Durga is a protector Goddess in the Indian pantheon. She is invoked in times of trouble and worries. She helps bring a sense of calm, peace and being safe. Typically she rides a tiger or lion. This is part of my contemporary goddess series. Yoga philosophy is that all women are the goddess and all men are Shiva. Exploring that idea, I have been doing portraits of women I know in paintings and woodblocks representing them as the goddess.
This is a Large 16 x 20 Mokuhanga woodblock print (traditional Japanese woodblock) hand carved and hand rubbed to print using watercolor inks. Moku Hanga is a labor-intensive old school printmaking practice. Typically a separate block is carved for each color. This piece uses 5 mokuhanga woodblocks and is hand painted with watercolors.