|Receiving Oneness 16×20 Watercolor|
A while ago I showed some friends my new style of vision painting. I was immediately commissioned to paint a gift, an “inner portrait.” With vision paintings I usually collaborate with the client. This was the first time I would paint such a personal painting as a surprise and for someone I hadn’t spent much time with. My hope was the fact that this woman is a Reiki practitioner and I had an appointment already scheduled with her.
I’ve never had Reiki before but I thought that perhaps it would be the perfect opportunity to try to . . . connect with her and ask for a vision? I don’t know. I guess it sounds weird to say that but why not? to be in the same room of the subject? To be in a state of relaxation while concentrating on an image? Shouldn’t something happen?
As I began the Reiki session I focused and asked for an image of who this woman was. I thought of the comforting hands on my head, I thought of the trees outside the window. The trees made me think of looking up into the branches of our oak tree at home. Home made me think of family and the healer in our family, which I would consider to be my aunt who has always been able to nurse every sort of sick animal back to health. I thought of stained glass windows, Beauty and the Beast, a red red rose that represented the unfurling and uncurling koru, the Maori symbol of a fern, that in Maori culture represents new growth and new beginning. I later learned that the koru also represents peace and tranquility. I could also see the flower as a lotus blended in with the rose. It was a beautiful feeling to see these hands over a sparkling unique flower. Overall, I could feel this painting being warm and comforting.
|Our oak tree in MN|
|My aunt’s hands. Thanks to Mom and Jess.|
I prepared to paint this painting with some small sketches and gathering reference photos. I took pictures of the very oak tree from home, I also got my family to help me get reference photos of my aunt’s hands. I really wanted to feel a connection as I painted healing hands and I felt it was very important that she be a part of this painting. I felt that these two women from two different walks of life had a lot in common.
|reference photo found on the internet. Isn’t it beautiful?|
When I came home from the Reiki session I sketched out the image scribbled down what I consider the painting’s message. “The healer: Miraculous healing begins with healing the self.”
|My first choice|
The composition of the painting changed several times as I tried to get the right feeling of the hands encompassing the viewer as well. My original idea of sheltering hands closed the viewer out of the painting. The end result I’m not sure looks like the hands are as sheltering as I originally intended. They seem a little more excited but I also wanted the viewer to see that the hands came from this deep-rooted tree, like they are an extension of the branches and the juxtaposition of the delicate etherial flower is at the source of the tree.
A good portion of this painting was painted with the mini series Love Comes Softly playing in the background. It’s a faith based series based on books, all that I had read in high school. Every episode was about love, forgiveness, and triumph over difficulties. It really set the mood for my painting time. The final surprise I found while painting was how the branches of the tree had similar shapes to dragonfly wings and I loved the extra possibility of thoughts of flight in the tree branches. Originally, I saw the sparkles from the flower turning into the negative spaces of the tree branches so that around the flower the tree branches looks like stained glass but I don’t think I fully achieved that affect.
The best part is that a week after I received the first commission she commissioned me for her own vision painting so the unveiling of that led the the perfect opportunity to surprise her with this gift. It was perfect. She was so surprised. No one else had gotten to see this and we spent a good long time talking about it. It was an exciting and emotional time as I told her my story and then we all talked and interpreted what it could mean but that’s for another post. I hope you enjoyed this.
This print is now available for purchase at my Etsy store in a high quality Giclee print.