Archive for the ‘Bloom True’ Category

I can’t remember right now how many layers this canvas has on it.  We’re probably around 10 layers and the last few I’ve kept this same basic idea.  Why?  Because it speaks to me.  I will let it sit a few days and just see if I want to go add more.  The pic is not great because the lighting was off in the room.  I’ll have to take a better picture outside in natural light.



When we last left the canvases, I had put on the first two layers – first warm and then cool.  I followed up with a third layer of warm colors.  Then we could add black and white if we wanted.  And I followed that up by adding some fluid acrylics in cool colors (teal, green gold, and cerulean blue).

With all the techniques that Flora has us use – foam brushes, spraying water, stamping, scratching… the thing I like the best is using my fingers.  I just feel more connected to the canvas and the paint (as silly as that might sound).  I might have to pick up a couple more canvases this weekend.

The second layer for the paintings was done using cool colors.  I found I had a lot more choices in my paints for cool colors (blues and greens) than I did for the warm colors.  Flora’s intuitive painting process takes some getting used to.  At this point we’re still just putting down paint, seeing hwat kind of marks we can make with it, not worrying about if things are “pretty” or if we’re making “something”.

and the other canvas

For the second canvas, I used the dripping paint and water method.  I didn’t have much in the way of warm colors among the few fluid acrylics I had so I had to just do what I could.  I liked the method though I think I got a little crazy with the water.


That part in the upper left corner that almost looks like a stencil was just a wadded up paper towel that I was using to sop up standing water on the canvas.

Yesterday, I started Flora Bowley’s online course Bloom True.  Our first assignment was to take one of our canvases (at least 24 x 24 – mine is 24 x 30) and start with some warm colors.  She showed us two techniques for our first layer – fluid acrylics and water or smearing the paint on with our hands.  Oh, you know, I went with smearing the paint on!

I used four different colors – red, orange, and 2 shades of yellow.  I love the flow of the paint and how I left it thick in some places.  I actually like it just the way it is, but this will be just the first layer and likely all of this will be covered before the painting is finished.


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  • Nichole: thank you so much for the card! I got the Margaret Atwood one....which i love because she was one of my favorite authors i read in college!
  • Kimber: Great postcards! Love the variety of styles!
  • Carlin: I am the recipient of the non-pictured card! Using all different techniques is a great idea. I don't know that I could have managed it. I love how all