Original Painting by Natasha Reilly, © 2013
Trusting that you know what needs to be created is a true test of heart. The entire time I was painting this my head kept saying, “What are you doing? A cat? You don’t even have a cat!” But my intuition was saying, “A cat. Yes, you need to bring a cat to life.” Reluctantly, I listened and I have to say I’m so glad I did.
I love this cat. I love the way this piece opened ideas within me about the importance of asking questions in life. All too often we blindly accept what we are told. However we are all responsible for our own stories so when it comes to a story we have not lived but instead have been told, we must ask questions. Questions allow us to see life from a new perspective and open our hearts and minds to see without using our eyes. They invite us to challenge ideas so that we might better understand them. Questions are the sunlight that allows passion for our beliefs to grow.
Yes, this cat – tempted though she may be – knows her limits (knowing her limits makes her limitless) and knows just the right number of questions she needs to ask in order to let her beautiful, colorful, passionate soul blossom.