Vajrasattva with Honu – Faith Stone
Vajrasattva represents purity. He is invoked for purification and forgiveness for oneself and others. I try to paint a Vajrasattva just before the New year so that I can start the year all fresh and clean. In this woodblock Vajrasattva is in a Hawaiian setting with honu, sea turtles drifting by. The background is Haulalai mountain on the big Island of Hawaii.
I am interested in merging traditional Tibetan Buddhist images with Japanese style woodblock carving set in the landscapes of the places I live, Hawaii and Colorado. In this way I feel I am bringing the Buddhas to my homelands. They are the new immigrants.
This is a large Moku Hanga print (traditional Japanese woodblock). Mokuhanga is a labor-intensive old school practice. I painstakingly carved a 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. This is an original woodblock, not a digital reproduction.
Size: 22” x 28″ (56×72 cm).