|Om Namah Shivaya 12" x 12"|
Prayer: Om Namah Shivaya
As I prepared to start working on this painting, I knew I wanted to use Om Namah Shivaya as the prayer, to have fun with the background color, and to include one or more of the "prayer pockets" within this canvas. (I created the first "prayer pocket" in Transcriptions #14.)
I was interested in creating the attached book so each of the three open pages would be trimmed in three different widths. I made three cutouts in the painted canvas cloth to reveal an Om sign within and I assembled three "prayer pockets" to be displayed along the bottom of the canvas.
In Process: before the final layers of paint
and the ties were added to the 3 prayer pockets
There was a freedom and ease to creating this painting... and a joy. I was thrilled to create another canvas with this mantra and I love the way the colors of the painted canvas show through the thin layer of paper which covers the surface. And, once again, I am jazzed about these little "prayer pockets".
In the blog post written about Transcriptions #2, I posted a video of the Om Namah Shivaya chant performed by Krishna Das. I recently found this video that sounds very much like the way I chanted my daughter to sleep, each night, when she was little.