Friday, November 4, 2011

My "Flora" experience!!!

Me and Flora.

If you read my blog you know I've been waiting and talking about Flora Bowley's workshop for months. And last weekend, finally, it was time. Two whole days, from 9 to 5, painting and learning from Flora. 

So C-O-O-L!

Getting rid of the "white": Flora shows us the first step.

The workshop was at Studio Crescendoh, hosted by Jenny Doh. There were 18 students (if I remember correctly) from very different backgrounds, which, I think, only makes for a more interesting class.


How to make marks and add variation and interest to your painting.

Flora did short demos to show us the next steps, and then it was our turn. We had two canvases, 30x30 each. The biggest I've ever painted. And I liked it!

Sometimes I would walk around the see what everybody was doing. Amazingly different, each and every one!

While we waited for the paint to dry, we would work on the other canvas.


Times like these makes me realize how much I like being around other artists. Everybody was so happy to be there, so open to everything, so ready to dive in and paint their hearts out...amazing energy!

At one point Jenny turned to me and asked "Are you having a good time?" and I said "Yes!".
She nodded and said "Yeah, I can tell."


Some of the stages of Flora's painting. She really is the ultimate example of non-attachment.

Every once in awhile Flora would have us take a break and do some stretching and breathing and dancing. Other times she would walk around the room and read us an inspirational quote. And sometimes we would sit down, with our journals, and either draw or write. A nice break.

Everybody wrote affirmations and shared with the group.

On the second day, we could see everybody's paintings coming together.

Flora's painting by the end of the workshop.


As for MY paintings, I took some pictures of the progress too. I find it interesting to see how you can change a painting so much!

Painting 1:








Painting 2::






I still have to work on both of them, but I like them so far. I learned some interesting things from Flora, and I really liked meeting her. If you ever have the opportunity to take her class, do it. Totally worth it, I promise.


A final group pose.

25 comments:

  1. That looks like a blast, and it's obvious you were having a good time! Thanks so much for sharing your joy (and your paintings!) with us!

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  2. Amazing! I've been wanting to take one of her workshops. You're paintings are beautiful!

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  3. That looks like so much fun! I love all the great paintings with loads of color!!

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  4. Very cool! And so interesting to see the process that your paintings took.

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  5. I would love, before the end of my life, to take a workshop from her. How fortunate you are. Amazing!!!

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  6. Beautiful paintings~I love the colors in both as well as the swirls. So happy for you and the good things happening for you and your work.

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  7. Your pieces are so beautiful & inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your experience...I hope I get to take a class from Flora some day. :)

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  8. This is wonderful ! It brings back memories of the class I took with flora in the summer. Thanks for sharing

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  9. Yay! You finally did it! I really enjoyed this post - brought back memories from May for me, including some things I'd forgotten, like the affirmations - and I love your paintings! So happy for you that you made your dream come true. :)

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  10. Thanks for the preview! i am attending next weekend in Seattle. She was the first artist that really inspired me. Very excited!! Julie

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  11. I'm so jealous! Meeting and painting with Flora is a dream/goal of mine! I want to learn how to paint like that--it's so amazing:)

    Jill

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  12. I`m very jealous. I would wish, that Flora would come to Germany someday.

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  13. This was such a wonderful post Joann! I need to sit and post about my experience too. It was so nice meeting you and being "partners". I think your work is just amazing...

    Dont forget, I'm here to keep you awake, and you for me :)

    Love, Kelly

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  14. Just gorgeous Johanna - what a riot of colour and inspiration! It really is something special to be a part of one of Flora's workshops - so good that you had the opportunity to do so. Have a fabulously creative week, x Donna

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  15. Wow! That an amazing experience that must have been. So exciting!

    Love the art you created during that experience. Thank you for sharing! :)

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  16. Wow your paintings are so pretty and I am so jealous you met Flora and experienced a class like that. :) I have been following her for a while now. One day, I will be able to take a class from her. :)

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  17. Oi, Joana. Que lindo! Sem duvida um workshop com ela esta na minha "wish list" :) Adorei suas telas! Parabens!!!

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  18. Hi Joana...congrats on the publication. Your work caught my eye immediately because I too am a Flora FAN! I'm so jealous, I've been trying to go to a Flora workshop for a few years now and can't get it to work out. I also live in Irvine and am a Mom who is also trying to find time to paint. Your work is beautiful and I'd love to follow your blog, but couldn't get the follow button to do anything...Can't wait to see more of your journey! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Hi Joana! It was great meeting you on Sunday and painting together! I love your artwork - it's so colorful and spirited!! Hope we see other again for some more creative adventures!

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  20. Hi Joana. I love Flora Bowley's work. I live in the UK so it's quite difficult to get to do one of her workshops but I know I will one day. Thanks for sharing your work -it's awesome - you must be thrilled to have produced such beautiful pieces.

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  21. Oh!!! I absolutely NEED to go to a Flora workshop.....looks like such an amazing time! Love how your paintings transformed.
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  22. I love the last group shot! Sounds like an amazing experience. ~ Sandra ... WOW! I do most of my work on an ATC scale (less time and less $$ for materials) 30x30 sounds HUGE to me. I'm getting inspired to just go for it and take a 50% coupon to my local arts and craft store and buy a large scale canvas.... now I'm off in thought... you've planted some nice seeds in my head, my friend. Lovely ~Sandra

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  23. Hi Joana, Thank you for sharing your experience with Flora! It looks like you had a wonderful time and I LOVE what you created!! Thanks for sharing the process too. I love your sense of colour. I also attended a class with Flora earlier this year and I had a fantastic time. You made me feel so nostalgic! Wini xo

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  24. Do you remember if Kathie Vezzani was in your class? I know she took a Flora class very recently also.

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