How often do you think about the legacy you’re building as you live through your life? Whether you’re an artist, a business owner, a mother, all of these things, or something else, we all have something to offer this world when the time comes and we must leave it.
The archetype of the Queen is all about building something that lasts. She is for sure the quality vs. quantity archetype. The Queen is one of the three archetypes associated with creation energy. Unlike the Creator who is looking to make immediate change, or the visionary who is here to inspire, the Queen is building a legacy. A strong foundation that will last for years to come. She is a born leader creating something beautiful and inviting others to follow her in this new order. While the advice of others is key to making a wise decision, the final say is her burden and privilege to bare.
On today’s episode of the Modern Magic Podcast I sit down with Shirlee Fisher of Quiet Lines Design. Shirlee is business owner and the host of The Tillage Podcast. She share’s how she’s building a legacy of love and light, encouraging connection and growth for everyone she encounters.
Some questions we cover in this episode are:
- Starting with your childhood in what ways did you see yourself as/ show up as a leader?
- When did creativity first make it’s appearance in your life?
- What have been the biggest struggles when building something from scratch?
- The queen represents legacy (long lasting impact of someone’s life) which is something we have to slowly build towards, what kind of legacy are you hoping to leave in this world?
- How does having this clear vision for the future impact how you build today?
All this and more is on today’s episode of the Modern Magic Podcast.
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Behind the Painting
The Queen. We know her, we love her, we want to be here. The Queen makes her presence known, hold true to her vision, and creates something with lasting order. When I thought of the queen for this painting I kept coming back to an African Queen. Cleopatra kept coming to mind but I wanted someone a little more modern and a little less known. Someone you might see yourself in.
In this gouache painting I played up the common name of Queen bee by adding solid gold bee earrings and matching necklace to her look. I kept the African tones with her hair wrap and the textile patterns in the background. But where things really got challenging for me was making this woman stand out from all that was going on and own her presence, to take up space.
I’ll admit that this is something I’ve struggled with for years and am still working on today, so painting this amazing black woman holding her ground was a healing process for me in owning my own.
In art we notice the lightest place of a painting first and the areas of most detail. Both of these things take place around her face. You’ll see that the face has so much more detail in color transitions, sharp lines, and reflective light creating something interesting to look at and bringing your attention straight to her even with all the other elements going on. From their your eye moves up and around her hair wrap and then down to the rest of her body. Taking in the details of light, shadow, and the accessories that adorn her.
Her face is portrayed as being strong. Not angry or mean, but like she doesn’t take s*** from nobody. As the queen she is a force to be reckoned with and by exerting her power, she builds something that most can only dream of.
The Queen is here to invite you into your own power and to be a leader. To be clear in the vision you are building and then to use your own inner strength to turn that into something real. To create with quality and integrity. To build something that will last. To make your own legacy.
Want the Print That Goes with This Episode?
Hang this painting in a place that will remind you to come home to your space and yourself every day.