I have to start out with a caveat. I am absolutely going to contradict myself today. It "the secret lies within you" then why seek inspiration outside of yourself?
One of the most wonderful healing aspects about art - in any form - is that, through metaphor, we are able to excavate deeper into our souls, hold incongruous elements in balance, and express that which cannot be expressed through linear conversation. I am constantly looking for objects that mimic a feeling, attitude or experience that I am trying to capture. Today I was using the idea of a secret (inspired by a post over at Dirty Footprints Studio.)
I thought about layers, covering and uncovering, and some roses I had painted last week.
( Check out how I used them as a metaphor for life choices.)
Then while painting, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how the petals of the rose created great space for journaling the little mantra I had found... Truly a visual meditation! I love when I make those discoveries!
Keeping the words and the image simple allowed me space to contemplate while I painted. Here are some of my thoughts:
- I am the secret. I don't need to give myself away to everyone. I can keep parts of myself hidden.
- I don't need to constantly seek validation from outside. Deep down, I know what I'm supposed to do and who I am supposed to be.
- Keep seeking. Keep exploring. It's a process to get to the core.
Now when I look back at what I have created - all of those thoughts come to me at once, without having to read each single word as I would if I had written it out like a traditional journal. The power of metaphor!
What metaphors come to you today?