himalayan stories series (2010): ink drawings  

Part of thangka study is a gradual move towards overlaying easily- and often-corrected pencil sketches with the brush-and-ink lines that form the bones of all paintings. At first, this is a tricky proposition. Really? I am going to risk one/two/six hours' pencil work to the whims of a shaking brush loaded with indelible ink? Is that such a good idea?
With A LOT of practice, I found I could do this with more and more grace, till I wrote this to a friend:

...drawing, drawing, drawing: lotuses with swords in them, flying monks & yogis & yoginis, snow lions.  I am getting much better with the brush and ink - no longer so worried about slipping or wavering - so the tiny tip of my brush dances over clouds, flaming manes, offering hands.  It is not an exaggeration to say that learning to draw, knowing how to draw, has been one of the great joys of my life.

Many of these drawings are directly inspired by works in the Rubin Museum in NY, as published in the Worlds of Transformation catalog. Where applicable, relevant catalog numbers are in the drawings' margins.

 
   
Himalayan Stories Series:
 

artist's statement
ink drawings
narrative paintings