036: How Important is Teaching Originality? With Artist Flora Bowley

with host artist Miriam Schulman

One very large conundrum is encouraging originality when teaching art. You want your students to come up with their own ideas and create their own style, but in the beginning, they don’t have the skills to do so, nor have they likely figured out their own style. 

As an online art teacher, I struggle with this paradox a lot. I give my students the skills they need, but I don’t want them to copy me. This is a crutch for them that can be a problem in the long run. Although, I understand that in the beginning, copying a little to get a feel for their art so they can discover and learn their own style is normal. But it’s a difficult balancing act.

Today, I’ve invited artist Flora Bowley on to The Inspiration Place Podcast to discuss this! We talk about how we feel when our students copy us and how to balance teaching the necessary skills to our students while still encouraging originality. We also share how Flora is selling and promoting her original art so you can get some good tips for how to do so with your original art.


In this podcast, you will discover…

  • How do you feel about your art students copying you?
  • How to balance teaching skills and encouraging originality.
  • How Flora is currently selling and promoting her original art, and some tips and strategies for you.
  • Mentoring for guiding your career.

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About Flora Bowley

Flora Bowley is a painter, creative pioneer, gentle guide and author of two top-selling books, Brave Intuitive Painting and Creative Revolution.

Blending over twenty years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, healer, and lifelong seeker, Flora believes creative expression is both a birthright and crucial part of holistic well-being.

Flora’s soulful approach to the creative process has sparked a new holistic movement in the intuitive art world — inspiring thousands of people to courageously pick up a paintbrush, often for the first time.

Flora lives in Portland, OR. Find out more about Flora and her offerings at www.florabowley.com.

Instagram @florabowley
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/florabowleydesigns/
Twitter @florabowley

About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and M.I.T, I initially pursued finance but after witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and my story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. My forthcoming book with HarperCollins Leadership on how to make it as an artist is scheduled to be released January 31, 2023. When I’m not in the studio, you can find me hanging out with my husband, adult kids, and a tuxedo cat named Ebony. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies


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“Bravo Miriam! I am an emerging artist (@tracyallegro) and I eagerly await the next episode of her podcast each week! I learn so much about the art world and strategies to market and sell art as well as overcoming typical fears artists have and more. Most weeks she has a delightful guest who I then have to look into and when it’s just her solo the show is still wonderful and packed with inspiring things and great books and ideas. Miriam’s tone is sincere, casual and I feel like I’m sitting there having coffee with her. Well done! I’m totally hooked!”

~ Tracy Allegro, @tracyallegro


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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