Monday is my “Studio Day,” and I considered painting a Lady of Guadalupe in honor of her feast day. Effy’s offer of a FREE class grabbed my attention though.
This piece began with a blind contour face (For any non-artist peeps, this is drawing a face while only looking at the picture inspiration NOT at the paper as you draw. You try to draw in a continuous line, not lifting the pen or brush. It is an exercise to help train your eye to see the actual lines, not what you THINK you see. Challenging! Always interesting! Give it a try!)
Effy also challenged us to try making a face that wasn’t necessarily considered “pretty” nor “perfect.”
For me, I was feeling dis-combulated that morning, and as I allowed myself to feel into it, I found anger and rage lurking.
Effy’s journal page drew from Mary Oliver’s poem “Wild Geese,” one of my favorites also. I choose to let my BEast speak her own message.
The message this “BEast” shared with me was “Oftentimes I struggle to allow myself to BE angry, much less to feel RAGE. When I am in a safe space and I know I have great emotional support, it’s OK to unleash the anger and the rage. These are both merely human feelings and are natural. When I allow myself to FEEL, I can move through the experience and into healing much quicker. Allowing is also healthier for my body because this moves the energy through my body rather than holding it stuck within my body.”
As I looked at the word “BEAST” I saw it as “BE as t” symbolizing to me to “BE as the Christ" ("Christ" represented by the cross of the lowercase t). For me, the Inner Christ is my God-Self, my Inner Divinity. It is who I AM when I re-member I AM a child of the Divine. I am a spiritual being incarnated in a human body, and part of this is allowing the full spectrum of my human experience….as Clint Eastwood would agree, “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.”
Postscript to this piece: After I had completed "BEast", I was attempting to photograph her. Rearranging the lighting, I accidentally knocked over my paintbrush jar full of dirty water….directly onto the completed page! Perfect opportunity to further practice “Good doesn’t have to be PERFECT!” Turned out to be easily salvaged!
“BEast” original art by Sally F. Richard
11x15” on CANSON Watercolor Cold Pressed 140 lbs. - Mixed Media
(Gesso, Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen, Acrylic paints, Uni-Ball SIGNO gel pen)
Inspired by Effy at EffyWild.com
from “FACING FORWARD II Week 7 – “You Don’t Have to Be Good”
(Effy offered this FREE lesson in her November 16, 2016 Newletter)
Unleash the BEast…
Screaming Crying Howling
From the pit of despair
Hear the BEast
Be with the BEast
Can you allow the fury to unwind
Embrace the BEast