Whether she paints a traditional portrait or a sock monkey, Shannon Grissom’s artwork has always contained a spiritual component. It’s not enough for her to get a likeness. Shannon doesn’t stop creating until the spirit of the subject leaps off the canvas and sweetly touches your soul. As Shannon paints, she gets loving clairaudient guidance that she shares with the reader through her writing.
A multipreneur, Shannon is an award-winning artist, television producer /host, author, and songwriter. Shannon wrote, produced, and hosted the television show Give Your Walls Some Soul, winning WAVE award nominations each year it was produced for excellence in instructional programming. Shannon’s artwork is licensed and sold globally, and she recently launched an online creativity school, Painterly.
To experience more of Shannon’s creations, visit ShannonGrissom.com
Sock Monkey Oracle
Sock monkeys as an oracle?
Aren’t we all oracles?
Here’s the story behind the big, red grin, from my perspective.
I discovered Mom’s sock monkey among her belongings after she passed. At the time, I was completely overwhelmed with grief and the sheer volume of things she left behind, so I tucked the well-worn monkey into an old cedar chest, and there it sat for many years.
One day, in response to a painting competition, I set up a still life with the intention of making it a tribute to my late mother. As I thought of items that would compose the still life, I remembered Mom’s sock monkey.
I smiled and decided it was the perfect symbol to embody Mom’s sweet soul. Every time I encountered her sock monkey, I felt radiant love.
Mom was also a brilliant musician with perfect pitch and a gifted special education teacher with a keen sense of humor. You’ll notice those elements as well throughout this entire body of work.
Something magical happened when I started to create the first sock monkey painting. During each session, I felt I was channeling Mom’s love into the artwork. After I finished the first painting, I realized that there were many more paintings, and even more love, just waiting to emerge. Over several years, more than forty-six paintings emerged. The entire experience was such a beautiful way to transmute grief into joy. I love that this experience echoes Mom’s actual sock monkey. It’s a bit discolored, missing a pom-pom, and some limbs are hanging by a thread. It has seen a lot of life and is still smiling after all these years.
From the beginning, I had an oracle card deck in mind for each painting, but it would take many years before the words would come. One day I was compelled to finish the deck, and all the words came tumbling out over the course of a month. The resulting body of work is an oracle card deck that is doubly infused with love, both from the artwork and from the images.
I love that they make me smile, and I was touched to discover that they make other people smile too! No matter what card chooses you, the Sock Monkey Oracle will leave you with a big, warm hug and benevolent guidance.
With Big Love,