A Refreshing New Twist: The Enchanted Naked Goddess - another deeper step to healing the way you see yourself.
"The Enchanted Naked Goddess - who is she?" I hear you ask.
She's you and she's me.
Over the past 10 months, as you know, I have been focusing my art on Soul Portraits, encouraging women to take the first step to heal the way they see themselves, and their body. (Men, I will be coming to get you soon).
I know from working very in depth with clients and from my own experiences, that women struggle daily with a negative self image and self concept.
The bitchy self talk and critical barrage to any passing mirror is usually proof of this.
We only have to take a look at this video below to see one of causes. However this is not totally about external pressure.
This is internal pressure. And Lots Of It.
So I'm inviting you to experience a deeper kind of fabulous.
Soul Portraits are the first step in seeing yourself as a muse, a divine inspiration.
Soul Portraits are totems to remind you that you are beautiful, just as you are.
Soul Portraits are healing talismans for visioning, journaling and creating.
Soul Portraits are daily reminders to be gentle to yourself.
Soul Portraits reflect back the light of your spirit.
They show you that you really are enough, beautiful enough, without nip, tucking, slicing, covering up or feeling shameful about revealing your body in public, at the swimming paths, on the beach, or in the bedroom.
So here's the thing.......
Since June, I have been taking photographs of my naked upper body and within the safe and confidential confines of a facebook group, I have been posting these images, whilst standing witness to other women sharing theirs.
This group has been transformative for me. We initially participated in an online programme over a year ago and very soon it became a tribe of brave sisters.
I never realised that such strong bonds could be born online, but I know, for a fact, that they are real, they are here and when you meet in person, it feels just like coming home (thank you Mary♥)
Something incredible happened during this time of revealing; something that I would never have realised in all the time I have dealt with big booby issues, or big bottom dramas, large thighs and upper arm dilemmas.
And this is a major revelation.
Revealing my photographs and being seen, I began to see that I didn't look the way I thought I did in my head.
I was being told differently.
Being seen by these women proved to me that, we all have visions of our bodies in our minds that don't meet with actual reality.
Did you hear that.... "that don't meet with actual reality."
I was seeing women, real women, of all shapes and sizes, slim, curvy, shapely.
All with deeply held troubles and beliefs about their butt/boobs/legs/bum/thighs/chin/ankles/knees etc
And really, what was I seeing?
I was seeing BEAUTIFUL GODDESSY WOMEN.
All of them were Just Adorable.
Every shape, curve and size.
What I was seeing was delectable, delicious, curvy, beauty full and I suddenly knew, in that moment, what men find attractive about women, and women find attractive about women.
They see the form, the shape, the soul, the beauty, the bounce and the gentle folds.
There and then I realised something profound.
Being in that group and developing my own life drawing practice has added another dimension to my art and I know it's another way that healing can happen for women.
I had drawn 75 Soul Portraits back in June, which you can see here Soul Portraits: A Healing Story
And it has taken me a while to get to this point of revealing again, but here it is.
It is time now for The Enchanted Naked Goddess to be born and I released this yesterday in my ETSY SHOP.
I truly know that we are all where we are meant to be ... and for some, this may not resonate, but for others it will.
Whatever it does for you, it is meant for growth and to elevate the magical enchanted goddess that you are.
I have hesitated to reveal this wonderful addition to my work because of fear.
Fear to step forward, expose the work and to have it misinterpreted.
But I know, hand on heart, that this is beautifully tasteful, healing, releasing, daring, caressing, energising, delightful and sensual.
It is all of the above and nothing else.
The Enchanted Naked Goddess is born, accompanied by an affirmation, intention, word, to support your journey.
Taking Delicious to Another Level
Revealing A New Level of Radiance.
The original drawing is done by hand, with pencils, markers and reiki symbols, then uploaded to digital software where I create the enchantment and magic.
You As Life Model
There's no coincidence here that my journey over the past 6 months, the co-writing of a new online course, with Burnt Umber (Fay), You As Life Model, has helped to take my life drawing practice, journalling to a higher level and it seems so incredibly natural to be here, in this place, right now.
You As Life Model, will show you how you can develop your own Life Drawing Practice, delving much deeper into revealing the connection between art, life drawing and body love, helping you to re-engage with and heal the relationship you have with your shape and form. You will be learning how to draw yourself and become your own Life Model.
So it has taken me a long while to step up and share all of this...
Here it is.
Me in all my glory.
Have a truly sweet week and I'll catch you next week.