If you love to paint with your hands, dance while you paint, and practice yoga in between, then you need to be in painter extraordinaire Flora Bowley’s Bloom True! class. This past weekend at Teesha Moore’s Artfest Annex in Seattle, Flora presided over 22 artists as we followed her along a 2-day journey working on two 30″x30″ canvases. We scrubbed, scratched, finger painted and explored different ways of mark making, with a few surprises thrown in by Flora. Gifts she calls them, that’s all I am saying. You will have to attend her class to understand why all of us True Bloom! graduates are laughing. And for that group, just imagine, I was gifted with not one but two gifts! It all ended well and I am thrilled with my finished products.
I know some of you who know my painting style will laugh when I tell you that I finished early so I had time to read Flora’s galley for her new book by Quarry, Brave Intuitive Painting-Let Go, Be Bold, Unfold!: Techniques for Uncovering Your Own Unique Painting Style.
It’s being released May 1 and you can pre-order it
here. I’m telling you, it’s an award winner. You can see Flora’s hand in the graphics as she added her own drawings and her intuitive style to the layout and colors, and her prose stays true to her teaching style. I know that I am gushing here, but it really is that good. It’s a visual feast for your eyes and it takes you through the process of what we experienced in her workshop. If you can’t get to her workshops, then run to your computer and preorder this book. You won’t be sorry.
My finished paintings.