Life is miraculous :The synchronicities around my new painting Weaving Her Journey
I’ve enjoyed immensely working with many of my clients and over time some have even become good friends. Sarah O’Rourke from Sacred Change is one of them. Together we have co-created three paintings. When Sarah contacted me with her idea for our last project it came at a perfect time in my creative process. In 2009 I had created Our Journey, a painting describing man’s journey through life along with its trials and joys, all in relation with the cycles of nature.
A few years later (2011), a client from France, Laurent Muratet (founder of Terra Vita project, author of Un Nouveau Monde en Marche) commissioned me to create a similar painting but requested that I add a dimension of female-male balance. This is how the painting Wholeness was born; it depicts two spirals for man and woman’s journey, joined by the dance of nature with brother sun and sister moon.
After completing these 2 paintings I realised that the pair needed to be a trio and that an image talking about the journey of woman would be coming to complete the series.
It is around this moment, in 2013, that Sarah asked me to create a painting to use in her priestess teachings. This painting needed to represent the stages of woman such as the maiden, mother and crone as well as various goddess archetypes from the history of humanity. We also included the awesome 13 grandmothers to the project accompanying our journey with their teachings.
Before I went to France for my solo show, Catherine Maillard (editor and journalist) invited me to lead one of her monthly circle of women UneAura4Étoiles. She chose to talk about this new painting Weaving Her Journey to celebrate all the aspects of our journey together. Catherine Maillard and many of the women there are following the teachings of the 13 grandmothers. In these teachings, we are to journey through the 13 moon cycles with a new theme each moon cycle. It happened that the teachings of the first moon cycle, in January, starts with the theme : The Weaver! This is the month I was in Paris for my solo show, hosting the circle of women with my painting Weaving Her Journey! The weaver theme celebrates dreaming big and realizing our dreams which is exactly why I was in Paris! There couldn’t have been a better connection to my own journey when I am about to open my first big international solo show!
There was one more synchronicity that came into this beautiful web of events. To announce my coming to Paris, Karine Nivon (editor of the French magazine Rêve de Femmes) featured my art from cover to cover in her magazine to illustrate the theme : “Oser rêver grand et vivre ses rêves” (Having the courage to dream big and living your dreams!!!)
What else can I say? Life is really miraculous!
*For more information see Jamie Sams book : the 13 original clan mothers and for more about my artwork visit http://www.artbygaia.com