Acrylic on gallery-style wood panel. Painted sides, no need to frame!
This is an 8×10 painting with a cooling, calming effect as one considers the teachings of the Buddha and the nature of reality. The painting has lots of touchable texture and the lotus flower image is carved into the piece. On either side of the lotus is an unalome symbol – a visual image of reaching enlightenment. The spiraling twists and turns represents our struggle with life, while the straight line pointing upwards, represents the straight path to Enlightenment. Unalome are the “crowns” of the arahants, the enlightened noble ones.
A lotus represents the journey to enlightenment. It grows in mud at the bottom of the pond, representing ignorance, greed, hatred and delusion. The lotus grows upward and breaks through the surface of the water, then the petals open, each layer more delicate as the petals expand.
This painting brings a sense of unity and is a beautiful focal point when contemplating and calming the mind.