Featured Art: “Secrets”

I have been spending weeks going back to the figure and underlying anatomy, which I haven’t practiced since art school…


Watercolor on paper, 21” x 12

It’s probably part of my quest to understand and communicate our “inner” workings and world as much as the outer ones. In any case, I spent at least a week getting artistically stuck between something very pure and spontaneous and my ego interfering with the desire to make a “good” piece of art. I pushed and pushed, never getting it quite right enough for my eye.

Then it happened. A small emotional upset drove me right back into the studio during off hours. With a few swift brush moves, I obliterated the main part of what I had spent days creating, literally “wiping out” my experience, without a care about what the end result might be. I was much more focused on processing my emotions than making something look good – in that space of “allowing,” the art became something entirely different.

Inside of an hour, not only had I found gifts and beauty in my actual upset, I had memorialized the experience in my art. I’m not sure that everyone would think that “Secrets” is beautiful, but I do know that for me, it’s done …at least for now.


By |2017-02-27T14:47:43-07:00May 26th, 2016|Featured Art, Posts|0 Comments

About the Author:

Elizabeth Bryan-Jacobs has been a nationally recognized Earthworks Artist and Creative Behaviorist for over three decades. She specializes in awakening the creative process in individuals through proprietary practices that integrate spirit, science and nature. The result is an enduring, personalized toolbox for transforming life experience into life success, providing an abiding sense of joy along with a newfound freedom of expression that arises from living authentically. Elizabeth teaches Creative Awakenings retreats privately and nationally at exclusive venues like Canyon Ranch, the Golden Door Spa, and Ojai Valley Resort. She has also co-authored two books, bestselling "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings," and “Soul Models: Transformative Stories of Courage and Compassion." To view more of Elizabeth’s art, visit: www.ElizabethBryanJacobs.com

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