A Japanese artist paints Tibetan Thangkas in Spain.
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It's been a while since I really settle down myself on a cushion just to paint. I have been working on the booklet of 21 Taras as well as some new reproductions. I couldn't find time to be sitting face to face with a canvas.

But now I should restart my life as painter. I am a painter. Time is not to find but to make.

First, let's clean up my atelier.

It's also been a while since I really cleaned this beautiful room with the view of mediterranean sea. It will be difficult to do real heavy cleaning with color pot around once I started to paint.

The working place should be kept clean to produce nice thangkas,,,,is what I was taught and my experience tell me that's absolutely true.

Move everything and clean from top to bottom, in every corner without leaving any uncleaned part.

As final step to purify the working space, burn one of my favourite Japanese incense and ready to start new painting.

Today is Guru Rinpoche's day. A good day to start.

Hello Yoji,

I arrived on your website by browsing thangkas on the internet.

You work is very beautiful and I particularly like the thangka of Guru Rimpoche.

Also I saw on your blog that you made a thangka of Devachen but it is not yet posted on your website, except for the lotus pond when you were still painiting it. I would really love to see the finished work.

It is quite interesting to read that you paint with natural pigments. Anyway, the level of skill of what you do is just incomparable!

While looking at this specific blog post, I saw this exquisite copper coloured burner for oils (or incense?). I was wondering where you found this, it is so harmonious.

Kind regards and best wishes!

Nathalie | 2018/05/27 16:27
Hi Nathalie,

Thank you for your comment and appreciation.

About the Thangka "Dewa-chen", actually it was same paint as "Lotus pond". The title "Lotus pond" was just temporary and at some point I changed it to "Dewa-chen". Unlike usual Thangka paintings, there is no deity, no Buddha in this one. Just a vast lotus pond full of lotus flower. If anything, there is a very small bamboo-leaf boat.
Here is a link to my blog post about "Dewa-chen".

And you are right, I should post it on my website. I'll do it. Thank you to remind me.

Working with natural pigment takes much longer compare to modern colors. But it is really worth doing. Those colors are just so beautiful.

The drop-shaped copper thing is a incense burner as you say. I think the shape is of the wish-fulfilling jewel which we can find in the most of Thangka paintings as part of offerings.
I received it from my father and unfortunately I don't know where we can find it.

Best regards

Yoji | 2018/05/28 04:17

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