Today’s Bloom True Bootcamp Prompt is “Embrace the sensual”. Flora Bowley encouraged us to try focusing on the FEEL and SOUND of painting. I did this working over two old paintings. Felt really great to just let go and work quickly and intuitively, staying ahead of my critical mind. Black isn’t so scary after all – in fact, it reminds me of doing etchings in art school. It is so bold and rich and I think it will add depth to my quiet and calm paintings. Looking forward to seeing how these develop.
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.
Today’s Fresh Paint is a detail of a thank you card that I made for a family we stayed with on the lovely Salt Spring Island. I came home feeling summery and appreciative. Islands are the best!
A NEW CREATIVE PRACTICE
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.