Context: Inspired by the scene where Gramma transitions into a Stingray and Moana draws strength from her ancestors as she embarks on the journey ahead toward the line where the sky meets the sea. {Disney | Moana}

Words from the artist: I felt so deeply connected to the theme of ancestral support toward forging new paths and the stingray as a spirit animal and guide. The process is what made this piece. An easy light background with texture and depth in the watercolour. A stingray which was initially based on the image from the movie, a firmer rigid outline with a pattern of triangles and diamonds down her spine, elongated stars filling her wings. Finally the watercolour in the centre and brush strokes around. I looked at my stingray and knew it wasn't my stingray. Because my ancestors aren't rigid like that. They aren't predictable with obvious repeatable patterns. They may have seemed to be, and looked to have made many mistakes in the eyes of the world; but their resilience and strength shines through. How do I know? Because I am them and they are me. And who am I? I am fluid and free. I am flexible and open. I am strong and I am gentle. I am the wayshower, the cycle breaker. So I increase the opacity of the stingray I had drawn and drew my own, many times thinking it was not complete. I spent a lot of time trying to edit it, but undid every stroke. Because it is/was complete, just as I am complete.
This artwork is here to provide energetic support: as you pave your own way making your dreams (and those of your ancestors) a reality. 

A4 art print - I am one with my ancestors | the Earth

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Words from the artist: "A piece to remind us of the wisdom and knowing that exists within every cell of our being. Our inner guidance system, our intuition. In times where the future may seem more uncertain than ever, comfort can be found in trusting the intelligence and guidance that comes from within."


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