She had been filled with confidence and hope, daring the difficult journey through the wintry landscape and arriving in early Spring for the meeting high on the mountain. After a night of a betrayal that would echo down through centuries and the violation of her body and spirit, she came down from the mountain, followed by the soldier who would have nothing of the cruelty.
In silence they walked into the valley of shadow, not knowing yet the river of red and all the years that would roll out before them. Had she not been so brokenhearted, might she have looked back and seen the lion looking down? Or might she had made a better choice to let them kill her and then floated above the scene to see the land stretched like a hungry lizard and fly fast to the Little Lion's father and his eagle eye in the distance?
She would ponder these things in her heart in some time far from this. But on this day, they followed the river and made their way into all that was yet to be revealed.
This painting is a soul memory of what took place at Peyrepertuse in the South of France and is inspired by my return to the mountain in December 2016 on my second visit to France. During my time there, the soul of France reawakened me and connected me more deeply to my soul’s story and memories from a life long ago. All Soul of France paintings explore experiences, natural landscapes, and the history of this land that speaks to my heart.
What is your essential story of life? What is alive in you?
I hope this painting has sparked a reconnection and remembrance for you today. I believe there is beauty to be found right here, right now, all around you and right there within you.
I'll meet you on the way!
ABOUT THE MAGDA SERIES. These are the stories that have lived in my heart and soul for the whole of my life. They are glimpses of one whom many remember and honor—the one known as Magdalen or Mary Magdalene. I call her Magda. Her story is alive in me and always leads me back to life and life to the full.
There are four series in the collection of Magda paintings:
Series 1: THE LIFE BEFORE Series 2: THE STORY THEY LIVED Series 3: ACROSS THE SEAS OF TIME Series 4: THEIR FOREVER STORY