That was a blogging break I really needed, I hope you didn’t miss me too much
I’d like to be able to tell you that there was a good reason for my blog-silence but there wasn’t really. OK so a couple of weeks of it may have been down to a spell of depression, but I’m coming out of it now, which is a relief. I spent a good chunk of the time painting on big canvases as part of Flora Bowley’s Bloom True course. I learned how to really let go of all expectations and self-pressure and to paint freely. I really enjoyed it!
I painted 6 canvases altogether, 3 big ‘box’ canvases and 3 little canvas boards. Painting BIG is my new favourite thing! So much more space to PLAY! I really want to get some even bigger canvases but due to working from home without a studio, I am extremely space-limited.
Here are progress shots of the first big canvas I worked on during Flora’s course. Many layers, much paint, and then something completely different emerged…
Then I forgot to take photos for a while…and I started to ‘know’ how I wanted it to turn out (but that’s completely opposite to the point of ‘Bloom True’!)
Here’s a close-up of that flowery part at the bottom which I really liked:
And then I ‘broke’ it I didn’t like it at all.
But that’s OK, because this was ‘Bloom True’ and the whole point is to move past your fears and expectations. You have to not get attached to any particular layer and try really hard not to have any idea of how it’s going to end up at this point. And therein was my mistake. I knew exactly where my painting was going, but I didn’t have the skill to get it there. Cue frustration and disappointment. I left it for a week or two, wondering how I was going to move on.
When I felt ready to face it again, I threw everything I had at it.
I really liked this and I almost wish I’d left it there.
But apparently I don’t know when to stop.
I really liked the tree too. But again, my painting skills let me down and I didn’t feel able to take it any further. Cue another couple of weeks spent not looking at it, painting other canvases…and then covering up this canvas completely with tiny flowers, which I forgot to take photos of. After the flowers, which were quite pretty, came drips and squares in warm tones accompanied by some stencilling, allowing some of the flowers to show through translucent layers.
And THAT is the finished canvas (available to buy here).
Flora Bowley is going to be running another session of Bloom True in February 2014.