Spirit Wings with Kelly Rae Roberts – Month 1

I had so much fun learning more about mixed media painting with Kelly Rae Roberts that when she announced her new Spirit Wings Painting Course, I knew I needed this.  The #1 reason I knew I needed this course? I felt resistance to it. My initial reaction to painting angels was a bit of a cringe and my face scrunched up and I felt like a stubborn little kid grossed out by vegetables.  You know you often resist what you need the most.  This was a sign to me that I really needed this.

First, we got to collage and paint and play with texture. Then she walked us step by step through creating the face, the hair, the wings, and the angel’s message. I have an art background so the face didn’t intimidate me too much but others in the online group where we all connect on facebook had never drawn a face before and made beautiful pieces. It is fantastic to see the work people of all art backgrounds are making in this course.

Here is the first angel painting I created in her Spirit Wings e-course.  I am really happy with how she turned out. I have been told by a few that this is a self portrait.  It doesn’t surprise me that she looks a little like me. It is funny to sense a theme with my paintings of things I resist.  At the Super Soul Flow Creatively Fit Coaching Retreat in Nashville, I had to paint Self-Love because I resisted it most.  When I finally painted it, I noticed that everyone else seemed to be painting so soft and light and pink and ethereal and my painting was bold and vibrant and strong. I see similar boldness to this angel with the reds in the color theme and her fiery wild curls.

image of 4 pictures capturing the progression through the stages of painting and collage

Image of Completed Angel Painting by Heather Shalhoub

My Experience with Hello Soul – Hello Mixed Media Mantras with Kelly Rae Roberts

I had been looking for some way to pump  up my painting process and my art technique. I needed to learn something new.  I read books and looked at websites and finally, an email came from Kelly Rae Roberts about a special on her online course for her birthday.  My gut said, Go for it! So I did. Let me tell you, my gut was right. This was EXACTLY what I needed. Not only did this course pump up my art and my technique, I learned a lot of new processes, and it helped me emotionally and spiritually too. You do some journaling exercises that really gave me some aha moments.  I also found that the mixed media process, in the stages as they are taught in this course, really helped me get through some difficult stress going on in my life.  I would get home and instead of wanting to lay on the couch stuffing my face, I wanted to go paint. I wanted to play.  I wanted to let go and lose myself to whatever I was creating.  This course is called Hello Soul – Hello Mixed Media Mantras.

The biggest challenge for me was picking the right mantra, though I can make as many as I want, I felt a strong urge that I needed to make something particular, that I needed a mantra to serve my soul right now.   I looked through my journal, I wrote down ideas, and then I watched Love, Lust or Run. Believe it or not, I got a very emotional and meaningful mantra from watching a makeover show.  I don’t always like shows like this but there is something about Stacy London.  She isn’t just dressing someone to look good, she is trying to do something new.  She is trying to help women and girls dress for self-acceptance, to love their bodies no matter what, ALL of their body, to feel empowered by clothes and about their body.  This speaks to me because clothing has always been a form of self-expression for me but I also have a lot of body image issues and some body dysmorphia tendencies. They recently aired a special, Stacy Revealed, and some of the things she said really struck me to my core. I caught myself crying, I felt something really deep from the words she was saying. I went to paint after watching and when I could not pick a mantra, it hit me.  What was it that resonated with you when you were watching that show? What words spoke to your soul?  I went back to my online streaming player and jumped around until I found the lines that really hit me the hardest.  I wrote them down and sat with them and then my mantra came to life:

“At your most vulnerable, you are most beautiful”

Thank you Stacy London for this bit of wisdom from when you were talking behind the scenes about how hard it was for the women to strip down and remove all of their security blankets and defenses and how you saw them and wanted them to see themselves.

Needless to say, I adore Kelly Rae Roberts and this course and I also really love Stacy London.

So anyway, without further delay, here is my very first mixed media mantra painting:

painting by heather shalhoub of her mantra, at your most vulnerable, you are most beautiful