I have begun the Red Madonna Queen of the Cosmos painting. Which was scheduled to be done on each of the thirteen full moon throughout the year – but I’m doing it weekly through the end of the calendar year. I delayed because I was participating in Shiloh’s Legend class for the first six months of the year and I didn’t have attention for both. Then I delayed beginning further because I started study at Watts Atelier. But I do want to finish it this calendar year and suddenly the time to begin was upon me.
I pulled out a large 30×40 canvas. I set up the studio. I dived right in and applied a clean coat of gesso. Then applied a coat of blue (because I knew I wanted this painting to be primarily blues). Then I started accumulating inspiration, ideas and considering techniques.
And then I watched the class videos for the first moon. Yeah, backwards.
Now that I’ve finished these first class videos I realize that I need to either put my whole self into this intentional creativity painting process – or not.
I can take the theme ‘Queen of the Cosmos’ and just run with it. Or follow along with Shiloh’s intentional creativity process – which gets me to the same place but with perhaps with a bit more dimension. I mean it is either a Shiloh painting – or not.
A Shiloh painting requires me to slow down. To pay attention. To listen to my inner self. Perhaps that’s why I squirm.
I’ve decided this is a Shiloh Sophia Intentional Creativity painting – and I’m following the process – interpreting it a bit for myself.
Two words came to me early on when I contemplated this painting: GRACE and SPACIOUSNESS. Interestingly enough both are leading me to slow down, pay attention, and see what happens. No skipping the squirmy parts or racing to the finish line. Think tortoise.
Tortoise my symbol for this painting journey. Interestingly enough the turtle is associated with the lunar phases and has thirteen segments to its shell.