"The Salvation of Metanoia"
(alternately -- "The Salivation of Metanoia)
18"x24" Watercolors, acrylics, paint markers, graphite, charcoal, and sharpie.
I've been slowly piecing this image together since the beginning of May (though the horizon line and cherry-face were scribbled out way back in April). I'd had this dream that I was wandering through a room full of images I'd created -- this one sort of stuck with me; once I woke up, I began to outline the basics of what is saw. I did deviate slightly from what I'd originally visualized, but I definitely think it was for the better~!
The process of making this piece was extremely therapeutic for me. "Metanoia" is a term that has a few different meanings, depending on the context in which it is used. I happened to stumble across the word through a series of small events, which seemed interrelated enough (to me) to deem as significant.
Essentially, I see it as the reconditioning of one's method of thinking and relating to external conflicts. It's a sort of positive deprivation -- weeding out what isn't necessary and what has the potential to burden the mind & body. The result is an overall improvement in self and circumstance.
Carl Jung often associated Metanoia with dreaming; he believe that the life brought to us in a state of dreaming could very well aid in coping with the external world.
Lately, I've been leery of my dependence on external influences. It's especially hard to disassociate from them, as an artist, because they manifest so often in what I create. But, in this case, I tried to look more to my own visions for inspiration... the closest being the dream I'd had.
I'm really happy with with how this turned out. It's a bit of personal experiment, jiving quite well with this whole philosophical approach to life I've taken recently.... I hope ya'll find it somewhat visually appealing, at the very least.