Work in progress- The Bees Keep Her

In the spirit of sharing the creative process, this is the story so far of one of
the pieces I hope to have finished for the upcoming exhibit.

The Bees Keep Her original sketch

The Bees Keep Her original sketch

The essence of her was concieved in a dream I had about a year ago- I woke up feeling devestated. I was in someone’s living room and there was a human ortopsy on a wooden desk, and two people were examining these little bone growths on the ribcage. One asked what they were and the other replied (quite flatly) that we had started to form them to protect our hearts as a matter of evolution. I felt like I’d been punched in the heart. Imagining the generations and generations that we’ve been blindly desensitizing ourselves to the point that our bones are changing. We go about our daily lives and barely spare a thought for what we ARE- spirit, kindness, love. And when we try to be these things we have to fight for them. We’ve made a world so harsh for ourselves to live in, that to come back to ourselves HURTS physically, emotionally and mentally. So we try, retreat, try, retreat, but that’s not enough to change the direction we’re all headed in.

 

 

BKH progress 1

BKH progress 1

The bees came about through reading a metaphysics essay, which I did have a link to, but seems to have disappeared and the domain is up for sale. Dammit.
Bees were given as an example regarding tuning in to communal/universal consciousness, given how each individual bee acts together with the other members of the hive to produce a highly effective whole (swarm). I recently heard about Japanese bees cooking monster hornets by making a bee ball around them- cool example.
I imagine that as we move closer to being ourselves, in finding our happiness and shedding our weight, we will work together like bees.
We could have not one thing, thought, belief or obstacle in the way of the synchronicity of  just being……..
In that way I see bees as being an earthly reminder of where we are now and where we could be. Cooking monster hornets.
The ‘letting go’ aspect arose from some sessions at The Lightworkers Cottage in New Farm. Going through the process of letting ‘stuff’ go, and feeling the joy on the other side of the pain.
Small, painful steps……thankyou Chris.

 

 

 

BKH progress 2

BKH progress 2

So, in short:

A while ago I had a dream that rung so true I cried
Our rib cages grew these boney wings
to protect our hearts inside

I saw the ortopsy on the table
and could barely believe my eyes
To cope with our own ‘evolution’
we have to become so desensitized

Breath deep
Relax
Open up your chest

Don’t be afraid
Feel your guarded heart
The bees will do the rest

BKH progress 5

BKH progress 5

BKH progress 4

BKH progress 4

BKH progress 3

BKH progress 3

8 Comments

  1. Good story! The links aren’t working because there’s an extra http:// in front of them. And they’re not meant to be blue, it looks like you’ve copy/pasted them from somewhere and copied the font style across with it? Try typing them instead to see if that fixes them.

    I enjoyed reading this, hope you post another one soon!

    • Samantha

      Thankyou! The first link works now but the second was tempramental. I’ve removed it from this blog post and I’ll include it in the text with the finished painting.

  2. Dave

    Great to see the progress shots! Do you always have a written piece to accompany your work?

    • Samantha

      Cheers Dave!Not all the time but it seems to be becoming more frequent. In a few cases the words have come first so it’s all pretty random, just whatever pops up. I probably have as many words without paintings as paintings without words.

      • Dave

        Nice! I like that it sounds spontaneous rather than a rule

  3. Dion

    I love the progress – she is beautiful 🙂

    • Samantha

      Thankyou! She’s close to finished I’m so excited!

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