I painted a lotus flower bud for today's lotus flower watercolor painting. I used a picture where the flower bud was looking almost straight at me. I used my typical pigments and painted it without using pencil lines as a guideline.
My morning routine consists of morning meditation, followed by walking and feeding the senior dog for whom I'm a long-term foster mom/caretaker. As the dog is 15, I spend quite a bit of time carrying her 14 pounds up the stairs that she can't navigate with her arthritis. Still, the outing followed by eating causes her to have to nap.
With her napping beside me, I set out my watercolor paper on the small card table that's in front of a window. A mature white oak tree sits just off to the right of my view, and a series of pine trees are 50 feet in front of the window. I have the window cracked a little, so I can hear the sounds of the birds as I work. Typically, I sounds are from the cardnials, robins, crows, and sparrows that are calling.
There are many, many times when I love being in high-energy environments with lots of people. When I was in art school in my late teens, my professors told me that this was the only environment in which to create. The paintings I make when I'm in places filled with bright, bold colors, loud pulsating music, and high interaction with people reflect this energy.
As I've grown into myself, I have come to learn I best express the creativity inside of my soul when I'm in an atmosphere of quiet reflection in nature. This environment causes tranquility, peace, and a feeling of connection.
Both approaches to painting, being in a loud, high-energy environment versus being connected to nature and surrounded by peace and quiet, are valid. I use both approaches to paint. But I'm called to put forth the paintings of lotus flowers as they and the meanings and messages they symbolize are much needed right now in this time of change. I'm grateful that I'm able to find people such as yourself that take the time to view them and read my blog.