Bloom True Bootcamp: Moon Mandala

Super Moom Mandala created with gesso, acrylics, pencil and ink.

Super Moom Mandala created with gesso, acrylics, pencil and ink.

Today’s prompt for Flora Bowley’s Bloom True Bootcamp is Mandala. I created this last night in celebration of the super moon. My intent was to “let go of perfect” and to “spiral in and spiral out” as Flora describes in her book Brave Intuitive Painting. I met with some resistance when I tried to work loosely but found that in doing so the design was unevenly spaced. So here is me letting go and letting it out into the world even though I’m not in love with it. I am fond of the soft colours and the moon at the centre. 



Fresh Paint Friday :: Ice Flow


Welcome to FRESH PAINT FRIDAY where I’m going to feature what’s on my palette, easel or gelli plate each week. From colour mixing to new materials to finished pieces, I’m going to share my painting process and creations every Friday. Last December I started a photography project called Mindful Mondays and it has been great to keep me motivated and creating, even when I’m short on time. Inspiration is only one part of art making – a commitment to dedicated practice is equally important. FRESH PAINT FRIDAY is a sticky note to myself to show up to the studio and PAINT!


This week I returned from a lovely time away in Victoria and Mayne Island. I came home with several projects in mind but when I went into my studio I felt stuck. So I grabbed an old/abandoned gelli print from my scrap pile – much less daunting than blank canvas! I had been playing with my new Liquitex Acrylic Inks and had a piece of paper with rich, black marks on them. This work began with one of those torn pieces being collaged onto the gelli print to create a horizon. As I worked, layering acrylic inks and fluid acrylics and drawing with my new Stabilo pencil, that little scrap that I started with became ice flowing into the sea. As the acrylics flowed and I worked intuitively, I found my own flow and overcame that stuck feeling.

What do you do to get un-stuck?

Willow Charcoal sketch



Whenever I have extra paint left on my palette I brush or wipe it onto a card stock or into my sketchbook. Seems I can’t waste colour! In this little sketch I rediscovered willow charcoal; it’s so smooth and rich and the round stick rolls beautiful marks. I also discovered drawing on the back of a tracing paper sketch with coloured pencils creates a soft effect that I love [the red parts of the dandelion stems].

Ladybug Collage in Sketchbook

Ladybug Collage

Yesterday I hurried to the library to pick up my long-awaited book, Painted Pages by Sarah Ahearn Bellemare. I only had a little bit of time to flip through it but I was already inspired. I took a journal page that I didn’t like and worked over, saving only the ladybug from the original. So much fun – I could collage for hours and hours! I’m using collage bits,pencil crayons, acrylic paints, watercolour paints, coloured pens, pencils and watercolour pencils. Finger painting – glue sticking – expressive play!

Art Journal: Vancouver Island Inspiration



I’m taking A Free Spirit Life’s Mothering with heART e-course right now and this is one of my art journal pages. I have to work quickly during nap times but I’m starting to enjoy the hustle to create. It makes me work intuitively and prevents me from getting too fussy. I’m loving using mixed media. In this collage I’ve used maps, magazines, watercolour, gesso, pencil, pens, and fluid acrylics.

Mindful Monday: a watercolour and ink Artist Trading Card



When baby is tucked into bed, I’ve been pouring over the pages of the beautiful book Water Paper Paint by artist Heather Smith Jones. I blended two of the assignments – Artist Trading Cards & Cutting a Larger Painting into Small Ones – to create a few watercolour and ink ATCs. I love doing small works [2.5 x 3.5″] as I can work intuitively and get out of my head a little bit, hopefully experiencing a few minutes of Flow. I love how ATCs are little objects that I can hold and place next to my bed or on a shelf that I walk by. They are sweet reminders throughout my day.