I'm just gathering my self together to reflect on my trip to Estoril, Portugal.
Where to start? I'll start with the kitchen window as this just made me take a breath.... Oh to have windows that open inwards (why do they not do that in the UK? ) I was staying in a lovely Portuguese guest house apartment above Margarida's language school and it really was so charmingly lovely...
I took the time before the workshop to write, journal, rest and recharge before Flora Bowley's Bloom True workshop, which took place in Margarida Alberty's Art Studio.
It was all just truly bloomingly lovely.
Effortlessly, Flora coached us to not fear the blank canvas, to move with music and to begin by mark-making. Such FUN. I have never done anything like this before. I have never been to an art class, nor have I painted 'large'. She also planted the seed of non-attachment within a painting. What she meant by this was - to 'let go' within the painting and to not become attached to parts of the painting but to BE BOLD and MOVE forward as the painting constantly changes. We were always turning the painting, to see what we could see, from another direction. We also spent time looking back, from the other side of the room and this had a huge impact on me.
In fact, it was quite an Aha Moment!
I reconnected with an urgency to paint and to have Flora's experience by my side, it was just wonderful. We were only 9 in the class, so we had so many opportunities to watch her, ask her and just bathe in the lushness of her artistic flair.
|Changes to canvases were happening by the minute!|
At the end of day one. Phew, that was some painting class.
10am till 7pm
I began to see swirls and circles wherever I walked that night. This was the local supermarket boarding.
Watching Flora paint was meditative, to say the least.
After 2 days, one of my canvases looked like this. I would have liked to spend more time on this piece but I think I may leave her now and start on a new canvas, a much bigger one and just 'go for it'. I love painting this way and I'm sure it will add to my Jules Dolly Art, but this releases another part of me that I never knew about!
My two finished pieces.
Our group: (Margarida is taking the pictures)
To complete the weekend, we went to a lovely Portuguese restaurant where we laughed and laughed (and enjoyed some sangria!)
I'm still floating and there's more for me to reflect upon, but I felt that I wanted to post my initial, raw, thoughts from the workshop in Portugal. Thanks Flora, Thanks Margarida and Thank you creative spirits that were in the group.