|Om Namah Shivaya 18" x 18"|
Prayer: Om Namah Shivaya
I have a rich history with Om Namah Shivaya. I began chanting this mantra in the 1980's. Then, years later, while I was pregnant, I continued my daily practice by spending about 30 minutes a day chanting to my unborn daughter. On the day Melissa was born, I slowly and quietly chanted Om Namah Shivaya the first time she began to cry. She looked up at me with those beautiful eyes and became calm. From then on, and for years, this was what I sang to her at night when she went to sleep... and whenever she was upset and uncomfortable.
So, it made sense to create a painting with Om Namah Shivaya as the focus. The first painting was to get my feet wet in the series. This second canvas was to play with something that was a key component in my life and that of my family's.
I cut a square of canvas cloth to cover most of the stretched canvas background. As I shredded the edges to create a fringe, I found it fun to leave a tassel of the pulled threads. This tassel element has become a staple in the majority of paintings completed ever since.
The square cloth was then textured with some sand beneath a thin fiber filled paper and the background canvas was covered with a thick paper for more texture.
Although I had been leaning towards a series of paintings with subdued colors, I found myself drawn to the addition of these red canvas cloth pieces.
Once I had all the elements painted and laid out in place, I stitched the pieces onto the back canvas. And then, I couldn't wait to begin working on the third painting in the series.
Over the years, as a family, we have spent many hours listening to Namah Shivaya on Krishna Das' album, Pilgrim Heart. So I thought I would share this YouTube video of a similar rendition he did of that chant.