Four months have passed by and I wanted to give a review about Bloom and Fly. I’m not sure if it is in Päivi Eerola‘s plans to open another one after June or not. Either way, I wanted to share with you my take on this in case you are curious or you want to join.
I have enjoyed Bloom and Fly a lot, the camaraderie and the intense infusion of inspirational posts that come daily are amazing. Many creative people working constantly, it is equal to a “brain freeze” in an artful manner. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed as it is hard not to spark ideas of your own and have a traffic jam. The range of skills vary and I sometimes feel like a pre-school girl, but I’m happy to know that I can grow and achieve pieces that I feel proud of, even when I’m also capable to see that I’m missing techniques or quality. Every month we get to have a Live Session and Päivi Eerola usually has a topic in mind, gives a peek into her world and things that she is working on. Sadly I just made it to one, when I was on vacation. In my case work doesn’t allow me to be in the “live” part of the session, but I do go home excited to find out what happened. It is handy that she records everything and it is available to us as a video to be download.
We also received an audio message (we can save it as PDF as well) that sets the mood for the video prepared for the theme of the month and receive a very detailed handout, the classes are guided and open to freedom. The class is taken as you go because you can digest it and work on that later on and at your own pace or you can just start creating right away. The audio messages are more to give you something to think and ponder about.
Because the group is of a good size, we have high activity. We are free to post anytime and not only from Päivi‘s classes, it can art produce by yourself. In my case, I decided to make this experience worth it (although more expensive) by buying many of Paivi’s Self Study Classes and purchase aside “Imagine Monthly Art Journal Classes Bundle 1 and 2” and also “Inspirational Drawing”. Even though I know that these classes are well elaborated and easy to follow I decided to work on them during Bloom and Fly.
We have only one day to get her feedback. We can only submit one piece per week for her review, you can specifically express what type of guidance are you looking to get from her or you can just post and wait to see what she says, pretty much the same that she does during classes. This time I have noticed that during my review she has leading me to think about things that might bring inspiration rolling and also move me to a specific area to study, look or get a feel for. I feel at this moment I don’t have a route in mind so I’m very happy to look around and be exposed to different art movements.
If I take a look at the past I can see that I have grown a bit, following Paivi’s classes has been a full blessing to me. I do think that the fact that we followed and worked weekly on the posts that Paivi share on her blog, was a huge help. I have also expressed before that I feel like “Floral Fantasies” another class given by Päivi opened a door that it was closed for me before, somehow expanded my horizon. And of course the boost of energy that you and Bloom and Fly community have provided to me.
If you are interested the class is still opened, but please note that it ends in June. I need to mention that even if the class ends soon, you are going to still have time to have Päivi’s feedback, to me this is a significant part of this investment, as she is not only a teacher but a mentor as well. I’m very excited to keep learning and looking forward to keep blooming.
The content of this review is based in my own opinion and has not been shared to change your mind or persuade you about purchasing or not the class object of discussion, but only to provide you with my perspective. In order to give a glimpse of my own experience, at the time of taking this class I have ventured in the world of Art just for one year and without any previous class in the past, I add this to give you an idea of my skills but know that we all learn at different rates and that is what makes us wonderful.
I have not been monetarily paid or compensated in any other way to provide this review.