Bloom True: A Brave Intuitive Painting Adventure

 “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

-Anais Nin

 Let go.  Be bold.  Unfold.

In this playful heart-centered workshop, we will explore a whole new way of painting from a space of freedom, non-judgment and experimentation.  This process is about loosening up, letting go of expectations, having fun and allowing your art to unfold naturally.  The emphasis is on finding your true voice and allowing your personal expression to bloom and grow with flow and ease. There are no mistakes here!

Throughout the workshop, I will demonstrate many of my personal painting techniques such as dripping, stamping, expressive mark making, etching, patterning, drawing with paint and carving out imagery.  I will gently guide you with prompts through this fun explorative process, as I share tips about color combining, layering with translucent paints, finding your own voice, and bringing your paintings to life with variation and contrast.  I will also offer ways for becoming “unstuck,” moving through challenging moments and getting back in your creative flow. Our luxurious days of painting will be infused with music, poetry, yoga-inspired stretching, dancing, writing and sharing circles…all to help us open up, let go, get inspired and bring more joy into the process. On the third day, we will start over with a fresh canvas to integrate all that we’ve learned from the first two days while continuing to work on our first two canvases.

We will spiral between painting with wild abandon, boldly trusting in the unknown, and making more conscious choices about composition, personal imagery and color palette.  We will take many breaks to breathe deeply, stretch our bodies and re-connect with the present moment.  Most importantly, we will focus on what IS working and allow this to inspire the rest of the painting.  This is a process-based workshop that will empower you with a toolbox of new techniques as well as a new perspective to approach your work.  This is a very playful, supported, and forgiving process and no prior painting or yoga experience is necessary.  All you need is an open mind.  Trust…you are an artist already.

About the Instructor

Flora Bowley is an internationally celebrated painter, teacher, author, and inspirationalist.  Her vibrant paintings can be found in numerous galleries, in public spaces, on album covers, and on a variety of unique products made in collaboration with Papaya Art.  Flora combines eighteen years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, massage therapist and lifelong joy seeker to infuse her teaching and painting style with a deep connection to body, mind, and spirit. By honoring intuition and celebrating the present moment, Flora encourages her students to overcome fear and welcome joyful spontaneous expression back into the creative process.  Her transformational approach to painting (and living) and has inspired thousands of people to “let go, be bold and unfold” as they step fearlessly into the creative process.  Flora’s first book, “Brave Intuitive Painting” will be released by Quarry Books in May, 2012.  Flora splits her time between painting, teaching, and traveling to colorful locations around the world and living among a community of artists in Portland, OR.