Monday, September 1, 2014

loose brushwork

Abstract expressionism is a powerful style, and in this mode I enjoy letting-go and working freely with large brushes on all manner of backgrounds.


tara


metal leaf & shellac on canvas
tara's seed syllable & mantra
tara's seed syllable & mantra
 Tibetan Green Tara responds immediately to prayers for help. She is shown here with one foot off her lotus throne - leaping into action.
Tara the Liberator works tirelessly to encourage individuals in this material world with their spiritual growth to enlightenment and freedom from illusion.







flowers

gesso and metal leaf
Flowers generate positive “chi” (life force) within the home or business premises , and are associated with flowing Yin energies.
gesso and metal leaf


dragons


The Dragon is a symbol of wisdom and protection. In Feng Shui the dragon is a most auspicious creature which protects against malign influences. As the embodiment of strength, courage and wisdom it brings particularly good fortune.

(detail)

collage

I enjoy exploring Chinatowns on my travels in search of the perfect won-ton soup, and to but joss papers, figurines, almanacs, and other paper ephemera to combine into collages and assemblages.




birds


 In traditional Feng Shui applications, birds are considered powerful symbols of new opportunities that are there for you even in times of adversity. Birds can also symbolize  love and commitment (as in the case of Mandarin ducks), or abundance and good luck (as in the case of the peacock).
Both artworks are gesso and metal leaf on canvas.


fish

In Feng Shui fish enhance the prosperity and career sectors of our lives. Fish also represent the Yin element, acting to encourage flowing energy - thus ensuring that plans, projects and careers thrive and prosper.



'graffiti'-style

This informal approach is well-suited to contemporary interiors. Colour-ways can be as muted or as wild as desired.



Monday, July 28, 2014

Kwan Yin

16x20in Joss papers on wood
16inx20in metal leaf on canvas
8x20in Prints on flag
16x20in Metal leaf on canvas

8inx16in Prints on flag
8inx20 in Prints on paper


16x20in Prints on canvas
16x20in Prints on canvas
12x20in Joss papers




16x20in Prints on flag











"Kwan Yin - Goddess of Compassion"
Kwan Yin’s love and assistance in worldly matters are unconditional. She is the all-loving, all-forgiving compassionate Goddess. She asks only that the wishes of her supplicants are neither harmful nor evil.
Invocation to Kwan Yin: “Alas I do not know either the mystical word nor the mystical diagram, nor do I know the songs of praise to Thee, nor how to welcome Thee, nor how to meditate on Thee, not even how to inform Thee of my distress.
But this much I do know, O Goddess - that to take refuge in Thee is to destroy all of my miseries, that to ask of Thee for love and protection will encompass me with Thy blessings, that a request Thee for assistance will empower me with Thy guidance”.

Clothing




 These screenprints also make a great fashion-statement!

Chenrezig

"Chenrizig"
8inx12in
Mixed media on canvas

Chenrezig is the Tibetan bhoddisattva of compassion. The Dali Lama is his incarnation on Earth. Chenrezig has determined to delay his ascent to Buddhahood until all sentient beings have attained enlightenment. He is aided in this immense task by the Green and White Taras.

Prosperity

"Fook - Prosperity"
8inx12in
Mixed media on canvas

This traditional Chinese character stands for “good fortune and prosperity”, and its display in a business environment will ensure a strong profit margin.

Om


"Sacred 'Om' Syllable"
8inx12in
Mixed media on canvas

This ancient sacred mantra ia used in meditation to calm and concentrate the mind, and has the power to create a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere.

In the beginning was the word - and that still-enduring word is the seed syllable “Om”.
The Sanscrit “Om” mantra is the ancient, sacred, formative sound of the Universe.
Energy is given form by sound - the sound of “Om” is the dynamic, primordial life energy which creates and sustains the cosmos and everything within it. “Om” is the life-force of the Universe.
In this character, the diamond-shaped point is that bindu (point) from which the Universe evolved, and into which it dissolves at the end of the great cosmic cycles. On a human level it is that still point of peace and harmony which is available to us in meditation.
The crescent below the bindu symbolizes the awakening and growth of a new consciousness which comes as a result of that meditation.
The character symbolizes mental forces and its invocation sets them in motion.

“Om” or “Aum” is the audible form of the most ancient and potent Indian mantra.
It is the utterance which, correctly used, can unite and harmonize all the vast fields of activity of the creative Goddess.Essentially every thought or idea originates in sound,. The moment we think, an unheard sound is formed. Sound is the soul of form.
This mantra has the power to resonate up the crystal cavity of the subtle sine, and to open the body to that root energy - which can then flood in through the crown of the head from the Reality beyond time.

The Lovers

"Tantric Embrace - the Lovers"
8inx12in
Mixed media on canvas

This loving couple represent the cosmic union of the feminine (yin) and masculine (yang) principles, expressing the return to cosmic wholeness.
The union of the feminine (yin) and masculine (yang) principles is represented here on a human level as a loving couple in an embrace which symbolizes the return to cosmic oneness.
In Tantric ritual every conjunction of opposites expresses a joyful transcendence of the material world. This pair embody pure unconditional love in their passionate embrace.

Double Happiness

"Double Happiness"
8inx12in
Mixed media on canvas

This highly auspicious character will bestow blessings of happiness, prosperity, and harmony upon the home. It will bring mutual fulfillment within families and partnerships - and will help to ensure enduring relationships.

The Dragon


"The Dragon - symbol of wisdom and protection"
8inx12in
Mixed media on canvas

In Feng Shui the dragon is a most auspicious creature which protects against malign influences and negative energies. As the embodiment of strength, courage and wisdom this celestial creature brings particularly good fortune.