Works in Progress

April 19th, 2007

I feel like I've got a lot of works in progress right now. The website, a commission that just keeps dragging on and on (that's it in progress above), little and big stuff all in flux. At times it's exhilirating and other times it makes me feel a little scared and overwhelmed...a bit roller-coaster-ish. But really, all is well. I just need to keep breathing. And look, the sun is out! Hoorah! I went for a nice walk today and found a pretty blue stone, which fits in with CAC's magpie theme for Photography Thursday, so I'll have to take a pic of it later. I have a little time to write then I need to shower and get going, heading up north to meet with my best friend and sister (who will be my co-maids of honor) and my mom to have them try on dresses for the wedding. My best friend may not actually be trying anything on as she's quite pregnant at the moment, but my sister can model for her. Should be fun. I'll write more about how the wedding stuff is going soon.

The lotus flowers keep coming fast and furious. Tammigirl has sweetly offered to look into their symbolism. I know a little bit about what they symbolize, but I'm keeping an open mind about their presence here and now. I remembered that on Saturday I saw probably 20 lotus flowers in the form of gorgeous votive holders in a shop I randomly chose to visit for my artist's date. Today, while looking for some website shop inspiration I was link hopping and landed on Mati Rose's page and she has a great big pink lotus flower on her front page. Caroline just commented on my last post with a link to an image she re-mixed on Saturday with a gorgeous lotus as its centerpiece. And then there's Anahata's artwork that I've been so drawn to lately...this image is of one of her paintings of a mandala in soft pinks that reminded me of the lotus flowers I'm seeing everywhere and then there are her gorgeous cards some with, yes, pretty lotus flowers. All these stumbled upon images were making me curious, so I decided to see what I'd find if I actually looked. So, I typed lotus flower into Google images and the first page literally took my breath away, which is why I stopped to write this post before I left.

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

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Well, here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the Lotus…

“Hindus associate the lotus blossom with creation mythology, & with the gods Vishnu, Brahma, & the goddesses Lakshmi & Sarasvati. From ancient times the lotus has been a divine symbol in Hindu tradition. It is often used as an example of divine beauty. Its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul. The growth of its pure beauty from the mud of its origin holds a benign spiritual promise. Particularily Brahma & Lakshmi, the divinities of potence & wealth, have the lotus symbol associated with them.

In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of body, speech, & mind, floating above the muddy waters of attachment & desire. The Buddha is often depicted sitting on a giant lotus leaf or blossom.”

When I visited Hawaii for the first time last summer, I saw some amazing Lotus blooms in the Atherton Gardens. They’ve always been a symbol of serenity, compassion and peace to me. I love drawing them and they show up in quite a few of my pieces. I’m so excited that you get to try on dresses with your soon to be brides maids. I can’t wait until I get to do the same.I can’t wait to see your pic of the stone you found. I love collecting stones, it’s been a hobby of mine since I was a little girl….

p.s. Thank you for all your support and your kind comments on my site. You’re such a sweetheart. I wish you were here so I could show you my fav book store/coffee shop here in town. And then we could go get some organic fair trade chocolates… yum. I’m so lucky to have you as a bloggy friend.

Isn’t synchronicity COOL? I love it when the Universe sings to me.

What a wonderful collection of Lotus flowers, they are very beautiful, complex flowers aren’t they?

What a beautiful image and flower to speak to you! Glorious sunshine – never have I felt so in love with Spring and I’m going to relish every drop and bask in it’s glory this weekend. Have fun with your wedding preparations and your best friend!!

The rhythm that you keep is essential to the beat and harmony of the earth.

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If you want to do this just go to my blog and in one of the comments just write your blog name and the URL and I will add it to my site.


So, basically, a lotus is a water lily?! Every now and again we are graced with one in our little pond – which apparently doesn’t get enough sun for a profusion. And they are wonderful, and I am always grateful for them when they appear.

Oooooh. wedding stuff….more!

How cool to see a work in progress! You DO have Lotus love all around, don’t you?
Also, thanks for your dear comment earlier – I appreciate it more than I can possibly convey.

what a yuuuummy post! :) I especially love the links that you included to Anahata’s site. I’ve stumbled upon her blog in the past and instantly fell in love with her colors and style.

Hope you are well!! I’ve been thinking about you lots.

i love this quote. i too have been seeing alot of this image (and incorporated into my logo). i think it really signifies a change in our society searching for more spirituality. where i am not a very religious person, and don’t particularly subscribe to any kind of dogma, this is really interesting to me…the searching for more emenating from within. it is connecting us with invisible threads. xo, mindy

Wow you are so busy and still have time to stop by my blog with nice comments. Thank you so much….I really like your work and it’s awesome that you have made Finding Water website available to us!

I love lotus flowers. They represent growing up out of the mud and becoming something beautiful.
To me, this illustrates the basic journey of our struggles… to become what we want to be, or are meant to be.

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