This painting depicts a lotus flower standing next to a beautiful woman. The artist, Trong Du Bui, wanted to portray the similarity of the lotus flower to the young woman, beautiful and full of mystery. This painting is done using Gouache, a thickly pigmented watercolor, and painted upon rice paper.
In this painting, Mr. Mahdi depicts the image of a woman who displays a hidden beauty which is only visible after absorbing the piece in its entirety. Mahdi believes women are the backbone of society and are responsible for many of the joys in his life, and if they are removed from it, life would have little meaning. $275. http://www.artsumo.com/Iraq/Reflections-on-a-troubled-time