Painting at the Bah’ai Temple
My partner Gregg and I love to go for walks together. For as long as we’ve been together, we have found that taking walks around our neighborhood and the surrounding environs is a good way to connect and talk about our lives. We are very lucky that from our current home we can walk to some fantastically wonderful places. We often walk to Lake Michigan, to the nearby Lighthouse Beach or to “the fill” at Northwestern.
In the last year, we’ve been making more visits to the Ba’hai Temple in Wilmette. It is a special place and one of only Eleven Bahá'í Houses of Worship, around the world. It is a soaring building that commands attention both day and night. According to the Temple’s website, “Baha’i principles are communicated throughout the design. For example, to illustrate the Baha’i belief in the unity of religion, Bourgeois brought together elements of religious architecture from around the world. The Temple’s arabesque panels embrace natural light during the day and illuminate from within at night, creating a ‘Temple of Light and Unity.’”
I find the Temple such a pleasant place to visit, I returned one day this fall to make a painting. I enjoyed sitting among the gardens, watching people come and go, seeing a wedding party get photos taken, and just taking in the gentle sound of fountains and the cool lake breezes. I was pleased with the painting which is now available at my Etsy shop.