Lake Shrine Temple sits on a hill
within a 10-acre sanctuary of lush gardens, small grottoes,
a natural spring-fed lake, koi, turtles, swans, hummingbirds,
dragonflies, and many slightly hidden alcoves with stone benches
where one might sit in quiet contemplation and meditation.
Along the path around the lake there is an old Dutch windmill
used as a small chapel, a house-boat, peaceful waterfalls,
various statues of Krishna, Christ, Buddha,
Madonna and Child, Saint Francis of Assisi,
plus a garden honoring all religions.
The Gandhi World Peace Memorial
where some of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes are enshrined
is also along the path around the lake.
There is a pervasive stillness at Lake Shrine
imbued with vibrations of peace and love.
This hidden sanctuary is an oasis
within the hectic bustle of Los Angeles,
at the junction of Sunset Boulevard
and the Pacific Coast Highway,
less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean.
I recently took the above photo at Lake Shrine, and will use it as a reference for a 24” x 24” oil on linen painting.
I love the splashes of intense pastels in the unexpected hues for the sky, the star-burst of light-rays on the golden lotus, the point-of-view and slightly off-center composition, and the intricately detailed patterns inset below the dome.
The mood of this painting will be a good way to welcome the airy lightness of the coming weeks of spring and I can hardly wait to get started on this homage to Lake Shrine and all that it represents.
Aum Shanti Shanti