When I begin to create a Soul Portrait, I spend time immersed in the photographs you have sent me... I thoroughly enjoy this process because I can have some quiet time to soak in a sense of who you are and what your soul is telling me.
Recently I had the honour of creating a Soul Portrait for Kate Beddow. Kate is the founder of Growing Spirit Kids, a company promoting natural healing, relaxation and creativity to help keep children happy, healthy and balanced. She has written a range of ebooks and meditations and writes regularly for a range of magazines and online publications.
Everything that Kate puts out *sparkles* and she has such authenticity in all she does. I was really delighted that I could do this for her. She decided on a Soul Portrait and also a DigiWallpaper with a chinese proverb "the soul is healed by being with children," which is very apt considering the nature of her work.
When I begin sketching, I just love to follow the lines of your form. There's a point when I just know that I have found an essence and reflection of your divine self and it is then I'll stop and begin to add the colour. This sketching and illustration phase takes me about 90 minutes from start to finish.
From the very beginning, I am channelling Reiki symbols and weaving them into your image. Symbols for emotional well being, healing past hurts and balancing any present issues that are impacting how you feel about your self and the way look at your body.
Soul Portraits guide you to heal the way you see yourself.
When I began to create DigiWallpapers, I fell in love with digital software - it takes things to a new dimension for me and I feel it enhances and adds to my illustrations. I use picmonkeypro editor, to create my DW's because I haven't yet got round to teaching myself photoshop!! (it's on my list of to do's).
What I love... is the collaboration between my original image, made using pencils, pens, the digital software and channelling Reiki into the image.
It's a real magical package.
Kate wrote: "I love how Jules has captured me. I can’t quite explain how I feel about the portrait but it really moves me on a very deep level, it opens my heart chakra and balances me. I journalled about my appearance before Jules sent me the portrait and I realised what a changeable relationship I have had with my appearance because of teenage self confidence issues, pregnancy, my illness and more. However, I have finally made peace with my looks and accept myself completely for who I am. I love my body with all its quirks and wibbles because it serves me well. It has protected and grown two babies and it carries me and enables me to do (nearly) all the things I want to do, which not so long ago seemed like an impossibility. I will be framing my beautiful portrait and keeping it on my desk so it serves as a permanent reminder of who I truly am and I can revisit that feeling of love and contentment."
Thank you so much Kate.
You can find Kate on Facebook Here
I was truly delighted to finish this one for Kate and I hope you like it too. If you'd like to see the Creation of a Soul Portrait, I have quite a few for you to look at here on You Tube.
Till next week,
have a great week.
PS For those of you who were so lovely about me losing data and images from my external hard drive, the IT guy has recovered some of it from the original hard drive - It has taught me a valuable lesson! I'm slowly gathering together my art again.