This original unicorn painting of a unicorn standing in water in a mystical spiritual place that may be reality or not. It is greatly inspired by the qualities of people who have come into my life recently as I learn about and explore my spirituality in my art. Spirituality can be defined as the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. A shift in our personal priorities allows us to embrace our spirituality in a more profound and meaningful way. By exploring this side of myself I have found my work taking on new ideas and increasing symbolism within the art I create.
I have been working over the past month with a coach Paul Webb through a Facebook group Creating Magic and this painting has been created as I worked through the coaching exercises set. I love coaching as it enables you to have an enhanced focus on the priorities in your personal or business life with support and a kick if needed. It enables you to be braver than if you were on a journey alone. I highly recommend Paul to anyone wanting or needing to make quantum shifts in their life.
This is an intuitive painting which means that I trust myself to create without boundaries in the moment I am working without planning and conscious decisions about the subject and the placing within the painting. It is only after the painting is created that I sit and look at the symbolism and the story that the work is giving to the world. The following gives some of the symbolism in the painting but you as the viewer will have your own thoughts and story to add to any painting that you see and I am always interested to here your thoughts.
This painting of a unicorn shows the unicorn standing strong and proud, a wild animal in spirit. With its mystical origins, its dazzling beauty and its strength and power it holds a special place in the hearts of many. They are strong, solitary animals who seek the good in the world and look to help all around them. Never does a unicorn pose any threat to people, or any other creature that does not seek first to harm them. Attack them and they are strong and ferocious in their defence!
The symbolism of the Unicorn gives us the eyes to see all the infinite possibilities that surround us if we choose to see them. The unicorn opens us up to those infinite possibilities and gives us the wisdom to take those opportunities and be successful in what we choose to pursue. The spirit of the unicorn enables us to call upon the universe to give us the answers to our questions. It gives us the energies to bring all that we desire into reality. The unicorn can take you on the ride of your life beyond imagination into reality. The energy of unicorns will show you there is always a way despite your beliefs and resistance. It is the most magical of creatures!
The many swirls in the painting represent the pattern of growth and evolution. It is a sacred symbol – The oldest symbol known to be used in spiritual practices- that reminds us of our journey through life and helps us accept the ups and downs of life as they occur. By adding swirls together they relate to our existence within the earth, water and sky and the spiralling circles of time. The swirl is of course a distinctive feature of my art and within this also represents the connection of people to nature and the natural world.
The three swans flying onto the water bring new ways of thinking and going with the flow in the moment trusting that your intuition will have the ability to know what lies ahead. They bring grace and inner beauty from inside you into reality. Reconising your own inner beauty will unfold the ability to bridge new projects and new powers.
Three is the number to which the meaning “all” was given. It is The Triad, being the number of the whole as it contains the beginning, a middle and an end. The power of three is universal and is the nature of the world as heaven, earth, and waters. It is human as body, soul and spirit. I love the number 3 and my flowers will only appear as a single flower or multiples of 3 symbolising that connection between the natural world and the spiritual nature of the human existence.
The gold leaf represents wealth and success as well as achievement and triumph over adversity. Gold is associated with higher ideals, wisdom, understanding and enlightenment. It inspires knowledge, spirituality and a deeper understanding of the self and the soul.
Flowers are infused with symbolism and meaning and each flower can be associated with cultural traditions and meanings. The beauty in a flower can often express emotions that we can find no words for and the giving and receiving of flowers can open up to vulnerability beyond that which we can express. The daisy shows how we can bubble over with happiness whilst celebrating and appreciating the small things in life.
Whales teach you about listening to your inner voice, understanding the impact your emotions have on your everyday life, and following your own truth. It is time to examine where your life is and where you want to be to find peace in your life. We are in touch with our reality whilst being a proactive person who takes charge of their life.
The sea dominates this painting giving the energies of calmness and the raging storm and all energies in between. Like life itself that calm can become deadly and raging in an instant with the waves being the obstacles life chucks at us from time to time. Like waves which will continually keep coming our thoughts also will come one after the other. Just know that as a thought comes then another will follow and then they will go. The calm thoughts will come after the storm.
The circles represent the infinite nature of energy, and the inclusivity of the universe through time whilst being protective, inclusive and whole. The circle is a centre point of your focus.Jellyfish that drift with the currents of the sea show us to not be afraid of the universe showing us the way and going with the flow of the universe or the currents of the sea.
Birds prepare us for a period of transition, an elevation of consciousness that enhances our self confidence. If you are feeling boxed in then birds can help us release your wings and fly.
Symbolism within art suggests ideas and thoughts through symbols and emphasises their meaning behind the forms, lines, shapes, and colours. Symbolism is an emphasis on emotions, feelings, ideas, and subjectivity rather than realism, planning and representation. This art expresses personal ideologies, thoughts, ideas and overlays the artists inspiration and creativity.
As usual I would love to hear your thoughts on this painting and symbolism!
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