In my experience every soul chooses the moment of birth to create a perfect bodily blend of the elements. This personal blend is like a toolbox of a craftsman giving artistic character to all actions. The elementary toolbox contains all tools needed to help the souls endeavor towards victory. Victory is action that serves the self and the whole equally by being aligned with the souls purpose. With the portrait I wish to create a space where your unique blend of elements can show its beauty. The image is a combination between a shamanic power design and a spiritual icon. With the shamanic aspect I celebrate our common origin, Mother Earth. Thanks to her we are all brothers and sisters. The animals and plants in the image reflecting your wisdom and creative powers are sharing with them. This part of the portrait is a visual translation of the unique elementary mixture you have. With the spiritual- mystical aspect I honor your cosmic origin. The divine can only incarnate in the individual. Personal uniqueness is the channel to shine the divine light. With the image of spiritual creatures I give a symbolic translation of the unique mystical light I experience in my connection with you.
The Soul Portrait is meant to be a personal tarot card and modern icon of individual holiness in one. I was always under the spell of tarot cards and icon paintings. They both uplift and enhance the beauty of the picture itself with a deep symbolic and archetypal meaning. Archetypes connect us to our higher self, our lightbody. Symbols are important visual vibrations to nurture our subconscious mind with essential and potent information. While working on a portrait I feel totally aligned. There are no questions, just the information coming in and the joy of translating the information by using my own unique creative potential. Therefor it's in my experience a co-creation with spirit, the one who gets portrait and myself. Doing this work is an important part of living my destiny and manifesting my spiritual name, which is Guru Karta. This means 'God is the Doer'. I'm still stunned and grateful for this name, knowing that originally, icon painters didn't sign their work by name because of the conviction that they are merely the vessel and God the doer. According to the tradition of icon painting one uses mainly natural materials. My working on papyrus with egg tempera and oil paint sticks is based on this idea of creating a picture as natural as possible. Like my predecessors I believe that the making of the Soul Portrait is a spiritual act. I pray before starting and mostly chant mantra's or listen to uplifting spiritual music during sketching and painting.
The drawing is intuitive. I receive the symbols of the picture by connecting myself with your higher self. In the past decade I have mastered my gift of 'conceiving visions' with yoga and meditation. By writing a text about the picture and the meaning of the symbols I share the experiences I had during the visual creative process. Further more the text explains the powers and virtues that are visualized by the symbols. I link the experiences and symbols with information about the soul I obtain out of the evolutionary astrology . I reflect on what you have learned and now bringing forward into this life as a self image. I reflect on your desires in previous lives, your deepest issues of security, the fuel driving the search for truth, the activities that lead to that fulfillment and more.
“I was very moved by the reception of the work, and I am still deeply moved whenever I look at it. So striking in image and meaning. Thus, a huge support on my life path. It feels like carrying it every day under my arm with me.” GIJS VAN PELT “Anne is such a powerful, soft and beautiful presence. You don't just get a soul portrait, you get a chance to experience her beautiful energy as well. During the whole process of the creation of the painting I felt strongly supported and very empowered. When I saw the painting, she made of my soul I was in awe. It was emotional, wonderful and amazing. It's not just a painting, it's a journey into your past, present and future.” JUDITH GROOT “I think it's wonderful, powerful, and I often take the time to look at it. For inspiration and strength. The design really suits me, I recognize myself in the different elements and qualities of the totems. And it feels like a real invitation to actually dare to show my skills and beauty to the world. Further more I find it a perfect match in terms of colour in my home, even though Anne had never seen my interior!” ANNEMIEK VAN DEN BELD
MATERIAL: Thick papyrus paper, egg tempera and oil paint sticks. FORMAT + PRICE: 46 x 65 cm = € 580,- or 65 × 93 cm = € 780,-. ACCOMPANYING TEXT : 7 - 10 pages. LANGUAGE: Choice out of Dutch or English. If you like a portrait without the tekst I give € 100,- reduction on the price. Paying in up to 4 parts is possible. REQUIRED INFORMATION: Your date and place of birth + time of birth if available. TIMESPAN OF CREATION: The process needs more or less one month in total. Shipping time comes on top of this.
“We are very pleased with the portraits made by Anne. Without ever having seen and known us, she gave beautifully form to our spiritual selves. We felt deeply moved when we saw our portraits for the first time. And what she put on paper… it’s exactly right! It is a wonderful gift she received.” WIENEKE “I have learned that in some cultures the children are given a song that will guide them and remind them of who they really are in times of need. It is a song of their soul, given in meditation to the mother before conception and sung by the whole community on every happy occasion. Sometimes the community will also get together to sing for a person who has stepped wrong, done bad things to help remind the person of who they really are. For me I thought it was a wonderful present for my child, to receive a painting she can meditate on when she needs and that can be with her throughout her life. A reminder, of who she is and the path she chose in life and a guide and reminder also to us to be better parents and to support her on the path she has chosen for herself in this life. This is the reason why I asked Anne to make a painting for our daughter. The day we received the painting we were overjoyed. It was such a beautiful, strong and colourful image. The text we received with it was very detailed and explained every aspect of the astrology and numerology and the path she has chosen for herself. We are very grateful to have this soul portrait as a guide in our lives.” MARIANNE SKARHOLT
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