Flora Bowley. Amazing artist, woman and so wise for her age. A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of taking a 2 day workshop with Flora and many other amazing artists. Jenny Doh hosted the retreat at Studio Crescendoh. This painting retreat was my 50th birthday present to myself. A few months earlier on my actual birthday, my husband of 28 years had chosen that particular day to move out. The kids and I went to Disneyland to celebrate and I will always remember that day. A few weeks later, I received and email blast that Flora was coming to the OC. I literally went online at 8am and secured my spot. Then I had to wait 3 months... and what a crazy 3 months it was. A separation, finding a job, my son starting a new school, finding a temporary apartment for a month that accepted pets, packing up, having a garage sale ,finding a mover who would move, store and re-deliver our stuff (who was an absolute nightmare) finding a yearly rental that accepts pets, hostage negotiations with our mover once he had our goods in his possession, moving into the yearly rental, court dates, 5 different types of attorneys... But I believe everything happens for a reason and the retreat came at a perfect time.
We created 2 - 30" x 30" paintings overs the 2 days. Layers and layers upon layers of paint, texture and color.
Here are the first 3 steps of painting one:
(after the first layer, we took a turn at each and every painting and then returned to our own)
I will share more in a few days...