I can't really begin to explain this course adequately because it is a painting course, a way to learn how to free up, make beautiful marks...It is not about teaching you to make a painting like Flora. You won't come out of the course able to spit out Floraesque work
but that is the gift
BloomTrue is a painting course about life, about trusting the process, about following your intuition and being brave. To make art that is an expression of your unique world view you need to step outside the confines of the expectations and understandings of art as you know it and step into the truth of what makes you happy and what is true for you. And Flora scatters the breadcrumbs along the path to help you find your way there
for me the key things were....
Flora talks a lot about developing your own voice, finding inspiration in your ordinary day (i am now sketching in the car waiting at school, taken by birds on powerlines, coveting twisted flax pods )..Other courses are often set up to teach you a certain style but Flora's course (co-written with the lovely Beth) is different. It is cohesive, thorough, generous and much much more than about painting...
As much as i would like to paint like Flora (and hoop like Flora and have clothes like Flora... yes girlie crush alert) Flora goes one better - she gives us signposts to look out for on our own journey, lets us be alive to our own possibilities, lets us loose with our own choices and ideas and scatters enough crumbs for us to find our way home...
This is the essence of the gift of BLOOM TRUE for me - that Flora helps us to value our own excitement and inclinations, encourages us to listen to our own intuition and shows us that her path to being an internationally recognised artist hasn't happened overnight and is the result of listening to her intuition too.
She has given me the courage to leap over the barrier made by the voice of the inner art critic (the very scary cousin of my inner critic - he has a beret and writes a column in a well respected art magazine in my head) stop me in my tracks with a chorus of "What is THAT? No one will buy that? Pathe-tic!" and then step on til the next barrier and then how to clamber over that...
I am at the stage of nearly being finished which is for me the scariest stage - it means i am saying - "this is the best i can do"
i am an inveterate unfinisher - it always gives me the excuse of saying "it is still a work in progress" "oh i haven't finished that yet"
And now i am being a big brave bloomer girl and finishing
and this is what i have got