I’m delighted to keep hearing from people all around the world who are sharing their Bloom True journey. Please enjoy Patricia’s inspiring story below..
I participated in the Bloom True E-Course in the summer of 2012. Little did I know that it would end up being a life-changing experience for me.
For more than a decade, I had felt the call deep inside me to return to art. As a child, I loved painting and drawing and spent hours creating my own characters and worlds on paper and canvas. But as I got older, I abandoned art for “more serious pursuits”— like a mainstream desk job that would make me money and be socially acceptable.
But all along, I still felt that intuitive yearning to create.
Bloom True was such a transformative experience. Flora’s videos, techniques and suggestions guided me towards creative freedom. Rather than a class with strict rules and guidelines, Bloom True gives you the tools and encouragement to let go of fear, perfectionism and that haunting voice that says, “I’m not good enough.”
Instead, Flora is a gentle friend who makes you feel like every mark or paint stroke is meant to be there and that with each layer of paint, you’re getting closer to what will be born out of the canvas.
I always thought I had to start a piece of art with a clear idea of what I was going to paint. Bloom True taught me to trust myself, to play and to let what is inside of me come out on the canvas intuitively.
It’s amazing what came out.
My first two canvases became boats in deep water. Subsequent works included hot air balloons, animals, and lighthouses. I listened to my heart and let my hands work organically instead of forcing them towards some preconceived idea. I was free.
Since the Bloom True course, my style has continued to develop and I’ve added collage and typography to my intuitive painting. I once felt stifled and blocked but I feel like Flora gracefully showed me how to crack open my heart and let all the built up creativity flow out.
She also showed me how to trust my intuition—in art and in life. I showed my work for the first time in a juried show in October of 2013 and won the award for best mixed media piece. I recently had my artwork and writing accepted for publication in a well-known magazine. And I took a leap, created a website and started my own art business.
You never know where one decision will lead you. My intuition told me to take Flora’s course and it changed everything for me. She’s an amazing teacher, a beautiful spirit, and a creative role model. She made me see myself and my artwork as unique and valuable with no mistakes. And she allowed me to dream big artistic dreams that are already coming true.