...

Laly Mille Bloom True with Flora Bowley, layer 1
Laly Mille Bloom True with Flora Bowley, layer 1

We have done many more inspiring things this week like setting our intentions for the course, what we want it it be for us, how we want to feel:

Laly Mille Bloom True with Flora Bowley, intentions
Laly Mille Bloom True with Flora Bowley, intentions

We have also created a deck of affirming words. I didn't know where to begin with that project and was starting to procrastinate (this is one of my biggest issues) but I surrendered to my intuition and this little voice told me to just grab a pen and write. I filled up the page really fast, no thinking, one word leading to the next very organically and here they are! (I just noticed LOVE is in there twice, well, I guess I know my priorities...)

list of words
list of words

The "hard part" being over, I could spend the rest of my time just having fun playing with paper, scissors and color!

And I'll leave you with this "self-love self-portrait" that Flora encouraged us to take yesterday. I think this girl is having fun and blooming true!

Have a lovely, blooming week everyone!!!