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 Story
In 1994, I came home from work on April 1. I was sicker than I had ever been in my life. From that day until 15 years later, I laid in bed, sick. I did nothing else. Art was out of the question. I couldn’t even talk on the phone or go visit a friend. I was finally diagnosed with lyme disease and started treatment in 2009. I also have fibromyalgia.
As my health has slowly improved, I have returned to the world.
In the Fall of 2012, a woman who worked for me talked me into taking Flora’s class. I really didn’t want to do the class. I had done no art for 15 years. I was a textile artist. I had been told in art school that painting was not something I would ever excel at. I had believed that.
Wow, what a great class it would turn out to be. It has changed my life.
When I took Flora’s class, I did it digitally. I still spend a lot of time in bed. I can now do art from bed on my laptop. I use a high-end painting app that emulates real paints and other media.
I learned to be brave and bold from Flora.
I learned about making paintings that pop. I learned how important it is to use black and white in a painting. I just learned and learned and learned. There was so much in that class. I went back three months later and redid the entire course again. When I did that, I learned even more.
There was so much heart and soul put into those classes.
Flora helped me understand that my soul is in my art. I can’t exist without doing art. It is more than a compulsion, it is something I have to do, every day if I can. Thank you, Flora, for returning my art to me.
Most important, I learned that the professor who told me I was not a painter was wrong.
Amen Kerry!! We love your story. Thank you so much for sharing and for all your kind words.
Have you had a painting breakthrough? Has your Bloom True experience impacted your life off the canvas? Do you have a story to share? Please submit your TRIBE story here. We would love to hear from you!