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Beautiful Artwork... But Flowery Text Is A Struggle
on 6 March 2013
I'm a huge fan of Flora Bowley's painting style. I discovered her a year or so ago when I got an email about a workshop she was part of. I have thought for ages that I would absolutely love to take one of her workshops... but they don't come cheap. So, at the moment, it's something I just can't do. I was so excited when I heard she was bringing out a book. I couldn't wait - I thought it would be like a condensed version of one of her workshops.
There is A LOT of blether and waffle about yoga and dancing around with loaded paint brushes and singing and dancing some more... BUT. The technique bits were actually pretty OK... even if they didn't really start till page 40... but I found that I do most of them already.
I did like seeing how Flora paints, I did. There's a couple of pages at the back that I wish she had dedicated larger photos to and spread over more pages, where she goes from blank canvas to finished piece and I found that fascinating. The book is peppered with beautiful, beautiful art work. I have to disagree with other low star reviewers on that - it's a stunning looking book and there are some gorgeous large images of paintings I hadn't previously seen. Which I enjoyed poring over. I just found it really hard going with the flowery reading. Hence my late review - I kept putting it down and walking away.
Thing is - I think this probably IS a condensed version of what you might expect at a Flora Workshop. I think she specialises in teaching you to not just let go as an artist but also techniques to free yourself up better as well - you can expect yoga position tips and stretching exercises in the book. Unfortunately, that's all wasted on me. However in that respect I don't feel I wasted my money in spending just over a tenner on this book. It has stopped me from saving up the three figures for a workshop that I just don't think would be my cup of tea...
Still a huge fan of Flora Bowley's work... but I think my Being Bold, Letting Go and Unfolding... is just done a different way is all. The book has gone on to a friend for whom the teaching style very much fits and so will appreciate the book more.