Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wild and Crazy

These are my paintings from the end of week 2 of Flora Bowley's online class. It's been lots of fun doing layers and layers of paint, but I'm feeling the urge to tame them now. We will be working on these same canvases for 3 more weeks, so they should look radically different by the time I'm done.

Flora's class is so beautifully designed, a lovely cross between painting and The Artist's Way sort of thoughts and exercises, with a little yoga thrown in. Flora has such a lovely presence with a calm, centered quality--it comes through even online.




I have no problem throwing paint on canvas and letting go. It's the next stage--the turning all the joy and wildness into a well-composed painting that doesn't lose its energy--that is challenging for me. So my fingers are crossed that I can continue to stay focused on the process and not worry too much about the results.

7 comments:

Cindy Woods O'Leary said...

Oowee--looks like fun! I just might have to put my fears of paint aside and sign up the next class. Glad you're enjoying it! xo

Robin Olsen said...

There is nothing to fear in this class! And it's especially easy to delve in in the privacy of your own home. Flora's class is so much about working intuitively and freely and I find that much easier to do when no one is looking.

Jan said...

These are wild and crazy and just plain fun!

Sojourner Design said...

So far they are wonderful. Such happy images, especially in February!

Margaret said...

Robin, you're enthusiasm is palpable! I have acrylics, I have a few canvases...this could be a lot of fun. I've taken in-person watercolour and drawing...maybe I should give this a try, eh?

louciao said...

These are so full of vibrant energy! As they are, they would fit well into many contemporary art galleries. But I agree, the real challenge is to wrangle the wildness and take it into a different realm, just to see where it/you can go, while not getting overly attached to the end result but trusting in the process.

sylvia said...

wow wow wow!!!