The lotus flower is very special to me as an artist. Several years ago, I accompanied my late husband on a visit to Tower Grove Park to photograph the lotus blossoms in the pond near the Piper Palm House. I used his 70-300mm canon lens to get a closer view of the flower as it opened its glistening petals in the early morning sun as it emerged from murky waters perfectly clean and beautiful. The photo became a reference for this oil painting.
As I mixed the colors and and blocked in the design, I spent time focusing on this flower that is often used as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. Painting the delicate pink hues of the petals was a rewarding challenge. Strong veins of the leaves seem to juxtapose with the graceful curves of the petals. I blended purple in the deep shadows to support the composition. I am rather fond of purple and use this color, in many different hues, in all my paintings.
My painting, 'Serenity' is a reflection of what I read recently. "The muddy waters represent the struggles of life, the bud of the flower represents a person that has not yet reached their full potential." As an artist, I can relate to the message that no matter what you're going through, you have the ability to find happiness as you emerge from your struggles. I have also discovered that the process of bringing art to life from a blank canvas has become my nirvana.
This painting, in an ornate gold floating frame, will be part of the inaugural ‘Members Showcase 2019”, at the Galleries of Heartland Art Club, 101 A West Argonne, Kirkwood, MO, November 22 - December 31. Free Opening Reception, Friday, November 22, 6 - 9 pm.
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