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Lakshmi

Lakshmi, Indian goddess of wealth and good fortune, is said to have a fondness for henna. Considering henna is used for protection, blessing and good luck and Lakshmi is invoked for the same reasons it is easy to see why they have a close connection. Following is a devotional poem...

French Fantasy

Chateau de Pierrefonds, France Knight at Chatea de Pierrefonds Courtyard chatea de Pierrefonds...

Form is function.

The ‘modernists’ disparaged decoration and celebrated minimalism under the slogan, ‘form is function, function is form.’ Decoration became an anathema to good design because it had no function, and art followed suite. I enjoy good minimalist design but I also love decoration and when this little...

Hamsa

 

The symbol in these paintings is popularly used in North Africa and the Middle East and mostly associated with the Islam (Hamsa or Hand of Fatima). It is also used in Judaism (Hamesh) and Levintine Christianity. The hamsa actually pre-dates Islam and Christianity and seems...

Animism

"Animism is the belief that objects, nature, and the universe possess souls. " Everything has a life of its own, even the lamp posts. Bring back a little of the spirit of animism and we might start to experience more joy and have more respect for the...

Decorative

  Creation itself and all that we experience is just the decoration of our senses. Long live opulence, decoration and ornament!  Its an expression of the richness of life.          ...

Imagine

  Imagine our buildings express our fantasies, that our streets are linned with fruit trees and our roads are crystal clear rivers. "Dreams are more real than reality itself, they're closer to the self." GAO XINGJIAN, Dialogue and Rebuttal...

Tree of life – Yggdrasil

    The tree of life has become a very popular prenatal henna design for its deep symbolism connected with motherhood and birth. The tree of life appears in most religions and ancient philosophies often as a symbol of the interconnected nature of life. In Nordic and other ancient Eurasian  cultures...

Praise Be Pattern

Repetition and rhythm create a meditative flow while creating the work and has a strong physical effect in the viewer.

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Phoenix and Duquette

Interior by Tony Duquette

The Phoenix.. "It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a...