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Tibetan Sand Madalas – By Sumitra   (I certainly respect and admire the patience involved creating such beautiful pieces.  I am afraid, I could not destroy. I would much rather hang on a wall in my living room. -Zona-) From

Demolishing sand castles can be great fun. But what if you had spent weeks creating it painstakingly, only to have it destroyed at the end? Heart breaking, isn’t it? But for the monks of Tibet who create exquisite sand paintings, dismantling their work is the only way. This is said to signify the impermanence of life.

Sand Mandala, the art of creating intricate artworks using colored sand, is practiced by Tibetan monks as a part of tantric tradition. In the Tibetan language, the art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor (mandala of colored powders). As a part of the sand mandala, millions of sand grains are laid painstakingly into place on a flat platform. Several monks work on a single piece, which can take days or weeks to complete. The word Mandala means ‘circle’ in Sanskrit and is said to represent the cosmogram of a Buddha or bodhisattva. This could be the monk’s own, or of the one he wishes to appease. The art includes geometric figures and several Buddhist spiritual symbols. A sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for blessing the earth and its inhabitants. It also provides the monk who practices the art a visual representation of the enlightened mind of the Buddha.

Photo: San Jose Library

A typical sand mandala consists of an outer ring, inside which is a smaller square representing the ‘celestial palace’, a dwelling place of the deity. This square has four gateways representing each of the four directions. The circle as well as the square is made with several intricate layers. The square contains yet another circle, divided into 9 sectors. This circle might just repeat the pattern outside, or the central sector may contain the deity itself. If this is the case, the deity’s manifestations are represented in the surrounding sectors. Sometimes, the whole pattern may be contained within a square, with each of its corners repeating the pattern in smaller mandalas.

Photo: San Jose Library

The Tibetan mandalas are deceptively simple. They might look like they’re made up of basic patterns, but are extremely complex and might take weeks to complete. Buddhist monks undergo years of training before they can make a mandala. Since the ritual is considered to be very sacred, it cannot be done on a lighter vein. So before a mandala is made, a monk will spend time in philosophical and artistic study. Once a level of understanding has been reached, the mandala is created. In the personal monastery of the Dalai Lama, the Nyamgal monastery, monks spend about three years studying before making the mandala.

Photo: Josh Simerman

Traditionally, four monks work on a single mandala, each taking one of the four quadrants. Each of these four monks has an assistant to fill in their detailed outlines with colors. All the monks begin work on the mandala from the center, moving outwards. Balance is maintained by waiting for all the monks to complete their sections, before moving on to the next. But even before they can start their sand work, the monks perform an opening ceremony. Then, a chalk is used to make a blueprint of the mandala, starting with a single dot at the very center. Four lines are drawn from this dot, after which each monk will work in his own quadrant. The blueprint is completed, the outlines filled with colored sand, made from crushed white stone and dyed. A serrated, funnel-like device is used for the application of the sand, known as chakpu. Two chakpus are scraped against each other, producing a vibration that releases sand onto the blueprint.

Photo: Wonderlane

But what is most unique about the Tibetan sand mandalas is that they are destroyed after completion. The monks work methodically on this as well, brushing off the sand, pushing it all towards the center of the platform. The entire process is undone, and the sand is poured into the nearest body of water. This action is meant to teach us not to get attached to earthly objects, and symbolizes the impermanence of all things material.

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Very beautiful artwork created by Alexander Yurkov with all natural paints mixed by himself.  Paintings made of outdoor materials such as bark, flowers, grass etc…

Emotionally charged figure painting with a tendency to allow abstraction to shape the image. Joshua Bronaugh.

This artist is amazing.  Lately, I’ve become a fan of both surreal and abstract art.  This painter seems to delightfully combine the two.  Hope you enjoy as much as I do.

This link will take you to some absolutely beautiful photography of nude paintings, not in the traditional way we think of. These are nudes of today painted into a wonderful magical garden. Please take a look and enjoy.

The link is provided by the Huffington Post

Original Oscar

Nae's Nest —  May 5, 2012 — 1 Comment


The joy of making them come true

Sometimes the agony if they do

Who was the director of these movies?

Sometimes an epic, a great masterpiece

Dormant images leftover from another time

An adventure bursting to be known and to shine

 A dream is an original piece of art

A starving artist anxious for his start

Who was the first to ever have painted?

A snoring Adam, while Eve gathered fruit which was tainted?

Or was it Eve, creating havoc, so anxious to receive

The very first Oscar for “Best Motion Picture” ever conceived

The answer is truly simple, one need only to think

Whose hand was the first creator of art?

It was God, from the start

His dream has never ended, His art is without price

Like love never-ending

Like love without price

Renee Robinson

Word of Art

Nae's Nest —  April 24, 2012 — 3 Comments by Juan Osborne, Artist

There are many great wonders in this world.

Amazing structures centuries old.

Nature can weave rock into gold.

Mountains carved into sculptures, most created by God some are engineered structures. The Rolling Stones, Juan Osborne-Artist

The scale of beauty is long and wide.

 A never-ending slide.

Beauty’s scale is flexible.

Elastic and stretchable.

One of my favorite forms of beauty is largely unseen.

Something others will often demean: , Juan Osborne, Artist

Paintings created from thought.

 A gift which can not be taught.

It comes from within on paper it is poured.

Creating an image often adored.

So many words bursting to get out.

Bright colors forcing a  shout.

Anxious to make their debut.

Sadly appreciated by few.

Poetry is the least appreciated of all.

But the skill within should be awed.

If inspired, like paint, the words flow.

Various colors make the poem grow.

Easy and smooth is the paint.

A touch of texture to make it quaint.

Dust it off, bring it out of the dark

Take some time and appreciate  a

Word of Art


Renee Robinson

Juan Osborne, Artist


Thomas Kinkade—“Painter Of Light”—Is Dead

The Mercury News reports that Thomas Kinkade, the popular but not critically-acclaimed painter whose work could be found in malls nationwide, has passed away at the age of 54. Here’s some of the art that made him so successful. posted about a day ago

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Nae's Nest —  January 7, 2012 — Leave a comment


Toss a blanket under the trees
Along the edge the water
Let’s lay back and listen
To the music of nature
The scent of lilacs
Dancing in the air
As we hold onto each other
Fields of flowers everywhere
Mountains rise along the horizon
The sun glistens upon the water
Casting colorful reflections
God’s paintings magnificent
Man cannot recreate
This is my place
The place where I dream
It is the place which brings me joy
It lifts my esteem
I hope to share this place
With those that I love
It is my eternal place
The land above
This place is me
This place is here
This place is now
It is everywhere
It is only a heartbeat away
I am there in a blink of an eye
It is wondrous
This place lives within
The place I imagine

by Renee Robinson