Sleeping Beauty was the first lesson I chose for this month, taught by the wonderful Jane Davenport. I love her style, and while I have done a few of her lessons before on lifebook, I was looking forward to this one due to the amount of watercolour. Well I learned watercolour is it's own beast, even though I use watercolours regularly, I haven't really done anything that requires to much precision of layers, so this was an excellent learning experience. The other thing I found hard was starting with no sketch, I tried it that way first, and gave up, then I drew when out and started again, and was much happier-however I will continue practicing with watercolour to do faces with no under sketch. IT is interesting because when I work on canvas with acrylic I don't draw the faces of my ladies, however, acrylic paint allows me to cover and shape and evolve the face with layers, whereas watercolour is transparent.
Alright so, Sleeping Beauty, what personal lesson will I draw from here with the exception if the written moral of being patient and waiting for Mr. Right....I read three versions of Sleeping Beauty and have to say I liked the first one (the oldest) the most even though it had some pretty gruesome, or violent acts ( I will let you read it). Two versions were over all the one most of us know-only child, cursed by a not so nice fairy to die, the curse is lightened by a kind fairy to sleep for 100 years, prince comes along and one story a kiss helps to awaken her and in the other the prince came at the right time for her to awaken in front of him.
The older version, "Sun, Moon, and Talia, by Giambattista Basile" , she is not cursed, it seems to be an unfortunate accident. She touched some flax and a piece went under her fingernail and she fell asleep, her father mistook her for dead, sets her up in a chair and grieves by having the whole castle vacated. One day a king finds her, has his way with her and leaves, and nine months later she has twins-a boy and a girl. Fairies come to help, and hold the babies up to Sleeping Beauty for the babies to nurse-since she is still sleeping, and one day the little boy accidentally latches on to her finger and pulls out the flax and she awakens. There more to the story that includes a very upset wife of the King who discovers his love affair and attempts to have everyone baked into a pie for the king to eat, but for my purposes I am stopping here.
I like how she wasn't cursed in this one, and how it was her child that awakened her. One way to look at it could be an awakening to life, grasping it fully. I know when Kieran was born it really ignited my fire to follow my passion, to make time for it, and do it.. I get more done now than I ever did before and I have less time now. The difference is I value my ti,e differently now, being a mom, and I want Kieran to follow his dreams too, so I would like to model that for him.
I tried to look deeper and asked myself is her sleep inactivity? The fairytale book I am using mentioned that her sleep is passivity (which was desired of women at the time, where as the prince takes on a more active role). or is her sleep more of a cocoon, a place of rejuvenation, growth, and transformation? I decided to go with the second. She is on an inward quest of exploration and discovery instead of searching for the answers outside of herself....and so what if it took her 100 years. When she wakes up she knows who she is and what she wants. She knows how to check in with her heart now.
What areas of your life are you sleeping through? Don't think of it as a bad thing, just think of it wrapped in a cocoon and dive into it, when you are ready to explore and release it.
below is my first attempt at this lesson
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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.