Lotus Storm

Lotus Storm

For this painting, I video recorded myself each step of the way using the time-lapse function on my new iphone, which I suspended from the ceiling. 15 minutes of painting amounts to around 30 seconds of fast-forward video. I worked on it for 15 minutes at a time and let it dry overnight before working on it again. The overall process took a few weeks. Check out the video here:

This particular painting wasn’t begun with an idea in mind. What I initially had was a color palette of blues, purples, pinks, and white. The form it immediately took was some kind of water landscape with clouds above. I was inspired to put in some flowers, though at first I didn’t know what kind they would be. Eventually the flowers became lotuses floating on the water. I had a vision with the colors to create a dark and stormy atmosphere, yet the lotus flowers became a contrast to that, as they traditionally symbolize calm reflection. I played around with glitter and salt to create texture and depth in subsequent layers. My idea was that the clouds were expelling glitter, which would settle on the lotus flowers and make them look even more beautiful. I realized that I was creating a concept wherein the lotus flowers represent remaining calm while a storm is occurring and allowing some aspect of the storm to wash over you and make you even more beautiful. As they say, every cloud has a silver lining, which is represented here as silver and gold glitter. Once I had the concept, I added in the lightning to enhance the drama of what was occurring in the landscape. I finished when I felt I had no more to add or remove from the whole piece.

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