One of my more recent Tantric paintings, this lighthearted and lovely mandala was over seven months in the making. Each leaf and blossom was individually painted. Tibetan spiritual art is customarily mounted in silk brocade rather than framed, and I have included in the artwork an intricate border richly embellished with gold leaf, crystals, tiger-eye cabochons and dimensional paint. More a thangka than a geometric mandala, it is nonetheless square with four protective stylized 'gates' around the inner temple where the deities reside. In meditatiion, one can enter the world of Dombi and the Dakini and partake of their bliss.
The artistic inspiration for 'Dombi and the Dakini' comes from the renown jungle paintings of Henri Rousseau as well as traditional Tibetan Buddhist mystical art. Dombi Heruka and Hamsi, his yogini partner, were certainly colorful subjects often portrayed riding around naked on a wild Bengal tigress as they went collecting alms. Although his life was surrounded by legend, he was in fact once a king who lived in Kashmir and the Himalayan regions of India during the 10th Century. He eventually became a Mahasiddha, a very great Tantric Master, and the author of several important treatises.
Nadean O'Brien, Huntington Beach, CA Member Since December 2006 Artist Statement I WAS BORN CREATIVE, but as a child showed little interest in drawing or painting. My parents who had met at an art gallery sustained hope I would follow in the footsteps of my talented aunt noted for her lovely landscapes. I, however, had other worlds to explore before discovering the beautiful and sensuous meditative art of Asia and Tibet as well as the work of Carl Jung who introduced the "personal mandala" to the western world. Here was art with power, passion and purpose, the art of self-realization and enlightenment, an art form that caught my imagination and gave my life focus almost two decades ago!
As I picked up my brush and began to paint, I became caught up in my own transformation to artist/healer and teacher, expressing this metamorphosis on canvas in Tibetan Tantric Buddhist symbolism depicting the sacred union of our inner masculine and feminine. The mystical "yab yum" (literally father mother) is often mistaken to represent human sexuality, but instead portrays graphically the inner wholeness or balance we must first achieve to realize our highest human potential. This ancient message is still relevant today.
More recently, fate and fortune have provided for expression of my particular talents and skills via digital painting rather than acrylic paint and canvas. With great joy and excitement, I watch a new generation of my unique mandalas evolving in a medium that is ideally suited by its added depth and dimension to spiritual art. I will continue to share my love and passion as before.
My artwork has been displayed at Mills College, Esalen, Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, and Chopra Centers throughout the United States as well as in private collections and corporate settings the world over.