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!
First of all, my Bloom True 2013 tribe is filled with amazing women.
These women are there for you no matter what is going on in your life, and even though we are spread throughout the globe, we still connect and support like I have never experienced. I consider them some of my closest friends and we have never met.
Now a little bit about me. About 2 years ago I entered a deep depression, one that was hard to get out, one that relied solely on friends and family to help me get through even thought I never asked for help.
What got me out of my depression was my art.
I have a BFA in Graphic Design and have been doing it for 18 years now…but it was not what I originally went to school for; I originally went for illustration. I always wanted to have a studio, and paint and create.
Well, I entered the Sketchbook Project that October 2012 and was done with it in a month. I then started making my mixed media art on canvases and adding inspirational quotes on them. So odd how art happens, these inspirational quotes are what I needed to hear at that point in my life.
I wanted to share my art and I started doing arts festivals. I got a booth and shot my work and made prints, and did all I thought I needed to to make money off of what I loved doing.
By September 2013, I wanted to grow more and take classes and that is when I found Flora. I resonated with her way of painting immediately because that was how I started my paintings already.
I took her course and it changed the way I paint.
It changed me, my motivation, my love to paint, my desire to connect through art.
My work is completely different, instead of working small, I work large now. I feel like I am more of a fine artist now – I love what I create.
Now, on a personal level I am going through a divorce, I came out of my depression ready for life to find my husband was already checked out. My Tribe has been helping me through this time in my life and my paintings still show me what I need to see at each point in my life. I am still doing arts festivals and I seem to connect with people on a different level. I have been trying to get into galleries and having a hard time but I won’t give up. I can’t give up.
I feel like Flora has given me my own voice and that need to share it. I did have a show at a metaphysical store called Phoenix and Dragon here in Atlanta and wow, it was so cool how my art resonated with everyone. What an amazing feeling it was. I’ve tried other courses since that one and none of them have spoken to me like Flora’s.
I am a different person, a stronger person, a more artistic person all because of that Bloom True September 2013 E-Course.
I guess I am writing today to say “Thank You.” I just wanted you to know what kind of impact you have had on my life. I am so grateful for it and for the amazing women I call my Tribe.
Janine’s website is here: http://afairysdreamonline.com/
Janine, it’s an honor to hear you share your story and know that the painting process has had such a profound effect on your life!
We would love to hear more from all of you who have shared this journey: please send your stories to [email protected].
While this round of the E-Course is in progress, you can have a taste of the experience by checking out my newest offering: Bloom True Boot Camp.
The next Bloom True E-Course will begin in Jan, 2015. Registration for this course will open on November 1st.