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Sadhu Samadhi

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My journey to Asia was unforgettable. Nepal was my main focus and I was anxious to see everything.

The visit coincided with a Hindu Shiva-Ratri festival in Kathmandu, where I  met many sadhu’s from India, making a pilgrimage to the sacred Bagmati river and Pashupatinath temple complex.

The  amazing face and colorful costume of a Sadhu I met, led to this painting some years later.

A friends comment on this: “It is a major painting just for the achievement of painting a very wise man with such technical expertise, that his wisdom pierces the eyes of the beholders, me especially and FORCES me to spiritually evolve”.

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[colored_box variation=”silver”] [one_third]• SKU: AA160526
Title: Sadhu Samadhi
Subject: Holy Man
Location: California
Completed: 2012
Pieces: One
[/one_third] [one_third]• Medium: Oil on Canvas
Style: Classic Realism
Colors:  Red, Gold
Signed: Yes
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[/one_third] [one_third_last]• Dim: 20″ x 24″
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space-tIn Hinduism, sādhu (“holy man”) denotes an ascetic, wandering monk. Although the vast majority of sādhus are yogīs, not all yogīs are sādhus. The sādhu is solely dedicated to achieving mokṣa (liberation), the fourth and final aśrama (stage of life), through meditation and contemplation of brahman. Sādhus often wear saffron-colored clothing, symbolizing their sanyāsa (renunciation)

Sadhus are sanyasi, or renunciates, who have left behind all material attachments and live in caves, forests and temples all over India and Nepal.

This picture is framed in a gold, semi-ornate frame.

 

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Mary of Magdala

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My friend Elizabeth Kelly, an authority on Mary Magdalene, introduced me to the legends of Mary. I became very interested in doing a portrait of her as many artists have.

I searched for appropriate women to serve as the model for her. I attended a local theater play and found someone there in the play that really had the look I was searching for. She was open to modeling and I did a life pastel drawing. I continued on to do a major painting and I chose an “earlier era, in her life”.

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[colored_box variation=”silver”] [one_third]• SKU: AA160527
Title: Mary of Magdala
Subject: Sitting by the sea
Location: California
Completed: 2011
Pieces: One
[/one_third] [one_third]• Medium: Oil on Canvas
Style: Classic Realism
Colors: Red, Black, Blue
Signed: Yes
Frame: n/a
Purchase: Giclee, Other
[/one_third] [one_third_last]• Dim: 24″ x 32″
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Return Policy[/one_third_last] [/colored_box]space-tThe legend went like this:

Mary was a resourceful and successful business woman who independently supported herself and other single women in her community. Together they made and sold healing balms, oils, unguents, herbal remedies, soaps and perfumes to the caravan traders that passed through Magdala on what the Romans  referred to as the Trans-Imperial Highway that operated between Damascus and Egypt.

Magdala was a fertile town fed by seven underground springs which supported the abundant growth of fruits, flowers, vegetables, grains and herbs. This prosperous town was a stop on the caravan route called, ‘The Via Maris,’ – ‘ The Way of the Sea,’ which extends east from Magdala, to Damascus and into Mesopotamia, Iran, India and China; and south along the Mediterranean coast to Egypt and Africa.

In the seaside town of Magdala, merchants would trade exotic oils, herbs, spices, teas, fabrics, beads and precious stones in exchange for fresh water, produce, olives, bread and dried fish before embarking on their long journeys. Goods as far away as India and China found their way to the shores of Galilee. Not only were goods transported but also ideas, philosophies, religions, music and cultures. This made Galilee a richly diverse and cosmopolitan center where peoples and customs met, mingled and intermarried.

Magdala is located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee between the towns of Capernaum to the north where Jesus lived and Tiberias to the south. The town of Magdala was architecturally built in the Hellenistic Greek style and was one of the richest in all of Galilee. There were docks and shipbuilding yards, salting sheds for fish, pottery shops, dye works and weavers of fine wool. It was also said to be the home to hundreds of shops were white doves were raised and sold.

The dove was sacred to the goddess Ishtar, Astarte and Aphrodite and the town of Magdala was also called the “The Village of Doves.” Magdala also was called the Little Bread Basket because of its fertility.

 

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Nature of Spirit

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My journey to Nepal, Asia was an unforgettable experience.

 

The visit coincided with a Hindu Shiva-Ratri festival in Kathmandu, where I  met many sadhu’s from India, making a pilgrimage to the sacred Bagmati river, and Pashupatinath temple complex. Their amazing faces and colorful costumes led to this painting some years later.

In an allegorical sense, they are balanced between the spiritual and the material worlds, a place many people feel that they are also balancing.

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[colored_box variation=”silver”] [one_third]• SKU: AA160513
Title: Nature of Spirit
Subject: Hindu men
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Completed: 1991
Pieces: One
[/one_third] [one_third]• Medium: Oil on Canvas
Style: Classic Portraiture
Colors: Orange, Red
Signed: Yes
Frame: n/a
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[/one_third] [one_third_last]• Dim: 24″ x 36″
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Nina

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[colored_box variation=”silver”] [one_third]• SKU: AA160521
Title: Nina
Subject: My Friend
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Completed: 1966
Pieces: One
[/one_third] [one_third]• Medium: Oil on Panel
Style: Classic Realism
Colors: Pink, Brown
Signed: Yes
Frame: n/a
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[/one_third] [one_third_last]• Dim: 24 x 36″
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Louie Lista

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[colored_box variation=”silver”] [one_third]• SKU:AA160522
Title: Louie Lista
Subject: Boy
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Completed: 1966
Pieces: One
[/one_third] [one_third]• Medium: Oil on Canvas
Style: Portrait
Colors: Browns
Signed: Yes
Frame: n/a
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[/one_third] [one_third_last]• Dim: 20″ x 24″
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Vista

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[colored_box variation=”silver”] [one_third]• SKU: AA140125
Title: Vista
Subject: Woman in contemplation
Location: California
Completed: 2011
Pieces: One
[/one_third] [one_third]• Medium: Oil on Linen Canvas
Style: Classic Seascape
Colors: Blue-Green, Gold
Signed: Yes
Frame: n/a
Purchase: Giclee, Other
[/one_third] [one_third_last]• Dim: 24″ x 30″
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The Unspoken

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[colored_box variation=”silver”] [one_third]• SKU: AA160524
Title: The Unspoken
Subject: Thinking
Location: California
Completed: 2011
Pieces: One
[/one_third] [one_third]• Medium: Oil on Panel
Style: Plein Air
Colors: Blue, Grey, Black
Signed: Yes
Frame: n/a
Purchase: Giclee, Original
[/one_third] [one_third_last]• Dim: 11″ x 14″
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Juniper and Jade

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Juniper is someone I admired very much. Flowers were one of her favorite things in the world and she loved the blooming Jade vines found in Hawaii.

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[colored_box variation=”silver”] [one_third]• SKU: AA160528
Title: Juniper and Jade
Subject: Jade Flower
Location: Sonoma County
Completed: 2012
Pieces: One
[/one_third] [one_third]• Medium: Oil on Canvas
Style: Classic Realism
Colors: Gold, Green
Signed: Yes
Frame: n/a
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[/one_third] [one_third_last]• Dim: 30″ x 24″
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Dinner Party

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My friend Thea, hosts a wonderful dinner party in celebration of her own birthday in August.

There is a long table out on the porch she decorates with candles, flowers and plenty of food. The guests are always fascinating people, with many stories.

Views from this house of the San Francisco Bay, are pretty extraordinary in the daytime.

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[colored_box variation=”silver”] [one_third]• SKU: AA160529
Title: Dinner Party
Subject: Celebration
Location: Sonoma County
Completed: 2012
Pieces: One
[/one_third] [one_third]• Medium: Oil on Panel
Style: chiaroscuro night
Colors: Gold, Black
Signed: Yes
Frame: n/a
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[/one_third] [one_third_last]• Dim: 18″ x 24″
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The Pink Princess

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No other figure in the Chinese pantheon appears in a greater variety of images, of which there are said to be thousands of different incarnations or manifestations. Quan Yin is usually depicted as a barefoot, gracious woman dressed in beautiful white or even pink flowing robes, with a white hood gracefully draped over the top of the head and carrying a small upturned vase of holy dew. (However, in the Lamaistic form, common in bronze from eighteenth-century China and Tibet, she is often entirely naked.)

She stands tall and slender, a figure of infinite grace, her gently composed features conveying the sublime selflessness and compassion that have made her the favorite of all deities.

She may be seated on an elephant, standing on a fish, nursing a baby, holding a basket, having six arms or a thousand arms, and one to eight heads, one atop the next and four, eighteen, or forty hands, which she strives to alleviate the sufferings of the unhappy.
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[colored_box variation=”silver”] [one_third]• SKU: AA131308
Title: The Pink Princess
Subject: Mythology
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Completed: 2001
Pieces: One
[/one_third] [one_third]• Medium: Oil on Canvas
Style: Visionary
Colors: Blue, Brown
Signed: Yes
Frame: n/a
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She is frequently depicted as riding a mythological animal known as the Hou, which somewhat resembles a Buddhist lion, or Phoenix and symbolises the divine supremacy exercised by Quan Yin over the forces of nature. Her bare feet are the consistent quality.

On public altars, Quan Yin is frequently flanked by two acolytes, to her right a barefoot, shirtless youth with his hands clasped in prayer known as Shan-ts’ai (Golden Youth), and on her left a maid demurely holding her hands together inside her sleeves known as Lung-na (Jade Maiden).

Her principal feast occurs yearly on the nineteenth day of the second lunar month. However, she is fortunate in having three birthdays, the nineteenth of the second, sixth and ninth months.

There are many metamorphoses of this goddess. She is the model of Chinese beauty and to say a lady or a little girl is a Kwan Yin is the highest compliment that can be paid to grace and loveliness.