Enlightening Being #5
I began the Enlightening Being series in 2019, when I acquired a very large and rare Japanese book that documented the art on the walls of a famous Japanese Zen temple. The book was full of hundreds of line drawings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas which I used as inspiration to explore through the process of drawing what it means to me to be a Buddhist practitioner in today's world. It also gave me a form for deepening my commitment to drawing as an awareness practice and developing my digital format techniques. I was traveling to Mexico more frequently during this time and taking photographs of street art in Oaxaca, which I began to integrate into my drawings.
It was through this series of drawings that I began to strongly feel that drawing would become a primary way for me to express and embody my intention to be aware, curious, open, kind, and compassionate. The background meaning of these pieces is an exploration of what it means to have a creative practice that supports and encourages awareness in our increasingly fast-moving, chaotic, complex, and unknowable world.
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Each digital image is constructed with up to 12 different image layers using Procreate and Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro. The physical product is inkjet pigment printed on highest-quality archival Lexjet Sunset Metallic paper. It is then mounted on rigid dibond aluminum backing with a 1/2” acrylic laminate surface and polished smooth edges. Each piece comes with a sturdy aluminum metal cleat already attached to the back, ready for hanging (by wire or mounting). The invisible cleat allows the work to cleanly float unframed off the wall about 1/2”.
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