During my visits to South east Asia and India, I was overwhelmed by the peoples’ spiritual offerings
The colours and textures of the natural surroundings, in these locations and the dynamic textiles added another dimension. Both the Buddhist and Hindu rituals were at once humbling and mind-boggling to me.
Enlightenment is symbolized by the life cycle of the sacred lotus plant
It begins life in the murky mud of ponds but soon sends stunning flowers above the surface of the water. This shows the path of spiritual enlightenment.
At the bottom of the painting, I painted a dark layer representing the murkiness of the bottom sediment.
Above that is a beautiful, vibrant purple and golden Lotus, with bits of the sediment floating over the petals. I also included smaller Lotuses in shades of pinks and oranges, which almost look like butterflies. The green leaves of the plant are encompassing the beautiful flower. In the middle of the painting are the seeds of the plant, some which are dark and did not succeed in surviving, others that are alive and colourful. The living seeds are drifting down toward the opaque water at the bottom of the painting. At the top, I have painted a dying Lotus flower, which has lost it’s colour and is beginning to decay.
To read more about the process of this painting, a description is written in the entry Lotus Plant on my website, under News
For many years, my artwork has portrayed the sublime beauty of nature, with recurring themes of water, stones and organic shapes. Following my first trip to India, the theme of my art work shifted from beach stones to the Lotus blossom. In Hinduism and in Buddhism, the lotus flower represents purity of body, mind, and spirit.
My customers have described my artwork as calming and inspiring.
This painting is a perfect gift for an art lover or for oneself. A serene setting such as a spa, yoga studio or home office would be a perfect match.