I was telling a friend about the painting and she suggested I look into what the meanings might be in the colours I chose, the lotus and the trees. I will offer up a little information about myself at this time. I generally paint pictures from some sort of reference, a photograph or another painting. Just to give me the basics to paint from. With some of my paintings in the last few years I have been trying to paint more from my intuition and just things that pop up for me. These paintings are usually just for me and my way of working through stuff. I donʼt always analyze them but I felt like I needed to dig a little deeper, even get a little more woo woo and see what my painting might be telling me. I did some research on symbolic meanings, so I will add those as I go. I had started it before the virus came about, it was one of those that I could not figure out what it was going to be, the woman had taken shape, but I put it aside for a while. As the news about this pandemic began, I went back to the painting. Though it had started one way, I decided to take my own advice, “itʼs just paint, if you donʼt like it, paint over it” and I did, over and over. It's not even that I didn't like it, it just hadn't finished evolving.

It had started out with a background I had created years ago. I added this woman sitting there with a lotus flower at her root chakra. (The Lotus has many meanings, the ones that resonated with me were that the Lotus is a symbol of creation and the cycle of birth and rebirth. The Lotus grows up out of the mud and muck into a beautiful flower. It helps align our chakras and deals with our intuitions, spirituality and higher knowing.) We are going to need to grow up out of this muck once we are over the hump with this pandemic. There are peddles around her, with words added to them for things I would like to manifest in my life. Becoming who I am meant to be. A green tree began to take shape behind her, but I didnʼt like that, so then it was brown, a pine tree. (The Pine tree can help us to stay the course during difficult times. A renewal of energy can be obtained by sitting under a pine tree). I had been out for a walk one day and all of a sudden thoughts of the tree in the painting came up and I felt like I had to make it a birch tree (The Birch tree may appear fragile, but in fact, it is extremely hardy. This teaches us that in apparent weakness there is often to be found great strength. A potent symbol of purification and renewal, which focuses our attention on our potential for change and on the consideration of new directions and goals to be experienced in our lives) and then the roots had to surround her to keep her grounded and protect her (anchoring her to Earth and at the same time, connecting her to Heaven). Her hair was repainted a few times. It was grey and black. I believe the grey is the wise woman emerging (rather disheveled like me for the most part but also that what is going on is not allowing her to keep it together). Her body started out being purple, (the colour represents the future, the imagination and dreams, while spiritually calming the emotions, it inspires and enhances psychic ability and spiritual enlightenment, while, at the same time, keeping us grounded) this remains her base but then I wanted her flesh colour, (maybe to represent the human part of her. She is still part of this earth and wants to do her part while she is here) Her hands started out praying, asking for guidance and support, maybe in meditation. But all of a sudden I wanted her to be holding the planet, holding the earth in her hands. Cradling and protecting Mother Earth and all who inhabit her, as we and she go through these tough times. The sky changed a lot too, from bright yellow to very cloudy. The background became very dark and then the clouds lightened up. I feel like the yellow was more sun shine, bright days, but then the clouds came in, made it dark and gloomy, resembling what we are going through right now, but then in the end, though the clouds remain, there is light in them as well and there is blue sky peaking through. We will see better days. Iʼm sure as time goes by, I will see more in this painting, or even add more to it. It is something I would like to help clients to create someday, just begin a painting and allow it to evolve as time goes on and suits whatever is going on in their lives at the time.

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