Sacred Lily Triptych
DescriptionThe large lily pads that stretch out to the edges of the composition, dominating the entire painting, symbolise the abundance of lily pads that gently floated everywhere throughout the billabong.
The dark green strokes that interlay with the delicate white lines, twist and turn the lilies into a kaleidoscope of colour, pulling the viewer into their trance. Hidden within the luminous greenery of the lily pad leaves are bright pink lotus flowers, their aura and vibrant energy made it impossible for me to look away.
This reminded me of the Greek parable of the Lotus-Eater, whereby Odysseus and his men had lived off the sweet, intoxicating lotus flower fruit, transcending them into a perpetual state of forgetfulness.
Like these men, I was stopped in time when I saw the lotus flowers, so captivated and transfixed by their beauty I wasn’t aware of how many hours had passed by as I floated down the billabong.