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.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Lotus Flower #63 - King Peacock

Lotus 63 - King Peacock - Samantha Rochard
I like Peacocks......the royal association of the animal.

Supposedly, reflecting on and surrounding yourself with peacock paraphernalia can help create a persona that stands out among all other. How much like the SUN symbol is the PEACOCK symbol. The ability to be seen as the best among the group. Purple and red are also colours that are linked to royalty, possibly in the past, only the wealthy could afford cloth dyed with those colours.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Brightest Star - Lotus 62.

Lotus Flower #62- Brightest Star

Many see the sun symbol as a pagan symbol, and grant is a bad connotation because of the word "Pagan"

But what is pagan? Depending on where you are from, this could mean a person who is un-enlightened, hedonistic and all around seen to be as "bad."

But "pagan" was actually a broad term given to anyone who wasn't Jewish, Muslim or Christian.

The sun symbol, has a place of importance in the pagan, neopagan and occult faiths. (I use occult as a broad term to collectively express all the Western Mystic practices.)

As the brightest star/object within view; it served as a reference/symbol for being the best there is. Nothing shone brighter than it.

And pagans being very observant of the natural cycles, used nature to find wisdom.

Become as the SUN, shine your brightness forth...but understand that even the SUN sleeps and hides for a time. Appreciate the cycles of you inner being, shine when its the appropriate time, rest when needed.
The moon cycles at the four corners of this piece speak to the cycles as well......

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Lotus 61- Peacock SymmetryLotus 61

Lotus 61- Peacock Symmetry

We are all the same you know. We are all the same person. There is only one person, one human really. What we are is that one human, who has grown up with different experiences.
We face different directions, seek different things and explore different aspects of the one thing...the human condition.

Bound as we are by the spirit flower.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Lotus Flower 60 - Battimamzelle

Lotus Flower #60- Batimamzelle-Samantha Rochard
With a new sense of purpose from relaxing the boundaries a little bit, I let my inner garden fantasies stretch out somewhat, and came up with this number.

I find Dragonflies magical. I believe lots of people so. They seem to transcend the boundaries of earth and water....or was it water and air? :)

I loved the organic feel to the swirls,
like vines of growth ,
stretching out
testing this way and that.....

....and I am going to try this theme again, later on.
Even after doing it I could see improvements that can be made to this design.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lotus Flower Number 59- Mehndi Lotus

Mehndi Lotus- #59 - Samantha Rochard
After a long hiatus, and wondering if I should even bother with continuing the project, I was fooling around one day and thought I'd just try bigger. Increase my space, and sense of possibility.

At the same time I had been attempting to find any deeper meaning behind Mehndi patterns, and incorporated some of them into this....really intended to be just a doodle.

I was pleased with the results, and decided to explore more.

During this I thought about how removing the limitations gives one a renewed sense of purpose.
Another thing that I noticed was that looking for inspiration online isn't a good thing.

I think its better to center oneself, and reach deep inside to see what comes from you.