The Peace Flower, Inspired by the East

The Peace Flower
5″ x 7″, Copics, Microns, gel pen on Bristol Board

This Peace Flower is a peaceful protest design which offers a large flower in place of the warrior who would normally be riding this elephant, perhaps across an Indian countryside. The background was inspired by mehndi design (henna design), most traditionally used to decorate the hands and feet of Hindu brides, or for other festive occasions.

Submitted for the topic “Protest” at Illustration Friday. [Actually made for a friend who may or may not see this post before the item arrives at her house. But it was too good for the topic to pass up! Ok, really I kind of shoe-horned it into the topic. But still!] I’m not sure if the entire background should have been red. Didn’t want to risk it.

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25 thoughts on “The Peace Flower, Inspired by the East

  1. Jill

    Fantastic. I love the background and the flower. Getting ready to add ink details to my tulip painting. Spent the afternoon practicing on printouts of my painting. Decided to start small first because my inking skills are rusty and I’m nervous! When I grow up, I want to have mad inking skills like you!

  2. hedwig

    Hi Cindy, this is so beautiful! It ‘s almost a modern design for a Persian rug. And the elephant’s eye full of emotions. Happiness and gratitude that she is released from that warrior, but still a bit tired of serving him, and like she does not believe she is free and can live the flowery life.

  3. minnemie

    Oooh this is excellent! Love the background detail and the different layers of color -just the right amount of red and excellent composition too!

  4. clara nilles

    WOW! Beautiful! Love the turquoise cluster flower, elephant, and fabulous background……very henna-like. I love the Indian henna designs and terra cotta colors.

  5. Linda Hensley

    I love this! The blocks of color behind the elephant set things off wonderfully. I enjoy your little works, but this makes me wonder if you should do more large pieces?

  6. joyeeta Neogi

    Hi Cindy! Wonderful design! I like the color as you painted! Peace flower and Elephant’s eye catcher, the center of attraction! Thanks for your recent visit! I am having some issues lately with my blog , not been able to open sometimes for some reason.Today it worked!

  7. Gay McKinnon

    Ah, how lovely! I like it just as a henna design too, but the colour really pops – I would actually love to wear it as a Summer of Love T-shirt (thanks Rod for the San Fran reference) and go all psychedelic.
    I am not sure if it is a very small elephant or a giant flower but would like one for a pet.

  8. Koosje

    Ha I know all about squeezing a drawing into the IF topic :) Well done! Thisnis such a sweet piece of art, and I’m glad you didn’t fill the background all red, it’s perfect the way itnis now.

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