I’ve been very busy working on the next painting for my Inner Peace/Shanti series.
The above image is a reference photo and can be helpful, however I will work primarily from the actual objects used in the composition. Photos usually have some degree of distortion that the artist needs to be aware of and correct during the early stages of sketching. One obvious example of distortion in this photo is the angle and perspective of the candle holder.
The statue in this composition is Ganesh, one of the deities in the Hindu pantheon. Ganesh is often honored as the patron of arts, sciences, and wisdom, thus the title for this painting – Jyana, which is the Sanskrit term for knowledge or wisdom. The books lend additional meaning to Jyana, and the candle brings light to darkness.
Jyana is a particular branch of Yoga which unites soul to Spirit through wisdom. And of course, Inner Peace/Shanti is an aspect of Spirit.
Interestingly, I had no title or concept in mind at the time I composed this painting. The objects were simply nearby as I tried various combinations of objects with only the goal of combining a visually pleasing arrangement.
The image below shows some detail of my rough sketching on the canvas. This painting has a lot of small detail. Luckily I have lots of patience, I like detail, and I feel a commitment to the subject. Once all the sketching is finished the next step will be the monochrome underpainting.