Sunday, 24 April 2022

Prajnaparamita

 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

Climate Blues

 Another in the Birch tree series. 

A cold frosty palette.

With blue cornflowers to symbolise hope.



Friday, 25 February 2022

Akasadhateshvari variations

 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

Mandala of the Five Prajnas

 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

Reindeer party

 Happy Xmas.

Here's a seasonal offering - this year's festive card



Sunday, 31 October 2021

The Five Prajnas














 










Here are the five female Wisdom Buddhas: Locana, Mamaki, Pandaravasini, Aryatara and Akasadhatesvari. This is a companion set to the set of the five Jinnas which you can find scrolling down the posts to December and October 2016.


Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Coracle, Window, Tree from a set of Bardo images

 

Contemplating the bardo as a liminal space which we enter in the moments after death. There is a coracle waiting to take us onwards to places as yet unknown. And glimpses of a mysterious tree and a warm soft sky which may be the sky at sunrise or sunset. I invite you to find your own narrative prompted by this set of forms and colours. Feel free to post a comment giving your perception and interpretation of my picture.


Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Mamaki, golden female wisdom Buddha of earth and abundance

 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, female Wisdom Buddha






 













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.



Saturday, 24 July 2021

Pandaravasini


 Pandaravasini is a female wisdom Buddha, consort of Amitabha. She personifies discriminating wisdom which sees the uniqueness of all phenomenon.

Friday, 30 April 2021

Vajrasattva Painting in Process

Reviewing the progress photos of the Vajrasattva I painted last year this image spoke to me. We see  the image emerging and taking form. From here I simplified and refined the background, adding drops of nectar.  I placed a saffron cloth around his loins and the 5 jewels of the Jinnas in his Bodhisattva crown.  I find significance and meaning in this version. It speaks to me of the mystery of emergence and transience,  Although lost as a physical object the image lives on.