Mahaloness

Contemporary artist specializing in full spectrum painting, mural, animation and digital hybrid art.

Green Tara

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First a poem…

Let it go
No longer will I hold
Those thoughts of old
For they do not serve me
Don’t you see?
The suffering felt by all must cease
May you and I find liberty.
-annonymous

As I continue to work on the Green Tara working meditations have been fruitful. Bruce asked today, ‘how do you know when its done?’ I just know. I look at this painting in particular and it is clear to me that my process is more in line with sculpture than painting, and in this case I am building my layers up. I use various shapes and if you think of a topographical map that is how I usually deal with dimension. All I mean by this is I look at an image with a birds eye view and think about the surface as an undulating experience, this is how I see the canvas. Sometimes I go from light to dark and back to light with my layers, I build colors by layering transparent paint, it is a layering technique I have developed over time, lots of miles. I play with various techniques as you can see, and with all the wonderful pigments and various brushes available on the open market, the sky really has no limits. I specifically roll with Golden fluids, they make very nice paint indeed. Mahalonessfoto
The Green Tara, a modern version, Mother of Liberation, Buddha of Liberation, a reminder to keep a playful mind, not to take things too seriously, working for the welfare of beings in the female form, this version current to the times, and in my opinion, poignant. I have been influenced by Tibetan and Nepalese Tangkas in the last few years, I met master Tangka painter Romio Shrestha a few years ago at a Visionary conference in Hawaii, and had a up close and personal experience with his work romio’s website. I also recommend you check out your local library and look for books on Tibetan art, as an example ‘Wisdom and Compassion: the Sacred Art of Tibet’ Authors: Marilyn M. Rhie and Robert A.F. Thurman.

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Author: hälts

Mahaloness is an art blog documenting the life of the artist Shane Haltman, eloquently called hälts. Shane lives and makes art in Canada, and on occasion, Mexico. This is his story.

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