A Japanese artist paints Tibetan Thangkas in Spain.
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Prayer Booklet of 21 Taras

Japanese version is ready!!

English and French version coming soon!!



New website

New website is ready!

,,,only in Japanese, sorry!
The English and French version are coming soon.
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Lotus pond 2

I have been quite busy and not able to settle down front of the canvas just to paint. As for the painting of lotus pond, I have managed to paint most part of the lotus leaves.

Mixing the color for the leaves took me a lot of time. I couldn't find good green color maybe because the canvas this time is much more yellowish than usual.

I started to paint the leaves with two transparent color. Indigo and Gamboge as originally planned but then when it was almost done I found it was too light,,, or weak.

I don't want this part to have strong saturation but still wanted little more solid impression.

I changed the plan and decided to use some of earth pigment.

Different ochre and green earth together with Indigo and Gamboge.

 

The images below are when I finished linning.

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The booklet of the praises to 21 Taras "Tibetan font with Adobe"

Here is the update about "the booklet of the praises to 21 Taras" with the image of each Tara which I have been working.

For the moment I'm concentrating on the Japanese version and it's finally come to the finel phase. I'll make English and French version as soon as the Japanese version is done.

I was having some problem making the "outlined data" for a while.

"outlined data" is like this one.

​and this is the original image.

It was suppose to be an easy task with the software "Adobe Illustrator".

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The Art of Awakening

You can learn not only the technique of the Thangka painting but also the history or teaching of the Buddhism and Thangka paintng, Tibetan and Lantsa script, and detail of Mandalas at Tsering art school in Nepal, where I learned Thangka painting. These are important knowledge one should know as a Thangka painter.

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Thangka painting has been a good souvenir from Nepal for tourists since long time and we can find a lot of Thangka factories around the tourist area. Some of them give the Thangka course to tourists.

All these Thangka factories or schools cliam they are authentic or traditional, but unfortunately not all of them. It's rare to find a real good place to learn Thangka painting even in Nepal.

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Colors for the shading on Thangka Painting

The beautiful shading, called "Dang" in Tibetan, is one of the special feature of Thangka painting.

While most of the color for Thangka are from minerals and they are "opaque color", the transparent dye colors are usually used for the shading.

There are several different techniques for the shading. To create the sky, mountains, flower and many other part in thangka painting most of thangka painter use "dot" shading or "line" shading.

I learnt "dot" shading from my first Thangka teacher Karma-la. Later I learnt "line" shading from Konchog-la. Since I heard from Konchog-la that we don't use dot shading in our lineage I'm using only line shading.

Create beautiful gradation with countless of thin short lines.

The progress of the work is very slow specially when we do the shading on a big area like sky. The whole work may be wasted if we are not enough careful and made too dark line at the end of the shading where the color are very light.

We don't really need great technique to make good shading as we can see this work is usually done by some deciples in Thangka studios but rarely by their master. We need patience. Sitting several hours or several days doing lines, lines and lines even if we feel like it would never finish.

If you are not used to it, it is better to think that the shading of the sky may take you about a week to complete so that you won't stress even if it take ONLY some days.

 

1.Indigo

The most used color for shading is Indigo. It's called "Ram" in Tibetan.

​The second image above is synthetic indigo which is widely used in Nepal.

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Lotus pond

The internet connection which came back to us alone has left us again even we have done nothing.

No way but to use my limited smart phone connection.

Fortunately I could make my Facebook page before the internet had gone. →https://www.facebook.com/TibetanThangka.KarmaGardri/

 

Now I'm working on a new paint which will be filled with a lot of lotus(lotuses?).

Lotus flower are often,,or almost always depicted in Thangka painting as scenery, offering or design on the deities clothing.

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Midnight photo shooting
My day start at 6:00AM with some prayers and meditation everyday.

There is a thangka of Vajra kilaya I painted in 2009.

Unlike the other thangkas I painted, this one is painted on Japanese silk. The silk specially for painting. Not very soft and smooth silk like you would imagine. It's more solid material.

Its texture is much more rough compare to the usual thangka canvas. For me, who is used to paint on smoothly prepared canvas, the tip of the brush were jumping almost like riding a bicycle on unpaved bumpy road or maybe my preparation of the silk isn't good enough? The good point is that the ink or gold paint flow very easily onto the silk.

 

 
When there is base color, even the thiny lines are not too difficult.
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Restart
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.
 


Prayer book of 21 Taras
A new project.

To respond to the request from a friend of mine, I have started to make small book. A book of "The praises to the twenty-one Taras". To have the images of each Tara as we pray.
 

 
It's a simple book but with great care for the image and color. I wanted the color of the images accurate, close to the color of the original paint because I have chosen the color with the utmost care and attention when I was painting the Thangka of "the Twenty-one Taras".

The color is very important factor in Tibetan Buddhism.
 
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