This painting was a gift for a dear friend, a portrait depicting connection with Parā, the Supreme Goddess of Kashmīr Shaivism.
Here’s an image from decades past, part of the series I did creating my own (never published) tarot cards.
At the time I was creating this card, I was doing Tai Chi. Now decades later I am doing another eastern martial art, Aikido. Interestingly, in Aikido the goal is mind-body oneness, and the center point we focus on is about exactly where the hands are in this image.
Recently completed is this painting of Ganesha, revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the spirit of intellect and wisdom.
A friend shared the observation that Ganesha’s gaze is quite intense and that Ganesha is a little more lean than usually represented. This is sort of an ascetic, tough love version, and those who know me know that being a little more “aggressive” in cutting through the bull to the heart of situations, as well as cutting back on excesses are both virtues that I personally could benefit from.
Considering all that is happening in life circumstances, it’s wonderful to have this personal representation available for contemplation. Feel free to share, with attribution of course.