A peaceful Shakyamuni Buddha with humpback whales. This piece merges my background in Tibetan thangka painting with Moku Hanga, traditional Japanese wood blocks. The setting is the Big Island of Hawaii during the humpback calving season.
Moku Hanga is a labor-intensive traditional Japanese woodblock technique. The woodblocks are hand carved, and hand rubbed using a barren onto fine mulberry paper.
Traditionally separate blocks are carved for each color. I have been experimenting with individually watercolor painting each hand rubbed print. As a result, colors vary with each woodblock print.
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