i had never stood before a canvas
and placed paint upon it.
until i met
you might already know how confrontive a blank canvas can be,
how entering a world you know nothing about
can strike fear in your heart;
and you would be right.
today i am here to say
flora bowley have set me free...
this is how flora has filled my heart.
transformed, encouraged and coaxed me into the brave world of painting;
her transformative five week E course
together hundreds from around the world
have gathered each day to
celebrate intuition, cultivate trust,
connect deeply to our body, mind, spirit and allow
unique and expressive paintings to emerge naturally,
each blossom is a testimony of fully immersing myself
in the moment;
to embracing infinite possibilities
and following the thread of fascination in trust.
to quieting the mind
that would be oh so happy to remind me
that i do not know how to paint;
moving past the judgemental chatter,
overshadowing fear with playfulness,
resistance with curiosity, hesitation for willingness.
where i once believed painting was a foreign language
shared only by a chosen few,
i stand before each new blank canvas joyfully
moving paint on the bright landscape of mystery,
welcoming each new conversation with soul.
giving myself completely to
intrigue and fascination,
to the silence, the paint, the unfurling;
supported by flora
whose life work is to encourage brave unfolding
i have made the ultimate leap through the portal of painting;
of allowing, watching, welcoming,
thank you flora, thank you brave self,
thank you blooming true!