Four years ago, I was invited to teach my very first painting class at Squam Art Workshops in New Hampshire.
Although I had never shared my painting philosophies before (or even considered doing so for that matter), the timing felt divine.
I was ready for a shift.
Painting alone in my studio and selling my paintings through galleries felt more and more isolating. I craved deeper connections, more inspiration from others and a sense of service in my life. Teaching seemed like a great fit.
Although I had no idea what to expect, I arrived at Squam wide-eyed and ready to share all I could. To be honest, I had no idea how to teach something that was so intuitive, so wordless, so not linear. I did, however, trust my many years of painting experience. I also knew the only way to learn was…THROUGH.
Looking back now, I realize how radically this weekend by a lake in New Hampshire would shift my soul’s path. Who knew!?
Signs from the Universe.
One week after my first teaching experience, Quarry Books invited me to write a book about my painting process. Who…me?! Again, I found myself completely out of my comfort zone, but I took the opportunity as a sign from the Universe and nervously said YES — yes of course I can write a book!
(Holy shit…how do you write a book?!)
Well, my book, Brave Intuitive Painting, came out one year later and has now sold over 30,000 copies. I have also traveled the world teaching and have shared my painting process with thousands of people through my Bloom True E-Course.
Needless to say, it’s been a wild and amazing ride.
Fast forward four years and I find myself ready for another shift.
Yep, evolution beckons and new territory awaits, so here I go.
As I’ve previously mentioned, I will be traveling less and teaching more workshops in my awesome new Portland studio, but I’m also designing new classes to incorporate more of my passions: movement, meditation, mixed media and writing — all wrapped up into one sweet inspirational experience.
In perfect full-circle fashion, my first foray into this new class forma will take place this September at none other than Squam! My class is called Love Layers: Cultivating radical self-love through movement, marks and meditation,” and I’m thrilled to explore new territory and push some new boundaries once again.
Pssst… I’m really not sure exactly how this will all unfold, but there’s only one way to find out 🙂
Honoring the call to shift
Although my class at Squam is sold out, there are many other great offerings still available and an amazing creative community to boot. In fact, two of my favorite ladies, Tara Morris and Rachael Rice, will be rocking their awesome classes at Squam for their first time — highly recommended!
Perhaps you are ready for a shift too? Are you feeling the tug to find your creative tribe, to try out a new art form, to spend four days by a beautiful lake because you DESERVE IT? Remember, these tugs are your soul’s longings asking you to listen up…
Maybe I’ll see you there?