Thursday, August 20, 2009

My dream flower - the Lotus - NFS

Here is a quiz for you on the Lotus flower:
When you see a lotus like flower in the pond, how do you know if its a water lily or a lotus?

Feel free to answer in the comments section (you will not need to have a google account anymore, I changed it!!) or email.

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I remember the time I started reading about lotus flower was when I used the lotus symbol in the "toran" that I had made during Soniya's wedding. I was fascinated with the facts that I read and the beauty of the lotus of course!

Here are few interesting facts about lotus:

  1. In hindu religion, the Lotus is used by goddess of wealth Maha Lakshmi. She sits on a fully blossomed lotus flower.

  2. The Lotus flower grows in murky waters and rises on a long stalk above the surface to bloom glorious. Thus untouched by the impurity, lotus symbolizes heart and mind.

  3. The Lotus seeds can germinate 200 years after they are shed. Hence lotus is a symbol of strong vital force that could withstand extremely adverse conditions. The lotus flower thus represents long life, health, honor and good luck.

  4. The Lotus Flower is the only flower to fruit and flower simultaneously.

  5. Above all the lotus represents spiritual enlightenment.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Upper Back Bay - Newport Beach - SOLD

It was Saturday - August 8,2009 - my last class for this plein air workshop session.

The weather was perfect - cloudy and gentle cool winds blowing on that day. This painting was a good practice to capture the sun rays that came out through the clouds for brief moments. Hope you enjoy this panoramic view of the Back Bay at Newport Beach as much as I enjoyed painting it !!


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Fountain Mist @ Park Plaza - NFS

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This is the third plein air project. The place was Park Plaza in the City of Orange. This time everything went very smooth, the teacher even said - "this time you found us in time !" I found a very shady area to set myself up in the park. Hope you enjoy the fountain mist.

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