Dorje Dakini 02/2015 44"x22.5" (112cm x 57cm)
So..this was my very first painting on ahimsa silk, early February 2015, experimentation with technique and all .. but then, isn't that so often the best way we learn - jump straight in an learn on the hoof? Naturally, I've had a few years painting on silks, silks of differing qualities, but this silk is very different, with a somewhat 'relaxed' weft and warp weave, with occasional wide stripes of tighter weave. The look and feel of the silk, especially once I have worked my magic, is aged. Arcane is my goal. However, the second I took my brush to it, I knew it was love and that we would make beautiful music together.
I took artistic reference from the beautiful wall paintings of SIGIRIYA - LION ROCK (SRI LANKA).
This essentially naked dakini stands with the radiating dorje at her heart and a varada mudra, similar to the standing position of the Buddha when holding his altruistic posture, though a little more stylized. In my mind, this denotes her naked, pure, honest - nothing hidden - compassionate offering of diamond heart mind. She wears the jeweled skull crown of Vajrayogini a gold version of Vajrayogini's bone skirt and a green khata (scarf), similar to Green Tara. Through the khata and her black hair, we see that there is movement - active energy.
Semi obscured by the aging crackles in this piece, is Vajrayogini's Three OM mantra in Sanskrit.