|Devil King of the Sixth Heaven 2015, 8" x 10" Oil on Canvas, unmounted|
Mara has been called the devil king of the sixth heaven in the teachings of Shakyamuni and the writings of Nichiren Daishonin. The sixth heaven is the ultimate selfish manifestation of desire, or the Heaven of Freely Enjoying Things Conjured by Others, and its ruler delights in manipulating others to submit to his will. In my pursuit of art, it also pertains to the resistance to paint or draw or write for that matter. In Buddhism, devils indicate those functions that block or hinder people’s efforts to complete their Buddhist practice, including propagating the teachings.
|Man, Child and Door 2015, 8" x 11" Oil on Canvas, unmounted|
The last two years have been the most wonderful time of our lives, with each other and with the coming of Dev. It has been a time of doors - opening, closing, as our inner landscapes evolve. We have been fortunate to be able to spend all our time together over this time, and many a times, the canvas and the brush would decide that is what it wanted to become.
|Self Portrait 2015, 8" x 10" Oil on Canvas, unmounted|
Studying art marketing with my agent has been fun, fun, fun. It turns out Buddha faces are the easiest to sell. But then, I don't have a clue what Buddha looked like beyond the one I see every morning in the mirror.
|View of Tirumala Hills 2015, 10" x 8" Oil on Canvas, board-mounted|
I am an out and out Tirupati obsessive, I love the place, the energy and the healing nature all around. This time, I quickly made notes of what I was seeing and tried to paint it.
|Windows Vista 2015, 8" x 11" Pencil and Ink on Paper, unmounted|