The Imperial Rigden thangka painting (Tibetan for scroll painting) is completed, after more than a full year of work.
I have lived this time, dedicated to the studio with “pause-time” mainly to be with my now adult children. Somewhat like retreat, my choices of moving beyond the parameters of daily creative work in the studio have been measured, consciously focusing nearly 100% of my energy and attention to such a piece of work. Needless to say, I feel quiet now. Whatever there is to say is in the painting. So, this autumnal/fall’s blog of 2015, abides in silence — the silence of content.
The painting will be presented by the Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche, to the world-wide Shambhala community on February 9th, during the Shambhala/Losar New Year celebrations. The original will be installed in the main Meditation Hall of the Boulder Shambhala Center, Boulder Colorado USA. I feel deep gratitude towards Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Jamgon Trinley Dradul, for entrusting me to do this work at his request. A detail of the image will be shown on my website later this year.
This October through December, I will have a solo exhibit at Mercury Gallery in Boulder Colorado, “Weapons of Massive Compassion”. Preliminary drawings for thangka painting commissions, including a few from the Imperial Rigden painting project, will be exhibited along with one section from the three-part screen ink painting; The Dakini Mountain Road Map.
For information on this winter’s Solo Exhibit
October through December
showing select preliminary drawings from the Rigden thangka paintings
Recently, while reflecting on this past year of retreat living, I came across a series of ink illustrations from many years ago. They were spontaneously made during teaching sessions in a month-long meditation retreat. They were spontaneously made during teaching sessions in a month-long mahamudra meditation retreat. Click on this link to see select sketches: