Flora Bowley shows the second layer of a painting. Flora's creation evolved into the bird below
It is hard to describe the workshop I took with her in the woods at Squam, I just loved it so much. Although we were taught to explore a painting method very different to the way I usually paint, it felt really natural to me. Rather than visualising something and painting it, we created layer upon layer, teasing out images that emerged organically.
Layering it on
The lovely Jess Greene examining her creation
My paintings (above and below)
My paintings were really far from the kind of things I have created in the past, but I felt strongly connected to them, not least because they reminded me of my dreams the night before the workshop (wierd!)
It was also a lovely thing to see Lorrie Spotts living out her Mondo Beyondo dream by taking a class with Flora.
If you ever get the chance to check out an exhibition or take a class with Flora, do it!
November 2010 update: Flora Bowley will be teaching at the Do What You Love art and creative enterprise retreat in Yorkshire, England, in May 2011! For more details see here or sign up to the newsletter on the right hand side.
More on my Squam experience here:
Reflections on Squam - I dreamed a dream
Open Your Eyes - photography class with Susannah Conway
Wabi Sabi paper class with Judy Wise
Squam round up