Five Elements And An Appletree
- Acrylics on canvas
- Measurements: 40 × 60 cm / 20 × 60 cm / 50 × 60 cm / 40 × 40 cm / 20 × 30 cm
The story behind these paintings:
This multi-panel represents the five elements of Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. A season is represented on each canvas based on the growth of an apple tree. The client – a practice for yoga, shiatsu and massage – uses the paintings to explain all aspects of health to their clients.
In the first painting, spring is central and this is reflected in the branch: the (starting) blossom is present in full glory. The wood element is the theme of this season, with the color green in the background being characteristic of this element. Spring represents the liver and gallbladder energy. Unfoldment, discovery, growth and new beginnings are some of the characteristics.
Summer is central to the second painting. The leaves on the branch are in full bloom and there are even two unripe apples on the tree. Here the fire element is the season’s theme, where the colors red and orange in the background are characteristic of this element. Summer represents the heart and small intestine energy. Mental development, intuition, movement, warmth and maximum creativity are some characteristics.
The late summer is central to the third painting. It’s harvest time: the apples are hanging on the tree! The earth element is the theme of this season, with the color yellow in the background being characteristic of this element. Late summer represents the energy of the stomach and spleen. Stability, balance and a nourishing power for body and mind are some characteristics.
Autumn is central to the fourth painting. In the distance there is still an overripe apple to be seen. Most leaves are already losing color and are falling from the tree. In this season, the metal element is the theme here, with the colors white and purple in the background being characteristic of this element. Autumn represents the lung and colon energy. Letting go, holding on and reflection are some of the characteristics.
In the last painting, winter is central. The leaves are gone and the bare branches remain. Icicles and snow cover the branches. The water element is the theme of this season, with the color blue in the background being characteristic of this element. Winter represents the kidney and bladder energy. Willpower, courage and determination are some of the characteristics.