What is unconditional love? How do you know if you are loved unconditionally? To love unconditionally is to love without expectations or judgements. The best example of this is the unconditional love of Mother Nature. She bestowes her bounty on everyone without making distinction of race, religion, colour or country of origin. She asks for nothing in return. Look at the trees and plants in this painting. They not only add beauty to our world, they also give us shade and food. The river gives us the most essential of human needs, i.e. water, while it adds beauty and serenity to our surroundings. The flowers impart beauty, fragrance and fruits and give seeds which continue the endless cycle of giving unconditionally.
"The ultimate lesson we all need to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves also." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
How do you express unconditional love visually? That was the challenge of creating this painting. I chose to use the metaphor of trees, river and flowers to express this notion of unconditional love. The tree branches spread beyond the paper. That is the unconditional love which extends without limits. The trees give their fruits to us without asking for anything in return, without making judgement whether the recipient is worthy or unworthy. Peering through the background of trees, and flowing water is a serene, smiling face. It is like the divine presence that exists in all living beings, all around us.
Medium: Lino cut on Lenox acid free paper
Image size: 12"x12", Paper size: 15"X15.75", Framed: 20"X20"
This black and white print is a part of the series, "Lessons Learned from Six-year Olds". Each piece is hand-printed by the artist. A portion of the money from the sale of this print is donated to mental health.
Knowing where one wants to go, setting the goal and focusing on it are important in order to succeed. If one can eliminate distractions and stay focused on a single goal, success is not hard to attain. Sometimes it takes a young six-year old to remind us of this. It is based on a true story.
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