Inspired by….Bloom True (the e-course)

I am at it again. Stalking poor Flora. Read about her here….over here and here… I really should become her PR gal. Hmmmm…

This time I am taking her newly released e-course Bloom True. As I expected it is everything I imagined and more.She is true to her word.

I am OPEN to it all!

So bear with me for the next 6 weeks as you help me intuitively paint myself to greatness.I will try to limit my ” Help ..What do you see?” questions.

I have really been enjoying our classroom community. I love reading everyone’s comments and thinking “Yes, I get what you are saying, I see that…I know where you are coming from… ” But it is our own process and each and everyone of us will find our own way.Its just so nice to know you are not alone in your process. Everyone is finding and sharing.It is a great learning environment.

The key is trust.Not an easy value to uphold when painting. Especially when you have an inner critic sitting right next to you, critiquing every move…..

Currently we are working on our mark making. I have been searching the house high and low for tools. Just recently I received a lovely bottle of wine as a gift…wrapped in some fabulous cardboard.

What am I thinking you ask? I am eyeing the cardboard with great enthusiasm thinking the ridges on it will be a fine mark making tool. My children and husband no longer speak, they just glance sideways at each other and hope and pray that they did not inherit this gene….

So here you go. What I have found helpful in my mark making process. Fun times and lots of play….
acrylic, painting, mark making, Flora Bowley, Bloom True
My very own homemade cut outs. These are made from sturdy paint chips, a couple of different hole punches and an exacto knife. Anything goes…
acrylic, painting, mark making, Flora Bowley, Bloom True Fruit and veggie mesh. Great for spraying paint or inks on.
acrylic, painting, mark making, Flora Bowley, Bloom True Scrapbook paper cutouts, ridged cardboard,raised paper…
acrylic, painting, mark making, Flora Bowley, Bloom True Anything to scratch, etch and move paint around.

mark making, acrylic, painting, scrapbook Scrap cuts outs. Love these. Once again great for spraying through or painting on top.
And last but not least. My favorite…
acrylic, painting, mark making, Flora Bowley, Bloom True
Spray bottles, fluid paint and ink. I am loving these. My walls and floors are not!
Great for spraying through cutouts, or into wet paint. Great for drips!

So there you have it. Add a paint brush or two, fingers and rags and you have an arsenal of great mark making tools!
I would love to hear what you are using. Please share and feel free to add a link!

Thanks for dropping by…and remember…..

practice, patience and perseverance

For more information on Flora Bowleys workshops click here!
Flora Bowley  {artistically afflicted blog}

Trust me, it will change the way you paint.If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at jules@bollah.com

Inspired by…exhausted by…intuitive painting

Oh my goodness I am exhausted. This whole new brave, intuitive way of painting is slowly killing me. ..It is also cluttering up my home.

I am surrounded by canvas all begging for attention. All waiting for me to find something, some imagery in them. I must have at least 5 canvas on the go right now. Some intuitive style, some not. I think I am going to start turning their faces to the wall.

Pick me…don’t you see the huge orange poppy? your favorite poppy pods?..No, pick me I am so a birch tree….oh..and I have some birds in me too..What about me? Pick me, why dont you love me? I have been sitting here for over three months.. waiting…  I have potential, you’ll see..love me…..

There we go…silence.

My favorite is now, in desperation, asking my children to find images for me. I asked my teenage daughter what she saw in one of my paintings. All I got was a “seriously?” you expect me to find something in that mess. My younger son, on the other hand, was able to find an entire, very complicated NYC skyline.

If I see one more bird , tree or flower emerge from all of my mark making I may scream. Really now…why cant I find a lovely figure or maybe a sailboat?

It must all  boil down to the subconscious. What do I do when not painting and living life? I doodle.

I doodle big bold flowers, leaves and fields of dreams. I guess it is only natural that I then keep seeing these images emerge in my paintings.

doodle,art,big flowers, pen and ink,

I think it may be time to sit down and scan some magazines and books. I need to build up a repertoire of  new images in my art journal.

So, just because, I have posted a few progression pieces..work in progress, mind you. (There is no such thing as a finished painting around here..you are not safe from gesso until you leave the house:)

intuitive painting, workshop, flora bowley

making marks

intuitive painting, workshop, flora bowley

sorry…white balance a little off..but you can start to see images..

intuitive painting, workshop, flora bowley

outlining images..choosing colors..

intuitive painting, workshop, flora bowley

still working color…

Close to being finished, but not quite. Definitely inspired by Flora, but trying to make it my own. Adding lots of texture. I am not one for transparency. Still need to add all the icing…more outlining and images to draw all the colors together. Also need a smoother transition from light to dark.

Any other suggestions? Please……

Hold onto your hats for this one. This one is full of flowers and birds of all kinds.

intuitive painting, workshop, flora bowley

mark making..warm and cool colors..

Amongst it all I was thrilled to have found this…

intuitive painting, workshop, flora bowley

I see a barn!..seriously? do you see it?

In a 24″ by 24″ painting covered in marks, I found this little 3 inch section of what looked like an old barn and some rolling hills and now, all of a sudden, I have a game plan!!

intuitive painting, workshop, flora bowley

I see a village coming on…

Sigh of relief…I can only take so much braveness…I am actually still not that brave as I am still finding images “precious”..I have to be willing to turn this canvas upside down and re-work it…that still makes me quiver in my boots..

This has hours of attention coming its way…

In a nutshell,I love intuitive painting. I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is such a fun, free wheelin’ process. Everytime I work a painting this way I learn oodles of information~ be it a mark, a texture, a color combination or an image. I can’t tell you how liberating it is to just paint and see what happens. I am constantly surprising myself…and this, my friends, keeps the love for painting alive and well in me.

Only three more weeks until Flora Bowleys online course Brave Intuitive You. I can’t wait. I have worked with her in person and written about her here..and here..oh, and here too.

All of a sudden I feel like a bit of  stalker…

My weekend with her was all I hoped for and more, but I feel like I only scraped the surface of this whole intuitive painting style and my potential. I am so excited to explore this concept more.

I am open, willing…. and brave.

Join me!

For more info on Flora and her wonderful courses, take a peek here! Flora Bowley  {artistically afflicted blog}

Inspired by …my commitment to just finish!

Had a good laugh today when I found this.

to do list

Just in case you forget...go home!

Yes, the to-do list of a ten-year old boy. Life sure is good…

I am happy that he is following my lead and actually making lists because I believe they are a good thing. A good spot to keep an ongoing tally of things that need to get done….always, never-ending and constant…that’s how I refer to my to-do list.

I thought about posting a picture.. or four.. of my list. My friends always make fun of me because not only is it covered with lists, but there is always a doodle or two incorporated into it all. My current list is a few pages long now with the holidays coming up.Unfortunately I am not in the mood for dealing with half the things on my current list. Buying and changing lightbulbs,putting up Christmas lights, baking…these do nothing for me. In fact, I don’t even want to acknowledge some of the things I have to do because I just don’t. feel. like.it! Sometimes it’s nice to be able to just forget…

Ignorance is bliss!

…until you catch a glimpse and groan..oh..really should get that done. I recently found an old to-do list  and had a good laugh when I  discovered that some of my to-do items have still not been done….months later. I happily transfer them from one week to the next..secretly hoping they will just disappear…or that maybe someone else will deal with them.

Ahh..so what have I been doing while I procrastinate? Do you even have to ask?
paint tray

I am holding myself accountable and trying to  work on my finishing skills. Nothing new is allowed to be started until I finish some of the canvas that are taking up my floor space and my mind space. I need to clear out and de-clutter. My goal is to start and complete two paintings a week. All I ask from you is that you hold me to it!

So here is the progression of this weeks two painting.. I blogged about the inspiration for them here.

I started both using the same colors, but different mark making tools. They both took on a life of their own after that.

mark making

Finding images

poppy

Working it..

Ok, it’s not quite finished. I am a little stuck on what to do next. These poppies are a little too free wheeling for me. I think they need to be grounded with stems, but I don’t want stems dividing up the page. Any suggestions? I am thinking that I may try to portray the image of stems, but right now I am drawing a bit of a blank. It will come…

Work #2

same colors...different marks

mark making, finding images

Finding images...and obliterating

Phthalo Blue was NOT in my color scheme here. But in the back of my mind I could hear Flora saying “do something bold”. Phthalo Blue is me breaking out the bad. It is such an intense color that seems to just take over. It’s about as naughty as I can get these days…

Working it...

I think this is done. Or maybe I am just done with it! I think I just need to balance out the background a bit more..

These will both be going in my Etsy shop. Oh, that’s right…etsy shop still on my to-do list…!

Have a great week!

p.s.
Flora Bowleys e-course is open for registration. It doesn’t start until February so think about it!
Registration is open now and this five-week painting adventure will begin on Monday February 6, 2012. See http://braveintuitiveyou.com/e-course/registration/

Inspired by…a paint chip

I am always so thankful that nobody here ever asks to see some of the “finished” pieces that I have posted here in their beginning stages.

Ahh..it is a problem and definitely one of the many signs of one artistically afflicted. I just love the way that almost sounds like artistically gifted…so close..yet so far away…

Anyway to keep in the spirit of beginnings which are oh, so much fun. I have started two paintings today for creative everyday…same colours but with a different approach.
colour swatch

Colors – quinacridone magenta, cad yellow dark, vat orange, raw umber and white. I like to find paint chips from the paint store that intrigue me and throw me out of my comfort zone…some very interesting colors here that I would never think to combine.I try to keep track of the “recipe” in hopes of creating again.

Examples of mark making

Do you notice any difference?

The first (pictured below) is all about marks…lots of lines, squiggly and straight.Lots of hard lines with definite boundaries.Pattern.

mark making

Example One - mark making

The second is all about the continuation of colour. Still lots of lines and pattern (because I just couldn’t help myself…my brain just couldn’t seem to stop my hand from scribbling..odd), but I tried to use a lot of water and medium to spread and blend.This will take practice.

Example Two - mark making

So kind of different, but kind of…not.

It makes me laugh to see a lot of the same shapes and forms within both. Non-intentional, just the brain taking over. I also wanted to just keep it to the above paint chip colors..I am not sure why I am doing this. I am just curious more than anything…

So, these have become my designated project for Creative Everyday this week. I am not “allowed” to start any other projects until these are finished. Someone please hold me accountable!

Off now to squint, stand upside down, have a couple of glasses of wine…anything.. so I can start seeing some images emerge from these.

A few hours later…(using example two)

poppies

things are starting to appear...

Oh, surprise, surprise…poppies are starting to appear. I just cant help it…

I would love to see some of your marks. Leave a link in the comment section if you have some examples to share!

See you tomorrow!

p.s. I have some very exciting news to share with you tomorrow…it will make you smile…it will make you dance….some will even shout with joy! Stay tuned!

Inspired by…practice, patience,perserverance

mark making, inspiration

Playing with marks. My go-to guide in times of need.

Since returning from Flora Bowleys Bloom True workshop I have been thinking a lot about mark making. I am still amazed at how liberating it was to just paint with no predetermined plan. Lots of random marks, lots of color and lots of freedom. As with any workshop, it is always so exciting to come home and put your new skills to work.

The problem I am faced with now is what to do with all this new-found knowledge. I really enjoyed the process of creating in her class and it is something I would definitely like to continue in my own work. The question is….how do I make it my own?

mark making

I see a bird and a flower and a cloud and ........

A work in progress….looking for imagery..interesting marks and texture.

As thrilled as I would be to create my own “Flora” . It’s just not going to happen.  I love , no LOVE her work, but even though I watched carefully and listened I still cannot adopt her style. Its just not the way I work…even though I would love it if it were!

I have sat down to paint a number of times since and I have to be honest.. I am feeling a bit lost. To begin with every substrate feels much to small. I only want to paint big. I want to use colors that I haven’t used before, but I am not entirely sure how to mix them.I  also want to paint freely but having trouble coming up with imagery.

Well that’s not entirely true. I have tons of images I have doodled throughout my journal, but I guess I am just a little tired of seeing them. Need some new images.

Shouldn’t have any problem finding them in our household….

inspiration

hours of entertainment...

Definitely feeling a wee bit frustrated .I think I need to just step back and breathe.

Note to self…

Practice..Patience…Perserverance

It will all come together in time.

I would love to hear where you find your images? Magazines, websites, photography…pinterest?

Inspired by..new and different colors.

Blogtoberfest ~ day ?

I have been trying to break free of my usual color scheme. It is not easy.

My home is painted ginger root,  my accents are always red and orange. I have been living with this color scheme for about 20 years now. I don’t know if I will ever be able to break free of it. It’s just kind of who we are now….

Interestingly, most of my art is always on the warm side….until now.

I am trying to break free…if it can only be through my art, then so be it…

My new groove is to “pin” color schemes on Pinterest and then apply them to art. Curious as to what I am talking about? Go here

Source: photocardboutique.com via Julie on Pinterest

Purples and blues. I would never think to combine these colors together.

I will be honest, it’s a bit on the wild side for me. I may be a bit conservative when it comes to color…
So it was decided. My goal was to use these colors in my art exercise..

Here is what happened….

Colors used ~

  • cobalt teal
  • napthol red
  • naples yellow
  • titanium white
  • mars black

cobalt teal, napthol red

Some fun mark making in above colors and then painting out space around into some standard shapes.

mark making, texture, mixed media

Making marks..exploring texture
mark making, texture, acrylic paint
Making shapes…trying different mediums..lots of charcoal, oil pastels and ink

Obliterating all…and coming up with something new, but still within the same color scheme.

All of the above pieces created on small 8′ by 10″ inch watercolor paper. Constantly reminding myself to let go and loosen up..its only paper.

Big ideas…small committment. Explore and see if your idea is worth committing more time and energy to..

Next time I am going to try and shake it up a bit more. Less Tapestry and Blooming Blue. More Greenleaf and Natural.

Love to hear and see some of your fav color combinations!

Inspired by….sketchbook pro

Blogtoberfest ~ Day 6

Recently I posted about my love for my ipad here. My love for it gets greater everyday. I do not want to have these attachments to external devices . I know that in a moments notice all can be lost. I am still grieving the loss of an old hard drive the other day…. It was too traumatic to post about at the time, but as time heals, I will…

On to happier thoughts…my love for my ipad and a certain application called Sketchbook Pro. Below is a little something I whipped up while waiting for a plane not too long ago. No thoughts or cares just playing with marks and colors I do not normally use.

I really enjoyed the process of creating this. (those who know me well are shaking their heads right now…flying is not my favorite pastime so flying has become a bit of a ‘happy time’ for me 😉

I thought I would give this a try on paper. I have been doodling or mark making a lot these days and thinking how am I going to incorporate these marks into my work. Here is what I came up with…
flowers for you..

Now when I started out my intention was to try to make them similar, but as you can see that didn’t really goes as planned. I was all free and easy using my ipad, but the moment I got to paper, I tightened up and wasn’t as flowy.I found I also could not recreate my original colors as easily as I could on the ipad.

Time and patience with color..it will get there..

Regardless, the concept and premise behind the two were the same. I started out by making lots of random marks and shapes. Took a step back to find some patterns. Then just painted in the negative space around them.

Once again, just trying to learn from experience and hopefully sharing this with you will provide you with an a’ha moment of your own. Hope so!

I would love you to share any other creative ipad applications in the comment section below that others  may be interested in. Thanks!

Inspired by…texture with found objects

Day 2 ~ Blogtoberfest

Dont tell anyone around here, but I love a rainy weekend. No excuse to stay in the house and paint, draw, read and now …blog..

After my crazy week I can only sigh. AHHHH… there were a few too many days creative-less. My new plan is to set away 30 minutes a day to just play and explore with my stuff. If I get more time, great. If not, no whining because I have at least had a bit of time to do what I want to do.

So after searching my kitchen for something new and different to paint with, I found this….recognize it?

fruit and veggie bagIt’s the mesh bag from my cherry tomatoes(right) and clementine oranges(left). Grocery shopping has become a bit more fun….


These marks are going to be bee hives. More layers and depth..tweak the color and it will be all set for some bees.


I havent a clue what I am going to use these for. I don’t usually use blue. Now I am thinking that maybe these will be for bees. Oh, the decisions…

I am really loving this texture. It’s good as it traps paint in its web. It is also a great over lay to paint on top of another color. Will definitely be using again.
Blue paint…maybe not.

feeling blue

If you have any interesting textures created with found objects, please share!! It’s always good to have an arsenal of materials on hand to get the creative juices flowing. The freer the better!

Inspired by…the doodle.

I am a doodler. I have always been a doodler. I will always be a doodler.

I dont like to dish the doodle. It gets a bit of a bad rap sometimes. Images of people chatting on the phone, pen in hand doodling on a pad of paper often come to mind when I hear the word “doodle”. The dictionary also describes it as drawing or mark making absentmindedly.

a little zen time

There can be an art to the doodle though. With a little time, thought on composition and pattern it can be an artistic learning experience.It can be a fun way to experiment with mark and line. It can be  therapeutic.

In my dreams

I think of doodling as my zen time. A time that I just sit, draw and let the mind wander. No preconceived notion of anything. No stress over what color to paint beside another.  Just time spent solving the worlds problems one doodle at a time.

All it requires is paper and pen.

I am not the only one who has taken the doodle from the front of the telephone book into a form of art onto itself….Check out these beautiful drawings


1. garden, 2. Weekly Challenge No 21, 3. William Morris has a Nightmare, 4. under the microscope

Need a little creative inspiration for your doodle time. Check out one of my favorite sites, Zentangles, over here

This weeks doodle for Illustration Friday – mesmerize

Inspired by…sketchbook pro!

I am very inspired by my favorite application Sketchbook pro. For the low, low price of $4.99 I have had hours of entertainment. So far it is the best freehand drawing app I have tried.

waiting at the airport...

There is nothing scary about it. No commitment to canvas.No wasted paint.
A very fun and free way to play with line, mark and color. If you dont like a stroke.. delete it! You are right back where you started.
You can save layers. You can import from your photo library. You can export to facebook, flickr and photoshop.

The possibilities are endless…

See what others have done with it here..

You can check it out here

You can see it in action here…

I am not sure what happened here, but I did get a good laugh when I discovered my dirty fingers after using it!

still managed to get my fingers dirty?