This is the year that I committed to “finding” my unique voice with my painting style and to create programs and experiences that incorporate art and creativity which are designed to help participants discover their authentic path – to step into their purpose as they follow their dreams. Yes, it is a lofty undertaking and I’ve been laying the foundation for this chapter for many years (most of my life, truth be told). I knew I needed help to bring all the diverse pieces of my life together to create the curriculum and uncover my true talents. Since the student was ready, the teacher showed up!
Through serendipity and destiny, I discovered maestra Shiloh Sophia and her Color of Woman program. She is an extraordinary artist and sacred teacher located in Sonoma, California. I was drawn to her painting style which incorporates the divine feminine and extraordinary archetypes in bold colors, movement and design. Then I discovered she teaches a process called “Intentional Creativity.” To call it a “process” is not actually accurate, but perhaps easier to absorb on the first pass.
While she provides instruction to hone painting skills, her true purpose is to help women access their own mysterious truths about themselves, their story, their worldview and what they are here to cause and create. Her method is a way of being in the world and provides a road map to discover the “wild intuitive artist, leader and woman you truly are.” She guides women on their individual hero’s journey; their personal vision quest to discover their sacred Soul Work. At the conclusion of the nine month program, the women discover their sacred gifts, create curriculum to share it with their communities, enhance their creative skills, connect more powerfully with their authentic purpose and become a force that will be unstoppable as truth is their compass. I signed up in a heartbeat.
To say this course has been transformation is an understatement. My very existence has been rocked to the core at every level. Every level. I’m learning who I truly am – my legendary self. I’m accessing my truth and seeing past the stories I’ve been telling myself for a lifetime. I see my inner critic and transform her into my muse to access truth and consciousness. I’m learning to integrate the various aspects of my life, internal and external, to be the most powerful, purposeful, authentic version of myself. I’ve been broken down to break through. And I’m painting at an entirely different level.
I will be sharing much more of my experiences, my writings and my paintings out here, so check back and follow along on the journey if you are moved to join me. I have projects already in the works and I’m scheduling workshops to passionately create experiences for my communities to help them access their path and put their dreams into action. Oh the goodness is flowing!
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I thought I’d share the creation of one of my biggest paintings to date, and the first one of the class – My Legend. She represents my legendary self. It took me six weeks to create her and more hours than I can count. She caused me much angst as she stretched me in ways I didn’t know I could bend. She gave me countless hours of pleasure as I unleashed and gave my paintbrush an uninhibited freedom. She allowed me to connect with Teddy, my German Shepherd who passed away at the same time as I started the program. There were days I cried at the canvas as my heart was inconsolable over the loss of my companion. Teddy became my ally on my legendary quest and he showed up on the canvas to help guide me on my path. Now, it gives me tremendous comfort to have him memorialized by my side.
Soul work is not easy work. It’s messy. It’s ugly. And it’s beautiful. It’s consuming. And confronting. It takes you to task as it brings you to the breaking point. It’s a personal crucible with a unique alchemy to transform. For every attempt to run, a greater drive commands continuation. There is no hiding. But there is pure truth. Which sparks the divine ember of purpose. From which there is no turning back.
Enjoy a glimpse of the making of a legend. She is on a 36″x48″ canvas and has a place of honor in my studio. And in my heart.
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