We are all artists, painting our lives upon the canvas of reality. Mix the colors your own way and apply emotion liberally. Don't be afraid to let your brushstrokes show, and about all else, make sure your art has soul.
The lotus connects the three spheres of earthly existence- land, sea, sky because it grows from the mirky mudd through the water ultimately reaching the sky above. It is a symbol for awakening to the spiritual reality of life.