|My painted blackbird|
This blackbird is a diversion from what I've come to consider my painting style. Typically I have many layers of paint that eventually come together. This blackbird just appeared quickly and I like the simplicity of it. I can't bring myself to change it.
One of the things I discovered in my painting this week is my tendency to not want to mess things up. To not take risks because I might make it worse. To stay in a place that seems comfortable instead of pushing forward. Then I noticed how many ways I stay stuck because things are "ok" and I don't want to make them worse.
But in staying comfortable, I close the door on what's possible. On what might be spectacular. Staying with "ok" because I don't want to make it worse, is FEAR whispering in my ear. Painting is a safe space to practice taking risks. Being bold. Messing it up. It doesn't matter. What matters is what you're discovering. Like you've been living in fear and haven't even noticed.
Where are you settling for ok in your own life? Where are you nervous to take risks for fear of making things worse? Where are you willing to open a little to let the possibilities pour in?
Pick up a paintbrush with a child like heart and no attachment to the outcome, and see what you discover.
|My daughter's IPAD version in Drawcast|
Birds robed in black do not give up their secrets easily. They love to watch us marvel over their messages. Black birds demand our commitment to learning their wisdom, and do not reveal their meanings unless they are convinced we've devoted ourselves completely to the path of understanding (both dark and light sides of) energy.
This is a fundamental concept of alchemy which is: Transition and Transformation. The bird is symbolic of life in the heavens (higher ideals, higher path of knowing) and the color black is symbolic of pure potential. Between the two, there is no limit to human transformation - all we have to do is close the shutters of the rational mind, and start sojourning with our darkly feathered friends.
Black birds (in general) are archetypes of living life in higher realms, and are symbolic of:
- Higher Intelligence
- Higher Thought
- Higher Ideals