Friday, September 21, 2012


I apologize for the lack of posting for a week  or more.  I'm taking a painting class from Flora Bowley

called "Brave Intuitive You".   Her book Brave Intuitive Painting  has recently been published

 and it's a treasure trove of inspiration. 

I love, love, love her work.  When I found out that she was giving an eCourse, I jumped at the chance.

I've been very busy for almost two weeks between this class and my regular activities.  Also trying

to keep up with the Behind the Scenes alumni and their Facebook posts.  It's a lot.

My email box has never had so many emails!!

My plan was to post images of the steps in the process of painting these canvases.  However I've been

really hesitant as  they don't

look like anything yet. 

The first few layers are simply mark making.  To me they look like utter chaos, 

but Flora says to trust the process and assures us they will look like paintings later on in the game.

With that said.... I feel really vulnerable posting a bunch of scribbles.  Vulnerable to what?  Oh, I don't's that inner critic and the fear that others will criticize.  It's really the 

inner critic that criticizes!

The first couple days were mark making and trying everything out from sponge brushes to fingers to

etchers, things to stamp with, etc......a lot of finger painting.  Takes me back to my 5-year old 


I apologize for the poor image quality.  These canvases are way too big to scan.  The room is so dark I 

have to have overhead lights on.....oh well!  Above I show both canvases with layer 2.

Canvas 1 after a couple more layers of marks....

and above Canvas 2 with a couple more layers.

I'll post again with the next layers.  I promise I will return

with more photo edits soon.  In the meantime, I'm "trusting the process".


Carole M. said...

sounds like you're learning new techniques in a big way; that canvas looks BIG. Brave girl! Well done for giving it a go and the course sounds exciting. I like your bold strong colours and big strokes (and the mirage of a bird down in the bottome right-hand corner too). Look forward to more from you on this; enjoy the process.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

WOW! Both canvases look great! You are doing a great job trusting your process!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Wow so interesting! I want so to get back into painting maybe this is the way to break the block! Thanks for sharing, can't wait to see the next layer! No excuses just results!!! HeeHee!

libbyquilter said...

well done~!~
to show work in progress can be a little hard especially if we're new to a certain process but i'm so glad that you did and already there is signs of a sensational finished piece to come.


Karen Burns said...

Wow, I love your process :-)
Thanks for stopping by the blog ~ I am trying to learn more, but sometimes I "Just Don't Get It" .
Have a fabulous day ~


Marilyn said...

Thanks to all of you for your encouraging comments. They are so appreciated!!!