The Making of The Medicine Woman
I was sitting around in my kitchen with a bunch of beautiful ladies talking over life, and all of the creative things we were moving through in our work in the world, when my dear friend Angela Gollat started speaking of her new creative adventure. She was thinking of starting a series of paintings based on the Medicine Woman. When I heard her speak of the process I was one of the first women in our group to joyously raise my hand and declare that I would like to go through the process of finding out who my sacred Medicine Woman was.
What would she look like? What would she have to say to me? I was intrigued, scared and excited all at the same time, and highly entranced with the idea of meeting this gorgeous goddess. I had no idea what the process would entail but was very excited to find out
Angela is a highly gifted intuitive painter, spiritual activist, and modern day mystic who has been working her art, and energy in the Thunder Bay community for quite sometime. I had first met Angela at a woman's weekend in November of 2014. Angela hosts quarterly woman's weekends out at her camp on lake superior. It was my first time going to one, and I will never forget how transformative it was for me. The weekend was full of sharing our hearts and our innermost wisdom with one another while lingering over the most delicious food, drink and conversation. It was truly a spectacular weekend!!!
I have also been able to meet the most courageous, brave women during these energetic weekends on Lake Superior
For this reason I am truly blessed, by their wise words, steadfast love, and acceptance.
These women have become fast friends and I feel as if I have known them for a lifetime.
Each and every one of these ladies holds a special talent, grace, and strength that I am in awe of each time I get to revel in their company.
Brave, courageous artists and caregivers....the lot of them.....and I hope they know from deep down in my heart, how each one has touched my life so greatly, and powerfully over the last year.
Thank You, Conscious Women, for your undying support, your deep honesty, and your ability to hold my hand, and energy, through some of my most vulnerable moments of my life thus far.
Medicine Woman Journey Start Date Early November 2015
As I was sensing into this benevolent Medicine Woman......... there was one thing that I knew for sure........I knew that she was monumental!!
A Gigantic Painting!!!
Biggest canvas that you could find.......too big to fit in the car.......I knew she was big because I have felt her literally in everything that I do, and have done, as she has always been there working along side of me. I felt this in my bones.
She is as big as the earth and the sky put together. So Ang enlisted the help of her lovely husband Rich to get the canvas and wedge it into the family van....the only vehicle that could hold it securely......
"Oh. My. Goodness. I am so excited for this painting! I bought the largest one at Michaels... 48x60! Rich is picking it up after work because it wouldn't fit in my car" Angela...
Ang and I started the process by having a couple of very casual conversations about who and what she feels like to me.
The process then took an unexpected turn when Ang asked me to do a writing in which I would channel my Medicine Woman, to write as if she was speaking through me. I immediately got to work.....
funny thing is that I hated writing in school.......horrible grammar and punctuation.......I'm sure you can still see signs of a special ed student through my blogs......I totally was btw......if only someone said
"hey I think she is just a creative type" and ripped me out of school so I could pursue my passion as a dancer, artist, musician, actor.....thank god for parents who supported a lot of these artistic goals outside of school!......ask me to write something now...... and Im on it.........with as many dots in a row as possible to distract you from the lack of punctuation...........seeeeeeeeee.................................................
it may not be perfect, and pretty.......but I'm on it........and overly excited to do it........
Channeling my Medicine Woman was a truly eye opening experience in which I just sat down, and wrote page after page of what I thought my Medicine Woman would say to me if she was sitting in the same room. At first it was a bit difficult to grant myself the permission to go deep within, and write in her voice. As I allowed the process to unfold, out came the words with ease and grace.
Below is a small excerpt from my Medicine Woman Channel.
I sent Angela what I had written in the voice of my Medicine Woman.....The canvas started to come alive!
First yellow, blue and black circles, with small matrix dots connecting all over it had some key words swirling around the center of it
Loving/ Balanced/ Trusting/ed / Illuminated/ Cosmic/ Authentic
The next step was to actually start sketching out what it was that she was going to look like. The first couple of sketches were so gorgeous!!! These sketched Medicine Women were strong and brilliant....but I knew as soon as I saw her that she was the one! the pictures below follow the succession of the sketches, the third sketch being the one I was the most drawn to! She is stunning! She had my crow and elements of both earth and sky flowing through her. And her Hair!!!! Oh.... all of the Hair!!!!
"Let me know your sense.... still working on it and playing with composition
so honoured to be a part of this
Ar first I thought she was holding something in this round space, but on second glance she looks pregnant!" Angela on picture 1
"Playing around with sketches of your medicine woman and she showed me another view... She feels so tribal! And so interesting that the circle in front of her showed up again... Feels like there are symbols that want to come in. And I feel the crow again... Sketched it in another page but it hasn't said where it is in the picture yet" Angela on Picture 2
Once I saw the third Sketch I knew that she had revealed herself to me!! It was Her!!!
I was amazed at the next section of painting as she started to transform right before my eyes. I was in awe of how many layers of paint and activity actually went into the making of her. Angela was sending me the pictures through text I would fall in love each time with the process of what was happening. Each new layer, and each new colour was so special, specific, and held a certain power. I was enamored with her hair as it changed constantly flowing from one form to the next!
She transformed before my eyes in this gorgeous array of color and power, I was ecstatic with every new process and turn the canvas took. Like she was slowly being breathed to life! And then the blues and reds came in more vibrantly. If you can, zoom in check out the detail in her hair, it's amazing!!
At this point I wrote Ang this message
"Every time I see her transform I can't wipe the smile off my face and I can hardly breathe......and my heart wells in my chest!!!! I really don't have any words......just feelings.....deep deep feelings!!! Ang this is such a gorgeous offering! I can't take my eyes off her!" Arley
Ang wrote back
"She's got me captivated too! She's about to change again in a big way right now... here we go!!!"
And she transforms from here! Again check out her hair in the first picture below....unbelievable!!
And so she is brought to life and existence! I could not be happier with the amazing result and journey that Angela guided me through to get her here. She hangs proudly on my wall, and kindly greets everyone who comes into the studio. I love watching all of my students get to know her on a weekly basis. Some of the children who come in can't take their eyes off of her, and others graze over her with their eyes timidly glowing. Because they know deep down that she is something special made just for this space.....for them.....for us.....for me.......one of a kind Medicine Woman that holds all of the knowledge and healing that you could ask for, or ever want.
I have to admit I loved her so much........ that for the first week......... I actually carried her around the house with me, leaning her up against different walls and windows.....just simply feeling the energy in the painting.....her home now is in the studio where she brings great joy and excitement to all who see her.
If you are interested in inquiring about journeying with Angela to find your own Medicine Woman, feel free to contact her through her gorgeous website
Trust me!!! it is a Journey worth jumping into..... I can't say enough about the process, and now having this beautiful piece of art that is my very own original. I am ecstatic with the Medicine she brings to my place of business, my home, and my music.
I am truly in Love!