There are 76 women featured in this image.
I drew all of them back in December 2012 as I was part of an online programme offered by Hannah Marcotti called The Joy Up, and being part of this community of Joy Sisters, I was given the honour of drawing those that stepped forward.
I thought maybe 5 or 6 would want this offering but the number kept on growing.
What started out as a bit of fun, turned into something incredibly healing and moving.
The illustrations were released daily and the comments that poured from all the other members of the group were truly beautiful.
Here, their light was being witnessed.
My way of drawing is what I like to call my 'dollystration' style - with the reflection of the individual mirrored back for all to see the light that shines from within them.
So today, I dedicate this blog post to all those women who meant so much to me, defining my process, weaving in the reiki symbols and supporting me along the way.
I have drawn over 350 women to date, about 40 men too (hoping to increase this soon!), families, colleagues in the workplace, friends, children, dogs, cats, horses, the list continues to grow and yet it all began here, with the 76 (there are actually only 75 as I drew Hannah twice).
I put together a short video back then to try to capture how it all evolved.
Let's bless the women and not forgot to bless our men too as they equally need a huge share of love and healing.