I’ve signed up for 21 secrets , an online art journaling course this year. Some of the classes are great, while others haven’t really grabbed me, but I have tried painting in a way which is very different from anything I’ve done before. This was inspired by Connie Hozvicka’s class in which we were encouraged to just paint intuitively, not knowing where we were going with it. This is what I came up with. It looked like two seals watching sunrise on another planet. I just let it stay like this for a week or so, then I did a enquiring process similar to what we do in SoulCollage ie I asked the two “beings” who they were and wrote down what they seemed to be saying to me. This is what they said: We are the souls who are watching and waiting for the dawn We are serene, we are at peace with the cycles of the universe. When the shining one comes for us we will be reborn, on earth or some other galaxy. We know our eternal nature, we are outside space and time It does not matter how long we wait. We give you these gifts: PATIENCE, SERENITY, TRUST, ACCEPTANCE.
So it turned out they were SOULS not SEALS! Interesting how the subconscious works! Yes I know, it’s pretty cosmic, but hey, this is Byron Bay, spiritual heart of the east coast.
So anyway, I printed out what they said and stuck it on the page, darkened the edges of the page slightly with walnut ink, and there it is, finished.
I will definitely be trying this painting process again, it reminds me of the intuitive process of making a SoulCollage card. I love the idea that my intuition and or subconscious is leading me to create something significant and I don’t know what it is while I’m doing it. How cool is that!?
I absolutely love this piece! I love the colors and the mood and the peaceful feeling. And the words/sentiment is beautiful. It really speaks to the soul.
Your words really make the painting for me. It always amazes me how when we interpret an abstract-looking image, the image becomes the story and then it is difficult to see it in any other way.