Henna can feel like a hug...luscious....a pampering like none other you've had.
It begins with me listening to your ideas, your energy. It's my goal as an artist to create meaningful art, and there are always symbols or themes that are meaningful to each person. With this lovely woman she had shared images of dragonflies and requested something to honor her Native American ancestry. As we talked about the many symbols from the hundreds of cultures that make up this group of people, we settled on feathers.
And then the henna began, going on carefully at first as I outlined the center dragonfly and lotus. While this dried, the empowering vision of growth, leaves and spirals, unfolded under my hand with delicious spontaneity. I listened to this amazing woman talk about her life, her opportunities for growth, and the other things we call them.... Every woman has a different story, and insights that fascinate me.
I most enjoy painting for a couple hours, this henna took about 2 1/2 hours, and then another 15 minuets of drying time. I use a hair blow dryer and the warmth of the air mixed with the natural coolness of the henna produces a unique and delightful sensation. Women often remark how much they enjoy being dried this way.
After the adornment, I spent another 15 minuets photographing this lovely lady, who was a pleasure to witness in her henna'd beauty. How I love this work!