About 3 weeks ago I went to the National Gallery and bought a biography of Lucien Freud. I have always liked this artist but had never read anything specific about him...
I started to become quite obsessed at observing his work, brush strokes etc... and kept thinking that he will not be with us long, as I knew he was 88yrs..
I decided to do a small painting of his portrait in order to being able to understand his expression which fascinated me... As I was painting, well focused on his eyes, this is when I heard of his passing away on the radio.. the whole experience became surreal, I had not yet completed the portrait and suddenly I felt I could not touch it anymore for some reason... I would just have to work on a new one..
As I heard the news tonight it was not so much a shock as I had sensed it coming, but I just felt terribly saddened at the thought that we are loosing a great artist, a painter!! and unfortunately few like him are behind to take over...
"J'ai vecu pour l'Art, j'ai vecu pour l'Amour...."
One of my favourite piece by Maria Callas... Whenever I listen to her she never fails to take me closer to my soul, creating a direct link with the Divine. As Gainsbourg once said; "Il y a l'art mineur et l'art majeur", she is definetely one of the highest representation of Art Majeur!
As I listen again and again to "Casta Diva", "Un bel di Vedremo", "d'amor sull'ali rose" I shiver to the depths of my sensitivity and think what a great privilege it is to be born a human being in order to experience such beauty!
ॐ वाकदैव्यै च विद्महे कामराजाय धीमहि। तन्नो देवी प्रचोदयात्।
AUM Vaakdeviyai cha Vidhmahe
tanno devi prachodayaat.
Saraswati is the Goddess of the Arts, knowledge, and wisdom. Saraswati means "the essence of the self"; the Sanskrit word sara means "essence" and swa means "self." In Hindu mythology She is the divine shakti of Brahma, the Creator of the universe. Since knowledge is necessary for creation, Saraswati symbolizes the creative power inherent in each artist, student or teacher.
In the last few months my connection with this aspect of Shakti has deepened. She started manifesting more strongly during my stay in West Bengal, and keeps re-appearing through unexpected circumstances in my life.. Tonight after attending my Indian classical music lesson I realized once more the importance of Tantra sadhana.
Mars - a planet with a very powerful influence (I know as I am strongly affected by it according to my jyotish chart! hence I make a point of paying my respect to the mangala yantra on my shrine every Tuesday)
The Moon - eternally beautiful, enigmatic.
RED Mars + WHITE Moon against BLACK Night
Black - Blue Black - deep Prussian Blue - one of my favourite colour in painting...the colour of Kali!
May this sky be auspcious to all those who took the time to raise their head on this cold wintery night of January.
This is a couple of shots that I tried to take with my broken camera, they are shaky and Mars looks more purple than red... but I still like them!
Artist and Mystic traveller......................
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