Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Auspicious Signs Series 1-4

I'm working on this short series of eight pieces called The Auspicious Signs series. It's inception was very organic and came to be through the kind, creative individuals that have been willing to be apart of it. I was researching the topic of auspicious signs for my solo show at Red Line Gallery earlier this year and came across these eight symbols.

The symbols are very meaningful religious symbols of Buddhism, revealing our progress along the Buddhist path to enlightenment. No matter your religion of choice, I believe this basis of meaning touches all walks of life. It became especially interesting to me to see these symbols re-told through imagery in portrature style of the creative individuals that have had a personal influence in my own life, further emphasising the connection of these auspicious symbols. 

From this explanation we can see that the symbolism of the eight auspicious signs shows how to begin, progress along, and complete the spiritual path.

I want to say a special thank you to the artists and creative writers that particpated in this portrait series. Each person was matched to their symbol through intuition. I hope that I have done a good job in this, and I hope that through my interpretation It may bring some positive ripple into your lives. I am grateful to have met you all!

Below are the first Four and their descriptions in the series. I will post the last remainig Four when completed.

Lana Gentry
"The Lotus"
12" x 16"
Ink and Acrylic on arches paper

The lotus symbolizes purity of the body,
speech and mind and the blossoming of
wholesome deeds in blissful liberation

Mark Satchwill
"The Golden Fish"
12" x 16"
Ink and Acrylic on arches paper

The fish represent the emancipation
of one's consciousness from
all suffering and thereby leading
to eventual spiritual liberation.

Scott Reeves
"The Right- Turning Conch"
12" x 16"
Ink and Acrylic on arches paper

The conch symbolizes the spread
of the teachings of the Dharma
and an awakening from
the slumber of ignorance.

Aunia Kahn
"The Protection Parasol"
12" x 16"
Ink and Acrylic on arches paper

The precious parasol symbolizes
the wholesome activity of
preserving beings from illness, harmful forces,
obstacles and so forth in this life.


I had the pleasure of doing a commissioned piece this summer through my friends over at Red Line Gallery in Knoxville TN.

The client requested a hallowen themed piece with an emphasis on a pumpkin and the color orange. I envisioned a sultry vixen who has stolen the soul of the jack-o-lantern.

18" x 24"
Acrylic on wood