If you were concerned after yesterday's "I need a break" post, I'm still here and still painting. Today's lotus flower watercolor painting was created using Winsor Newton Sap Green, Winsor Newton Viridian, Winsor Newton Permanent Rose, and Daniel Smith Lemon Yellow paints.
I lost a painting gig over the break which is part of putting yourself out there. You won't always find that people understand you, especially in a fast-moving, highly reputation focused town or industry. In response, today's lotus flower watercolor painting is a green lotus.
When the Manchurian lotus flowers first emerge, they have a spring green color. Green lotus flowers are the shade of a new phase and carry the hope of becoming something great. In the light, it doesn't look green at all, but instead a pale yellow shade. The leaves are spring green and a greenish blue in the shade. Only on the edges do you see the hint of the color of the flower that's to come.
There are times when we are green and starting a new phase in our life. We're like the green lotus flower emerging from the brown mud that remained from our previous phase into a strange new world. We are seen as "green" and new to the world. Some see things in the green stage as not worthy of a second look or a second chance. Others see the green stage as an opportunity to live out vicariously chances not taken and roads not taken. There are (hopefully few) people that see the green stage as targets of destruction.
Every parent and caretaker knows these risks and instinctively watches out for and guards against these risks. They don't focus on the green too much. Instead, they notice that every green Manchurian lotus flower has a hint of white or deep magenta on the edges of the leaves. They nurture this hint of the stunning beauty that awaits the end of the becoming. There is always a green phase in our lives somewhere. I hope that we look for and see the hint of what's to become and nurture it in ourselves when we find ourselves in a green phase.