Tara with Dragon, Phoenix and I’ili Birds – Faith Stone
White Tara is the goddess of Wisdom and Compassion. Tara is the female Buddha, she inspires loving kindness. Here I have her in a Hawaiian setting with i’ili birds on lehua flowers with hibiscus flowers and a sandy beach. Hualalai mountain is in the background and a dragon and phoenix soar in the sky above. Tara, whose name means star, is the Bodhisattva of Compassion. In Tibetan she is known as Dolma, she who saves or ferries across. She is said to protect her followers from fear and remove obstacles in one’s endeavors. She is also invoked for long life. Her mantra is: Om Tare Tutare Ture Svaha. This artwork was featured in the International Mokuhanga Conference in Hawaii.
This is a very large Mokuhanga hand rubbed artwork. I painstakingly carved a large mokuhanga woodblock and then hand-rubbed onto mulberry paper using a bamboo baren. Mokuhanga is a traditional Japanese wood carving and printing technique. It is labor-intensive with hand-carving and hand-rubbing the prints using watercolor inks. It is very difficult to do such a large 24×30 print by hand rubbing with watercolor inks. This is my largest Mokuhanga to date.
Size: 26″ x 32″ (66×82 cm).