You’ll learn to move through a spirit-filled path of painting, accessing your own deep wisdom. We are utilizing paint as a portal to our soul. How we move through the painting process IS the course. Staying present to our experience is our practice, as we allow inner Guide to reveal our story in ways we could not hear before.
You’ll learn: -How to listen and Trust your Intuitive Voice -The basic mechanics of face structure, proportion and contouring -How color, contrast and composition strengthens your painting voice -The magic of holding art as a mirror, a powerful teacher of transformation -Tips on relating to your inner critic so it can chill out and you can move on 🙂 -Open the door to Beauty, step into transparency, and reclaim your creative birthright!
“We are on the journey of Becoming, and the most graceful way through is the Art of Allowing; deeply listening for when to move and when to be still, when to lean into the edges and when to sit in our breath. It is cultivating the wisdom of relationship with the Great Mystery and serving as a midwife to the birth of Beauty in our lives and on our planet. This is the high art of embracing our divine gifts of Creativity and allowing Spirit to lead the way.” ~ Flora Aube
I believe we go through cycles of death and rebirth within our soul, and creativity is a spiritual tool for healing, on a personal and collective level. Art is an energy that requires freedom, movement and Attention to what is present. When we remain uncluttered and create space, beauty and peace have room to enter.
Painting a celebration of life with feminine imagery at the center of it all. ‘Woman’ is a universal symbol of life generation; I often use eggs to represent new life and possibility, and wings to inspire freedom and triumph. I like to paint the intimate moment when a woman has just encountered sacred insights, and she knows it; I think of each painting as a ‘blessing priestess’ which carries a specific healing. Transmitting deep wisdom, fierce determination, and devotional love, I am empowered by my own instincts and integrity.
I am fascinated by the space between the physical world and the mysterious spirit realm. I describe this spacious quality of spirit in my art through soft, undefined places or the contemplative gaze. Mystery is the source through which gifts of intuition, instinct, and wisdom are given. My art reflects a woman’s journey into the psyche to honor what is dying, to retrieve lost aspects she has abandoned, and to make room for the emergence of greater divine force to move through her. It honors the courage required to create new life based on new consciousness. It is the heroine’s journey.
The canvas captures a conversation of ‘soul talk’, speaking a language of its own. I listen intently to the whispered messages, recording what I hear by layering color and shapes, producing transparent effects, and by allowing organic beauty to emerge. The image becomes a translation of symbolism embedded with healing energy.
Painting from this deep source of inspiration is available to everyone. I offer classes that teach women how to access the powerful realm of Intuition and Wisdom through my approach of “Allowing”. Leading transformational painting journeys is my Soul’s work …My hope is that my art and teaching function as a mirror for other souls to find refuge, inspiration and empowerment for their own soul journey.
Divine Feminine Course with Flora Aube
Substrates I recommend any size canvas between 16×20” to 24×36” which you’ve pre-gesso’d, plus a 4 sheets of 11×14″ 140 lb. gesso’d watercolor paper.
Sketching tools Inktense or Stabilo pencils – deep grey, blue or black or Charcoal
Gesso White – Any brand
Assortment of Golden Acrylic Paints
The “Fluids” are recommended, but Heavy body is fine too. I demo with both. I recommend 4 oz. bottles The Basics: Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Raw Umber
A few of my current favorite colors *Alizarin, *Ultramarine Blue, *Paynes Grey, *Dioxizine Purple, *Quinacridone Magenta, Indian Yellow Hue, *Teal, Turquoise, Sap green *Mediums • Liquitex Slow-Dri Blending Medium (Or Golden Glazing Liquid)
Liquitex varnish (satin or gloss depending on your preference) for sealing your painting afterwards
Assortment of Brushes
Minimum recommended: Filbert size 12, Filbert size 4, Small round size 4 Small Detail brush, 2” Craft sponge brushes
Hand Protectant ‘Gloves in a Bottle’ (available on amazon.com) or Thin latex cleaning gloves from grocery store
Optional tools • Spatulas • Palette knife • Old credit card • Denatured alcohol (I demo this effect in one of the paintings) Miscellaneous • Water jar • Paper towels • Baby wipes • Paper plates or stay-wet palette • Water spray bottle • Easel or old chair • Drop cloth If you are a brand new to painting , estimated Materials cost is about $100
Registration Information: Each student must register individually. Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. There are no refunds after the 30-day final payments have been made. Students may enroll online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn (M-F, 9-5).
Cancellation Policy: The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable. The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the 30 day cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.
Flora is able to communicate the process of actually allowing, rather than controlling the divine feminine to come forth and be present. Through her natural and practical teachings on art, and her ability to remain present with flowing consciousness, I have found a true gift on facilitating my beloveds. Flora is one of the kindest and most consistently present mentors with whom I have ever worked. I am now able to use this process and her body of work in my own transformational process and with those I facilitate. Flora truly awakens, and is not fearful, to share the secrets of women from within. I have learned to set and keep boundaries, to hold space for the changes that present themselves and to truly honor “allowing”. I am so thankful I found this work and that I am journeying on this path, at this time, with Flora. She is a gift.” Deborah Turner, Voice Dialogue Facilitator, Certified Nutritional Consultant, Intentional Creativity Coach, USA
“The Art of Allowing, soul art training has enriched my life by feeling the extraordinary heart connection to the feminine wisdom that we share. When in training, I felt encouraged to go deeper into the unknown with my art and trust the process. Flora and the facilitator group were supportive, and a mirror to our collective journey as women. Being a facilitator, I offer my gifts to women to explore their creative expression, as I hold space for them to stay curious about their paintings. There is something sacred about being seen and heard. Just as I have experienced in my training, I too encourage women to let go and welcome the mystery to unfold.” Lorraine Bordiuk, Founder Hue-man Nature