Creating from the Heart

"If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing."   ~ Marc Chagall IMG_2459

This past year I became a student of Flora Bowley's "Bloom True" e-course.  I have loved her work for a long time and finally gifted the course to myself last Christmas.  I am so happy I did, for it has taught me so much about trust and letting go...both in my art and in my life.

The journey has been magical.

The painting above started as something much different:

Flight

As try as I might, I just couldn't warm up to this picture.  There were aspects that I liked...I loved the bird itself...but the rest of it felt controlled and emotionally distant.  As I thought about it I realized that the main problem was that I had created from my head.  I hadn't trusted my heart enough to just let my creativity take flight.

One day, I dipped my fingers into red paint and smeared it across the canvas (I wish I'd taken a picture).  I caught my breath, exhaled, and said, "Here I go!"

This time, I followed what felt right to me.  Which meant using my fingers, and just letting go. I told the left-side of my brain to take a backseat, have a glass of wine and relax.  I told my right-side brain to go for it.

I am so happy with the results.

I felt such joy during this process.  Music played in the background and I found myself moving along to it, which in turn helped me to just go with what felt right.

So much fun.

If you are interested in learning more about Flora or her Bloom True course, follow the arrow at the bottom of this post and click on the Bloom True image.

You won't regret it.

Sharing Nurturing Thursday with Becca.