Bloom and Fly

Bloom and Fly – Add Richness to Your Expression!

Bloom and Fly is a community for artists who want to grow visual ideas, get support for finishing art projects, and connect with like-minded art enthusiasts. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.
Sometimes an ordinary art class isn’t the solution.

When you want to create art from your personal standpoint, tutorials are not always helpful. Exploring yourself through art, discovering new ideas, delivering compelling visual messages, or adding finishing touches that make the difference are not step-by-step things.

Bloom and Fly is a community for you who wants to add quality and richness to your art, explore yourself, get feedback and suggestions, and connect with like-minded art enthusiasts.

Paivi Eerola – Your Mentor

I have walked the path from a software engineer to a full-time visual artist. During that journey, there have been people who have seen the potential in me. They have encouraged me to continue whether it has been stepping into a field dominated by men, transforming from an engineer to a designer, or leading the life of an artist. As your mentor, I want to inspire you to move forward on one of the most beautiful paths of human life, on the path of creating art.

Your feedback is valuable to me. Also being exposed to other artists who are gradually learning to communicate more freely about their art. – Carla Heisten, USA


Bloom and Fly 
cherishes personal connections. We have a private Facebook group, monthly themes, live sessions, and weekly opportunities for practical help and feedback.

Monthly Themes Will Help Your Enthusiasm to Bloom!

Art journaling by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. Join her community Bloom and Fly!

Bloom and Fly boosts your creativity through monthly themes. At the beginning of the month, you will get an audio message that will introduce the theme. You can listen to the message while you are creating and ponder what’s your personal interest in the subject. During the second week, you are invited to a group live session where you will get ideas on how to use the theme in practice and how it can empower your art making. You can process the theme further by participating mentor-led group conversations in the Facebook group.

Monthly Themes from April to June 2018

April 2018:  Embracing Surreal to Boost Your Ideas and Expression
Live Session: April 12th, 10 AM PDT/6 PM BST. Using the imagination to add more irrational and playful elements to your art. Includes a fun mystery challenge with a step-by-step video.

May 2018: Digital Possibilities for Your Art
Live Session: May 10th, 11 AM PDT/7 PM BST. Tips and tricks to include digital from start to finish, and further, even if you are creating manually. Includes a new self-study class Collageland!

Collageland, an art class inspired by textiles, by Peony and Parakeet.

June 2018: Using Nature Photography for Artistic Growth
Live Session: June 14th, 12 noon PDT/8 PM BST. Observing nature and finding your origin. Creating from what’s natural and inspiring to you.

You will also get a handout for each theme so that you can start exploring the theme on your own afterward.

I like the monthly handouts for each session. They are excellent mini classes on their own. I learned more about going the way I want to go if that makes sense. – Nancy Kvorka, USA

Weekly Feedback So That You Won’t Get Stuck but Will Fly!

Bloom and Fly, an art community where you can request for feedback weekly! By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Every Tuesday, you have the opportunity to get feedback on your art project. Your project can be created freely from your own ideas, or from any of Paivi’s art classes, or from anyone else’s art classes. You can ask feedback on the work that is already finished, or ideas for the work that you have just started. Your projects can be made from any supplies as long as it’s visual art. The feedback includes written or visually presented suggestions. The more active you are along the weeks, the more in-depth feedback you will get as the mentor gets to know you. You will get the feedback in the Facebook group of the community.

I have got many good ideas and warm encouragement from the community. I dare to show my works there and get many kinds of interesting opinions and solutions to my problems from the members that I never had thought myself! – Pirkko-Liisa Mannoja, Finland

Comments from the group members are extremely important, helpful and encouraging making me want to strive to make better art and not to be as self conscious as I normally am! – Linda Ellis, Wales, UK

I am finding more and more what I like to do, by the feedback on Tuedsay and by what I see and read from the others.  – Marion Berkhout, The Netherlands

Questions and Answers about Bloom and Fly

I have just started drawing and painting. Is this community for me?
Bloom and Fly is geared for those who have been creating for some time. It focuses on giving ideas and support. It doesn’t offer regular step-by-step walk-throughs. If you are a beginner, buy one of Paivi’s self-study classes (for example, Inspirational Drawing 2.0) to accompany your membership!

Are the live sessions recorded?
Yes! You can watch the recordings as long as your membership lasts. The downloadable version and a handout are also provided.

What technology do I need to have to enjoy the community fully?
All the information and services are provided in electronic format. You will need Internet access and an email account. To participate the Facebook group and get feedback, you will need a Facebook account. To upload your artwork to the group, you will need a camera or a scanner, at least a phone camera. To participate the live coaching sessions, you will need a compatible browser (Google Chrome or Firefox, or a free mobile app) and a free account to a live streaming service. You will get more instructions on setting up your account before the sessions.

For audio messages, you will need an application to listen to MP3 audios. If you download transcripts, you will also need an application to read PDF documents. If you download live session recordings, you will also need an application to view and download MP4 videos. Usually, these are already on your computer.

How long can I access the community?
You can join the community for three months at a time. Monthly audio messages and live session recordings are yours to keep once you download them onto your computer during the membership.

Bloom and Fly is a community for artists who want to grow visual ideas, get support for finishing art projects, and connect with like-minded art enthusiasts. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

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Bloom and Fly – April-June, 2018
Price: 59 EUR (appr. 71 USD)

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