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Friday, July 7

rebirth


"rebirth", 10x7 pastel drawing by boho

This pastel drawing was inspired by my friend (and muse), Susannah. I am so grateful for this inspiration because I have let my pastels fall by the wayside while I have had an affair with my gems.

I sketched this drawing when first getting to know her. Each line formed as her story was told and there she appeared. Two separate visions live within this drawing. One is her, snuggled up in her sheets alone, thinking about her previous lover and yet standing firm in her loneliness, looking forward, not back. Another is of her being reborn. The sheets being a symbol of a vagina and her coming into a new world of being single, renewed, healed and cleansed.

Once the sketch was ready for the dance of color, I could feel that familiar rush within my soul as my fingers smeared the chalk. With each layer, I felt closer to her, closer to me. Oh how I have missed this.

This past year there has been an underlying feeling of depression throughout my days. I haven't been very motivated to create. At least not as much as my soul needs. A few of you have snuggled up against my heart, lifted me up and inspired me to come out of the safe womb I have been hiding in.

So perhaps, along with Susannah, I too am in the midst of a rebirth.

19 Comments:

Anonymous krista said...

I'm honoured and humbled to be apart of your rebirth, even if just as a supporter on the sidelines.

This is really great Boho. She is so soft, the ambiance of this drawing is gentle, yet strong. Probably much like yourself.

July 7, 2006 at 5:09:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Susannah said...

Oh my little monkey, i am so touched by this.... ( a tear just plopped onto my keyboard as i wrote that - but it is a cleansing, healing tear, a tear of joy)... i remember when you sent me the first sketch, and already i could see the swirling lines and dreamy shapes, but now i see the final piece... just amazing (and the perfect hair colour! and that blue... delicious).

and i hope this isn't too much info for your lovely readers, but i got my period this morning, and was lying wrapped up in the sheets on my bed, in *agony*, my womb throbbing away, and i breathed calmly through the pain and just let myself feel it and accept it... and then i come to your sacred space here and find a reflection of my morning, and a reflection of not only my own journey, but yours too.... today i feel there is a sparkling sequinned umblical cord joining me and you... can you see it? our birthing journeys are so different, and yet so incredibly similar. isn't the universe just *amazing*?

love you, talented girl :-)
xx

July 7, 2006 at 5:21:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

Isn't it great to have a friend who is by your side through the dark sad rough spots too, just not a fair weathered friend? Amazing! Yes!

July 7, 2006 at 6:33:00 AM PDT  
Blogger andrea said...

This is beautiful and so serene. I hope you continue to dive into your art work. I enjoy it so much each time you do.
a.

July 7, 2006 at 8:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

I love your use of light. If I go too long in between paintings, I start to feel depressed, a pervasive sadness like something very important is missing from my life. What a treasure for your friend this work is!

July 7, 2006 at 9:54:00 AM PDT  
Blogger b/sistersshoes said...

I always feel so much pride when ever I see something you have created!

This is beautiful Den...a wonderful tribute to a wonderful person. What a gift!

Your a gift too :)

lovins xdx

July 7, 2006 at 10:01:00 AM PDT  
Blogger liz elayne said...

this is gorgeous. before i read your words, i just sat staring at the colors and the image of this woman...wondering what she is looking at, what she is thinking.
the texture looks so soft, i just want to reach through the screen to touch it.
then to read your words. yes. rebirth. yes. looking forward. yes. healing.
stunning.

July 7, 2006 at 10:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Drea said...

Hope your doing better. Depression can be a hard thing. The drawing is so soft and beautiful. Love it
But it does have a saddness about it.

July 7, 2006 at 1:23:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous amystery said...

this is indescribably beautiful, the cool blue surroudings with the goddess susannah rising from the middle. I feel so honored to be a witness to both of your journeys.

July 7, 2006 at 3:06:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Letha Sandison said...

I love this Den!! I loved the first sketch and to see it unfold is pure magic!! You always create such beautiful things...keep making them :)

XOX-Letha

July 7, 2006 at 3:34:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

This my darling is so breathtaking....your love and energy being channeled into strokes....

The way she is clutching the source of her birth, her hair and the magical blue surrounding her.....I especially love the tones as they move out from her..

I love that you have been sharing so much lately..of you...of your work...

Love you

July 7, 2006 at 4:25:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Goddess of Leonie said...

beauty and insight :)

July 7, 2006 at 4:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger a m y said...

This is beautiful...as is your journey and rebirth. It's a blessing to be a witness.

July 7, 2006 at 5:33:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Teresa said...

Thank you for sharing, I too have had some depression feelings, and I know when I do art it helps very much, although making art tends to drain me. Funny how it can be so uplifting yet take so much of your energy at the same time--but I guess that is like rebirth.

Your words and beautiful art are very inspiring!!

July 7, 2006 at 6:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger my pink sky said...

this is so beautiful and full of light and hope...like you, like susannah. i too feel on the cusp of renewal and a fresh start. thank you for being a guiding star!

July 7, 2006 at 9:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Amy said...

Oh my, this post coupled with Susannah's comment has left me a bucket of tears. So beautiful! And, like Susannah said, this Universe is amazing!

July 7, 2006 at 11:05:00 PM PDT  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

beautiful boho! simply beautiful! here's to your rebirth...

July 9, 2006 at 7:52:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Rrramone said...

happy rebirth. :-) And I agree that miracles do happen in circles. Hope whatever you were wanting happened.

Have a glorious day!

July 10, 2006 at 9:02:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kuntry Konfession said...

oooh....spiritual!

August 9, 2006 at 11:09:00 AM PDT  

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