True Blue – Musings
1st - 7th September 2020
The fascination with the lotus plant started when I entered a group painting challenge during COVID 19. The challenge was to paint a flower a day and it was recommended to find one from your own surroundings and I could find only this small Blue lotus in my mother’s home-made pond. The painting came out really well which made me want to paint some more of it. So, I went looking for more ponds, looked on the internet and asked friends for reference images and that’s how the series started.
Learning about its heritage and reverence in many cultures added further inspiration to progress in confidence in creating my artistic interpretation of the Lotus.
It’s most significant aspect in my opinion is its beginnings within its surroundings. The lotus flower though idolized, cannot be what it is on its own. It cannot be the beautiful bloom it is if not for the water, the mud, sun, air and the plant it is attached to. Each day as it reaches out of the water it is as if to say thank you to all these elements that make the lotus what it is. So, what I understand by it is that we should be grateful for the circumstances we have faced and the situations we are in, people we are part of and who are a part of us. They all make us who we are, they make us reach our full beautiful potential.
“Be like a lotus. Let the beauty of your heart speak. Be grateful to the mud, water, air and the light.”
― Amit Ray