I have drawn a circular Lotus Pond that offers Feng Shui fans a perfect ‘Water Element’ decoration, Buddhists a celebration of their Lotus symbol, and nature-lovers an artistic and decorative lotus pond that shows 3 layers: the mud from which the lotus grows, the water part and the part above the water, where the lotus grown and shows us her beauty. Most drawings and paintings of the lotus concentrate on the flower itself; the next part, the stem, is submerged. However, in this drawing the long stems are decoratively visible.
Water flows and makes plants and animals grow. It is full energy, sometimes wild, often calm. We love swimming in calm water, or sitting near a pond, water calms us. It slows us down and refreshes us. Put a pool in the garden and within minutes, children seems to burst with energy and joy. Adults feel spiritual nourishment and a chance to meditate near water and artists feel inspired dwelling near pond and lakes. As if the depths of lakes are filled with mysteries that like to be explored.
To vitalize your home with Feng Shui’s water element, put this print up near your fish bowl, a mirror, glasses, or glassy gemstones. A bowl filled with water with a lily floating on its surface is beautiful. But don’t feel inhibition by Feng Shui’s guidelines. In the end Feng Shui is about your relation with your environment. You combine everything that represents wood in Feng Shui and in your life; combining it through using your creative ideas and love for art, nature and botany will make you happy.
A circular Wood Element composition with Tree Branches and a Wood Cut Through, showing its annual growth rings, drawn by Paula Kuitenbrouwer, Dutch nature artist living in Ireland.
Counting the growth rings of a tree is a way to tell how old a tree is. This tree is old, the branches are ageless, as we don’t see their rings but we do see how beautiful they are.
Feng Shui’s Wood element symbolizes new beginnings, new relations, new family, wealth and the energy of a growing tree. As trees are strong and support our houses, ships, shelters, bridges and furniture, wood provides us strength, vitality and support. Feng Shui’s wood element is shown in Paula’s drawing as vertical columns of beautiful, rustic branches as well as a cut through to show a healthy and old tree. This drawing is done with brown and greenish colours as Feng Shui’s wood element has the colour green.
This drawing isn’t made of wood; but its paper is, its pencils are and you can give this art print of a pencil drawing a pretty, wooden frame. Place it near something botanical, something growing upwards, like a strong and big house plant and you have a lovely wood element added to your home decor. Built a nice wood element setting with wood, with botany and with art, exactly in a way that makes you celebrate wood. Don’t pay too much attention to guide lines, in the end Feng Shui is about your relation with your environment. You combine everything that represents wood in Feng Shui and in your life; combining it through using your creative ideas and love for art, nature and botany will make you happy.
A circular Tulip composition with fire or tulip leaves motives. This composition can serve as a Feng Shui Fire Element; it is full red hues, passion, ‘flames’, natural reds. The tulip leaves act like flames of candles, enhancing the feeling of fire. This is a high energy and high creative drawing, full passion, life and expression. Yet, it doesn’t burn out. It is like a calm and steady fire, adding glow to your room by displaying hues of red, yellow, purple, magenta, yellow and bits of pink. This print can be put near a red candle or anything that symbolizes a sunrise. It will brighten your mood and ignite your creativity.
I would love to hear how would you fancy an expression of Feng Shui’s Metal and Earth Element? I have my ideas, but I love to hear yours.
Paula at www.paulaartshop.com