Saturday, October 13, 2012

©Marina Petro

Original oil painting on canvas
Floral Series
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The inspiration for "Lotus" was the  lotus/water lily fountain  at YADDO Artist Retreat in Saratoga Springs, NY. This magnificent retreat was founded in 1900 by the financier Spencer Trask and his wife Katrina, herself a poet, Yaddo is an artists' community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment. 

"Lotus" contains the primary colors that are considered healing (green) , spirituality (white), enlightenment (yellow-gold) , love (pink) and intuition, deep contemplation (indigo).

From ancient times the lotus has been a divine symbol in Asian traditions representing the virtues of sexual purity and non-attachment.  Hindus revere it with the divinities Vishnu and Lakshmi often portrayed on a pink lotus in iconography. In the representation of Vishnu as Padmanabha (Lotus navel), a lotus issues from his navel with Brahma on it. Goddess Sarasvati is portrayed on a white-colored lotus.  Often used as an example of divine beauty, Vishnu is often described as the 'Lotus-Eyed One'. Its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul. The growth of its pure beauty from the mud of its origin holds a spiritual promise.

Today's Quotation: "Every moment, there is news coming out of silence."
-Ranier Maria Rilke

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