He Lives In Me

he-lives-in-me-web-sizeThe lion is telling me that it’s all about illusion. As I lost myself in the music of the Lion King, he started to emerge. Whenever I was looking at the reference, picture ‘too hard’ trying to literally reproduce what I was looking at, the left brain kicked in. When I recognized this and went back to just looking for lights and darks and applying them loosely, this is when the magic started to happen! It was starting to look a bit same/same so I went to the pastels I hadn’t yet used and took some colours from the blues, greens, bright yellow & white and brought it to life. This happened during the song “They Live in You” so it was quite cathartic! ROOAARRRR! I’m calling this painting – ‘He lives in me’

Thanks to Irena for this wonderful lesson at Awaken Creativity

Awakening

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This is a young male bear, coming out of hibernation, hungry for what the world has to offer….much like me really! As I learn more about how to express my creativity, I see how long I have been in hibernation. Exciting times lie ahead, now that I am awakening and developing my style. I think I’ll call this one ‘Awakening’.

Survival

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My koala has emerged. Teaching me some lessons along the way, with the help of Irena Kirpichnikova. I have learned more about focus, perspective, lighting and patience along the way, allowing this delightful chap to be seen in the forest at night. Given that the Koala is listed as a Vulnerable species in South East Queensland, he tells me that if we sharpen our focus and allow ourselves to be seen by other people, we increase our chances of survival in the long term. When we do this, our true beauty is revealed.

Spirit Guide

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What a lovely relationship I have developed with my wolf along this journey of refinement. My wolf is looking to me to lead the way.

I see complete trust in his eyes and a look that says “I know that you know”. What a powerful message that I carry the wisdom inside of me. A lesson to keep here, about not relying too heavily on others to determine my truth. He brings a sternness coupled with a softness, that is saying to me “I’m going to insist that you follow your call, then I will follow you and support you. I intend to keep you on your path.” As I was working with him, I was trying to tune in to whether he was male or female and it fluctuated, as he seems to be well balanced in both energies. Once complete though, the message he brings has a more masculine energy to its tone, so I feel now that he is a strong male with a lovely nurturing side to him.

Turtle Wisdon

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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!

Endangered

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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.

Peta Rabbit

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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).

Compassion

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When I was painting this horse, it gave me a sense of deep peace & serenity. I can now see that this was because of the compassion being shown to my by its beautiful spirit.  I am so loving connecting with the spirit of the animals I am painting.