Monday, January 21, 2013

Painting the Spirit of Tibet

Over the weekend I wanted to paint Peace. At first thought, my mind and heart travel to another place and time. Having followed Buddhism for many years, the initial visual images that came to me were the Om Mani Padme Hum mantras written in Sanskrit, Prayer Flags, and the Buddha's Eyes, which quickly appeared on the canvas.
The Spirit of Tibet, a contemporary folk art painting by Jeanne Fry
The Om Mani Padme Hum mantra is commonly found written on large stone tablets or on small pieces of paper that are inserted into prayer wheels. Prayer flags are used to spread blessings to an area and all that can feel their prayers being carried in the wind. Their colors represent the five elements. The symbol of the Buddha's Eyes (wisdom eyes), represent the all seeing wisdom and the way to enlightenment.

The Spirit of Tibet has become one of my favorite paintings, truly touching my heart with peace.

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