Saturday, April 9, 2011
Feeling the love with Flora Bowley!
One of my finished works from the weekend...
The whole crew!!
Last weekend I attended my first ever art workshop. Never one to start small I also happened to be the organiser of the event...and of course it wasn't just any old teacher, it was with the awesomely groovy, hip, wise and generous Flora Bowley whose photo I had placed on my vision board last year!! Flora arrived on the Thursday afternoon and we spent a couple of days getting to know each other..what a treat to hang out with Flora at mi casa! Saturday morning arrived and Flora made some avocado on toast while I went out to the studio to get my gear. Wheeling my trolley through the house I noticed copious amounts of a clear liquid spilling out all over the floor and Navajo rug!! Somehow the lid had broken off a large bottle of FLOW RELEASE and there it was flowing away all over the floor! Ten minutes, two towels and 3 sponges later the metaphor dawned on me...flow release! What a fitting start to the weekend!
Flora and I
We headed out to the amazing location of Worrowing (thanks to our lovely hosts Jenny and Adrian Robertson) and soon the place was buzzing with an excited frenzy of creative ephemera and expectation....
we staked out our spots and settled into 2 days of expressive artmaking, eagerly listening and watching as Flora generously shared her techniques and philosophy on being in the flow.
Lanette painted two beautiful canvases, one t-shirt and a pair of shorts!
We moved our bodies to unstick the energy, played with paint with fingers, sticks, foam, stamps and brushes and tried to stay in our hearts and bodies with an occasional foray into our heads!
Judith getting in the flow...
Our paintings went through several incarnations over the 2 days and we learnt to enjoy the process rather than try to control the outcome.
Flora shows us how its done!
We silenced our inner critics by slathering affirmations across the wall, enjoyed scrumptious communal lunches that everyone brought to share and gave each other encouragement as our paintings unfolded.
Cathy and Jay getting their groove thang on!
Artists at work!
We shared the things we were grateful for, danced with our eyes closed in the morning sun and enjoyed the visits from one gorgeous four legged friend who was probably wondering what on earth we were doing throwing paint all around his stable!
Christine and our four-legged visitor
Julie and Mariette's creative corner...
Robbie and Julie Mc's corner of creative outpourings!
By the end of the weekend we were inspired and exhausted...in the best way! We finished off with a show and tell and plan to gather our works next month for a group exhibition to show off our awesomeness! So wonderful to meet and spend creative time with such a wonderful group of creative women. Cant wait to organise my own Springtime workshops!..I learnt so much from Flora..I am truly grateful..thank you to everyone and namaste!
Cathie's canvases exploded with colour!
Jann shows and tells her beautiful works!
A moment of reflection and gratitude
First time painter Marg completed these incredible works even while feeling slightly under the weather!
Gabe got stuck and then unstuck..what a privilege to be a part of her journey!
My turn for show and tell!
Christine's paintings were opposites, one wild and free, one calm and reflective...
Sue's beautiful watery landscapes!
Nina with her bold and beautiful abstracts!
Jules and her amazing finished works :)
Cheeky Julie bundled these 2 beauties into her camper and took off with Flora into the great unknown!
First time painter Mariette also amazed us with her vibrant works :)
Marilyn shows her works with a smile of satisfaction!
Can you tell Cathy had a great time?
Jay shares her works and thoughts with us
Julie shows her stuff!!
Lanette wowed us with her colourful works!
Robbie gave herself permission to create, create, create!!
Judith shines with her finished works :)
ps our wonderful host Jenny was busy looking after us much of the time so her paintings were not quite finished..will post pics when she sends them on over to me xo