Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Goddess Within

I've been mulling over the sketchbook I'm doing for the ArtHouse Co-Op's Sketchbook Project 2012 and not coming up with anything fresh. I'm almost finished the book and have been trying to find the right inspiration for the final page. My theme, a path through the trees, has been a metaphorical journey through nature and the last page is about where this path finally leads me. 



I love the way inspiration sometimes shows itself at the most unexpected times. Just by chance I was in our guest room yesterday and noticed a wonderful mosaic we have hanging on our wall. It's made of shell and enamel and is like a huge square tile.  I have no idea who did it, there is absolutely no credit information at all on it, nor any information about the artist or material.  I'd forgotten about it as we never go into the spare room and suddenly I was inspired.  I created this page which is a "Dion" interpretation of what is hanging on my wall.  It's not my usual bright vibrant colors, but the colors I used in this just felt right for the purpose.


The source of inspiration was a wedding gift from a very special friend of mine, Denise Cook, who is also one of my mentors.  She is a personal growth counselor and does amazing work in Sydney Australia. She helped me discover what she calls "The Goddess Within" and has been a vital source of strength and inspiration to me over the years. Teaching me to love who I am, to honor my goddess within, and acknowledge that "I am enough". She is also a breast cancer survivor and her courage is insurmountable.

 

I may not look like this goddess, but her courage, her beauty and her spirit are very much a part of who I am, and my journey along the path through the trees has bought me to this place. Although the book is not quite finished, with the cover pages yet to be done, I am thrilled and enriched by the experience.  It gives new meaning to the phrase "the journey not the destination".

Thanks for checking in. xx