Quan Yin Riding the Dragon

GODDESS ON THE DRAGON 1000
Quan Yin Riding the Dragon -acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Here is my new painting, Quan Yin Riding the Dragon; it has taken me a couple of weeks to complete as it was quite complex, integrating all of the elements was a challenge.

Quan Yin is an Eastern Goddess of compassion.  Quan Yin carries the Goddess and Divine Mother aspect of Buddhism and is worshiped throughout Asia as an ascended master who is a protector to women and children.

I’ve done many paintings of Buddha but I felt drawn to paint Quan Yin this time around, perhaps because my daughter is away in Japan all summer.

I chose to paint her on a dragon.   She is compassionate but also courageous and thus can tame the fierceness of Dragon.  In the dragon’s wild and cruel nature, Quan Yin is the only one who understands the dragon and his nature. She is the one that can heal him. 

It’s hard to believe we are entering the last leg of summer here, the kids in our area are already back in school.  Enjoy this month!

 

Magnolia Flower in Mom’s Ginger Jar

Magnolia Flower in Mom's Ginger Jar
Magnolia Flower in Mom’s Ginger Jar – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Magnolia Flower in Mom’s Ginger Jar a new still life that I painted in honor of my Mom.  Her birthday was on Monday and I try to do a painting with her in mind around this time of year.  The ginger jar was hers.  I’ve always loved it and now it graces our dining room side board.  Mom collected antique ginger jars and I can remember her telling me that the Chinese filled them with ginger and other spices to  export to the West.  This particular jar was made in the early 1800’s.  She also had many pieces of antique willow ware with the blue painted landscape scene depicting a love story.  We heard the story from mom many times of a young couple in love. The wealthy girl’s father would not allow her to marry the poor boy so they ran away together and sailed off on a boat which sank in a storm and they were turned into love birds to live happily ever after.  My Mom was quite a romantic.

I enjoyed working on this painting, it was challenging for me to get the colors to work with the white of the magnolia flower along with the white of the porcelain ginger jar.  It was a fun puzzle, I am pleased with the end result and I think that Mom would have loved it.  Happy Birthday Mom!

willow ware platter
willow ware platter