I am 11 days into Flora Bowley’s ‘Bloom True’ painting course and to say I am loving it would be an understatement! (Though ‘painting course’ is a bit misleading to be honest. It’s as much an approach to life as it is an approach to art.)
We’re working on two big canvases at the same time, building up layers and switching back and forth between the two as the paint dries.
Each week has a theme – last week it was INTUITION and this week it’s LETTING GO.
The aim of working in layers is to let go of preconceived ideas and let the paintings emerge naturally. This can be hard at times. It involves a lot of trust and a willingness to play and experiment.
It also involves letting go of the need to know where you’re heading.
That’s a big one for me. It’s what makes the course both liberating and scary at the same time!
Right now I’m on layer 3 of my paintings. Later on I’ll post a photo of the layers in sequence, so you can see how the paintings have evolved. In the meantime, I’ve zoomed in on bits I particularly like – because of the colour or the shapes, or both.
Here are a couple of examples: