That moment when she allowed freedom to be birthed within her, was the moment when her own voice came alive…
Her voice comes alive when …
She is choosing to celebrate beauty,
choosing to capture joy
choosing to embrace freedom ….
Each time she allows her own desires, dreams and beliefs to surface, she is strengthen her own voice, not someone else`s.
Each time she allows herself to feel beautiful – in whatever way that feels right for her – she is choosing to embrace more of her essence
Each time she stays close to what brings deep joy to her, she is opening to a more expanded way of being.
Her voice has been diminished in so many ways…
It has influenced the way she feels about herself
The way she does not ask for what would make her happy
The way kindness, nurturing and compassion are actions meant only for others to receive from her.
Sometimes she hides beauty so that others can feel better about themselves
Sometimes she feels pressured to be beautiful so that someone else can feel good…
Sometimes she has created beauty for herself by bringing life to a dream and then finds herself uncomfortable showing that beauty to others because it is easier to show unhappiness instead.
For so many women there had been a moment a long time ago, way back when she was a very young woman, when she decided that she was anything but beautiful…
Words were shared…. words that were not kind towards her fragile emerging feminine essence and she began identifying with those words.
She loses herself in the dreams and voices of others and finally tries to find where she has left herself behind…
All of this and so much more creates so much disconnection within her own spirit.
How this painting was inspired:
Images of women, children and teenage girls expressing freedom, joy, peace and love have been appearing in my meditations for many months now.
The first seeds to paint the mother and child were sown way back in 2006 though…
I see how we become mothers to our own inner child – the younger version of ourselves.
Daisies and sunflowers have been continuous images calling me during meditation too. Symbols of
open-ness and freedom
The process behind this painting.
The day I began this I faced the bare canvas… a metaphor for life itself, playing a piece of meditation. I sat eyes closed, asking for what was wanting to be created. I always work intuitively with colour and pick up the tubes as my heart calls me to do. I first painted words holding the essence of a quality I wanted to express, as I do with all my paintings.
Then the colour blue appeared. Blue is the colour connected to the throat and our ability to communicate our truth and express ourselves easily.
I noticed such a connection to her spirit as I painted her.
The creation began in a very contemplative manner as I tried to capture all those feelings so many women can identify with as our spirits continually whisper to open to something more.
The music began changing to the tunes of Snatum Kauer (Long Time Sun) ……..
…and then the voice of James Blunt (Postcards and You`re Beautiful) made its way into my studio.
I felt myself shifting into such a space of pure joy and happiness as I painted her. In fact I felt a cleansing of some sort… Throughout the process I journalled as well which was very powerful alongside painting her.
Whenever the colour blue moves on my canvas, it feels somehow very softening and very empowering, yet it is a colour I have avoided all my life.
Painting has become a beautiful healing process for me, no matter what I am painting.
It is for me always about-
Without these qualities inner radiance will always remain hidden
With so much love and light to you…
PS: If you would like to have her as a reminder of all these qualities you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Also I am offering Photography sessions in the Cape Town area to capture these qualities too
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