Okay, not really dakinis in bikinis. I just thought that would be fun to say. Sorry I haven't wrote much in ye olde blog lately. I usually fall into a pattern in the summer where I turn into a virtual hermit in between all the trips. Needless to say this summer has been busy with the kids and trips, but I have managed to get some painting in here and there.
My latest obsession has been with the idea of dakinis (sometimes in bikinis I suppose).
A dakini is a tantric deity described as a female embodiment of enlightened energy. In the Tibetan language, dakini is rendered khandroma which means 'she who traverses the sky' or 'she who moves in space'. Sometimes the term is translated poetically as 'sky dancer' or 'sky walker'.
A dakini comes in many forms and in some ways is related to angels or thought of as bird women of sorts. In many parts of Tibet vultures are considered physical representations of dakinis. Vultures have been revered by many ancient cultures as they are able to transmute negative energies and disease from the physical plane.
It is believed that all women are dakinis, but most do not ever realize this. I like that dakinis are not always pure and perfectly nice, sometimes they are scary and mean too. They are similar to the Valkyries of Norse myth.
I feel that dakinis are muses. I once read where the amazing visionary artist Andrew Gonzales said that he felt like all the women he painted were his dakinis. I really understand this, because as I paint each one of my ladies I form this mystical connection with them. They are me in part, they are my muse, and they are dakinis.
Obviously two of my favorite subjects are birds and women, so I am planning to do a whole series of dakinis I think. Here is some progress pics of my first dakini....
I am working on the feathers around her eyes now and really loving them. Be prepared for lots of feathered masks in the future. I am also giving her some wings, but not really sure how I am going to make those look yet. I hope to have her completed soon. I am hoping to have her done and framed for the upcoming Woodland Arts fair. I will have a booth that weekend in the lawn of Woodland Christian Church, hope to see you there!