Two Taras – Faith Stone
Tara is the goddess of wisdom and compassion. Here I have cut a woodblock with Two Taras, Green Tara whose foot is coming off her lotus as if to say, “Here I am ready to help” and White Tara who is also invoked for long life. The setting is from the ocean facing towards the Big island of Hawaii and Hualalai Mountain. A humpback whale is breaching in an expression of sheer joy.
I was curious about trying a woodblock with both White and Green Tara. I researched and found an historical example now housed in the London museum. I try to follow traditional thigse graph and iconography set in contemporary themes and places.
This is a large 22×28 hand-carved mokuhanga woodblock. Mokuhanga is the traditional Japanese style of woodblock prints. The blocks are printed onto Japanese Kozo or mulberry paper by hand rubbing with a barren. The inks used are sumie and watercolor inks. Mokuhanga is a labor-intensive old school printmaking practice. This was one of my most difficult woodblocks to date with the two goddesses.
Artwork size: 22″x28″ on 26″x32″ mulberry paper
(55.88 x 71.12 cm)
Titled, numbered and signed by the artist
Limited edition original hand rubbed woodblock