So sad. My time with Flora Bowley is over…but only for the time being…
I am 8 canvas into this brave, intuitive way of creating.. Some almost finished, some on their way to completion, one..or maybe two, waiting to be totally transformed.
I am in awe at how much my painting technique, and dare I say.. style, has transformed over the past 4 months since my first meeting with her.
I can honestly say that I believe this has become my way of creating. Simply…its a process that I love. It has offered me a whole new shiny perspective on how and why to create.
I was in amazement after my first weekend course with her last November at the Annex. Now 3 months later, having just completed her Bloom True ecourse, I am even more grateful and still very awe-struck. I believe our paths will cross yet again. My time with her is not finished… there is still so much to be learned.
I have learned to be open to suggestion. To let loose. To have patience and let my painting develop. It takes time to build to build a village…
I have learned to embrace color and use it with wild abandon. The option to tone it down later is always there. Acrylic paint is flexible! I have learned volumes about color mixing by just playing with no worry about the outcome.
I have learned a multitude of new marks and brush strokes. I have become quite ingenious at coming up with new devices for mark making…oh, the things that are now covered in paint. I have also been very open to using lots of different medium from alcohol ink to paper to thread to achieve different marks.
I have learned the importance of depth, transparency, value and contrast. Now I am learning how to put them into play.
There has been a lot of learning go on around here for the past 4 months!
Trust me when I say there have also been many moments of tears and frustration. What would a creative journey be without a mixture of tears and triumph!?
I have been hesitant to blog too much about Flora’s process. Mainly because I believe it is so much more than just painting. It is a way of thinking. A way of approaching your blank canvas with loads of possibility. It is a way of discovery and most important self-awareness.
I still have a little chuckle when I look at all of my work. All I really want to do is produce just one piece of “Floresque” style painting. Just one… But, try as I might I have been unable to pull it off. Flora has so much skill, intuition and, most importantly, love for what she creates. It comes very naturally to her.( I can’t tell you how many underpaintings I would have happily purchased…just to watch her paint over them in a completely new direction..)
An aside here…I am not for “copying”, but I do believe there is alot to be learned by trying to copy.
I have studied how she combines color~how she makes her imagery pop ~how she creates so much depth.These are all lessons to be learned by observing and trying. Unfortunately..or fortunately, the beauty of this style of painting is that you kind of get lost in the process. So while I am still striving to create at least one piece in her style I am willing to bet I will never be able to achieve it. I don’t have that much focus!!
I have, therefore, asked my husband to just please , pretty please, buy me just one of her paintings. Fingers crossed!
In closing all I have to say is ~ Flora, you have rocked my creative world. Your work, your teachings and your words of wisdom have all made me a better artist . Thank you!
A special thank you also goes out to Beth Nicholls of Do What You Love. Floras partner in the creation of this online course. Another special woman who is rocking the creative world. You have to check out her About page. I love it!
If anyone has any questions about either Floras on-line or in-person painting courses please do not hesitate to email me. I have lots to say and love to talk about it!