Ancestor Blessing – intuitive artwork

Posted May 4, 2012 by Jo Crawford in Art Journal, Creativity  |  24 comments

by Jo Crawford on May 4, 2012

Yesterday as I followed Dina Wakley’s tips on intuitive layering and painting, a powerful image emerged in my art journal. Shadowy shapes began to step out from the page, taking the form of a group of women circling a magical orb.

I see my foremothers in their loving embrace of the precious gift that is my life to live. I am calling this piece Ancestor Blessing.

Ancestor Blessing, Painting by Jo Crawford | Crafting the Sacred

The energy of this piece reminds me of an excerpt from John O’Donohue’s beautiful poem, Beannacht/Blessing:

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours

May it be so.

 

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen May 4, 2012

Jo this is so beautiful!! It really reminds me of the Matryoshka Russian stacking dolls. A daughter inside a mother, inside a mother, inside a mother, and so on down the ancestral motherline. Love it.

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Jo Crawford May 4, 2012

Oh Kristen, I love the reminder of the Matryoshka stacking dolls. That’s very much as it felt – this strong sense of connection throughout the motherline.

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Carolyn Dube May 5, 2012

What an amazing piece! It is like magic for me when a background reveals the focal point!

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Jo Crawford May 5, 2012

Thank you Carolyn. This is the first time I really felt a focal point jump out – loved the process.

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Gin May 5, 2012

This is great, Jo. It’s so nice to see the artwork as well as the meaning of it and what you named it. I don’t always feel that strong ancestral connection, and it’s nice to be reminded that it is there and I can connect with it.

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Jo Crawford May 5, 2012

Thank you Gin. I’m trying to get over my fear of sharing my more personal work here on the blog as every time I do it seems to speak to my readers (lesson learned!). I have been doing a fair amount of ancestor work over the past 5 years but they have been quiet recently, so this piece was comforting to me.

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Melle May 5, 2012

I’m glad I found this site! I love the colors and the poetry you included, and really enjoy layering in my own collage work. Thank you.

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Jo Crawford May 5, 2012

Thank you for stopping by Melle and I hope you’ll return. Collage is one of my favorite mediums as it gets me to play like a child again and be less product-driven.

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Sara May 5, 2012

So lovely and powerful!

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Jo Crawford May 5, 2012

Thank you Sara :)

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Tat May 7, 2012

My first thought was of Matryoshka, too, it’s beautiful how all the generations are coming together.

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Jo Crawford May 7, 2012

Thank you Tat – I appreciate that reflection.

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Ann May 7, 2012

Gorgeous colors and beautiful image. Enjoyed visiting from Creative Every Day.

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Jo Crawford May 7, 2012

Welcome Ann – thank you for stopping by with encouragement.

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Carol May 8, 2012

Lovely, spiritual creation ~ great post ~ love the poem ~ over from Creative Everyday ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

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Jo Crawford May 8, 2012

Lovely to have you here Carol. I love the poem too – John O’Donohue’s way with words always goes deep for me.

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Lucy Chen May 8, 2012

This is very spiritual! I can feel the energy and I’m very moved by it. I have tears in my eyes – don’t know why…

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Jo Crawford May 9, 2012

Lucy, I’m touched that my art moved you in this way. Thank you for sharing your feelings.

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Alison Mackay May 9, 2012

I love this Jo, there is something very moving about it. John O’Donohue is one of my favourites too, along with David Whyte and mary Oliver.

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Jo Crawford May 9, 2012

I adore both John O’Donohue and Mary Oliver but have not heard of David Whyte before. Thank you for the sugestion :)

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samantha jenkins May 17, 2012

What a powerful image to have emerged – love it!

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Jo Crawford May 17, 2012

Thank you for seeing its power, Samantha.

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Rachel McDonald May 25, 2012

This is a beautiful piece of art, Jo. It looks like they are holding the sun – a huge energy ball.

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Jo Crawford May 25, 2012

Thanks Rachel – lovely to have you visit again.

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