Namaste: I Bow To The Holiness In You That Is Also In Me by lilynoelle

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Watercolor, one sitting
Cotman Watercolors
120 Watercolor Paper

The cropped edit of this painting won a SoJie award! I’m excited!!!! :)


This is a translation of Annie Lemay’s beautiful portrait “Strike a Pose.” She very kindly allowed me to translate it for Solo Exhibition’s “The Portrait” workshop, which I also had the pleasure of co-monitoring!

Strike a Pose
by Annie Lemay Photography

The tattoos on the model’s arms inspired the title. The “aayubowan” symbol means “Namaste,” which has a variety of translations. My favorite is the title of the piece. Traditionally, one would place their hands together, fingers pointed to chin, and bow their head, saying, “Namaste.” I image the woman in the portrait is about to lean forward in deep reverence.

She also had a lotus flower, which has different meanings depending on the culture. Generally, though, the flower is considered a symbol of rebirth, emergence, coming into light, enlightenment, and faithfulness.

I wanted to give the model a classic “vintage” feel once I started working on the hair; before that, I imagined her being completely tough. ;) Thus the gauge. So, while in-progress, I decided this woman is deeply spiritual, open-minded, and experimental, with a fascination of old films. ;) I emerged through this as much as the original model: here is a bit of spirituality, a bit of Lisbeth Salander-style tough-girlness, and a bit of Audrey Hepburn girliness. Well, I HOPE that’s what comes through!

Meanwhile, NAMASTE! The God in me embraces the God in you! :)


  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...over 2 years ago

    Love it!!!!
    Love the emotions in her face and stance. Love the colors.

  • Thank you SO much, Corri! <3 That means a great deal. I’m REALLY happy I did this a second time! ;)
    Namaste! ;)

    – lilynoelle

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Lily, so glad you finished in time :))

  • Oh, me too; I’m so relieved! Thank you so much! <3

    – lilynoelle

  • Tatjana Larina
    Tatjana Larinaover 2 years ago

    She is so intense and rocking, Lily! Beautiful finish!

  • Thank you, Tatjana, that really means a lot! <3

    – lilynoelle

  • Anouk Westerdijk
    Anouk Westerdijkover 2 years ago

    FEATURED on the 21th of July, 2012

  • Ooooh, lovely!!!! THANK YOU so, so much! <3 I’m very honored!
    Lily XOXO

    – lilynoelle

  • wormink
    worminkover 2 years ago

    excelent enjoy and create

  • Thank you very much! :)

    – lilynoelle

  • Annie Lemay  Photography
    Annie Lemay P...over 2 years ago

    I’m in aw again LIly, both versions are really great!

  • Ah, THANK YOU, Annie … I had a great time painting this one. I hope I did her some sort of justice. It’s NOT what I planned (as I had written you, I planned a really gothy version) but that always happens: it comes out the way it wants to. ;) Someday I can still do the goth version! ;)

    – lilynoelle

  • vkatt0304
    vkatt0304over 2 years ago

    Stunning, honestly this is wonderful. I’m so proud to call you my friend.

  • I’m proud to call you my friend as well, dear!

    – lilynoelle

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    August 14th, 2012
    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • Mary, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! :) I’m very honored by this feature; it means a great deal to me. <3 XOXO

    – lilynoelle

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