The most beautiful form of Art I have learned!!
After working for few years as a freelance fashion illustrator I decided to take a break for few weeks and learn something new and went to Dharmshala, North India where I was introduced to this beautiful form of Art! A thangka is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. I was amazed to see all the beautiful paintings and decided to make one.. but I kept on sketching for few weeks and my break was over before I could even start my painting so I went back again the next year and since then I have been visiting every year to learn this art and I must say it has been a transformative journey for me... I am so glad to have met such amazing artists as my teachers Sarika Singh and Master Locho. Not only I get to learn so much from them but they also make me feel like family!! And you can never forget the superhero Lobsang if you meet him once! If you want to learn this art or just to experience something great please visit Himalayan Art Museum, Dharmshala.
Born as the prince of the Shakyas, after his enlightenment he was known as “the Shakyamuni” or “the Sage of The Shakyas".
All the thangkas are created using traditional methods and strictly adhering to the proportions of deities as they are laid down in Buddhist scripture. The colors are natural, extracted from plants and minerals, and adorned with 24k gold paint.
White Tara, also called "the Mother of all Buddhas" is the perfect embodiment of graceful power, wisdom, and purity. She symbolises transcendent knowledge, perfect harmony, and longevity.
Starting with simple face we continue with the body and then adding robes and details. After drawing one deity comes the next and so on but the process remains same as the drawings are based on grids one needs to focus and be really precise while creating the drawings.