Still inspired by… Flora Bowley

flora bowley workshop

All I want to do is get down and paint! If those are not the lyrics to a song…they should be.

flora bowley workshop

Just had a fantastic awe-inspiring weekend of creating at a Flora Bowley workshop ~ Bloom True.

Flora Bowley workshop
I have had my eye on her workshops for a while now, but unfortunately they have always been a wee bit too far to really consider. How excited was I to discover that Artfest Annex was hosting one of her workshops in Seattle? Very. An opportunity not to be missed.

Flora Bowley workshop

endless color

Oh what I would give to have a few more days surrounded by a group of like-minded souls creating with no distractions. Time spent exploring art and friendship. It doesn’t get any better does it?

Flora Bowley workshop

her apron matches her artwork..

Flora Bowley…where to begin? Big smile, easy-going. A free spirit.Very grounded , but with a tendency to sing out her words. I smile as I write because there is just something about her that makes me chuckle. I like her!
I believe my first encounter with Flora was on a rainy Sunday morning, latte in hand, blog hopping through my other world. I instantly fell into her artwork. Her color scheme, her use of organic shapes and her marks all drew me in. What I was most intrigued by though was her layers. I love layers. I love to stare at a piece and each time discover something new. Never ending layers each peeking through. It makes me want to sing!
Having spent a weekend with  Flora, I now get it. She has fun with her work. She surrenders herself to her paintings and paints from her soul.She doesnt over think the process. She commits to little.She only keeps what she loves and will easily paint over hours of work. She is willing to change her course at any time… What you see is what you get! And trust me…its lovely!
I am proud to say this woman is definitely artistically afflicted… She has the courage to constantly question her work. To search for what she wants to portray.To let go….all lessons we need to embrace as artists.She gives me hope!

Flora Bowley workshop
As I mentioned in my previous post, I not only walked away with a whole new arsenal of tips and techniques to apply to my own style of art, but I also learned some very valuable life..art lessons. Because really now.. it is all one in the same.

Flora Bowley workshop

Heather grooving to the tunes

Floras workshop was held at the Artfest Annex in downtown Seattle. You must check it out! I will now go  on to sing the praises of Teesha Moore. Another soul in the art world who has inspired many with her art journaling and Art festivals.This woman has created a beautiful awe-inspiring art studio. High ceilings,wood floors, brick walls and flooded by natural light.To top it off you are surrounded by her big, bold beautiful art work.Insightful art work. One cannot help but feel inspired here.

Flora Bowley workshop

Beginning marks...

Flora Bowley workshop

finding images...

Still not sure how I got from this to this….but I know it involved a lot of layers,more marks,standing on my head and ….letting go.

flora bowley workshop

finished product...

An awesome weekend was had by all.
For me personally….I think it may have been a turning point.

Thanks ,once again, Flora!!

For more info on Flora and her wonderful course, click here!
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P.S. A sneak peek of Floras new book…coming out soon! Watch out for it!

Flora Bowley book

sneek peek....

Inspired by…Flora Bowley

Hello friends,

Just returned home from a whirlwind weekend in Seattle where I had the privilege of attending a Flora Bowley workshop – Bloom True. To add some icing to the cake..it was held at the Artfest Annex, Teesha Moore’s lovely studio in downtown Seattle.

I learned some new tips and techniques. I learned a lot about mark making and different supplies.Most importantly though I walked away with some life lessons around the process of creating and expression. A very well-rounded weekend!

I think I am going to need a few days to digest and absorb my weekend before I post about it. I want to make sure I am able to relate the full experience to you.

Until then…I will leave you with my weekend creations. Liking the poppies. Undecided about the bee. He may just fly away..

Flora Bowley Workshop

Flora Bowley workshop

How decadent is it to be able to spend two full days painting?
Very decadent.

Feeling very grateful. Thank you Flora!

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Have you thought about trying Floras painting class online? I have taken both and her online class is just like having a little bit of Flora right in your studio! For more info click here!
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P.S. Thank you all for your help and suggestions regarding my ripped canvas. I am very inspired to do many different things…I believe this is going to become my “practice” canvas. One I can detach, sew, collage, paint…and then re-frame. Very intrigued with disassembling and reframing…