BIRD OF PARADISE
that soars like incense to the skies,
earth holds her beauty in its grasp
that buds the Bird of Paradise
The “Bird of Paradise Deva” emerged, I am sure, with the inspirational help of the overlighting spirit that holds the blueprint for the Bird of Paradise. I am grateful for the intuitive guidance that helped me hold my vision.
The sketch of this particular Deva sat on my easel for a few weeks so I could contemplate my approach. I started tentatively painting with some difficulty, until I realized I wasn’t “tuning in”. I let it sit for another week of contemplation, with rather flat leaves beginning to form a foundation.
Giving a project enough patience, there comes a point when the vision, the energy and the feeling of the painting all merge to combine a calling back to the easel—I was in sync. As I tuned into the feeling of the painting more, the imagery in my inner vision began to flow out onto the canvas from paint to form with little effort. I fell into the painting, time and day of the week disappearing along with it. What a soul-satisfying feeling of emergence! The Deva emerged with a startling strong energy, that frankly I cannot explain. My friend Cathy attested to this upon viewing it – as chills enveloped her body. “Well this confirms I am not crazy!”, I told her. The energy was definitely present.
The Bird of Paradise Deva is the first in my series of Four Devas of Nature – enjoy the journey with me as I complete each painting and post my experience with it here. Maybe she will speak to you too. Be inspired!
© Maria Doglio 2014