The inspiration for these painting came from visiting botanical gardens with my children when they were young. There were 2 lakes filled with lotus flowers and I took hundreds of photos at different times of the day. I was amazed that the leaves, pods and flowers they follow the sun. Lotus flowers represent how I want my life to be, happy, joyous and always growing. The lotus flower unfolds and opens up to beauty, purity and peace.
The lotus flowers along Ross River, in Townsville, North Queensland is where I got my inspiration for Enchanted River Blooms. I used to go for walks along the river and the late afternoon sun shining on the lotus pods was so beautiful. The colours were amazing, pinks, purples and blue tinged greens really popped in the late afternoon sun. Most of the flowers and lotus pods are done on fine delicate paper, one looks like lace and the other has gold flecks through it. On these papers I have done delicate drawings, painted them in watercolour and then collaged onto the main painting.
"The world is but a canvas to the imagination."
-Henry David Thoreau
Lotus flowers in Anderson Park, Townsville