Monday 1 April 2024

Tara's Blue Utpala Lotuses

 Digital variations made on the iPad pasting in and transforming photographs of some of my artworks on paper.

Sunday 24 March 2024

Thursday 25 January 2024

Thursday 18 January 2024

Tuesday 16 January 2024

Foliage Still Life in Blue and Purple

My starting point was a photograph of a moody and decorative collage made on a dark winter's day out of cut and torn fragments from another piece along with crystalline watercolour to bring out the forms. Multiplying, transforming and layering the image I made variations on my iPad. The original collage is the first image followed by three of my favourites from the sequence.

Saturday 6 January 2024

Ratnadakini, Sky Dancer of Earth and Jewels

 Next in the series of small circular paintings of the five wisdom dakinis. Ratnadakini is accompanied by Ratnasambhava's horses (they support his lotus throne) and dragons. For me dragons are wisdom beings akin to Nagas and also symbolise the freeing of the subtle energies of the body.

Friday 29 December 2023

Magic City Doodles

 More ideas for ways to make an image of the Magic City of the White Lotus Sutra.

My current exploration across all themes is the interplay between spontaneity and planning. Improvisation versus structure. Making  a surface combining different kinds of wet and dry media on paper.

In today's doodle I play with light and dark using tinted charcoal and gold pen, thinking about pyramids, the sun and moon and a stairway to heaven.

And this is an earlier mixed media sketch  (pastels, water, marker pen) - there surely are gardens and music in the magic city. .

Friday 8 December 2023

Solid Air

 A few studies from my sketchbook using oil pastels and watercolour aiming to express a sense of the element of Air symbolised by a green crescent bowl. The pastel sketch of the stupa is here to give the image context of the green crescent  of air.

Saturday 11 November 2023


 A theme I return to from time to time - here are two sketches.

Going for a combination of stillness and dynamism.

Friday 6 October 2023

Golden Bird

This painting is inspired by Wallace Steven’s “Of Mere Being” and reflects my response to Steven’s evocation of the space of the mind beyond reason and thought. The poem has a number of visual images: a golden bird on a palm, bronze decor, fire fangled plumage, and the mysterious spaces in the mind beyond the last thought. I've juxtaposed a literal figurative image with abstract forms. It is a difficult painting to photograph:the actual painting is more subtle and luminous.

You can read the poem here: