Buddhist auspicious symbols (part 2)

Here are the remaining paintings in the set; Infinite Knot, Treasure Vase, Lotus and Parasol.

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Buddhist auspicious symbols (part 1)

I’ve been trying to find some Zen (and getting away from the news) for the past week by working on these small-scale paintings of the traditional 8 auspicious symbols used in Buddhism (and also in some areas of Hinduism). They each have a specific purpose/meaning and you often see them pictured on prayer flags. I could not find one definitive reference for the order in which they are supposed to appear, so here are the White Conch, Victory Banner, Dharma Wheel and Golden Fish. These paintings have a lot of metallic details, which unfortunately don’t translate well for screen.

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Wet paint: Noise

I recently finished this piece (but I am considering adding more, so maybe not) called, “Noise”. It is a companion to the blue painting I did a few weeks ago. They are meant to be shown together as a sort of yin and yang to each other, since this one deals with the fears and doubts and how they can block creativity and general progress. I inadvertently embodied the spirit of this painting during the process, which I supposes is part of the beauty of the process. I had a clear vision of what I wanted to do, inspired by a line from a Tame Impala song, “This noise around me all the time, but not as loud as the voice saying, let it happen”. But once I began working on it, it did not want to come out like I envisioned it and I ended up feeling uncomfortable, frustrated, angry and defensive. I felt tangled up in a complex with this work and had to really push through my doubts to complete it. The composition still feels disjointed , awkward and not how I imagined it- which in the end, I reluctantly admit, helps the painting.

The Buddhist demon, Mara, is featured in the background since in the story, he tried to tempt Gautama Buddha from reaching enlightenment by presenting a series of illusions and other demons shooting arrows at Buddha while he meditated under the Bodhi Tree. So here’s to fighting our inner demons and not getting strangled by our fears.

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