Art By Shalley

Using Art to Heal

Example of the Process

 was true and began to block in and develop the gopher. Again I viewed and studied hundreds of gopher images.  I also read about the gophers, their habits, their roles in nature, both constructive as well as destructive.    
    I read about their roles in folklore, myths and fairytales. I studied their shamanic and medicine attributes as well as their symbolism. All of this becomes a part of the painting, influencing the outcome of the painting and I believe increasing my own awareness and consciousness as the images reflect parts of me and my connections to these images. As I continued meditate on this painting it was like the painting or the figures in the painting were saying to me “we’re brothers.”  I call this painting Brothers.


Brothers, one roams the earth, loved and protected by some; hated and hunted by others;
the other tunnels the earth, tolerated by some; despised by most. Both bring a medicine to the earth. 

The wolf is a pathfinder and the forerunner of new knowledge. He has a strong sense of family, yet honors individuality. Wolf teaches strength, confidence, steadfastness, protection and empowers the teacher within to aid us in understanding the Great Mystery of life.  

The gopher tells us that everything is connected. Gopher knows what lies beneath the surface of any situation and shows us how to uncover hidden truths. Gopher is sensitive to vibration and shows us how to flow through life in a balanced way.  Gopher is a beneficial guide into the unconscious where he will awaken deep truths in us.  

Wolf and gopher, brothers to us all. This the Indian knows.

    I began the above painting by painting a background, choosing colors more or less intuitively as the original dream that started my painting had instructed. As I stared into the background I immediately see a male figure peering back at me. As I paint, developing the image that I saw staring back at me, it slowly takes on the form of an Indian sitting on the ground. I then see the eyes of what looks like a wolf to the Indian’s right. As I develop the wolf it is like the wolf is actually part of the Indian’s hair.

    When I see an animal or part of an animal, I block it in and then I view hundreds of images of the animal, in this case wolves. I also read about the role of the wolf in nature, its role in folklore, myth and fairytales, as well as it role in shamanism and its role as a totem or medicine animal. All of this amplification goes into and influences the painting.
    After painting the wolf, I sat for a long time, several days in fact, just staring into the painting. Then one day, suddenly, I saw staring back at me two little beady eyes and I knew instantly it was a gopher. Now, I must admit, this I resisted. I said to myself, “No, I’m not going to paint a gopher.” Then I heard a voice saying back to me “But I thought you agreed to paint whatever you see.”  I acknowledge that this

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