Although the Monday morn started a cool grey, our sweet den of creativity wasn’t dampen. Following Jean’s Word Process, we ventured more into the world of watercolor. With a loose suggestion of painting an image that represented “you”, each individual participant, a sort of “self-portrait”. This took on many meanings, some were idealized by their relationship to animals, special relationships, etc, – and – we were to interpret our feelings in that portrait. We could include fabric, found objects, anything we visualized as an accurate expression of our feelings.
Here, you see a few of the “self-portrait” pieces. Mine, began with a standard watercolor sketch, using my speciality “wax crayon” for areas like the high-lighted hair, but soon I really got into the process and had begun cutting up some fabric pieces I was going to use as dark value areas. But once I’d completed the portrait, I was so pleased with it I couldn’t cover it with the fabric. So below, I just had to honor the original feelings. One of our participants chose a more symbolic “self-portrait”, using text and meaningful images to portray her love of nature and joy in life. This third self-portrait example, is from Jean, who began with a simplified watercolor portrait then, in thought, began to feel how she interconnected with all in the retreat. To show this, she later printed out photos from the retreat and linked them together with colorful, gently weaving threads.
One of the precious things I continue to see thru instructing my retreats and classes is how diverse and equally brilliant is each person’s expression. This process surely exemplifies this truth, and, hopefully encourages all of us to boldly reveal who we uniquely are!