Flower of the Week: Lotus
The Lotus flower, or Nelumbo Nucifera is one of two species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. This flower is native to Tropical Asia and Northern Queensland, Australia. It is also the national flower of India and Vietnam. In India, the lotus is symbolically associated with purity and non-attachment.
The lotus is often confused with the Water Lily plant, but in fact they are practically unrelated. . The roots of the lotus are planted in the bottom of the pond and the leaves float on top of the water surface or are held above it. The flowers are found on thick stems rising several centimetres above the leaves.
An individual lotus can live for over a thousand years. Lotus roots are often used in Asian cooking.
My painting of the Lotus flower above left is one I did for a commission a couple of years ago. It's quite a large A2 size painting and I was trying to capture the tropical greens and unique shape of the pink petals. The petal shape of lotus flowers are more rounded than Water Lily flowers. I use this painting design as the logo for my facebook fan page, website title page and gift shop storefront, as I think it's a good representation of my style. The painting on the top right is more of a minimalist version showing the seed pod/ fruit of the plant. These paintings are both available as prints here and here.
Below right is a painting of a White Lotus by Georgia O'Keeffe (1939). It shows the centre of the flower hidden and protected and pure.
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Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.