Declaring an intention is almost always a bold act, not something without thought and definitely something with action behind it. That is how I felt when I declared my intention, back in September, to work on my affirmation series, a group of paintings that I saw in my mind and was really excited about bringing to life.
Well, the painting fates had other ideas because I was surprised at just how much I struggled with the second painting in that series. The first painting was about the affirmation Strength and Beauty Surround You, and this second painting was going to be called Dream in Color.

For some reason I just didn't feel "right" about this painting and while I finished other pieces with ease this piece sat in my studio, I worked on it in starts and fits, adding pattern and color, but it wasn't until I realized that the bird needed to be different that the painting really started to come together.
She's not dreaming you see. She is awake, and bright eyed to the color around her!

So, this painting is now called Awakening.

It is part of larger lesson that I have taken here, I can't make a painting or a situation different than it is meant to be. All I can do is be truly awake and alive to the color, the life, the ideas all around me.


Enrouge {karan karla} said...

Wow! What a cool progression to witness -- at first glance I thought those were different paintings, come to find out it was a transformation into one! They have a life & will of their own, don't they?? Those colors are especially appealing to me and there's that bird again but with curly feathers! I don't know if I can articulate this well, but your painting does seem to show your vivid imagination. Some art pieces strike me that way to where I feel like I am seeing someone's mind or inner workings. This one is like that to me.

Enrouge {karan karla} said...

Oh. . forgot to mention my favorite part that you get on second glance . . . the dragonflies fluttering out of that bowl. I love them!!

jacqueline said...

WOW i am in LOVE with this's soo beautiful and very inspirational! Loving the the tittle ~ Awakening. It's always such fun to see work in progress...and looking at how a something turned into something so meaningful, special and beautiful is just amazing. This reminds me so much of the traditional japanese fabric in my collection! Simple gorgeous! I really love all the details in this piece. Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Lori said...

Oh Faith. I would love this painting even without the story but WITH the story I am completely crazy about it. I love hearing your process- it is so organic and genuine. LOVE love love it.

Estelle said...

So inspiring to hear about your trust of your own artistic process.

And congratulations on being featured on decor8. You deserve the recognition.

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