Art Blog: The Story Behind ‘Sea of Roses’

"Faith is raising the sail of our little boat until it is caught up in the soft winds above and picks up speed, not from anything within itself, but from the vast resources of the universe around us." - W. Ralph Ward.

My cousin sis saw a miniature version of this painting somewhere in a cafe in Vancouver and I knew I had to paint it. I am a Scorpion – a water sign. The ocean has always called out to me, lakes have welcomed me home. A lot of people think of the ocean in shades of blue or green, and maybe this is why I was so drawn to paint this painting because the sea was simply a bed of rose petals.

I used industrial brushes to paint the background. I used palette knives to create the effects. For the boat, I used a sandy mineral gel to give it texture.

As I kept painting this, it came to my mind that the painting symbolizes ‘being different’. The fact that the sea is made of rose petals is in itself different. To me, the sea of roses are our unique qualities, what makes us different from everyone else. On it, we rock the boat of faith. And we are surrounded and supported by the universe. We just need to have faith that the universe will take care of us. Even the things that are happening in our lives that look like chaos or we believe are ‘horrendous’, if we just trust that the universe has our back, has our best interest at heart, so we can sail our boat of faith on calm seas of rose petals, embracing and celebrating our uniqueness. :)

We Never Really Let Go

Leena Kewlani:

Beautifully expressed. Thank you!

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

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All we are is a composition of our experiences. A brilliantly flawed collage of the people we’ve loved and lost, and the lessons we’ve learned — or ignored — along the way. Inevitably we all will let someone, or several someone’s, into our hearts and souls and we won’t be able to get them out again.  They’ll linger as an echo of whom they were to us and who we were for them. These people often teach us about that fine, blurred line that exists between love and hate — and how, sometimes, you can feel both for the same person at the same time.

They teach us that we never truly forget or let go of anyone who’s really emotionally touched us — we just move on, carrying them with us. We learn that love doesn’t always last and that people, who were once as close…

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Art Blog: The Story Behind ‘Divine Love’

"Love is the energy of life." - Robert Browning.
“Love is the energy of life.” – Robert Browning.

There something very divine about love.  Something very grounding yet very airy.

I painted this on a day of a Super Moon. So believe me, I was very triggered that day.  These super moons bring out my emotions. So you will find the strokes being very rough, done using a palette knife. I used a comb to bring the energies around the couple. The moon’s energy is connected to the hearts, symbolizing the love that connects two infinite beings.

Love is probably the most abused word used today. At times I feel that people use the word so freely that the divinity behind the word has disappeared. As I was painting this, I realized that each one of us, whether we deny it or admit it, whether we are single or in relationships or married, we are looking for that soulmate that brings meaning to divine love.

So what is divine love? Is it about standing with each other through thick and thin? Is it when your heart takes the lead and leaves the brain behind? Is it about trusting the other person blindly not to hurt you? Is it about gifting and receiving things? Is it about raising a family together? Am not sure.

I have heard so many explanations. But one thing I read in a book by Dr Dain Heer actually resonated and sat well with me. Maybe divine love is about having gratitude for each other. Just simply being grateful for the other person, as they are, for who they are. By living in gratitude, it actually allows us to be truly vulnerable, and drop down barriers, and truly living a life filled with joy! To me … that sounds like divine love! :)

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