8.000 x 5.500 inches
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Lilies Of The Water
Beverley Harper Tinsley
Painting - Watercolor And Graphite
Colorful warm-toned water lilies bud and bloom, in a nave type painting made up of somewhat abstracted flat shapes in vibrant colors. I painted this en plein air, while seated on the concrete at the Denver Botanic Gardens, which currently boasts an incredible display of aquatic life.
he Lotus and the Water Lily- Correcting the Confusion
About Their Botany, Iconography, Symbolism and Entheogenic Properties
No plant has been so historically embedded in such diverse cultural and mythological iconography and symbolism as those referred to as "lotus". Because of their deep historical religious tradition of being considered sacred and the antiquity of the term's voluminous references resulting from translation of cross-cultural literature- a legacy has been created that appears in modern references with much confusion in regards to exactly what their botanical identity, form and function is.
In the 1916 edition of The Standard Encyclopedia of Horticulture, Volume 4 by Liberty Hyde Bailey, he writes: Among common names the term "lotus" has been remarkably misapplied. It seems to be consistently used among us for the genus Nelumbo, Nelumbo nucifera being generally styled "Egyptian" or "sacred lotus." Historically this is entirely wrong. Nelumbo is not native in Egypt, and is not now found there in a wild state. It was cultivated extensively along the Nile in the Roman period, probably for food, and the flower is supposed to have furnished the design for one form of capital of the Egyptian columns. It is a native of southeastern Asia. In Egypt, however Nymphaea carrulea and Nymphaea lotus, the "blue lotus" and "white lotus," are indigenous. The Egyptian Blue Water-lily, Nymphaea caerulea, opens its flowers in the morning and then sinks beneath the water at dusk."
Hindu God Ganesh Seated on Lotus The lotus is the pre-eminent symbol in the non dual traditions. In Hinduism it is associated with the creation mythology featuring the gods Vishnu, Brahma, and Lakshmi as well as most other dieties. (See abstract concerning etymology of lotus and water lily confusion in Sanskrit.) In Buddism, the Buddha and various dieties are portrayed seated on and/or holding lotuses. In Egyptian mythology the term has been misapplied to the water lily by translators of their hieroglyphics and in references to its motif in art and architecture.
Nelumbo nucifera Following the return of the rains, primitive peoples witnessed the rise of the undefiled lotus and water lily from the bottom of dried-up watercourses and considered the living blooms symbols of immortality and resurrection. This undoubtedly led to the widespread adoption of each plant in antiquity as sacred. The Egyptian association of their indigenous water lily with an afterlife was advanced in Hinduism to recognize their native lotus as symbolizing the universal human potential to rise above the mire of phenomenal reality and through specific practice or grace of Nirvikalpa Samadhi to awaken to moksha.
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August 2nd, 2013
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