Here's something a little different - monochrome wisdom deity with a pop of colour for the 5 jewels of the 5 Wisdoms.
Monday, 18 April 2022
Friday, 25 February 2022
Akashadhatesvari is the Queen of Vajra space in the centre of the mandala of the five wisdoms, consort of Vairocana and embodiment of the Wisdom of Truth. I am experimenting with different ways of depicting her. I feel I have further to go to grasp her elusive essence. In the meantime here is work in progress.
She holds two lotuses on which sit the Dharmachakra wheel and a Vajra Bell. Her hands are in the teaching mudra turning the wheel of the Dharma.
Saturday, 29 January 2022
January's offering is a Five Prajna Mandala using the format of a Celtic knot, combining two symbolic heritages: Celtic knots from Western Mysticism and Five Buddha Mandala symbolism from the Eastern Vajrayana. It is an iPad sketch which I plan to use as inspiration for a painting on canvas once I'm at the end of a current run of commissions for Buddhist Icon paintings.
Saturday, 25 December 2021
Sunday, 31 October 2021
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
Wednesday, 25 August 2021
Mamaki is the embodiment of the Wisdom of Equality which sees in all of us the potential for Awakening, and understands the existential situation that we all share.
Here are some experimental renderings of this wisdom deity.
She sits relaxed and upright in the posture of Royal Ease. She holds the chintamani, the wish fulfilling jewel in her right hand which stretches out in the gesture of giving. (varada mudra). On the blue lotus by her left shoulder rests a silver vajra bell.
Two of the images explore her connection with the earth element.
Tuesday, 10 August 2021
Locana is the personification of the Mirror Like Wisdom of Akshobya, the blue Buddha of the East. Her name means "she with the eye" or "she who is illuminated by the Dharma". The eye as in The Eye of Wisdom"
I am currently exploring the five Prajnas, the five female wisdom Buddhas and making images of them, both digitally and with pigment on surfaces. Locana is the first Wisdom Buddha in the series. Her element is water.