Eagerly Growing Lotus by Joke Frima

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Joke Frima

Eagerly Growing Lotus


110 x 230 cm | 43 1/4 x 90 1/2 in

Oil on linen

  • Second Place ($1,000 Cash Award) / Landscape

In 2020 I was supposed to start my AdA apprenticeship program, but Covid intervened. When it became clear that this would take some time, I accepted a request to make a large Lotus painting. 

A painting of this magnitude needs an undisturbed stretch of time and that was given to me by the circumstances. I had time to fully dive into the Eagerly Growing Lotus. The lotus pond is located 30 km away from my studio. I return every year to admire its prodigious vigor. The mighty towering leaf stems form a forest of a mysterious nature. The leaves look away from me and grow eagerly towards the light.

With the sketches and photos I do on the spot, I make the composition in the studio. From September 2020 to April 2021 I worked on the painting full time. I don't know how I did it.