Winged Spirit speaks to me, gently saying “Release what no longer serves so you can soar to new heights.” Her wings are strong yet nurturing. “Fear not,” she continues, “when you have the courage to take a leap, Spirit will carry you safely on the wind. You will not fall.” What wonderful advice as we head into 2015, a new year & an opportunity for a new beginning!
Winged Spirit emerged from layers of acrylic paint playfully applied with a variety of tools- brushes, a spray bottle, sponges, a fork, stencils, stamps, and my fingertips. I was able to connect with this piece far more deeply than I had with some of my earlier work because I allowed myself to enjoy the process and let whatever was going to happen happen. Surrender… a new concept for me.
Early in the fall, I strolled into my local fabric store and happened upon a display of art-related books. As soon as I read the title “Brave Intuitive Painting”, I knew I had to have Flora Bowley’s book for that’s exactly what I would love to call my painting process. But I can’t. Not yet. I stayed up late into the night soaking up her advice, techniques, and colorful examples, enthusiastically telling my boyfriend, “If I could write a book, this is exactly what I’d want to say!!” She encourages artists to release preconceived ideas of a finished product and immerse ourselves in the process of discovery… and self-discovery. The book led me to her website which led me to her e-course called Bloom True. I highly recommend it for anyone to wants to break free of expectations and allowing the experience of creating art to be a more intuitive process.
The point of taking Flora Bowley’s workshop is not to copy her style. Rather, the point is to honor the authentic creator in my Self, silence the critical mind for a while, and just BE.
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