I have been creating lots, but I rarely get he chance to blog about it. I am much better at posting my work and work in progress on Instagram and Facebook. I have been working on my own stuff as well as course work. I recently started another class organized by Tamara Laporte (Willowing) called Ever After 2016-which is a 4 month class of all fairy tale inspired art lessons and artist interviews and prompts on developing your own style.
The painting above is of Snow White the lesson was by Annie Hamman. I really loved this lesson, her style and techniques inspire me. I love the looseness and realism of her style, and how her paintings tell a story. So far from the prompts I have learned that I am a little farther down the road in developing my style than I thought. Most of my paintings include a female figure along with an animal or natural elements that come together to form a story or message.
I followed Annie Hamman's lesson closely-the only thing I changed is the hair placement and the hand-just very slightly. I drew every thing free hand with a reference photo. The hand was the trickiest-my phone is full of weird selfies of me trying to get a good picture of my hand in this position, but I really enjoyed the challenge.
For fun I have also been reading the original fairy tales to pull inspiration and see what messages I can find. Annie said that she chose to have Snow Whites hair blowing in the wind, symbolizing change, keeping that in mind, Snow White has emerged from the forest and has awakened in this painting, will she be fooled by the apple?
Did you know Snow White dies three times in the original story, each time by the queen/witch in disguise, even though the dwarves tell her over and over not to open the door or trust anyone while they are at work. Once was by lace (the queen tied it so tight Show White could not breathe-saved by dwarves), the second was a poison comb (again saved by dwarves), and the one we all know-by the bite of an apple. The dwarves couldn't help her with that one so they placed her in a glass coffin-and long story short a prince passing by asked if he could have her because she is beautiful and he would like to look at her-so he attached the coffin to his horse and began home-the ride dislodged the apple from her throat and she woke up...how sweet and they were married and got revenge on the queen to say the least.
Snow White is very passive life just happens to her and she floats through it. She acknowledges what happens to her, but doesn't seem to be angered or frightened by it-she accepts it but doesn't seem to learn from it...ever. She lives in the present but is not grounded. I am not an expert in chakra's but I feel as if her root (home/safety, sense of belonging) and her Solar plexus (self worth and power). I think that the message Snow White is carrying for us when she emerges from the trials of the forest is -I am grounded and ready to stand in my own power. I could keep going, but I will stop there :)
Are there any area's in your life where you feel you are too passive, or floating through it, to the detriment of yourself? Where are you ready to dig in your roots and stand in your own power?
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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.