Tantra Song

Last Christmas, Lisa gave Stephanie this book. It is a book of paintings by Hindu tantra devotees from Indian cities like Jodhpur and Chomu, the anonymous heirs to a pictorial tradition that dates to the 1600s. They were painted on salvaged paper and were about 12 inches high. These colorful, simple paintings look so modern. I was so taken with the book, I had to order my own. You can read a NY Times article about them here.

Here are some examples of the paintings:

Apparently, the paintings were used during meditation and as a form of meditation. I find them mesmerizing.

It has been a dark and gloomy day here in Portland. I had to turn the heat back on. I also had to walk the dog in the rain. It is supposed to be nice this week-end. My new planters are arriving Friday so I am planning on some gardening time. Today was a bust for getting much done here at home. I had a couple of appointments and Mr C was in Corvallis for the morning so I didn’t get much done.

I did do some more catch up on green 3 x 3s. I do not spend a lot of time on most of these. I like to see what I can come up with in a few minutes.

3 Responses to “Tantra Song”

  1. Francoise says:

    The paintings are beautiful and they look very modern, I agree. It’s hard to believe they were made such a long time ago.
    I’m surprised that you are using mainly dark green for your 3x3s. There is so much bright green in the gardens at the moment.

  2. Dahlia Clark says:

    Thank you for sharing this!

    As I tend towards minimalist designs myself, it is interesting to ponder them within the frame of meditation.

  3. My question about the 3 x 3s at this point would be, are you beginning to note repeated patterns, motifs, marks? Since you are not taking much time to do them, I’d think this would be one outcome and might tell you something about yourself or your art.