When I started to draw the Whale, I had the sketch with the already drawn eye.
I loved this state of him and observed that I wasn’t very creative to continue the drawing from there.
So I started to draw a pattern around his eye, which I liked in the first moment, but I felt that I was not yet connected. Not relaxed enough to just let the process happen and was more using my mind about which pattern would fit to the whale.
Finally I gave me and the whale some time and then after a while I just started to follow the whale’s form and finally felt connected. Maori like patterns mixed with shapes of waves and fluent water emerged. But when I tried to integrate my first idea, I saw it didn’t match and that for I started the whole head section again. First I had problems of letting go of my first creation and became aware of my inner resistance that not only related to let the image’s pattern go, but as well to old patterns that didn’t fit to me and my life anymore, but which I still keep. I discovered a nice metaphor in this process of drawing the Whale.
That’s why the Whale become a symbol for Awareness, Consciousness and Wisdom for me.
I love the results, both the created outer one and the related inner one.