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It was another week for painting BIG! I felt myself called again to the wild and wonderful wildebeest, one of my favorite horned creatures. Wyatt has a bit of drama to his look, and makes a huge, bright and cheery statement on the wall. His muzzle is made of gelli-print papers (one of my favorite painterly addictions), and he is liberally doused with bright color from my new uni-posca paint pens (oooooh how I love these pens!!!) I cannot help but smile when I walk past him in the front entryway.

So what message does the wildebeest have for me this week? The first sentence I read about this animal totem was "​wildebeest teaches that fearlessness comes from riding the waves of change" - gads! More change? I gulped and read on. Wildebeest energy requires you to not only survive changes, but to thrive during change. The wildebeest follows a migration pattern, moving from places of lack to places of plenty, following the seasons. The wildebeest tells you to follow the path of plenty, (ok, that's not so bad) and here it is a changing of seasons and a full moon, too.

The wildebeest tells us to strengthen family ties and bond together. He tells us to use our body language to communicate, and that there is no reason not to express our emotions. There is also a message of numbers....the wildebeest does not travel alone, and his message for us is we don't have to do (or bear) everything alone. There is safety and security in a group, and life is just better with family and friends around us. Interestingly, the wildebeest appears to those who are going to travel a great distance...and this just two days before my trek to Charlotte for a whirlwind art adventure!

I feel covered by wildebeest magic today. Ready for change, knowing I am not alone.

Materials used:

acrylic paint, paint pends, china marker, uniposca pens, ephemera

Wyatt Was No Wallflower (2015)


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Jen Walls

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