A Japanese artist paints Tibetan Thangkas in Spain.
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Japanese version
The idea is "I want something like this,,,"

This summer has been unusually busy for me.

After traveling to Japan and Hong Kong for some workshops, decided to travel to France as soon as I come back to Spain.

Start to feel like sitting and painting a Thangka all the day. Though here I would like to introduce a new product from Atelier NISHI, first.

Actually it was all ready before I left to Japan though no time to write about it and put on sale because I was too busy preparing for the workshops.

The idea was there since long time ago and it's been quite some times since I started to work on this product. Working in Spain,,, specially to create something original is never easy. Things moves super slow.

Possibly just for me, or maybe I had bad luck this time. But a company changing the material and design after we agreed on a prototype, and abandoned the work halfway slow down very much our project.

Though, here finally it is ready and happy to introduce you.

​It is the halo for the statues. I made as it is painted in Thangka painting.




Workshop in Hong Kong 2019

Thanks to Kim who is one of my fellow Tsering art school graduate Thangka painter and who now run a Thangka school "Munsel Thangka School of Art 卡 " in Hong Kong, I'm going to Hong Kong to open a week end Thangka workshop this summer.

In the past, I have been to Hong Kong twice.

First time was more than 20 years ago. It was the very first place I went for my long journey to Nepal and become a Thangka painter.

After that I visited Hong Kong again as the starting point to go to Tibet.

Now I'm once again got a chance to go there not as a traveler but as a Thangka painter.

The workshop will be held at Munsel Thangka School of Art 卡 for 3 days. 12th to 14th July and the theme this time is "Flowers"
In this workshop you will learn how to make a beautiful lotus with gold lines and also decorative gold pattern with simple brush work.


The "Patra" -the expression of the Light-

In Thangka painting, the body halo or nimbus is depicted as a colored circle around the deity's body.

The simple halo can be just a colored circle with shading and thin gold lines to depict the light rays from the body.

For more elaborated version consists of several repetition of complex spiral pattern called "Patra" which resemble the tale of the sea monster Makara.

Thangka of the Buddha Shakyamuni with gold Patra.

The sea monster "Makara" with golden spiral tail.
(image from Himalayan Art Resourses)


Thangka "Yum-Chenmo" Part 2

Continuation from the last post Thangka "Yum-Chenmo" Part 1

I'm painting two almost same Thangkas in a different way of coloring. Painting as normal full color Thangkas with the base color layer, and painting with "Washes" without initial color layer.


The first one painted in usual coloring process with initial layer.

The lining on the initial color layer and few parts of shading are done in the image.


Thangka "Yum-Chenmo" Part 1

Here are two of my recent works. Both are Thangka of same deities in the same composition.

Yum-Chenmo(Prajnaparamita) with Gyajin(Indra) and Brahma(Tsangpa). The difference is the way they will be painted.

One of them will be painted in the same way often used to paint "Tsagli", Tibetan initiation card. Compare to the usual Thangka, there will not be the initial coat before make shading. Most of the shading will be done directly on the canvas. Both Thangkas will be painted with natural pigments and dyes.

Canvas was ready for this time so the first step is drawing.

Yum-Chenmo is a female deity with one face four arms.


Brahma on the left, offering "the Dharma Wheel".


Indra offering "the White Conch Shell".


NEW ARRIVAL! Atelier NISHI online shop

We have launched a new series of reproduction "size-S reproductions" on Atelier NISHI online shop!

20 Thangka reproductions printed on A4 size Archival paper include some Thangkas which had not been listed yet in our catalog are now available with reasonable price!!



New Reproduction "Dewa-chen"

The reproduction of "Dewa-chen" is ready!

After I finished to paint "Dewa-chen" last year I went all the way to Barcelona to scan it with high definition scanner. I really would like to find a good scanner around Malaga one day. Though I like Barcelona. For some reason, being Barcelona reminds me Kyoto, in Japan.

"Dewa-chen" on the table of huge scanner. Ready to be scanned.

I found a piece of reproduction of my Vajrayogini Thangka from several years ago still shown as an example of their printing.

Making giclee print of Vajrayogini


We have made three different version of reproduction of "Dewa-chen" this time.


One week left!

The seasonal offer for The Booklet of "The Twenty-one Images of Exalted Tara" will end in a week! Don't miss it!

Available for purchase online.   Atelier NISHI-Online Shop

Instagram account

Instagram account open!

I'm posting some images from my new and old works on Instagram.

Today's post were images from mural painting in Nepal, 2004!





Lotus pond "Dewa-chen"

It's been a while since the last post. Here is an update from beautiful sunset Malaga.

I have been really busy trying to finish my recent work before the end of 2017. On top of that, my camera suddenly showed "Error" sign and had to send to repair.

Now that I've finished my new painting after months of work and the camera is back from repairing, here is a report about the new painting of lotus pond "Dewa-chen".

The theme is Sukhavati or Dewa-chen in Tibetan.

The beautiful landscape of the western pure land covered with lotus flowers of different colors. Red, blue, yellow white, crimson. The leaves are full of vitality, none are withered, all are perfect.