Sunflower Buddha was inspired by a quote I read which is as follows:
If we could see the miracle
Of a single flower
Our whole life would change ~ Buddha
Below is my response to the imagery in the quote. I combined a photograph of a sunflower with the face of the Buddha in deep contemplation, and it seemed to fit perfectly with the quote. I also added sun flares to look as though they are shining through the petals, and gave the edges of the petals some blur, as though they are moving gently in the breeze.
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I love sunflowers; they are truly spectacular flowers and a joy to photograph, perhaps because of their sheer size but also because each one seems to have a uniqueness and individuality of its own. I have photographed many of these flowers, in Brittany in the north of France where I was artist in residence for three months in 2004, and in Scotland (yes, the sun does shine there occasionally!) where I found a whole field of sunflowers near Dumfries, next to a giant Maize Maze (literally a maze constructed from a field of maize) and also around the fields of the Charente region in France where I now live and work.
And I love Buddha imagery too, as I am a long-time meditator. Before I left Scotland, I used to meditate with a group that were affiliated to Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in Northumberland.
The Abbey work within the Soto Zen tradition and it is a monastery within the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. If you would like to read their 'Sitting Buddha Book', which is an introduction to Zen Buddhism and sitting meditation, follow this link to download a series of free pdf files which will guide you through the practices.
Working with the image of the face of the Buddha, which is so serene and conveys a sense of inner joy and peace, is a kind of meditation or contemplation for me every time I look at it. I hope you feel the same sense of peace and joy too.
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