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Winged Mother

1980, watercolor, 10 x 14", by Jenny Badger Sultan

At this time I had a daily practice of using a sand tray for meditation. I used many natural objects such as stones, driftwood, shells, and bones, as well as family artifacts and small figurines. I selected the ones that attracted me that day and arranged them in the sand to reflect my state of mind.

Watercolor ikon, 'Winged Mother', by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge

For several days I had made a mound in the center of the tray with a structure that suggested an entryway. When I visualized what might be inside the mound, I saw this figure, a winged goddess with a Middle Eastern hat and wrapped garment. She felt like a manifestation of the mother goddess and I painted this small watercolor of her.

For her later, monumental sister (7-foot wingspan!) see Winged Goddess.

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