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Paint Your Truth (recap 2018)

November 23, 2018

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We are going to discuss and recap of Paint Your Truth 2018, as always the event was healing based. All the attendees felt empowered at Paint Your Truth.




This year we got right into the painting without too much of an intro. The first table had canvases, paints, paint brushes, water containers etc. At another table that’s where attendees can sit, relax, get to know their neighbors and paint whatever they like.



The third table had treats and snacks to keep the attendees refreshed at Paint Your Truth. This year Paint Your Truth was quant in compared to previous years but the attendees were relaxed and happy to be there. There was one attendee in particular who came to the first ever Paint Your Truth and surprisingly showed up to the third Paint Your Truth.


For about two hours we painted, conversed and shared our experiences overcoming trauma and our feelings and thoughts about what we were painting or what other people are painting. Each person got lost in what they were painting and the focus wasn’t on what the painting looked like or the outcome of the painting. The process had us lost in our feelings, thoughts and desires; letting it all splash out onto the canvas to eventually reach a destination of completion.


I would say compared to previous Paint Your Truth this one was a little bit more lighthearted. Each person felt connected through compassion, understanding and humility. Not saying past years of Paint Your Truth didn’t have that feel but I would say for this year there was more connectedness. There was no separation between tables and barriers that we typically isolate ourselves in during our daily lives.



So after we painted and we cleaned up I gathered the attendees around to see each other’s paintings and to see how different or similar they were. One painting was of this beautiful vibrant tree perhaps even a palm tree during a beautiful yellow sunset with gorgeous vivid blue water. It embodies relaxation with liveliness.



The next painting was of a survivor painting her succession in the process of her healing journey. She depicted herself overcoming her trauma step by step. Her painting was bold and zoomed in. She sees herself but more as a victor than a victim under her abuser.



The next painting was also of a tree. His painting embodied the current New England climate. The painting’s setting shows late fall early winter. The tree stood firm without leaves. The background is very blue byway of rolling mountains. Instead of clear blue water, you see the brown rich soil that’s giving strength, power and solitude.



The next painting is a collage of different shades and textures of purple. There are purple boxes encompassing love and balloons. It’s a celebration of empowerment in all its victory in overcoming trauma.



My painting was of a black mermaid because to me mermaids are mystically beautiful. They embody strength and power without being seen. My mermaid is surrounded by rich textures of water. The background is a pink/orange sunset. The mermaid has a glorious crown of hair that’s highlighted by gold. Her face is covered to continue the mysterious allure by her crown. She can be a representation for any black woman.




Once we were done sharing our paintings and what they represent to us. I read to the attendees what certain color meant. Red means passion, drama, love, danger, anger, 

excitement, vibrant, luck, prosperity, strength. Orange means encouragement, warmth, enthusiasm, motivation, encouraging. Yellow means optimism, youthfulness, fresh energy, uplifting, success, confidence. Pink means sensitivity, nurturing, femininity, safety, vulnerability, tenderness. Blue means trust, tranquility, serenity, peace, loyalty, integrity, responsibility, peace. Green means growth, health, life, restful, abundance, secure. Purple means royal, inspiration, self awareness, compassion, intuitive soul, introvert, royal, luxury. White means calm, purity, newness. Black means sophistication, secretive, sexy, bold, elegant, confident. Brown means earth, stable, solid, reliable, quiet, confidence, honesty, sincerity, warm assurance, wholesome. Gray means compromise, unemotional, detached, avoid attention, stabilized, neutral maturity, protection, reliable, practical.




Lastly before everyone departed, I spoke about the hashtags that I used around the room to convey the message of what Paint Your Truth is made of. Hashtags like #FasttailGirl that are used in Twitter posts to expose victim blaming tactics used on Black girls who are told that they are “fast tail” when men and young boys try to sexualize them or take a vantage of them sexually. The common notion the Black community, is she was a fast tail girl meaning she wanted the attention and ultimately the assault. Another common hashtag is #MeToo. That hashtag was created by Tarana Burke in response to the stories that she had heard about young Black girls who were sexually assaulted and confided in her with their stories as well as she being a survivor herself.  


Another hashtag is #SayHerName. This hashtag has nothing to do with sexual assault but it does have everything to do with the murders of black women who are often swept under the rug and people do not notice them in their lives and are always dismissed in their deaths. About black women are not invisible, they’re not just things that happened to disappear. These two hashtags to follow are mine. The first one I created is #GoAskVie. This hashtag is for social media users to use to ask me a question whether it pertains to sexual assault, mental health, healing or whatever topic is at hand but s/he wants my take on it. The last hashtag is #ReadToHeal. This hashtag is specifically to encourage people, specifically victims to read story that encourages them, inspire them, motivate them in their healing journey. It’s ultimately going to help victims overcome their trauma so that they aren’t just victims that they are empowered survivors and conquers. 



So Paint Your Truth 2018 wrapped up perfectly. To the attendees who showed up I am nothing but grateful for you to take time out of your day to come and enjoy yourselves, putting out whatever you felt on the canvas. As the old saying goes a picture is worth a 1000 words and maybe people don’t have to words to speak their truth but we can all paint and we can all Paint Our Truth.


I’d like to think the Perkins community center’s Administrative director Troy Smith for allowing us to use their space. As well as the Blick for donating paints that have last three years long for me to continue Paint Your Truth. I can’t forget well as Artisans Craftman that donated the canvases and paint brushes for survivors that have lasted for  three years. As well as painter Paul Goodnight who was my first donor who believed in this mission.


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