Patient Expansion Surrealist painting by Maryse Gauthier 08-2019

Patient expansion

Can you make any connections between a spider and an octopus?

I bet you can't guess the similarities between the two!


The vision

Here's another mental image that I had to put on canva.

As you might discover, there are several occurences of spiders in my paintings.

In fact, spiders have been omnipresent since my early childhood in my dreams and hallucinations. Therefore, I have learned to appreciate them, while searching to understand  it's symbolic purpose and meaning.

A sudden mental spark dictated this image.

Comparison between spider and octopus

This idea of the image triggered the realization that the spider and octopus are quite complementary.

  • An octopus has 8 arms, a spider has 8 legs.
  • An octopus lives in the ocean, a spider is terrestrial.
  • They are both described as adaptable and blend to their environment.

I searched on the different symbolic meanings of both. Here is what I found for each one.

The spider symbolizes:

  • Assimilation of  negative experiences and use them for gain
  • one's fears
  • strong feminine energy
  • creativity
  • patience
  • strength
  • an invitation to become more receptive and intuitive, and rely on your unique gifts to get you ahead in life

The octopus symbolizes:

  • flexibility
  • creativity
  • intelligence
  • expansion
  • unpredictability
  • illusion, can avoid the dangers as it creates an illusion by mimicing other animals, changing color to blend in with the surroundings and shooting black ink to disappear amid the distraction
The portrait of their interaction

The spider is now observing the octopus into the water bubble, while the octopus is looking up to the spider.

Why? I'm not sure. Just let your mind go wild on this one! Some food for self-reflection. 

Maybe the spider was avoiding a perceived danger and realizes it while looking in the bubble. It might be it's obstacle to really go ahead in life and expand it's potential. 

Let me know what this painting evokes for you in the comments!

Patient Expansion Surrealist painting by Maryse Gauthier 08-2019

Patient Expansion Surrealist painting by Maryse Gauthier 08-2019

Maryse Gauthier

Maryse started painting in February 2017 at a Paint Nite event to overcome her fear of painting. After going to two other Paint Nite events and free of her fear of painting, she decided to start doing here own painting projects. She knew that she could now express visually all those images that filled her mind and create freely. She is mostly inspired to create surrealist paintings and is always working to improve her skills. A majority of her creations stem from a combination of her weekly psychoanalysis therapy work, past hallucinations, feelings inexpressible in words but also any current experiences inciting reflections and growth. About Maryse

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