Lotus Flowers and Opening Exhibit at Franklin’s First Friday Art Crawal

Many of you who read this blog know how much I love lotus flowers (the name of the blog gives it away). I just completed a painting from one of my favorite places to see lotus flowers — Reelfoot Lake. This painting will be featured in my upcoming solo exhibit:

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Reelfoot Lake Lotus, 48″ x 36,” acrylic on canvas

The exhibit will open on Friday, October 2, 6 – 9 p.m. at Jack Yacoubian Jewelers and Fine Art, 114 3rd Avenue South, Franklin, TN. The opening will coincide with Franklin’s First Friday Art Crawl, so if you’re in the area, you can enjoy art all over town.

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Where Are the Flowers?

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If you break open the cherry tree,

Where are the flowers?

But in the spring time, see how they bloom!

– Ikkyu

Abandon This Fleeting World

The rain has stopped, the clouds have drifted away,
and the weather is clear again.
If your heart is pure, then all things in your world are pure.
Abandon this fleeting world, abandon yourself,
Then the moon and flowers will guide you along the way.

– Ryokan

Reelfoot Lake Lotus photography by Lisa Ernst

Reelfoot Lake Lotus
photography by Lisa Ernst

 

The Lotus

First blooming in the Western Paradise,
The lotus has delighted us for ages.
Its white petals are covered with dew,
its jade green leaves spread out over the pond,
And its pure fragrance perfumes the wind.
Cool and majestic, it raises from the murky water.
The sun sets behind the mountains
But I remain in the darkness, too captivated to leave.

– Ryokan

Lotus at Reelfoot Lake photography by Lisa Ernst

Lotus at Reelfoot Lake
photography by Lisa Ernst