100 Lotus Flowers

2009: 100 Lotus Flowers taking me through a transition in my life. Each flower is a message which brings me closer to the goal. I try to come to terms with myself, and be myself. What messages do the flowers hold?
2013: What is the goal? I no longer know what it is, except for reaching the 100. But the 100 was not supposed to be the goal itself, but rather help reach the.....the.....I am lost, honestly lost. Everything I was striving for has diminished in importance. I do not know what to strive for. I think striving for anything now is pointless....but I will keep drawing and painting.
2014: A renewed sense of purpose, things seem to be falling into place.

100 Lotus Flowers, 100 points of healing.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Number 54 - Centerless

Centerless - Samantha Rochard
My centre has disappeared

The "Me" that makes up my core has dissipated into the swirling activities around me. I have sacrificed myself to these energies at the expense of ME.

All my being is fractured.

There are bubbles of activity on the outskirts of happen stance, which may assist in bringing my whole. For this to happen, I have to scrape a foundation of my person back, and remove bits of me from those distracting energies.......
This journey is far more sapping than I realized, and cycles keep repeating themselves.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Number 53 - Dark Heart Lotus Flower

Dark Heart Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard
The cracks are beginning to form 
on that wall which surrounds your heart.
Its protection is weakening, and soon the arrow which hovers waiting 
will indeed pierce it, and cause it to bleed.
Such it is with love, whether you fear it or desire it,
 with love, comes pain.
With intense love, comes intense pain.
The bitterness of one, contrasts the sweet pleasure of the other.
Both will ever be present.....
..... unless you turn you heart to stone.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Number 52- Fairy Lotus Flower

Fairy Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard
So... here is number 52. Which came with an urge to be cleansed of worry. Probably I have the notion of creating a life in my utopia?

But in any event during this drawing I was thinking about the core things that I need to be happy. And I was developing a cleansing ritual to rid myself of them. I rid by water...now to rid by fire.

Fairy Lotus Flower brings desires to live my dream....and it was necessary to re-think what was needed to make that dream happen.....which I am still developing.....
Blessed Be.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Creating a Healing Ritual

Need nine from these thirteen. Which to choose.
I have much building inside me. Many emotions that I need to get rid of. They are like an acidic wave eating away at my mind and my insides. I have been so bogged down by the anxiety and the stress and strain, that I really feel cloaked in some sort of dark cover. There is a bit of sparkle which I see through the crack in the cloak sometimes. However, because I see that sparkle, I wish to discard this ridiculous cloak and cast it out....to be free to experience the sparkle.

This morning, I realized that on 31st August, there is a particular planetary alignment that represents release from old wounds. It is also a Blue Moon, quite full, which doubles the energies of whatever ideas or intentions are put out there. I will do a ritual, to release my mind of these negative energies using these Lotus Flowers.

The Lotus Flower, being one that emerges into the mud, and re-blooms every morning fresh and new, is an apt symbol for what I wish to do. I have these thirteen that I think are appropriate, and I have to narrow them down to nine. I will release the nine into the ocean on the 31st August.  Tacked to each laminated flower will be the "hurt" that I want release from. Why nine? It is at the end, a symbol of endings- symbolizing the end of my carrying these burdens.

The hurt, written on paper, will be affixed with white glue, so that the ocean water, cleanser that it is, will wash it off the flower and swallow it up into Herself....

With my contact information (blog and facebook) on the flowers, I hope that they will find their way to someone, who will somehow be changed by the find.
The Ocean is the great healer, the Lotus Flower will emerge where it needs to be.

Monday, July 09, 2012

51 - Lotus on Water

51st Lotus Flower - Lotus on Water 
Sometimes I wake early in the morning and just need to doodle. This was my morning doodle. No plan, no direction...just taking one line at a time.

But such a thing requires patience.

The difference with the concept of "one step at a time in life" is that you cannot see the larger whole in front of you. But in drawing, you can see the previous lines drawn and how the connect with the next. Not so easy to see in real life.........

Friday, July 06, 2012

Halfway through at Number Fifity

Spiral Lotus - Samantha Rochard
With the recent Venus Transit, I attempted to create a Lotus Flower using the path the Venus travels, which has a flowered shape.

This pattern emerged from my attempts. Not what I had expected, but I felt that it was worthy of completion, a beauty in itself. Very pleased with the finished results.

And the obvious lesson?

 We may set out on a path, with a goal in mind; and end up with a completely different result either equal in beauty or more beautiful than our original intention. Sometimes its just good to go with the flow to see where you end up.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Clarity Lotus Flower - number Forty Nine

Clarity Lotus Flower- Samantha Rochard
I did this a while back, when I was looking for a clean slate. Not sure if the exercise led me to a clean slate.
There are time I wish to purge myself of possessions, and things that mean little to me.
I am currently battling in my brain to "whiten and brighten" my apartment.
Minimalist is on my mind...the decor looks so clean and uncluttered, and quite attractive to me.
The lotus flower was just this project minimalised, I suppose.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Forty Eighth Lotus Flower - Energies Flow toward me.

Forty Eighth Lotus Flower- Energies Flow Toward Me - Samantha Rochard
I pull from the four corners
And summon Air, Water,Fire, Earth.
Raphael, Gabriel, Michael and Uriel
Be my muses on this my journey.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Forty Seventh Lotus Flower - Elven Lotus Flower

Elven Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard
Yes ELVEN....as in Elvish....the fairy like creatures.
My daughter has been excited about fairies in the new yard we have. There are a lot of trees, and we are celebrating the space.
Her excitement had me looking at Fairy Gardens, Fairy Art, Celtic Art.....feeling like a kid again with the excitement of possibility.

The new space; space for a herb garden, a flower garden, and space to create has expanded all of my family's horizons. It is here I made the conscious decision to continue where the previous tile took me and keep the pieces at the larger size. I may even go bigger after a while.
With the expanded size, my creative ability is also expanded. (I seem to see an "As above, so below" theme happening here :))

My thoughts as I created :

Within Confinement, imagination can bring forth immense beauty, and when the parameters are loosened; the excitement of possibility bursts forward. Green and gold....an acknowledgment of the refined self growing closer to its gold (goal).

Forty-Sixth Lotus Flower - Egyptian Tile Lotus Flower

Egyptian Tile Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - 100 Lotus Flowers
During the time I was almost artistically unproductive, an Egyptian gentleman saw one of my Lotus Flowers and asked if I could design a tile. The above piece started out as being just a tile. I don't think his client was too pleased.

first draft
Nevertheless, it was a stepping stone to new ways of looking at the project. The design for the tile came from the Egyptian way of rendering the Lotus Flower.
used the flower in the top right corner.
Of course I took creative license with the shape a bit so that top and base will touch. After leaving it alone for months, I finally picked it back up and finished into the piece at the top of this post.

My thoughts as I was finishing?

Interaction from persons and events may simply happen to gently nudge you in a different direction. Never think that any event, occurrence, meeting, happening is a waste of time. It is simply a point in time. Many outcomes can develop from the experience of that one point in time. Flow..........

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Pardon Me Muses

Pardon me Muses, for I have erred...its been six months since my last Lotus Flower...........

I eve wondered if the project was dead... because I could not seem to find a direction to take it forward. But, in deciding to change the parameters of my self imposed limitations, I found a revival to....well....possibility.
I have three to post on the blog, and will be doing so soon.

In a symbolic gesture to my moving into a bigger space, I decided to make them bigger....as simple as that, but the space on the page now affords new designs, and styles. There is a marked sense of expansion in my life....and the new ones seem to celebrate that.....
Will be posting soon.

The Pictures shown here are some of my favourites so far. I have also been looking at the less refined pieces in an attempt to improve on the design....should I number them in succession, or simply leave them as the second version? Not sure yet, but it does not seem right repeating a design and counting it as an additional flower....

Keep posted to this blog.