In 2012, through an odd series of “coincidences”, I took a painting class from Flora Bowley.
A very good friend at that time, tricked me into signing up for Flora’s eclass. I was very sick with fibro, lyme and CFS. I had been in bed for over 20 years.
I was kind of doing art. But I was just too sick to do much. Making a phone call overwhelmed me. Trying to be creative was impossible.
Then, I discovered the computer app I now use, Painter. At that same exact time, Flora came into my life with her philosophy of life and art. I had a positive outlook on life, but it had never occurred to me to apply that to my art. Duh!
Flora has shared stories of her students in her blog. This week, she chose my story.
Click here to read the blog. While you’re there, check out her fantastic art and be sure to check out her classes. Be sure to click on “Shop” at the top. She has fantastic products made from her art for sale. Flora’s art or her classes make fabulous Christmas gifts.
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Sea Life 2
I would like to send all the people who follow my blog a BIG thank you. I just reached 200 followers.
When I decided to start a blog, I figured maybe I’d get ten people following.
I started this blog to talk about how I managed to have a life even with Fibromyalgia and lyme. But soon after I started blogging, I saw that really, I’m an artist. That is who I am. Life can do what it will to me, I do art.
I thought Fibro and lyme had taken art away. I basically did very little art for over 15 years as I was too sick.
Since starting treatment for lyme four years ago, the art abilities have come back.
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I have taken a Botanical Illustration class at the Digital Art Academy (DAA). They have classes for the app I use to paint, Painter X3.
Botanical Illustration refers to the kinds of highly technical drawings that were in vogue in the late 1800’s. I didn’t stick strictly to the style they used back then. I updated it for now.
I signed up for this class on a lark. I didn’t know I could paint like this. I ended up kind of dreading the class and wondering what I had gotten myself into.
Then, I decided to have an attitude change. I decided to show up, put forth my best effort and have fun. Guess what, I did have fun and amazed myself at what I could do.
Maui at Dusk
Here’s another pastel sunset I did.
This one took forever to do. I only started painting in 2012, and I’ve only been doing anything realistic for about six months. So there are a lot of lessons for me to learn. Like perspective, colors of objects close and colors of objects far away. The further away, the lighter is the rule. This doesn’t make sense to me, but it’s true. I went outside and looked.
I have been using reference images, to help me with my landscapes. However, in this piece, I took a giant leap forward and used a first image, then added the palm trees and ocean in on my own. So I feel like I’m making progress.
I want to eventually paint in a way that is unique to me. I want people to look at my work and recognize my style. Like, “ah, ha, a Mitchell.” Ha ha ha. But I know from prior experience that if I just work at this, show up and stay positive, it will happen.
I want to thank everyone who is reading my blog and liking my art work. It really means a lot to me.