Graphite and pastel on paper, c. 28.5 x 41.25 in., Private Collection,
and also as an
Archival print available in multiple sizes
The meditative little child in this drawing symbolizes
the lotus, a flower sacred to Buddhism, Hinduism,
and the religion of ancient Egypt. The lotus begins its
life in muddy waters, yet rises above them and
blossoms into a beautiful white flower. In Buddhism
and Hinduism the lotus symbolizes enlightenment
through meditation while the ancient Egyptians saw
the lotus as a symbol of the sun and rebirth because
it opens and closes its petals daily according to the
solar cycle. The child is sitting in a pose reminiscent
of yoga. These positions are natural to children, from
whom we have much to learn.