NEW VIDEOS + THE CREATIVE ACCELERATOR

GREETINGS! It was great to see how many of you enjoyed the Free Color Mixing video I posted a few weeks ago, so I thought I’d share a couple more videos with you today. These are two mini clips from the January edition of Studio Diaries. The first is from a Creative Exercise all about finding new tools and…

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January Studio Diary + Free Color Mixing Video

One of my favorite ways to explore new territory and keep things interesting is to mix up my own new colors.

In one of this month’s videos, I share a few super easy tips on how to mix your own colors. Mixing colors is such an awesome way to keep the spark of inspiration alive in your work. It’s also a powerful way to set your paintings apart with colors that are all your own.

I’m happy to give you an idea of what you will find in each Studio Diary by offering you a free peek at this month’s Color Mixing video.

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TRIBE Tuesday: Cindi Zimmerman

INTRODUCING CINDI ZIMMERMAN Today’s TRIBE Tuesday features the touching and heartfelt story of Cindy Zimmerman who took my most recent Bloom True E-Course in January.  Her journey is one of strength, trust and courage, both on the canvas and off. Thank you, Cindy, for sharing your story with us here today… Before I took Flora’s…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Jane Mant

    Today’s TRIBE Tuesday features an inspiring story by Jane Mant. I had the pleasure of spending a beautiful week painting with Jane last year in Bali, and I’m thrilled to share her work and her awesome story of “finding tribe” with you here today!       Like everyone, I have always been…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Romina Montoto

For today’s TRIBE Tuesday feature we are sharing a super sweet story. I’m sure many folks out there have similar tales of being told they were not artists as children (gah…just breaks my heart!), but Romina Montoto had the courage to follow her desire to create and reclaim her artist self as an adult. I…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Kristen Heinlein

  I had the pleasure of meeting and painting with Kristen Heinlein in my Portland studio late last year during a Bloom True Level Two Workshop.  I’m happy to share her honest story about following her heart, taking her own advice and embracing her own unique style of creating…   I have always had an…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Marlene Butteriss

  Today’s TRIBE Tuesday story is brought to you by Marlene Butteriss, who took my e-course in June 2012.  Marlene’s story is such a powerful reminder to follow your heart when you feel the pull…enjoy!     I bloomed true at 40. I had been painting, sculpting and creating all of my life, but there…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Yvette Lyons

    This week’s TRIBE Tuesday features the wonderful work and story of Yvette Lyons. I had the pleasure of meeting Yvette in my most recent Portland workshop.  Yvette has also taken my Bloom True E-course two times.  Her positive energy and openness to being brave and trying new things is contagious.  I hope you…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Jo Roszkowski

This week’s TRIBE Tuesday features the work and story of Jo Roszkowski, a student from my October 2014 e-course.  Enjoy!   Jo’s story…     The first person to really encourage me to make art was my sister. With her help, I entered a primary school competition and received some (candy) recognition for my work.…

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Video Winners!

I was so touched to see such bravery and vulnerability — and hilarity — in the videos created for my Bloom Trueapalooza giveaways that I wanted to honor the ones that enabled public sharing by sharing them here. I also had an impossible time choosing just five winners (you all make it so hard!), so…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Mary Suzanne Garvey

This week’s TRIBE Tuesday features the gorgeous work and inspiring story of one of my amazing workshop students, Mary Suzanne Garvey. Mary took my very first workshop in Portland over four years ago, and is a wonderful example of a student who has truly found her own unique, authentic voice. As many of my students…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Marion Perepolkin

Hi all!  I’m happy to share another wonderful TRIBE story with you today. Marion bought my book and then took my Bloom True e-course last October.  Her story of how a creative itch turned into a rich practice of self-love is a beautiful one. Remember, we are always collecting new TRIBE stories, so please consider…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Trudy Rice

Trudy Rice was a participant in my October e-course, and along with many of the other Bloomers in that particular course, she is taking advantage of the 6 months of class access by going through the entire course again…so cool…and smart… if I do say so myself 😉 Here is Trudy’s story… I came across…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Ashley Joon

Happy almost new year everyone! I hope your holidays have been peaceful and rejuvenating.  As we gear up for another year of creative unfolding, I’m happy to share one final TRIBE Tuesday story for 2014 (there will be more to come in 2015!). This inspiring success story comes from Ashley Joon… It’s been two years…

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TRIBE Tuesdays: Sharon Lamonica

This week’s TRIBE Tuesday is brought to you by Sharon Lamonica, an awesome bloomer who took my e-course and then bravely decided to join me at my Bali retreat last Spring.  We hope you enjoy her story below! Let it Go to Let it Flow… It is said that there are no accidents. Art was…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Kerry C. Mitchell

And now for something completely different on this TRIBE Tuesday. We are excited to share the story and digital work of Kerry C. Mitchell who participated in my e-course in a truly unique way.  Talk about making the process your own, and finding ways to paint no matter what! Her inspiring story follows. My Painting…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Shannon Crandall

TRIBE Tuesdays continues today with the lovely work and inspiring story of Shannon Crandall.  Enjoy! Shannon’s story… I took Flora’s Bloom True E-course in the fall of 2012. I have to say that I have always been creative, but this course enabled me to push forward and share my work with the world. Since taking…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Emily Mitchell

For this week’s TRIBE Tuesday we hear from Emily Mitchell, an art educator in Vermont, who stumbled upon my book, then took the e-course, and ended up in my Boston retreat. She shares her journey below…enjoy! I was introduced to Flora Bowley’s book at a 4 year old’s birthday party in December of 2012. My…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Dominique Hurley

TRIBE Tuesday continues with another amazing story from a student who attended my Bali retreat in Ubud earlier this year. So happy to present this week’s TRIBE feature: Dominque Hurley. Dominque shares her story… I was in my local art store picking up a huge Golden order when my eyes were drawn to Flora’s book.…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Janine Adamo Lancour

Welcome back to TRIBE Tuesdays I love sharing the inspiring stories of the ever-widening Bloom True Tribe, and I hope you are enjoying them too! This week’s TRIBE Tuesday continues with Janine Adamo Lancour, who took my September 2013 E-course. She remains an active member of the Bloom True Tribe and has graciously shared her…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Jennifer Currie

For today’s Tribe Tuesday post, I’m happy to share a story from Jennifer Currie, who took my e-course in May. If you are inspired to join in the five-week painting adventure, registration will remain open through this Friday! Jennifer’s Story… The first time I heard of Flora Bowley was when a friend sent me the…

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Stepping Out Brave

SIX DAYS AGO, I ARRIVED AT SQUAM ART WORKSHOPS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. The woodsy scene there is all kinds of gorgeous — quaint cabins, an unbelievable lake, awesome women everywhere — but there I was with knots in my stomach. I was there to teach a totally new class — one that involved more movement…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Rhonda Groves

Our TRIBE Tuesday Series Continues! For this week’s TRIBE Tuesday, we are happy to feature Rhonda Groves.  We hope you enjoy her story… Hello, my name is Rhonda. I took Flora’s Bloom True E-Course in September 2013.  The magnitude this e-course has had on me is phenomenal.  I have created paintings I never dreamed of.…

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TRIBE Tuesday: Fay and Tam

For this week’s TRIBE feature, I am very pleased to present two incredible women I had the pleasure of meeting in Bali last May. Dr. Fauziah Mohamed Yunus or “Fay” (or “Mom:)) as we came to know her, took my e-course, followed by my in-person retreat in Bali. Tamara Laporte, or “Willowing,” as she is lovingly…

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Introducing…TRIBE Tuesdays!

I am continually in awe of the amazing tribe of students I have all over the world, and the truly transformational stories they share with me about their Bloom True experience. In an effort to spread their inspiration and good juju beyond my own head space and email box (and to connect you all to…

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Project Ground Out + the Enjoyment Factor

  “REMEMBER THE ENJOYMENT FACTOR” This sweet reminder was offered up by my yoga teacher yesterday. In fact, remembering to enjoy the experience was the focus of the entire class.  We were given permission to throw away strict yoga “rules” and ideas about what the practice was supposed to look like. Instead, we were encouraged…

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Bloom True TRIBE :: Student Gallery!

Today is a big day around here. It’s the very first day of “school” for my latest group of Bloom True E-Course students and excitement is in the air! In honor of this new brave beginning, I’m sharing some of the awesome work and reflections from past bloomers. Gotta admit, I’m pretty proud of them…

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Bloom True Giveaway Winners Announced!

  It’s time to celebrate!! Whohoo!  I’m super excited to announce the winners for the Bloom True E-Course Giveaway, but first let me just say WOW…wow wow wow. We had over 430 incredible nominations for ten tiny gifted spots, and the nominations were all so heartfelt, so sincere, soooo hard to choose!  (need a little…

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Bloom True Giveaway Time!

  Hi friends.  It’s GIVEAWAY time around here, and I want to make sure you are all in the know! We are excited to be giving away TEN FREE PLACES for the upcoming Bloom True E-course beginning on May 12th, but here’s the deal…we want you to nominate someone else to win the prize!  Why? …

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Introducing…Bloom True TRIBE!

I’m so excited to share a new idea with you! (I think you’re gonna like it). The inspiration for ‘Bloom True TRIBE’ comes directly from my students who often share the most beautiful tales of transformation with me. On a daily basis, I hear stories about newly discovered creative freedom, as well as massive (or…

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School of Life

HOME I’ve been home from my month-long trip to Bali for exactly one week, and I gotta say TIME is so strange when flying halfway around the globe is part of the deal.  In some ways I feel like I was just there, but mostly it feels like a distant exotic dream.  You know how…

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Growing older = getting wiser = freeing up

THE BEAUTY OF AGING When I received an invitation from Susannah Conway to participate in a blog series about the AWESOMENESS of aging, I got full body goose bumps, aka “truth bumps.” How refreshing to focus on the positive aspects of aging, rather than replaying the same old, “how to hold onto your youth” conversation,…

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Seek Your Tribe

I believe the commonly held idea of artists toiling away alone in their studios, isolated from each other, guarding their techniques and often in some state of despair is becoming a thing of the past. It’s a myth that no longer serves our collective human need to come together, support each other and move our…

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Dreamy San Miguel de Allende

Hi friends….and greetings from beautiful San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I’m in the midst of fulfilling a dream I’ve had for awhile to live and paint in this magical mountain town, and I’m happy to say it’s finally happening! This is not my first time here.  For the past two years, I’ve taught workshops in…

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2013 :: Thank You + Good Bye

I’ve always had a thing for New Year’s Eve.  Even when I was little, I felt a strange mandatory pressure to stay up until the apple dropped in New York City…while the rest of my family was fast asleep.  Alone with the T.V., I would do a little New Year’s dance, watch the crowds of…

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Embracing awkward

  Question: Is there something you have always wanted to do that lingers in the back of your mind…whispering?  I actually have a bit of a choir going on up there, so much to do in this one short life.  But I’m happy to say I just checked off one lil’ desire: TRAPEZE & AERIAL…

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Online Mini Painting Sale Tomorrow!

One of my favorite conversations to have with people is about what REALLY lights them up.  It is one the most direct ways to  understand a person’s heart and soul-calling and often leads to the kind of juicy conversations I love the most. My “light up” moments usually happen when I’m painting and connecting with…

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