The past few weeks I have been taking an online course, "Paint Your Story" , taught by the fabulous, Mindy of Tim's Sally. We are learning about painting from our inner seven year-old selves and reconnecting to the simpler things we enjoyed (or still enjoy) in life.
This is all about loosing up and not being perfect. I tend to paint from my subconscious and really don't have an outward goal in mind when I start. But all at once this begin to emerge.
I did this much in one sitting while watching a movie and let me tell you ... it was a cathartic process, that included lots of crying. The good healing kind of tears, the ones that act as crystals shining on what is ahead while fully closing the door behind you.
I find myself really attached to her and even dreamt I was chasing her the very night I painted her.
My childhood wasn't full of Chutes and Ladders, Lolli-pops and puppy kisses, but lets just say rough around the edges. Too often the bad times emerge to the surface and I deal and walk away. But when you allow those bad times to sit a while, its who comes out of the muck that is amazing. My 7 year old self ... my red tulip loving, rollerskating everyday self!
I had purple Popple, roller skates that I wore as though they were my feet. I put more miles in
our basement/driveway/roller rink than humanly possible. I loved them.
I also really enjoyed the red tulips outside our (mine and my mom's) bedroom window would bloom
They were so fun looking and were quite amazing to me.
I lived on my grandparents Christmas tree farm until I was 10 and to have the vibrant red against all the
green was wonderful.
The "tulip's" were just magically there before this little girl was. I guess that is how it works
when it is meant to be:)
I think more will get added and something things will change a bit, but I really love this character and you know what, she is going to be A-OK :)
I am beginning to rethink the large round mickey-mouse bun to the right of her head, what do you think?
What is your 7 years old self teaching you today?