Last weekend I attended a yoga retreat up in Red River Gorge. I had an experience there that inspired me to paint this picture. I described it in my diary:
February 23, 2012
"Last night when Susan took us through the meditation practice she asked us to focus on different sensations: hot, cold, pleasure, pain, contentment, and anger. I was taken aback when she asked us to think on anger because I felt a sudden surge of rage rush up within me like a river stopped by a dam that has just been released. My face contorted. It came on so suddenly. It felt good. I am not someone who allows herself to feel anger often, but apparently I've kept it bottled up somewhere inside my core, and it was longing to be released. I wanted to hold on to that feeling, but Susan told us to let it go. With tremendous effort I pushed the feeling out and moved on to the next exercise."
This feeling was so powerful I felt compelled to paint directly afterward so I pulled out my water colors and did my best to portray that powerful emotion.