Buddha 2

I completed my second Buddha painting.  It has been a difficult couple of weeks for me.  I am trying to deal with something for which I have no clue how to handle.  These Buddha paintings are helping to keep me grounded.  They remind me to let go and trust in the power of the moment.  I believe that right actions come from right thoughts which are created by being fully present in each moment.  My brain wants to analyze, list pros and cons, fix the situation.  By practicing painting more intuitively, and by focusing my attention on the image of the Buddha, I can open myself to painting not with the brain, but with the body and the heart.  I intend to carry that process into challenges and interactions in my life.  I wish to act out of the present moment and my own intuitive knowing, rather than react based on fear or anxiety.  I have a long way to go….

The first photo is the background layers of acrylic paint and torn dictionary pages.



In this next set of layers I am simply playing with the paint and developing the image of the Buddha.

Buddha2_inprogress2Finally, I add more detail and definition to the image.  In addition to acrylic paint and dictionary pages, I also used a number stencil, a lotus stencil, and a wine cork as a stamp.

Buddha2Namaste and may the New Year bring health, joy, and peace.



Painting Buddha

I began my series of paintings of the Buddha.  After seeing Whitney Freya’s Buddha paintings, I signed up for her online course.  I wanted to free up my painting style and begin to work in a larger format.


This painting is on a 20″ by 20″ canvas and is mostly acrylic paint.  I have also used some paper scraps to add texture.  Painting a background with many colors really opened up a freedom from judgment and control.  I knew that if I painted something I didn’t like, I could keep going over it until I was satisfied.  That is the magic of acrylics.

It is interesting that painting a Buddha face is really quite calming.  I kept reminding myself to relax into the painting process.  I usually get tense painting with acrylic because it dries so fast I feel as if I need to hurry if I want to blend my colors and marks.  But, this time I continually reminded myself to relax, go with my intuition in the moment, and experiment.

This process is amazing, and I will continue to make more paintings.  Whitney has an wonderfully exuberant teaching style and encourages her students to enjoy the process and let go of the fear of making mistakes.  Something that I am beginning to get the feel of, but I definitely need more practice.  I bought 9 canvases on sale during the Black Friday/Black Monday sale at Jerry’s Artarama, so only 8 more to go….

Serenity in Sedona

Every time I return to Sedona, Arizona, I feel the power of this inspiring landscape with increasing intensity. The glorious red rocks and blue sky, the healing energy of the vortexes, the fresh air all combine to create a truly magical place.

Then there is the food…. Any place that has three health food stores within a mile radius has my vote for best town in America! Add taste expanding restaurants offering Mexican food, Indian delights, and a raw food only menu, and you have a total sensory experience.

I have been playing with my photos since returning home. I am now in a new photoshop course called Photoshop Artistry designed to expand my photoshop technical and artistic skills.

Here is an image layered with some lovely texture:
Bell-Rock-GrungeBell Rock

My sister Cara and I hiked around Bell Rock and Courthouse Rock. Each turn provided a new view of this spectacular area.

An Ocotillo bush

An Ocotillo bush

This was the longest and most rigorous hike my sister had done in some time, and I was proud of her courage in spite of her COPD, and, as it turns out, impending appendicitis! (Side note: three days later back at her home in San Diego she went to the hospital with appendicitis – but all was well and she has fully recovered from her operation.)



We also returned to one of our favorite Sedona meditation spots, the Amitabha Stupa.

Amitabha Stupa

Amitabha Stupa

This preserve is so relaxing and serene. I sat on a bench watching a family of quail, completely losing all track of time.

As in any tourist area, there are many shops, but this is one of my favorites to explore – The Hummingbird House gift shop.

Knowing that I will return one day to Sedona makes it only slightly easier to leave. This was our view on our way out of town.

I received a clear message while hiking and meditating in Sedona. I am on the right path towards the true expression of my deeper self as an artist. It feels nice to receive the support I need at this moment in my life – support from the powerful energy in Sedona, and from my sister. I have started on a journey that is exhilarating and terrifying all in the same breath, but, I keep walking, step by step…