Coming down the homestretch on painting # 9. The working title is “Guru Moon”, as it is a scene from Guru Purnima night in July several years ago at 2:30 in the morning.
“Guru Purnima” is a Hindu holy day that comes every full moon in July. It celebrates the relationship with ones Guru or Spiritual Master. Even though our Ashram isn’t a Hindu organization, this relationship with the Spiritual Master is the foundation of our practice, and so we embrace the spirit of this celebration. A spiritual practitioner who has been graced with any sort of real understanding will tell you that although on the surface it seemed like he or she was “doing” a practice that resulted in some level of Realization, in the end it was simply a gift from their Guru, who actually did the transformational work while you stuck around. It is as if they had been handing you an apple and suddenly after so many years of dropping it you finally held on.
Lots of massaging and detailing to do on this painting, more definition here and there, subtleties of color to go into the sky, soften some transitions etc. Will wrap it up this week though.
Take care everyone.
Thanks for taking some LIP from me,