In the Garden- Classwork


I am what you might call a “self-taught artist” but it’s not a term I resonate with or even understand. While I might not have any formal training there have been many a teacher on my path, including the four masters that we explore during In the Garden.

I created this painting just after putting together In the Garden- Flower Studies with the Masters. It was love at first sight when I discovered Redon’s work with his gorgeous colours and dreamy glimpses into his ethereal world. And yet it wasn’t until I took the time to really study his work that little elements of his began to appear in my own work. I don’t think this piece looks any thing like Redon’s and yet it screams of his influence- my work was completely transformed and inspired by diving into the work of an artist whose work speaks to my heart- my work expanded. This is the joy of studying under the masters. The aim is never to copy but to transform and elevate our own work and creative practices. And yes, it is a practice.

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And as part of the Giveaway below, I’m asking you to share with me which artist floral work speaks most deeply to your own dear heart, which artist inspires you to paint florals. Do tell me I truly wish to know, I’m looking forward to discovering new artists and seeing gorgeous work.

Class work from In the Garden ‘17:

Take a look at some of the wonderful work created during the last session of In the Garden.

In the Garden- Flower Studies with the Masters is running again and to celebrate the coming of Spring we are giving away two places in this workshop.

This Giveaway is now closed- the Winners are:
Lynn Wilson & Jacque Chinnery

Thank you to all who entered and thank you for the introduction to new artists.

We will announce the winners on the 20th of February here on the blog

For extra entries (be sure to let us know in the comments):

     ☆ share this competition on other social media places such as your blog, twitter, pinterest, google, or other social network platform & leave me a comment.

    ☆ comment on this post HERE (and like our facebook page while you are there :) ).

And for the second place being offered tell us which floral artist speaks most to your heart (please include a link in the comments so we can all be inspired).

 Good luck- the winner will be drawn on the 20th of February ☆☆

Janet Ghio- Class work

Janet Ghio- Class work

Barbara Fuller- Class Work

Barbara Fuller- Class Work


Galia Alena

I’m a visual poet working in just about any medium I can lay my hands on although I am a professionally trained photographer and a so called “self-taught” artist (of course there have been many teachers on that path). I’m in love with the creative process. I’m a beauty unveiler, light huntress, moment caresser and visionary poetess. Ultimately, all of my work is about helping people peel back the layers to experience the intense beauty of each moment allowing access to both their intuitive wisdom and a deeper connection to spirit and self. (Because the beauty of this life cracks our hearts open and it is through the cracks that light can flow both in and out and connect us back to our divine selves) That is what I do and I do it through photography, art, journaling and teaching. I live in the insanely beautiful Blue Mountains, just shy of Sydney, with my family, our cat and all the winged ones who frequent our garden. Each day here is a wondrous delight of tiny miracles through either the glorious light or magical mists. I would love to work with you, have a look around and see where you are called... "Where I create, there I am true." Rilke