Bloom True: Flora Bowley’s Intuitive Painting eCourse

This is the 2nd week of my Bloom True Intuitive Painting eCourse taken online with Flora BowleyAnd 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.

Fun Painting in Flora Bowley's Bloom True eCourse

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.

Intuitive Painting

Intuitive Painting

This is the 4th layer below. My husband could see the outline of a wolf’s head on the left, howling in the night.

Intuitive Painting

Blindfolded and using my hands to put the red paint onto the canvas.

Intuitive Painting

Intuitive Painting

 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.

Intuitive Painting

Intuitive Painting

Intuitive Painting

Intuitive Painting

Intuitive Painting

I see a panda head in this one.

Intuitive Painting

And this is my littlest canvas, 6″x6″, just because I felt like trying out smaller ones too.

Intuitive Painting

Intuitive Painting

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.

Suzanne xo

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  1. Hi Suzanne: My friend, Dominique, is also taking this same course and blogging about it. I wanted to let you know. 🙂

    http://dominiquehurley.posterous.com/
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  2. Awesome stuff! I love intuitive artwork like this; it’s amazing what comes through from the intuitive or subconscious parts of us, isn’t it?
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  3. I am so glad you didn’t wait to post this! I love hearing about the process as it happens and I feel like there will be plenty more to tell as we go along! I totally saw the wolf and the panda…very fun! I can’t wait to see what you do with all of this new found creative freedom! Have a great weekend, Suzanne.

  4. Wow, Suzanne. I love so many things about this. Being a person who is afraid to paint or draw, I find watching this process fascinating. The way you are using your hands, paint brushes, different canvas sizes. It’s so fascinating to me! The video was inspiring as well. Going from a blank canvas to layering and layering and changing things over and over … reminds me of how life is layered and changes and morphs into so many different parts of who we are.

    I am also in awe of how your family is encouraging you to do this by allowing the living space to be your studio. I wonder how much the space you are in inspires your painting.

    Keep sharing. I’m loving this!
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  5. Well Congratulations on 100 posts! in less than a year. You are a natural! You are also showing that you are a natural at following your heart, diving in and having a go at painting too. I love your enthusiasm, it really shows in the marks you make on the canvas and the variety you embrace. Love riding this part of the journey with you, even if right now it feels a bit like a bucking bronco!!! I can’t wait to see how they unfold. 🙂
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  6. Wow! 100 posts. Amazing! In addition to your beautiful voice, I really like the way you use photographs (my weakness). I can tell you have very thoughtfully chosen them.

    Oh my goodness, to be unattached to what you have already painted would be especially challenging for me!! I would start to hyperventilate!

    Thank you for sharing Flora’s link. I have never watched her before. On my way now to enjoy!

  7. Your husband sees a wolf, I see a chicken. Could be a wolf eating a chicken, lol.

    It warms my heart to see your progress and hear you joy. That’s how it ought to be. You’re fortunate that this is the way you’re learning, your introduction to painting. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work/play. xo
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  8. Oh Suzanne – these are all FABULOUS layers. THANK YOU for sharing with us all. CONGRATULATIONS on your 100th post!!! Keep up the GREAT work.
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  9. Lovely artwork Suzanne! You look you’re having a grand time. Nice to see.
    xo Lenore

  10. Oh Suzanne – how fun (and inspiring!). I’m so glad you’re sharing photos of your works in progress.

    And congratulations on your 100th post – that’s a lovely milestone.

  11. Suzanne this looks like so much fun! Good for you! Love the artwork too! xo
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  12. These are amazing. I particularly like the blue one where you can see the easel. 😀
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  13. This is my second time visiting this post. I admire you both for your painting and finding the class that helps you in such a positive fashion. I hope I never stop reaching out to learn more.
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  14. Wow–saturated with color and gorgeousness. Makes me want to get messy, too! Be this glorious always.
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  15. These are wonderful! It seems you have started an experience of freedom in painting. Congrats on 100 posts! I don’t like to follow directions either or think about what the outcome will be. I just want to be in the moment, the most authentic I can be and giving love. I can’t wait to see the other layers emerge from these paintings!
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  16. Suzanne,
    I knew in my heart this was going to be a great thing for you. It’s so much more than the painting. It’s the permission Flora gives to be wild and free to express yourself. I love to see what you have developing. Maybe someday we can meet at one of her live workshops. A huge dream of mine. xo, kathy
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  17. Suzanne, Oh what fun, what joy! Beautiful colors, beautiful process. And congratulations on your 100th blog post! You spreader of light, you.
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  18. Congratulations on your 100th blog post! Wow! I’m so happy you are taking and enjoying Flora’s painting class. I loved every minute of it when I took it. And even though I had a degree in art and had taught art for years, I don’t think until her class I had ever really allowed myself to PLAY. What a gift that was. It’s so much fun to live through it again vicariously watching your progress! I love the energy and movement in your marks. Thanks so much for sharing it with us! ♥
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  19. Your work is wonderful! A real depiction of your dynamic self.

  20. You painting is looking good. Tell your husband I saw the wolf howling. I really appreciate the story you are telling as you go along. Keep going, girl. Anxious to be there at the end result, not just the painting but the “new” you that will emerge.
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  21. I love seeing all the layers to your paintings and the process you go through. It looks like you are having a great time with the course!
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  22. Barbara Michel says:

    Suzanne, it’s really a treat to see your blooming process!! It’s really a blessing to learn to paint in this fashion, from an intuitive (spiritual) place. Can’t wait to see how these paintings progress! Keep posting…and I wish you hearty congratulations on your 100th post, an awesome milestone 🙂

  23. Thank you everyone for the abundance of beautiful and such warming comments. I will be posting more photos of how these canvases are being transformed in the weeks to come. 🙂 xo

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