~ July - Water Lily ~
~ July - Water Lily ~

~ July - Water Lily ~

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5.5" x 7.5" Ink Pen Sketch on Arches 140 lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper with a Deckled Edge
Although July is one of the sunniest months in the Southern Hemisphere, by contrast, it is one of the coldest months in the Northern Hemisphere, thereby simultaneously earning the title "middle of summer" AND "middle of winter.” 

Appropriately, July’s birth flower is the Water Lily which is a symbol of resurrection because of the way it closes its flowers at night and reopens at first sunlight in the morning. Both the month and the flower simultaneously encapsulate two extremes: The capacity for open-hearted life, full bloom & the cold, closed dormancy of winter. There is a redemption that can be found in the balance of two tensions: Knowing that both extremes are a necessary process to natural and healthy life cycle. Find comfort in the guaranteed ebb and flow between, because surely when one door closes, another will open.