Appreciating Buddhist Art

Friday, January 20, 2017

If you’ve ever taken a trip to Asia and visited Buddhist temples you have surely come across different depictions of Buddha. We may recognize him whether he is standing, sitting or lying down. Sometimes he wears a jeweled crown. At other times, rays of light called a mandorla radiate from behind his head. His eyes may be or open or closed; he may hold objects in his hands; and he may be made from different materials such as copper, iron, gold or jade. He may be painted white, blue, yellow or red; have a normal complement of body parts or multiple heads and arms. He may be tall and thin or short and fat – but let’s stop here. To a casual observer, the many depictions of Buddha can be confusing; and in fact, what looks like Buddha is often not Buddha at all....

Brian Sindler - Beyond Plein Air Painting

Friday, January 13, 2017

Brian Sindler is an award-winning contemporary plein air artist yet his works encompass a far greater depth and complexity than traditional landscape painting. Conveying mood and emotion through evocative shapes, colors and the effects of light, his works never fail to capture the viewer's mind and imagination....

Jeweled Finery - Ladakh Ceremonial Attire

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Ladakh, today a part of northern India, is an area that many people look to for both spiritual and fashion inspiration. Its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet with whom it shares a border. When it comes to the spiritual, Ladakh is an area where a large group of Tibetans reside since it was politically demarcated from Tibet in 1942. As a result, it is a center for the practice of Tibetan Buddhism, and despite the political separation, the inhabitants have continued to look to Tibet for religious inspiration. Although austere philosophically, Tibetan Buddhism does support many rituals attendant to its spiritual practice, which leads to one striking aspect of Ladakhi fashion - the wearing of heavily ornamented headgear and costumes covered with turquoise, carnelian, mother-of-pearl, coral, and other semi-precious materials – costumes we call “Jeweled Finery.”...

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