Here are a few:
|Flaming Flower painting by Nadine Rippelmeyer|
|Pluto painting by Scott Listfield|
|Cloud Cover photo by Mal Bray|
|Rain Princess by Leonid Afremov|
There are many ways to "uncover" the symbolism (both personal and archetypical) in art. Play with the images above, or check out the art in your own home. To determine the "feng shui quality" of it, ask yourself the following three questions:
1. What is the overall feeling of the image? Perhaps find a few adjectives to describe that feeling.
2. If I had to explain this photo/painting/image to an alien who had never been to Earth, how would I describe it? (i.e. you'd have to explain "umbrella" in the last image) Even colors play a large role.
3. If someone I really admired saw this image, how may he or she describe it? Would he or she like it?
4. Does this image make me feel higher? Or lower?
I suggest reading up on dream symbolism to take the exploration a bit further.
The above questions will help you determine your personal symbolism to the painting and whether it belongs in your home or not. When you've understood the deeper meaning of an image, ask yourself the following VIQ.
Very Important Question: Does this image represent "who I want to be" and "where I want to go" in life? (If these images appear in your children's rooms, ask if you want that type of influence for them. This also applies to spouses, of course!)
It's a good idea to take the bagua map into account. If your home was divided into a tic-tac-toe of nine equal sections, and you placed this map with the Kan line lining up with the front door, you can determine where each section lies in your home. (i.e. Money is in the back left corner of your home. Health is in the center.)
|ENTRANCE RUNS ALONG THIS LINE (source)|
To rev up each section, place art that aligns with what you want for yourself and family. A painting that depicts a bowl full of fruits or a lush landscape would be great in the Abundance/Money section. Photos of you and your spouse work (wedding pics?) in the Romance. Vibrant, happy art with bold colors is great in the Self-Expression/Fame gua. Of course, make sure the artwork works with the decor.
The power of image can work for you or against you when it comes to feng shui. Choose empowering images and live an empowered life, I say!