Creating a 5 minute video portrait that sums up an artist’s work is not an easy task!
On Thursday February 3rd, this aired on SCETV’s Palmetto Scene.
The creator of the SCETV series Original SC, Tabitha Safdi, does an extraordinary job. I received an email from Tabitha the very first day of December. She had gotten wind of Healing Icons 20th Anniversary and wanted to meet me. Well, I can’t even begin to tell you how over-the-top busy every single day of November was but I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s back up and talk about this different kind of portrait.
A Different Kind of Portrait
When we think of a portrait, we usually think of an artwork created to represent the outward “look” of a person. A portrait is a likeness, a portrayal of the personality of a specific person. If we are lucky, sometimes portraits will capture the essence, the spirit of a person. They can give us a tiny peak into their interior life.
Participants in our programs create a different kind of portrait. Their portraits are specifically about their inner landscapes.
I do the same when I create my own personal artwork. When I think about it, all the artworks I create are self portraits. Now let’s get back to what was happening in November.
Action Packed November
My final arts as healing workshop of the year was held on the 7th, the Tibetan monks who were here to create a Sand Mandala for our anniversary left on the 8th, Our Circles of Life Exhibition was dismantled on the 9th, the studios where I practice making art, Vista Studios, opened its 25th anniversary exhibition on the 12th, and I left for Morocco (more on that later) on the 13th. I returned from Morocco on the 22nd and left for Daufuski Island to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family on the 25th. Ah, home sweet home on the last day of November.
When I spoke with Tabitha, I was assuming she would want to meet in January 2016. Actually, she was hoping to air this series in January. Yikes! Deep breath! Anxiety! Deep Breath!
Our November Winter Retreat was especially powerful. We had quite a few participants from our local chapter of the Young Survivors Coalition – young women facing breast cancer. I wished that Tabitha had had the opportunity to witness this remarkable group but I am very excited that we are concentrating our efforts to launch our very own eCourse so we can reach even more survivors!
December 8th Filming
Tabitha and I met at my studio to chat. She loved my creative space so we decided to do the filming there. A few days later she emailed me some interview questions to ponder. Terror started to creep in – self-doubt and stage fright all rolled in together. I called a handful of my students to see if they would participate.
Tuesday, December 8th, we spent the whole day filming. You’d think that after the filming was done, my anxious mind could rest. Oh no. Now I worried that what I said was not good enough. I’d wake up at night thinking – Why did I say that? I should have said this and oh, I can’t believe I forgot to say…
Mind chatter at its best! I finally let go, and trusted the process, having complete faith that Tabitha would craft an amazing portrait. On Thursday February 3rd, this aired on SCETV’s Palmetto Scene.
I am honored to be included in this series.
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