I'm falling into a rhythm and a routine for painting my daily Lotus flowers. Most creative types hate repetition and routine, and I'm not immune to feeling that way at times. However, it's a necessary aspect of life that we need to embrace at times in order to grow. I don't find repetition to be bothersome when I limit myself in some areas (only painting one type of flower using watercolor paint in a 5" x 7" format) while freeing myself in other areas (color and painting the flower open, closed, or somewhere in between.)
After painting blue flowers for several days, I wanted to include more than one color in today's painting. I chose a purple lotus flower for today because I can include blue and magenta colors in the flower.
Purple or magenta lotus flowers are rarely found in nature, but you can find them. The oldest Manchurian lotus flowers at Kennilworth Gardens in Washington DC are the magenta colored flowers towards the back of the gardens. They're estimated to be around 2,000 years old and have an intoxicating fragrance. The Hindu Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity, Lakshmi Mata, is often painted seated on a purple lotus flower. In Buddhism, a purple lotus represents mystical side of spirituality and our spiritual journey. I enjoyed painting this flower, so be sure to look for another purple lotus flower tomorrow!