In an attempt to breathe new life into an old watercolor painting, I found myself absorbed in the rhythm of my brushstrokes. Initially dominated by frustration and a rigid quest for perfection, I eventually found a sense of freedom in letting go, allowing the process to evolve into a form of meditation.
An intricate metaphor unfolded before me on the canvas: an ancient oak on the verge of death standing on one side of a river, and a young
tree , a sapling on the other side.
Behind the young tree, two additional trees stood like silent sentinels, their presence reminiscent of protective parents or the archetypal anima and animus in Jungian psychology.
The ancient oak, experiencing its final bloom, poised to pass its wisdom to the sapling , imagery embodying the cycle of life and death.
I’ve always found trees and the natural world to be a source of profound wisdom. Their silent whispers have guided me towards a deeper understanding of myself and the universe.
This intimate connection to nature has become the pulse of my paintings, echoed through each brushstroke.
Upon the canvas, elements of light and dark intertwined, reflecting the concept of the “Shadow” in Jungian psychology.
These elements served as a reminder that our journey towards individuation, or self-realization, involves acknowledging and integrating these less desirable aspects of ourselves.
The ancient oak symbolizes the “Self”, the integrated whole of our psyche, its impending death a poignant reminder of the cyclical dance of life.
Across the river, the sapling, representing the “Ego”, stands at the beginning of its journey, ready to absorb the wisdom of the Self.
The two trees behind it represent the guiding forces of the anima and animus, facilitating the growth and transformation of the Ego.
The river that flows between the trees represents the journey of life, with all its trials and triumphs, its opportunities for self-discovery and growth. The branches reaching towards each other mark a dialogue between the Self and the Ego, a wisdom transfer signifying renewal, rebirth, and readiness for transformation.
The Dialogue of Becoming, unfolded as a potent symbol of personal growth, the wisdom we glean, and the cyclical nature of existence.
It highlights our journey towards self-realization which isn’t linear but a continuous dialogue between who we are and who we aspire to become.
The cyclical beauty of life and death, embodying the promise of a new dawn in each ending, and the wisdom whispered by nature and trees.
A reminder of the importance of acknowledging and integrating our shadow, with the guiding influence of the anima and animus, on our path towards individuation.