• Melissa Goodenough

From The Easel: The Story Keepers

I don't often paint with any intentional 'meaning'. I generally focus on creating a mood, rather than a message, like instrumental music, without words or a specific subject.

This one was a little different. I had been doing a lot of thinking about family history at the time of painting 'The Story Keepers'.

I had had a dream about my maternal grand mother, who passed away many years ago. In my dream I was looking into a mirror, but it was her reflection looking back at me, and in it I could see her quiet strength, and knowingness. You know, from the afterlife and stuff. She told me in my dream that the women in our family have a powerful bloodline that traces back through hundreds of generations.

​It wasn't the first time my gran has 'visited' me, and I hope it won't be the last. In many ways I feel closer to her now than I did when she was here.

​ The dream got me thinking about ancient wisdom, how knowledge and experiences can be passed down through DNA, and what could be discovered by learning more about my family's history.

​That is what these paintings are about. Separate entities, but part of one story. Fire. Strength. Life. Wisdom. Divine Femininity.

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