Portfolio > New Work 2018

VajraPani on flower paper, #VajraPani, Buddha Art, FaithStoneArt, American Buddhist Art
VajraPani on flower paper
mokuhanga woodblock on mulberry paper
22 x 28 inches
2018

VajraPani, holder of the thunderbolt represents the energy of the enlightened mind and energy that breaks through illusion. VajraPani is a ferocious looking protector deity. He is said to devour ghosts. He holds a Vajra, diamond thunderbolt to cut through obscurations and he holds a hook to catch aspirants who loose their way or fall into darkness. VajraPani is shown dancing wildly within a halo of flames, which represent transformation. He cuts through the darkness of delusion.

I painstakingly carved a large Moku Hanga woodblock and then hand printed onto Japanese Chiyogami, floral pattern paper, with watercolor inks. Moku Hanga is a traditional Japanese woodcarving and printing technique. It is labor-intensive with hand carving and hand rubbing the prints using watercolor inks.