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.
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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.