I used small chunks of time from the end of December to beginning of January to paint. Doing 15 minutes before breakfast or starting my studies, 30 minute blocks on weekends and yesterday I spent two 1 hour sessions on it.
I used tempera paint in my intuitive painting, a rough shape of a face came first then everything else followed. The prompt ‘Go with the energy’ really helped me relax, let go, be comfortable in blocks where I didn’t have any instant aha moments. Parts of this painting really were a process!
I enjoyed it all, I’m even sort of accidentally combining using my fingers to paint on paper and a brush on the canvas, combining both styles on different surfaces- a block I’m really excited to work through.
This is an intuitive painting so I didn’t have any pre thought up idea, now it is finished I will go over some possible thoughts/themes that were brought forward.
The middle of the woman’s body has a hand reaching out from a heart, with vines wrapped around her ribs, pulling downwards. This was the first and best ‘I have no idea what this is/means’ and started to feel like I would gross someone out but I painted anyway.
At the time I thought it was to do with my change in career plans, others opinions pulling me down as I am literally following my heart, it still could be. However as I was finishing, a realisation came that I painted this before I started getting upper chest pains. I’m not sure what these pains me, I could be overdoing yoga or it could be something else entirely. Weird huh?
The large cracking rock/egg with a door on it I think has two possible themes 1. I painted this after watching Being John Malkovich and I painted the portal 2. The person reaching out is my old self/others opinions trying to have me cling onto old ways and ideals. The tall pink lady is having non of it.
The orange butterflies came to me and I can only think that they mean some sort of ‘release’ and ‘new beginnings’ it’s the first time I’ve used crayon and ink pen on paper like this and I enjoyed accidentally experimenting.
The white head wrap has come through my practice of Kundalini yoga, I wear a white one each morning in meditation, the swirls are I think themed on the ‘snake’ awakenings I’m reading about.
I named this painting Breathe deep, go with the energy as I feel that’s what message the image is bringing forward and the words that assisted me to get there.