This is the 2nd week of my Bloom True Intuitive Painting eCourse taken online with Flora Bowley. And what a fun time I am having. I get to paint, play, and connect with that little girl who is inside of me that wants to have fun. You really could call it child’s play.
This class is so much more than just painting. Flora is teaching us how to get back in touch with our inner-self through meditation, yoga, journaling, play, and connecting with our intuition, creating mandalas all in a relaxed and fun way. There is nothing stressful about this class. If I feel stressed, that tells me that I’m creating this myself either because of fears that creep up or if I try to criticize my work for not looking a certain way. So it’s simple I try to stay focussed on having fun.
We are being taught to let go, and to surrender so that what needs to unfold on our canvas, will. Having patience and trusting are the key words for us during these 5 weeks in class and however long it will take for us to get comfortable. Even when we think this is it, I love what I have done… then we are then asked to paint another layer on top while all the while learning to be un-attached to what we have created.
In this class, I really don’t feel boxed in to paint a certain way. There really is no right or wrong way, or even really specific instructions to follow, only gentle guidance that inspires us to attempt many techniques and using colours to be free to explore beyond our comfort zone. I feel totally free to create as I wish pretty much in this class. Flora has amazing videos that she shares with us in class on how she does her intuitive painting and that gives us a lot of ideas of the process.
I have 7 canvases on the go right now, all ranging in size from the biggest being 30”x40” (76.2cm x 101.6 cm) to 6″x6″ (15cm x 15cm). Three are bigger canvases and then 4 are the smaller ones. We started off the first few days with a few canvases, one finger painted while blindfolded and the other one dripping paint onto a canvas that was laying on the floor and spraying water on the paint and spreading it. That gave us our first layer. Each layer brings a new surprise teaching from Flora. From new techniques or tools that we can use, or different marks we can make with our hands or how we can combine our colours.
Learning to mix paints to create different colours may end up being my biggest challenge, simply because I prefer the trial and error way for a lot of things in life. I can now hear my husband telling me… Read the directions dear, you’ll have better luck! I don’t like to read directions. Never have. I prefer to do things the way I like best. Is it me being defiant? Or is it me being creative?
Half of our living room has been turned into a studio. It is the best option I had in our home so I could paint with lots of natural lighting. I have tarps over our fireplace, the floor and on furniture to protect from any paint dripping. The new art easel that my husband built for me for this class has been put to really good use these last few weeks. You can read about it here and see photos of it.
Allow me to share with you some of my paintings-in-progress so far. Some are from the same canvas showing the different layers that were painted and built upon. Some have 5 layers of different coloured paints while others have one layer. I have no idea when I will have one canvas completed and didn’t want to wait any long to share about all the fun that I am having. I would love to hear your thoughts on any of them, or what you see in them or which one might be your favourite.
This is a 5th layer that I painted on this one.
This is the 4th layer below. My husband could see the outline of a wolf’s head on the left, howling in the night.
Blindfolded and using my hands to put the red paint onto the canvas.
This was the other of my first canvases. It’s the 1st layer, dripping paint onto the canvas then spraying with water and tilting the canvas to merge the colours.
I see a panda head in this one.
And this is my littlest canvas, 6″x6″, just because I felt like trying out smaller ones too.
And now a beautiful feast for your senses, be sure to click here to view Flora’s amazing video showing you how she does intuitive painting. Watching it for the first time literally grabbed my heart and stunned me with how many emotions came from watching it. It felt like I was being given the freedom to finally create. At that point I only had a few more days left before class would start and I could experience just that for myself. Without a doubt I knew that I was about to embark on an exciting adventure of discoveries about myself.
Creativity is contagious, pass it on – Albert Einstein
I am also thrilled to announce that this post is my 100th blog post since I began writing and blogging in April 2012. Thank you to each of you for inspiring and encouraging me to continue to express myself in more ways than one. I feel extremely blessed for these experiences in my life and for having each of you support and encourage me on my journey.