Monday, December 26, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

week 7

this week i painted the sky and ground and started on the dark blues

Sunday, November 20, 2016

week 6

Mt. Meru
the offering goddess of song, the wish granting cow, the precious queen

and other elements of the mandala offering:

started to draw the billowing clouds beneath the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas,
 rainbows, flowers and decorative pattern on Guru Rinpoche's body halo:

Sunday, November 13, 2016

week 5

last week completed drawing all the figures with implements, clothes, seats.
this coming week i will work on drawing the offerings on the bottom part of the thangka.
it will consist of mount meru and the mandala offering including the offering godesses and the
eight auspicious symbols.

Sunday, November 6, 2016


full thangka as of today

started drawing the clothes and seats of the Gurus

second half of protectors

Sunday, October 30, 2016

week 3

thanks to Jerome for  high resolution photographs of the original thangka

 starting to draw some of the protectors.

Friday, October 21, 2016

week 2 of lineage thangka

 basic body lines for the Buddhas of the Ten Directions

The Eight Great Bodhisattvas.

Drawing the ornaments and clothes. This is a bit of a challenge as i cannot see the details of the original thangka clearly, especially the hands and symbols; also i had difficulty identifying each Bodhisattva in the original thangka. I learned that there is no standard iconography for them and are sometimes depicted in various colours. I decided to not copy what i cannot clearly see so i researched the various ways these Eight Great Bodhisattvas are depicted in other thangkas.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Lineage Tree Thangka in Progress

one week's worth work of line drawing

this thangka is just large enough to fit my tiny work space

its challenging to draw such tiny figures. 
the .3 mm pencil leads easily break.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Green Tara

Green Tara seems to be the most popular yidam.
I think I must have painted more Taras than any other deity.

for Estela

Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016