New Years is really important to me. More than Christmas, Thanksgiving or any other holiday. No superstitions, no traditions. Though I do place significance on how the day is spent and who it is spent with. It is a time for grounding, reflection, aspirations and gratitude. How timely to wake up this morning and finish the painting that took its time to flourish.
The imagery was born from Pablo Neruda's poem "Oda a las gracias" (english translation: Ode to thanks/gratiude). A deer had appeared in my dream after a night preparing myself for the New Year. Shamans believe that Deer represent gentleness; in word, thought and touch. Its appearance and medicine is to provide the ability to listen, open to grace and hold appreciation for the beauty of balance. I painted the beautiful deer to honor its presence. I believe that it is medicine we could all benefit from as we transition into the New Year.
My first painting for 2016. I leave you with Neruda's poem that inspired this vision.