Digital Art - Digital Paint/photograph
I created this image based on stylized lotus flowers, three together, bending softly, as if beginning an elegant, slow dance.
I love the beauty of the lotus, as well as its symbolism. In addition it presents an excellent subject for art and I could not resist creating a work that focused on it.
The lotus is a aquatic perennial which has great significance in Asian cultures. Many deities of Asian religions are depicted as seated on a lotus flower. In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of the body, speech, and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. According to legend, Gautama Buddha was born with the ability to walk, and lotus flowers bloomed everywhere he stepped.
In the classical written and oral literature of many Asian cultures the lotus is present in figurative form, representing elegance, beauty, perfection, purity and grace, being often used in poems and songs as an allegory for ideal feminine attributes.
The Lotus is a sturdy perennial, whose seeds may remain viable for many years. The oldest recorded Lotus germination is from seeds 1,300 years old recovered from a dry lakebed in northeastern China. The flowers are usually found on thick stems rising several centimeters above the leaves. The plant normally grows up to a height of about 150 cm and a horizontal spread of up to 3 meters, but some unverified reports place the height as high as over 5 meters. The leaves may be as large as 60 cm in diameter, while the showy flowers can be up to 20 cm in diameter.
Researchers report that the lotus has the remarkable ability to regulate the temperature of its flowers to within a narrow range just as humans and other warmblooded animals do. Dr. Roger S. Seymour and Dr. Paul Schultze-Motel, physiologists at the University of Adelaide in Australia, found that lotus flowers blooming in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens maintained a temperature of 30�35 �C (86�95 �F), even when the air temperature dropped to 10 �C (50 �F). They suspect the flowers may be doing this to attract coldblooded insect pollinators. Interesting facts about a gorgeous blossom! (source Wikipedia)
January 31st, 2013
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