Saturday, May 30, 2015

Yoga Art Journal



I had a lot of fun creating this cover for the journal. I started with raw canvas upon which I wrote by hand Sanskrit verses from Yogasutra, the classic text on yoga by Patanjali. I love adding sizable chunks of texts in my art and I think I have been unconsciously emulating the art traditions of  great medieval Indian empires and kingdoms, where sacred and secular texts and poems were made part of the art itself (see below). Then I painted a stylized image of Ganesha, the Hindu god of auspicious beginnings. Finally, I splattered the cover with paint to create additional texture. I like the way it has turned out.

This very functional art is my submission for Paint Party Friday.



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