Each session of Intentional Creativity begins with a theme and / or an inquiry. The young warrior, Joan of Arc, was the inspiration for this session. The inquiry was as follows:
“What are you willing to take a stand for?
What are you willing to die for?
Or better yet, WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO LIVE FOR?”
The canvas was blessed with holy water, and the painting began with a prayer inscribed upon the canvas.
I initially began this painting in November, 2013, but set it aside as I began my journey and classes with the COLOR OF WOMAN: Intentional Creativity® Teacher Training 2014. I came back to complete this painting after returning from COLOR OF WOMAN graduation in November, 2014.
For me, the inspiration and inquiry shifted focus a bit. COLOR OF WOMAN asks that we find our “beloveds,” that community we feel called to serve. I began considering how I could serve our veteran community. Veterans have always called to my heart because I feel we, as a nation, do not serve them and their families well upon their return to civilian life. We spend weeks training them as warriors, but we do not give equal time to help them integrate back into daily life at home.
Returning to the canvas, I contemplated what my calling is in this world and the possibility of creating a class to offer to our veterans. How can I serve my calling by serving these warriors? How do I love and honor them? What Light can I bring to the darkness? What are the things I will do because I live?
The young Joan of Arc was a mystic warrior to the Divine. She felt a calling so strong in her heart she was willing to risk everything, even being thought to be crazy. What calling in my life have I allowed to be silenced? What do I feel so strongly about that I’m willing to be take a stand, even at the risk of being thought crazy? What am I willing to LIVE FOR? Can I find a COMPLETE YES to that calling?
Courage – Valor – LOVE in the center
Safety – Faith – Bravery
Choose to live in Joy
I had allowed many inner voices to be silenced, due to fear, due to doubt, due to low self-worth. I was failing to honor myself; my inner calling; all the unlimited Divine Possibilities; the wild and untamed parts of me.
Each painting goes through many layers of change as I contemplate the theme and the inquiry. Intentional Creativity is meant to encourage the artist/creator to “create with mindfulness,” guiding you back to your inner wisdom.
“THIS IS NOT THAT” by Sally Fuller Richard
Inspired by Red Madonna 2013 – Joan of Arc:
Honoring the Call (with Shiloh Sophia McCloud)
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas - 24 x 48 x 1.5”
Completed November, 2014
Conroe, Texas, USA
This painting has been donated to
Southern Star Brewing Company’s
2nd Annual Bombshell Car Exhibit
benefiting Camp HOPE - PTSD Foundation of America
Event on September 9, 2017
3525 N. Frazier St, Conroe, Texas 77303
Visit southernstarbrewing.com/events/ for more information
and ptsdusa.org/Camp-Hope for Camp Hope informaton
Joan began to emerge from the portal of the canvas, and as she evolved, I noticed she began taking on more masculine features. I realized that Joan was beginning to resemble my son, who had just begun his service as a U. S. Marine in the beginning of 2014.
A halo of light was painted symbolizing the Divinity in each of us. A starry cosmos was added, for there are bigger things in this vast world, so little of what we know and understand.
The title is borrowed from a discussion I had with a combat veteran while in California for COLOR OF WOMAN graduation. When asked what the most important message to offer veterans is, he answered, “This, is NOT, That!” meaning that the life the veteran is living now, is not the same they lived as an active service member. For me, he was referring to what some call “moral injury,” when an individual feels a psychological and spiritual conflict between experiences and deeply held beliefs. [See ALMOST SUNRISE (sunrisedocumentary.com/), a documentary identifying moral injury and potential alternative therapies to healing.]
My painted warrior comes through to me rather androgynous, representing our military men and women. I pay honor to my Marine son in the lower left corner with the added Eagle, Globe and Anchor.
The finishing touch is the translucent lily painted over the sword as a reminder that “This, is NOT, That!” The archetype of the warrior will remain a piece of the life experience; with time, support, and healing, may the strength remain and Peace replace any internal conflict.
The sides of my paintings are painted red to honor the “Red Thread” tradition of many cultures. This tradition says that people who are destined to meet are connected by a red thread from birth. The thread may tangle and stretch, but it will never break.