Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Kali Sadhana Day 15

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Well, it's taken me a while, but I finally finished my red hibiscus for Kali.  This first image is what I based my watercolour pencil sketch on.  And the second image is my completed flower :)

It took me a lot longer to finish than I expected.  For one thing, adding the water took about as long as the initial sketch, which I hadn't really anticipated.  Still, it was fun in itself, and definitely a "flow" activity, or meditation in motion.

I tried to silently chant to Kali while doing it, somewhat put off by the music my DH was playing, and enjoyed both creating the image and the very delicate strokes of the brush as I added the water.  Then, I felt it needed the edges tidying up, which is what I finished up last night.  Even now, I wonder whether I should give it a green background…

My son if off school again today, so I went to my altar space early, invoked a circle, stated my affirmations, practised yoga for 31 minutes, and did a brief seated meditation and chant.  It was interesting, I chanted a bit faster than I have the last few days, and noticed I felt more energised than calmed.  I don't know how much of that was my mind set before I started, but it's worth keeping in mind.

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  1. I think this looks great. Yes making brush strokes is calming. Perhaps my humming or singing gibberish while painting is a kind of chanting too :)
    Green back ground? It would be a brave thing to do since the flower now it beautiful already.

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    1. Hee hee, I definitely think your humming sounds like it's also meditative :) And I think you're right, I'm not brave enough to mess with it any more...

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    2. It is always scary to keep painting.; You have to know when to stop.
      good choice!

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  2. I enlarged the picture so I could see all the highlights you had added - well done!

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    1. Thanks, tst :) Not sure I should have posted it right next to the source material, but it looks nice on my altar now :)

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  3. Lovely! You had nothing to fear in painting. :) I will keep my eyes peeled for future projects.

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    1. Well, the watercolour pencils make it a bit easier to control. Still, it was fun :)

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  4. Very nice! I think I've been developing a desire to paint too. And I think a green background would be beautiful too.

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    1. I hope you do, Siddaleah, it really is quite therapeutic and fun :)

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