I have finished my first painting for the Color of Woman course I am taking. Another step closer to certification as an intentional creativity coach.
This particular painting's theme was all about getting in touch with your legendary self-writing and rewriting your story. It was quite the journey.
I have many symbols in the painting that called to me during the process, some I had a feeling of the meaning and others I still have no idea. The deer came during a writing prompt in a journal, he was a guide for the initial part if my journey, the moon on his brow and the white of his fur made it clear to me that me was a spirit guide for this part if my journey. The poppies are a symbol that I am unsure if what they mean to me, but they were the first symbol that came up. The door in the background leads to the unknown, an adventure and opportunities. The fire in the heart is my soul fire. The rose in her hair was a gift, a reminder I am not alone. Someone else looking at her they may have a completely different understanding if the symbols and I absolutely love that.
The inside of the heart changed many times, from a spiral ( which changed many colours), to a humming bird, and back to a spiral, and finally to the lotus. The lotus to me is the reminder of seeing beauty in all things and to celebrate that. I can't explain how I know when something is done, or is what it should be. It just feels right and then I work on it until I feel that it is enough.
When I was thinking about what the painting should be called, "Wisdom of the Heart" is what resonated. The heart can change course at any moment and knows what we need. It may not always lead us down the easiest or what we may think the safest path is, there may be much heart ache, bumps and failures aling the road, but the heart pushes us and encourages us to take chances to search for opportunities and encourages us to take the leap. Often the heart whispers quietly until you begin to listen then it becomes a roar of love and excitement pushing you into new realms of yourself, if you allow it to.
Honestly where does the time go. Yesterday went so fast and felt entirely too busy-but I don't think anything extra happened.Oh well- so here is Mon y Mo day on Tuesday.
It is amazing how big small things are. How we take our pincer grasp for granted for example. Kieran tried some (squished) blueberries this week. He is still trying to figure out how to pick the little berries up- you can see the concentration on his face- then there is the issue of getting the right part of your hand in your mouth. He is getting pretty good- he has learned to use the other hand to help guide and manoeuver it to his mouth. Kieran keeps breakfast ( and all meals) a very exciting experience.
Does Mommy Brain ever go away?
At least Kieran has a chicken stew and chicken rice ready to be blended- cross my fingers he likes them.
Kieran and I made it through the week with just the two of us. It actually was a lot if fun...most of the time.
Peter was away in New York for the week. Kieran and I kept busy with walks at the qplex and visiting and visits from family and friends.
His second tooth has come up through the gum, we tried oatmeal-which he liked but did not do good things for his tummy, and so we also tried prunes-which was also a first for me. I also can't believe how fast he can roll and pull himself around now. I have also learned Kieran is a night hawk, like myself. He sleeps best with a later bedtime. Just what Peter (who is not a night hawk) wants to hear.
So after a busy week Kieran sits back and days "well done mom" or at least that us what I am telling myself :)
Well I have taken my legendary self painting to the point where I feel content with the way things have gone so far....so what's next? Oh, okay let's step out of the comfort zone and do something that seems risky....(but also exciting)....
Putting a glaze over the painting in a different colour- pushing everything back into a darkness. It was really neat seeing how different colours interacted but scary when it came time to do her face....
Sort of looks like she had a bad encounter with tanning lotion. Now it is time to work with her and honour all her layers and begin to coax her back from the darkness.
I am so excited to be taking the Color of Woman class taught by Shiloh Sophia McClouD (starting in April). To learn and be certified in this process and share it with others is going to be so wonderful. I can't wait :)
I have so many pictures of Kieran sleeping- they all seem to look the same, but every time he falls asleep my heart can't help but melt at how peaceful he looks. It was so nice out last week that we took our nap outside in the sunshine.
I can't believe that it will be one year this week that I first felt Kieran move in my tummy. Peter was away for March break and I was sitting on the couch filling my time with Sons of Anarchy. He moved, and I thought I was crazy, then he did it again- how giddy I got.
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.