One day a few weeks ago, I had a plan to paint a forest fairy. What showed up on the canvas was the eye and snout of a dog! I don’t paint dogs typically. I was going to force it into a forest fairy!
Then I went out in the world and had three encounters of the strangest kind.
What do you do for recreation on a rainy day? A friend and I went to the local museum to see two exhibits: 1) Mount Shasta: Mystery and Magic–Elevating the Human Spirit and 2) Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women In California’s History. By the way, I highly recommend both exhibits.
As we stepped out into the parking lot, walking towards our vehicles, a young girl ran up to us. Her message was urgent.
“Would you mind if our dog said hello to you? He really wants to say hello. It would make him so happy.”
Who could refuse?
Later on, the same rainy day, an acquaintance–one who seldom frequents the local cafe– stopped in to get a hot chocolate.
He explained, “I was taking my dog for a walk and it started raining. He doesn’t like walking in the rain.”
I asked “What kind of dog?”
He answered “Everything. Would you like to meet him?”
Who could refuse?
I took both of these instances as a sign that I was to paint this dog. I came home and started to bring him forward. Then I got this text from my daughter.
“Just saw Isle of Dogs, Of course I liked it.”
I hadn’t heard of Isle of Dogs. (I’ve seen it since and thought it was a work of artistic genius.)
As if I needed more confirmation. I texted my daughter an image of the work in process.
She said: “She/he is so cute. Looks like a lil wolf dog and looks like a dog from the movie.”
All of this to say, when the universe sends synchronicities, listen and follow them. Paint the dog!
Be alert to those messages, especially the ones that come in bunches. Follow the intuitive hit, the creative impulse, the prompts that present themselves over the course of your day.