The Tibetan

February 2nd, 2009 in Japanese,Paintings

Taken from the traditional imagery of the Hanya Mask, I originally set out to create a Tibetan style skull, although this is the result. Paired with leaves.

King Koi swimming in the lotus garden painting.

December 15th, 2008 in Japanese,Paintings

New painting I’ve done in acrylics on canvas. It’s been a while since I’ve painted and even longer since I used Acrylics. I started a painting underneath what you see now and just forced myself to do something, it wasn’t looking good at all. I went to bed woke up early the next morning, over my morning tea I looked at the canvas and had my inspiration and started painting.


November 17th, 2008 in Paintings

With great interest in the east, my next subject was the “Sadhu”. They are men who give up the goals of life to pursue moksha (liberation) through meditation and contemplation of God. Sadhus often wear ochre-colored clothing, symbolizing renunciation.

This was an interesting subject for me to pick, the sadhus wore bright orange clothes, hair tangled and face paint.


November 3rd, 2008 in Paintings

“Lupe” – Our Lady of Guadalupe is a traditional icon, she is the patron saint of Mexico and the imagery is used constantly. I wanted to take a different approach while keeping the popular motifs used in a Lady of Guadalupe image. I kept “tradition” in mind, and decided to give her a “Traditional pin-up” look. My version of “Lupe” sports tattoos on her face, neck, and hands.

Kabuki Actor

November 3rd, 2008 in Japanese,Paintings — Tags: ,

The Kabuki Actor – This piece was done in homage to the Ukiyo-e work depicting Kabuki actors. Ukiyo-e means “pictures of the floating world” which is an art period in Japan. Famous for woodblock prints that were produced, because it was mass produced by printing – Ukiyo-e art was available for the masses. Kabuki is Japanese theater, and much like today’s obsession with actors and actresses in today’s gossip magazines – this art form immortalizes popular actors and the characters they play. This piece was done using traditional calligraphy brushes and Chinese water colors.

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