This painting was inspired partly from Beyonce' but more from a Face Book post that I read. A young lady had posted her own glamour selfie, with the caption, I woke up like this. I then scrolled down to read a few negative mean spirited responses from others, both men and women about her appearance. I am not sure what bothered them most, her appearance or her confidence. I thought to myself, who are they to question her beauty or anyone else's. Beauty is skin beep and by God's grace we are all perfectly imperfect.
We will be painting this Paint, Sip & Soul w/ Lisa picture on July 24 and other times doing this Summer.
My favorite poem is called "Our Deepest Fear" by Marion Williamson. I have the poem hung in my bathroom, office and studio. I wanted to share it and say to my sisters, You Are Beautiful and You Did wake up like this.
Our Deepest Fear
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
By Marianne Williamson