My turtle is a special one to me because he brought a special lesson with him. He took me considerable time to do, as I was not taking on a life lesson. When I first ‘finished’ him, I wasn’t really happy with the form of the shell. This was because I was doing the pattern from the top down perspective, yet my turtle was more side-on. Then I realised that I had been having trouble synthesising different viewpoints. Finishing my turtle after this became easy! Further to this, when I look back on the earlier version, I now notice how twisted the shell looked, consolidating the lesson about my need to integrate different viewpoints more effectively! Thank you Turtle for your wisdom and thank you to my supportive teacher Irena for your guidance!
My aim when painting this one was to stay loose and I achieved that. However, I put my page on an angle, so my Tassie Devil would not be looking square on at me….looks like my left brain self-corrected that though! LOL! Staying loose has allowed him to blend in to his environment to the degree that he is almost not there, yet his presence is quite strong…..a metaphor for an endangered species perhaps? He tells me he is relying on our species to preserve him. A strong connection has been built with the spirit of this Tassie Devil.
Painting this rabbit was a great lesson on not being hard on myself. When I first painted it, I was having trouble connecting with its spirit and it was looking very hard/harsh, and very masculine – almost aggressive! This was mirroring how I was treating myself over a few issues. When I took some time to tune in to what was going on in my body and mind and deal with that, I went back to the painting again and the gentleness and softness of its spirit emerged. I have called it Peta Rabbit to honour my gentleness and softness, usually identified as feminine energy, hence the female version of the name Peter (Rabbit).