Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lotus

There are some lotus that grow nearby and when they are in bloom people come from near and far to photograph and paint them.  They are so beautiful!  The large flowers bloom high above the water supported on strong but somewhat thin stems.  After the flower blooms, the petals drop off and leave an equally beautiful seed pod.

I decided to use lotus flowers for this weeks Spoonflower design.  The contest this week was called "Flowers for mom border print".  They wanted a 36"x42" design that can be printed as a continuous border.  They also suggested that it be made into a skirt for mom in honor of Mother's Day.  There was no time for sewing.  I just barely got the painting finished!   I was really crunched for time last week and was not able to finish last months MATS bootcamp assignment.  I was further along with this lotus design than my MATS assignment so I continued with the lotus.


My reason behind painting them blue was something that came across my Pinterest feed.  I was inspired by this delft blue, Wedgewood plate depicting lotus that was made at the turn of the century.  The plate is gorgeous.  I probably should not show it next to my painting because it's making my painting look bad. 
https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/ceramics/wedgwood-pearlware-water-lily-plate/id-f_716869/
Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying "Comparison is the thief of joy".  Let's not compare.  Here is my design...
http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/4199520

Overall, I like it!  I also made a print for Society6...


http://society6.com/product/lotus-16b_framed-print#12=53&13=57


The Lotus are not in bloom right now so I needed to use photos for reference.  I've taken quite a few photos of the lotus but not nearly as many as my sister, Janice Sullivan who is a photographer.
Here are some of my sister's beautiful lotus photographs.  They are all available at Society6.

http://society6.com/janicesullivan/collection/lotus-flowers


http://society6.com/janicesullivan/collection/lotus-flowers

http://society6.com/janicesullivan/collection/lotus-flowers

http://society6.com/janicesullivan/collection/lotus-flowers

http://society6.com/janicesullivan/collection/lotus-flowers

I love the simplicity of this one.  Floating in space...

http://society6.com/janicesullivan/collection/lotus-flowers




http://society6.com/janicesullivan/collection/lotus-flowers


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