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Art Blog: Shiva

Shiva acrylic painting

Shiva is the God I believe in.  Painting him on canvas for the 1st time really stirred something deep inside of me. Shiva is known to be the Destroyer of darkness within. And I have to admit, whilst painting him, I had to face a lot of my ‘darkness’, my fears, my insecurities, and aspects of my side that I refused to see that were actually my strengths.

As I progressed through this painting (which took a few weeks since I had to keep walking away from it), my meditations became deeper, my dreams more intense. Instead of panicking, I knew this was a process of me really using ‘Shiva’s energy’ to dive deeper, and I simply let things happen.

IMG_20150103_235428[1]Then, one fine day, within 48 hours, all the pieces fell into place. The paints flowed, the colors glowed. Within me, there was so much peace, so much joy.  So many things became clear, including my focus and my purpose. The ideas that started flowing were incredible. I started jotting everything down. Dreams started connecting, and finally – the old fell through, and the new emerged.

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There is only one poem / quote that always reminds me of my bond to Shiva 🙂

‘I AM the daughter of a KING
who is not moved by the world,
for my GOD is with me
and goes before me.
I do not fear
because I am HIS.
I AM the daughter of Shiva.’

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Art Blog: The Story Behind ‘Meditating Buddhist Samurai’

 The mind is everything. What you think you become. Buddha
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
Buddha

When I started painting this, I wasn’t sure of my confidence in Art. I hadn’t painted properly in a while (lets say close to 2 years), and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. The fact that I chose 2 canvases, with sizes 100 cm w x 80 cm h each, also scared me.

Trying to decipher what this painting needed consumed me. But it burnt a quiet fire that I thought had been extinguished.  Very similar to a person meditating, this painting took me to a deeper level of peace and serenity, and made me tap back into my skills very subtly.

Soon, I was doing other paintings alongside this one. I kept completing the other paintings as I kept re-discovering myself through this painting. And this one kept going on :). I used to ask it … ‘hey are you ever gonna get done?’ It would respond back ‘soon darling soon. Just enjoy the journey’.  And I did.

I used palette knives to build the texture, with real beach sand to build the bark of the tree. It took 5 buildups to get the effect I wanted. Each buildup took 48 hours to dry, and sometimes even more, thanks to our Dubai humid summer!

I stayed close to sunset fiery colors by using cadmium yellow, deep and light cadmium oranges, buff titanium, brown, burnt umber, brown oxide, pale gold, copper to create the shades. I haven’t used white nor reds … but yet the painting exudes the un-used shades and colors. It took 4 to 5 layers of paint before it emerged the way I knew it would. And it would demand that I paint both canvases together, layer by layer, otherwise the painting would get stubborn on me!

A friend said that it has the energy of a samurai … so she ended up naming it. But it made me realize that within each one of us is a Samurai, waiting to emerge, waiting to fight what we are meant to do, but not with violence – but with peace and serenity.

When I researched it, I found out that a Samurai followed a set of rules or a way of life known as Bushidō. Loosely analogous to the concept of chivalry, and it originates from the samurai moral values.  Bushido was also influenced by Shinto and Zen Buddhism, allowing the violent existence of the samurai to be tempered by wisdom and serenity.

I guess my Samurai emerged when he needed to, brought change into my world in a form that I understood – my art. My art that brings me peace, serenity and most importantly – JOY!

Meditation Video: How to meditate with your kids

This is a really easy guide through on how to start teaching your kids how to meditate, as demonstrated by Gabrielle Bernstein.

Meditation honestly brings a lot of clarity, and enables the child to see clearly through their daily confusions, peer pressures etc and simply makes them so joyful. It grounds them, and opens up their creativity portals. It gives them a serene inner confidence and the ability to really become aware.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama once said, ”If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”

Brilliant! How does it get even more amazing than this?