Dive deep! The waters are calmer and you can think.
This playful mermaid is what happens when the Inner Rockstar and Inner Child get together!
Kieran checks my barrier for weakness, as I hastily await the gate I ordered. Everyday I have to add something new to the barricade as he always manages a way to get through it. Let's see if he can figure this one out. He is very driven to get to the dogs food and water dish!
The other day rocky was stuck in the Kitchen (due to my barricade) and Kieran crawled over, stood up and moved a chair enough to create a pathway for Rocky. Definitely backwards to how I hoped it would work.
He can stand now, on his own with out using anything-and he is starting to try and take his own steps!!!
What fun I had painting this mural for my new little niece who is due to join us in September.
It took about 6 1/2 hours from start to finish. The blossoms are so fun and relaxing to paint I could have painted the whole wall pink with flowers.
Here is my week 6. I feel really good about this page. The butterflies are carrying away the old stories and perhaps the dress on the left will become the mantle of the new story. The quote in the dress says "I stopped telling myself that I'm lost. I'm not. I'm on a road with no destination. I'm just riding with hope that I find a place I like and stay there. I'm not lost. I'm on my way"
In another way that I am 'on my way' I am working on planning a trip to California in November for my graduation of the Color of Woman program. I have been looking up venues this morning and discussing with others in my class about room mates for the week. Very excited.
Here is another journal page. So far this is one of my favorites. I have always had a soft spot for so I was very excited when the thought popped into my mind.
This particular page, is it working with my inner child. Who in this instance, was very shy and in sure of me. She's peeking out behind her fairy grandmother's skirt. I haven't always been there for her so I'am working with her to gain her trust back-starting with the unicorn we searched for.
Continuing my road trip in my smash journal (class by cosmic cowgirls), it was time to meet my inner rockstar. She loves to be the center of attention, and likes to make noise. She is confident and loving- but a warrior when need be. She hasn't forgotten there is magic in this world when we choose to see it.
Process wise, I transferred an image of Jem from 'Jem and the Holograms' on to my page then outlined her and used pastels her hair is made out of melted crayons. It was a lot of fun. I have to say my favorite thing on the page (besides her hair) is the colours on the microphone.
What is your inner rockstar like?
So we had a very, very messy blueberry breakfast-followed by a very serious talk. Then Kieran tried out crayons for the first time-on paper and in his mouth!
What can I say the boy loves his cat.
He has been very busy this week exploring and getting into anything he possibly can. He also has found his voice and isn't afraid to use-shouting out loud ahs, maaas among man other sounds as people walk by in the grocery store, or while eating dinner. He has been trying out the daycare at the gym and he actually fell asleep there which is amazing-and didn't cry the whole time he was there-they didn't even have to bribe him with mum-mum cookies.
His favorite thing to do this week is carry a toy in his mouth while crawling around.
He is also starting to refuse pureed and mashed foods-making me really be creative with how to cook things for him-who am I kidding I don't cook. Peter is pretty creative in the kitchen-sneaking veggies into both Kieran and I-keep it up daddy.
Here is one of my journal pages. Used some old paintings and collaged them over top of my journal writing. The writing was about letting go of the feelings, emotions and experiences that I no longer need to hold onto because they hold me back, and the other was a wanted ad for what I need in my life to move forward.
The birds really seemed perfect for this page as one is mourning and saying goodbye and the other joyful and looking forward.
When I added more paint to the collage, gold ended up between the cracks and looked like light shining through. When I finished the page I know I wanted to write something on top. When a sat with it and asked what this image was about the message was clear-breaking to pieces is hard, but putting them back together can be even harder. You will never be the same, but you will be more beautiful for it. Let your light shine through the cracks.-Okay so now that needed some paraphrasing. For curiosity I searched Google using "Let your light shine through the cracks" and one of the first results was a song by Leonard Cohen called "Anthem". The first few lyrics were perfect for my page so I had to incorporate them:
The birds they sang
What are somethings you can let go of in your day to day life that would make you feel lighter?
Here is my completed Illuminated Heart, Titled "Building Wings". This painting, for me, was about opening up my heart, and working on giving and receiving love. I am not very good at receiving love-I often feel that my needs may be a burden, or that I haven't given enough to deserve love or the help that I ask for. I often feel that I can handle it and do it myself, and often that is what I do-but if I had asked for the help or love that I needed then things would be a lot different, I would have saved myself a lot of stress and would have worked on building a relationship.
One piece of the process was to free write a poem and here is what came up for me:
"It wasn't always this way," you said,
I chose to incorporate pieces of my writing into the painting around the edges of my heart. I couldn't fit the whole thing so I just put the pieces that were most meaningful to me.
What about you? Are there any times that your heart was knocking and you didn't listen and wish you had? What would happen if we checked in with our hearts for every decision we made? Even for something as simple as what email to check first.
Thanks for reading. This post is very open for me and personal. I am a little nervous posting it-but the heart wants it there.
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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.