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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!!!