Sunday, May 26, 2013
05/23 More overall tweaking. Blacked out her face.
and put white blocks around each.
1st layer red & orange added to face.
Started working on 3rd "Guardian" piece - Raphael.
Started to "split her open" with the addition of tiny cracks. (Had a 2 minute "how to draw a crack" lesson from fellow BF artist Adrian Sauers.)
Added the healing mantra "Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung" in black to the white blocks. (I am getting good at writing upside down.)
2nd layer of red/orange added to the face.
Colored in same mantra with white so it is less visible.
Added light blue to hands.
I have reached the point where I am solely creating this piece for me. I am being mindful of the execution, but for me to call this successful, it has to be for me. (Quite frankly, this piece is also very much about me.) Sometimes I think the hardest part of being an artist is remembering the importance of why we do what we do - of honoring our gifts by using them in the most unedited way.
I have in the past hesitated to include mantras (as much as I have in this piece) despite their being a huge part of my life for the last 8+ years. They are as rhythmic and cyclical in nature to me as much as my mandalas but I have in the past feared that my using them in my art might be confusing to the viewer because despite their obvious (or not so obvious) connection to the Hindu or Buddhist religions, I consider myself to be spiritual in nature (rather than religious) and consciously choose to use these energetic prayers (although they are not really prayers) as a way to move energy within me. Choosing to include them in this piece in the way I have, makes both me and my art feel whole.
Chanting mantras is known as Mantra Yoga or Japa Yoga. When the mantra is spoken aloud it is known as Vaikhari Japa. When whispered or hummed Upamsu Japa. When the mantra is said mentally, Manasika Japa; written mantra is called Likhita Japa. (From the book: Mantras Words of Power)
What's left? I am contemplating a design over the face - I did it in Procreate but forgot to upload the pic. Something to be added in the arms. Will choose a mantra to add to lines next to body. Deciding what to do with body. Deciding whether or not to do anything to the green rays of light.
Stay tuned for more updates on the progress of this work. JUNE 7TH SAVE THE DATE! First Friday in June is when this exhibit will open. It will then be on display until July 3rd.
You can also view all my photos from this project on Flickr.