thank you flora bowley

August 30, 2013


I’m sketching again! Almost every day; and I am finding so much peace comes along with it. It has taken a year and half to get back into practice again. It began again for me during a painting class I took with Flora Bowley at a retreat in Boulder, CO..

Part of our daily practice during the class was to take a moment and really feel your surroundings, take in what you were looking at and record what you see, feel etc.. I had started a new sketchbook just for this trip and really wanted to continue it once I got home. So each night I would sit in bed before I would go to sleep and sketch or write about something I was reading, something I had seen that day, or some sort of inspiration that came to me while I was sitting. I would spend 10 minutes at first, which is quite difficult if you have been out of practice and let my fear and judgement fall away. It took me almost a year to fill that sketchbook but it is now complete and a great reference tool for me to see how far I have come.

As the year progressed, I began to start earlier in the evening, joining my daughter while watching T.V.. Funny thing happened, she began to join in and it started to be a way to relax together. Mainly the T.V. in the background and us sharing my love for drawing, which I can now say has become her love as well. She uses pink Moleskines and I of course use black. We share sharpie markers and pencils and inspirational art books to get us started.

Last night, I sat and watched the 49’ers game with my husband and sketched a full page doodle (partially seen above) I felt so relaxed and free by the end of it and proud of my discipline of the last year and half. I have a long way to go but I know it has now become part of my creative being and is back as being part of my creative soul.

Thank you Flora for helping me to see again and for showing me how to be brave!

Have a great weekend everyone.


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