Padmasambhava Paint Pen Study

Here is a new portrait study of Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Tibetan Buddhism. Oil paint pen on canvas, 11×14 inches.

 

Heart Wave Dorje Video and Description

This is a small video of a large Heart Wave Dorje from the beautiful hills of Colombia just North of Bogota. I have always been attracted to the dorje symbol and object from the time that I encountered it in use amongst Tibetan Buddhists. I started making my particular takes on them in early 2009 when I was living on the island of Oahu and going to school at the University of Hawaii in Manoa Valley, and the inspiration had come some months earlier when I was hiking on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai.

As I looked up into the twilight sky above the stretching ocean horizon where the sun had just set, I focused my eyes on several stars that had started to appear as the light drained from the sky. As I loosened my fixed gaze I saw a movement descend vertically between the stars and spin them into two separate sets. This created the essential form of the dorje before me. Then I noticed another movement that seemed the response of the spinning chambers; a horizontal, inward whirlpool force that seen from a distance created two heart-like shapes that met in the central spinning.

Once I had the time and wire at my fingertips, I began to make basically what I had created in my vision that day. The polarized hearts looked like lightbulb coils and it brought me great joy to make them. Since that first one I have probably only made about seven or eight others, but am looking forward to bending several more (smaller than the one in the video) as part of my Crowdfunding Campaign, currently live on Indiegogo.com

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Seeing Through Scripture to The Sacred Mountain

namcha barwa sI completed this painting as a student at University of Hawaii Manoa under the benevolent guidance of a painting teacher of mine there, Mr Jason Willome. During that time I was living up valley and would spend many afternoons sitting in a coffee shop drinking chai, eating homemade manna breads and reading The Heart of The World by Ian Baker. Many sittings I enjoyed with the thick book (just over 400 pages), and with every turned page grew more enthralled in the exploration and adventure as I followed the author on his great pilgrimage deep into the mysteries of Ancient Tibet. His journeys had led him to the foothills of Namcha Barwa, one of the tallest mountains in the world and the termination point of the Far Eastern flank of the Himalayan range.

Namcha Barwa Beginnings sUnderneath that mountain the Tsangpo Gorge, deepest in the world, plunges four times deeper than our beloved Grand Canyon here in the USA. The legend contained in scriptures had it that a great waterfall exists there in the thick of the rhododendrons and mired chasms. Ian Baker set out to find it, and the book encapsulates and recounts his absolutely epic journey over many years in doing so. After I read it, I set out to portray the story in a painted fashion, and this piece was the result of that effort. I used a variety of techniques to achieve something akin to looking through torn scripture at the colossal landscape, and above you can see how I started with selective priming then continued with a series of washes and finally an inkjet transfer of Tibetan Script.

The piece was featured in Lotus Space’s video series entitled Inpo: The Art of Invisibility, which was broadcast on Hawaii public television. It is my sincere hope that I can one day visit the gorge and see the great Namcha Barwa. May all beings be in bliss. Om Mani Padme Hum.