Following on from my post on choosing the words 'healing' and 'self' for 2013 from this idea on That Curious Love of Green I received help and encouragement that I could not have predicted.Out of the blue/the postman's van came a package from Emily who blogs at The Nest which held not just encouragement but, among other treasures, new paints.
I already had paints, lots of them. I had also replaced the ones that needed replacing. But there is something so inspiring about getting a present with tips on how to use it, it made me feel like I was starting something new and exciting. It turned out that I love those paints. And, as one of the worlds greatest lovers and users of snail mail it was such a thrill to receive a parcel of goodies.
Also out of the blue came the news that Lucy Pearce has a new book, 'The Rainbow Way' coming out in November and that a free e-book preview of it is available. Lucy blogs at Dreaming Aloud. I read and loved her book 'Moods of Motherhood' (this is saying a lot, I am not the best reader) so I signed up for her free e-book.
These are the words that jumped out at me:
"It is a sacred jouney home: a path of feminine healing of our mothering and creative selves, which will enable us to bloom and flourish into our fullest selves, through an alchemy of our sunshine and showers."
These words meant a lot to me, they still do but they really hit home when I read them first. I find it so hard to find time for anything that isn't about the children. More than that, I think I needed the therapy of reading this to wipe out the upset of having to wear splints on my hands when I was pregnant with Sadie. I couldn't do anything, including paint. And I didn't even try when my hands went back to their normal size.
I have been painting. And painting and painting and painting.
Sadie and Holly have been drawing and painting dolphins non-stop since they saw the first painting here.
They share a new life goal now as they would far rather paint with my stuff than their own.....
so far they haven't done too much damage.
So, here are a few of my paintings on my path of healing and self.
(Incidentally, I chose these three for this post because they photographed better than others.)