This is one of my newest pieces, finished 9/1/09. It is an image of an ancient Hindu God called Ganesha. Ganesha is known as the God of fire, success, knowledge, wealth, wisdom, and as the destroyer of obstacles, all evils, vanity, selfishness. He shines the light and forges the way on the eternal path for humanity.
I am honored he came through the creative ether's to be in this painting, as I did not plan to paint him. I am reminded again and again that as the artist I am a channel for a creative entity to birth through. It is a humbling and beautiful experience in which I am very grateful to participate in.
I knew very little, and still do, about Ganesha but what I have learned affirms that I am on my journey moving through obstacles of all kinds, trying to be humble, to open up to learning new things, to give and receive compassion, and to invite success into my life. When I am ready to learn, to move to the next level, the teachers I need always appear. Thank you Ganesha for appearing in my art.
"How joyful to look upon the Awakened and to keep company with the wise.
Follow the shining ones, the wise, the awakened, the loving, for they know how to work and forbear. But if you cannot find friend or master to go with you, travel on alone...like a king who has given away his Kingdom, like an elephant in the forest."
From the Dhammapada
Sayings of the Buddha