Holy Fire, Life Energies Clear Density & Dross

Title: Peony Holy Fire, Phoenix Rising by Leslie Montana
Watercolor on cold press paper
Size of paper 22 x 30 inches / Size of image 19 x 19.5 inches
Key Notes: Burning off Dross, Regeneration and Renewal
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The Story Behind this Painting

A few days before the winter solstice, 2021, I could feel the stirring of this other-worldly flower, a peony, calling to me in a powerful way. I began to see it in my mind's eye, and so I prepared a drawing.

This would be the framework for when the energies arrived more fully. Curious about what spirit would bring would bring as a name for this painting, I waited.

Then as the painting began and started taking form, I heard the words Holy Fire, then later on Phoenix Rising. This was to be the title of this artwork.

The ephemeral petals of this flower had an effect on me as I worked with them. The painting forming beneath my brush embodied the energy of a powerfully purifying spiritual fire.

As I painted, my energy rose clearing my field as it burned off dross, stagnation  and fear, giving me strength to face the continuing challenges that were taking place at that time in 2021. The first waves of the pandemic.

As I worked on Peony Holy Fire, Phoenix Rising, the energy continued to build, and is now embodied as light in physical form within the work of art itself.

What an amazing experience and privilege it was to bring through this work of art. Beauty is truly healing when it touches us.

Leslie Montana

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