For a fleeting moment I forgot everything.
🌸divinity of the magenta (magenta Tara)🌸 hälts hybrid art
there is a fire that burns within, which cannot be extinguished in this lifetime.
-reenactment of the internal fire courtesy camp fire.
my western translation of a tibetan tara based on a vision and painted for a friend in pain, this is a healing painting and embodies the fire element including a fire breathing dragon symbolic of expressing your voice. c.2012
art for humanity.
This is the fifth and final part of a series called ‘Painting a Tara’. It is a mixture of timelapse, animation with an original sound overlay. I composed the score using my own recorded samples and brought it together with Garageband. I hope you enjoy it.
Link: Tara no. 5
been on the road quite a bit this fall season.
This is part 4 of my ‘painting a tara’ timelapse series, featuring me in the studio working my magic on my latest Tibetan inspired White Tara painting. Following my university days I began to explore Eastern Philosophy and meditation. It has been a lifelong interest of mine. Many of the breathing practices I apply to my meditation also make their way into my painting sesshins, as I like to call them. Each brush stroke becomes a breath and that way I am putting my full energy into each mark I make, while allowing my body to feel loose and limber. Although this may not be the fastest way to make art, it does translate into beautiful healing paintings. Please enjoy part 4, simply go to the link. The music in the video is a recording of me playing my moms electric piano and further developed in Garageband. It also features my own sampled recordings and a few basic synth sounds just to give it a nice blanket effect. Enjoy.
Link: Painting a Tara Part 4
This is the third instalment of, ‘Painting a Tara’. It is accompanied with a musical score I arranged with garageband using a bunch of my own samples, including a piano sample I recorded while jamming on my mom’s electric piano this past summer. Enjoy.
William Blake once wrote…
‘Painting a Tara’ pt. 2 c.2014
This is the second of an ongoing series of videos featuring me in process, in my studio, working on a Tibetan inspired White Tara painting (and a wearable art women’s flannel ‘wolfmoon’ and the ‘Mahaloness’ painting. I have been fortunate to meet a true master Tibetan/Nepalese Thangka painter, Romio Shrestha (www.romioshrestha.com) who has been a guiding light force as I walk the artist’s path. The track was made by me on my dented iPad, using some wild sounds, Garage band and a a few piano riffs I recorded while playing my moms electric piano, never a dull moment.
Thank you for watching.
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dedicated to all woman of planet Earth and Mother Earth, thank you.
This painting, which I will refer to as the ‘Mahaloness Tara’, a variation of the White Tara, is on a canvas. It was brought to me by a friend who lost his partner to cancer. Originally this was her canvas, which she had started to paint a mandala and there was poem written on it. I recieved it and decided to honor her journey with an image in the likeness of the Tibetan Tara, a Goddess that represents many things including, healing. About a year before this happened I had met a man named Romio Shrestha, at a visionary conference called Alchemeyez, which took place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Here is a link to Romio’s website for more info on him. His mantra is simple, peace and enlightenment through art. When I met Romio it was synchronicity and his smile was infectious. His work was up at the conference as well, huge Thangkas, intricate and unbelievable details, and when I asked Romio how he managed to get so good, he responded, ‘I am 17 lifetimes old!’ Flash forward back to this painting. Before I came up with the Tara concept, I decided to send Romio a message, the unconventional way, via a thought while in meditation, I felt his presence in the room and than I remember standing up and walking over to the canvas which sat there for three days before I put any paint on it. When I looked at the canvas I saw the face of the Tara, which confirmed what I would paint on the canvas, the Mahaloness Tara was born. It took 3 weeks to complete and than I contacted the young man who had dropped it off, and asked if he would like to see the painting, he did. He came over and I was not sure how he would react, he had literally dropped it off and wanted me to just ‘use the canvas’ and I could sense he did not really want it back, too much pain. When he arrived he saw the painting and immediately began to cry, with a smile, you see he was not sad, instead he was filled with so much joy that he could not contain it. He told me that one of the last things she did was draw a white tara, I smiled and passed it over to him. This is the power of art, it has the power to heal, and is medicine for the heart and soul.
Her poem (which was written on the canvas prior to the Tara being painted):
If you are not afraid of dying then there is nothing you can’t achieve.
If you realize all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold onto.
This painting is now hanging on the young man’s wall.
fotoMahaloness -full circle
link to order your very own Mahaloness Tara (White Tara)
Thank you very much.
This dedicated to anyone who has lost a loved one: friend, family, or lover.
The White Tara mantra has a number of variations, a common one in its Sanskrit form is:
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE MAMA AYUH PUNYA JNANA PUSTIME KURU SVAHA.
– See more at: http://www.yowangdu.com/tibetan-buddhism/white-tara.html#sthash.HRRLTOtq.dpuf
There are many layers to being human. Anger is one of those layers and to deny that anger exists is to deny a feeling. There is in fact plenty of anger in this world, it is all over, I have felt my share and I witness it on a daily basis. Anger is gasoline to an engine, when ignited it can drive pain and suffering all over this planet, and this is what we call aggression or violence in society. This isn’t to say that anger itself is not warranted, or that it does not have a place in the emotional complexity of being human. Anger is a feeling, and feelings change, to judge anger as being ‘bad’ or as something to be ashamed of is denying a feeling, and in our society where keeping face seems more the norm, the anger builds and without proper outlets and guidance can erupt in very disruptive ways. Deflecting anger only prolongs the inevitable; to be aware of and to embrace anger through love and compassion can redirect the energy into useful and even productive channels, art being one of those channels.
fotoMahaloness – within my paintings are many layers, all colors of the spectrum, art of the underground, driven by dynamic socio political climatic conditions and an unwavering curiosity.
-new paintings and digi remixed fantasy/visionary/dream work
I took a trip to the mountains. The purpose of the trip, to reconnect with the land, barefoot dancing in the forest river valley, flanked by majestic British Columbian mountains, mending and realigning, and rejoicing with sacred kin. This is a place where I can reset, and enter a new beginning following a recent art exploration in Maui. What comes next? Perhaps Katmandu to work with a 17th incarnate Thnagka painter, Tibetan Romio Bahadur Shrestha. I recently asked Romio if I can work with him, he has accepted my request and now I must do a fundraiser to get myself to Katmandu. I have never been, and to be honest I have no idea what to expect, all I know is I must prepare myself for anything. I am both, super excited and a bit nervous, all good feelings, and my curiosity just keeps rising. Romio comes from a Newar family in Katmandu in Nepal. At five years of age, two Tibetan Buddhist met with Romio and explained he was the seventeenth reincarnation of the master Tibetan Thangka painter Arniko (from the website, see link below). I met Romio on the Big Island, Hawaii, at a festival/conference, he appeared to walk on air, always smiling and at the conference he had several Thangkas set up, they were big and bold, the imagery, depicting Buddhist deity, mandalas or scenes. From his website, “Romio Shrestha is a modern master of the Indo-Nepali-Tibetan Buddhist traditions of enlightenment art.” Romio founded a school in Nepal, to insure the Thangka tradition would carry on, serving as a powerful teaching tool for the Dharma and Buddhist tradition. He is thought to be somewhat controversial because he has been openly sharing paintings that were rarely seen by those foreign to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It seems that today, more than ever, it is important to share these images so to pass on the teachings to anyone who wants to learn. The concept of original Artistic intent is difficult to apply to Tibetan thangkas. I pulled this definition of Thangkas from http://www.buddhanet.net/thangkas.htm, “Thangkas are composite objects produced by painters and tailors with differing intents, skills and training. Iconographic specifications, regional and doctrinal differences in style, changes in form from harsh treatment and altered mountings all complicate the issue.” If you want to learn more about Romio go to http://romioshrestha.com/ where you can see his work, it is truly amazing. I have also attached a rendering I made of the White Tara, though I did also add green, which is important to note as the white and green have different meanings. White signifies compassion, peacefulness, while a particular green shade indicates effective activity. I used both because I see white indicative of sitting meditation and contemplation, while green as enacting the lessons learned from sitting meditation, and bringing them into every aspect of your life, in action. So without further adieu, always follow your dreams, put it out there, I simply sent Romio an email, I said I’d like to work with him, he responded immediately and the ball is now in motion.
Mahalonessmountainexpedition and the modern white Tara painting made by me.