Friday, September 27, 2013

Are you interested in unleashing your inner creativity and changing your life?

Are you ready 
 to change your life?
The September - October 2013 session of Bloom True is SOLD OUT! Registration for the next Bloom True e-course will open on October 30, 2013. You can register by clicking the button above.
The class will run February 10 - March 15 2014.

Last summer I did something that changed my life. I signed up for an online painting class with Flora Bowley called Bloom True, and over the course of 5 weeks I learned how to let go, embrace mystery, reconnect with my playful and brave inner artist, and shine my own light. It was truly a transformational experience, and has lead to many magnificent changes in my life, including opening an art gallery and working studio and resuming teaching workshops myself, which I had taken a 15 year hiatus from.

I first heard about Bloom True from a friend who was mid-way through the e-course. At the time we were attending a wonderful 4 day art retreat together, called Artfest, in Port Townsend, WA. She said "You would love Flora Bowley's work!" When we got home from the blissful creative immersion of Artfest I immediately googled Flora and Bloom True. Flora's gentle, supportive and encouraging manner shone out, in interviews, the class description, and most visibly in her paintings. Luscious, colourful, and full of imagery and words that I have long gravitated to in my work, it was immediately apparent to me that I must take this course.

When I say that taking the course changed my life I am being honest. The freedom, self-acceptance, and exhilaration I felt as I painted was like nothing I have ever experienced creatively. Always my own harshest critic, and with a lifelong history of internal "not good enoughs" to put to rest, I was completely captivated by the process of letting go that is the hallmark of painting intuitively. No more sketching and planning, no end result to work towards; instead splashing and dashing paint, usually with my fingers, and losing myself in the colours and textures. It was like therapy! All of the "shoulds" fell away, and I was left embracing "maybe" over and over again. No mistakes. No rules. Always an opportunity to try something new.

Of course this way of embracing creativity spills over into the rest of your life. I became more comfortable with unknowns, fear and risk, and more comfortable just going with what is. My entire approach to the way I view life and live it began to change as a result of the class, and as a result, amazing, serendipitous events have transpired.

One of the best things to come out of the class was the community of intuitive painters that were my classmates and have become my friends. The safety and security of our online group, provided in every Bloom True e-course, created a wonderful atmosphere for sharing and supporting each other in our creative journeys. 

Exhilarated, and full of new creative techniques to share, I began teaching workshops myself again. I love to see my students discover new ways to express themselves creatively, let go of their inner critic, and embrace the process of letting their "planning and thinking" mind have a much needed break - letting their intuition and the bushes take over and reveal what is to come.

I am set to begin my second session of Bloom True on Monday, September 30th, and I can't wait. Several of my classmates from last year's session are joining me, and it will be wonderful to see what barriers we push through this time, and what we take away from this session, with many new videos and techniques that Flora has in store for us. If you want to give yourself or someone you love the gift of transformational creative liberation, sign up for Bloom True. Truly a gift that keeps giving!

To watch Flora create a painting start to finish:

To see Flora speaking about Bloom True:

To register for the next Bloom True e-course click the button below:

I will be documenting my thoughts and paintings on this blog for you 
as the course unfolds, so watch this space!