Saturday, February 7, 2009

Dalai Lama

Thank you so much for the outpouring of support yesterday. I do have bad days but it makes me appreciate the good so much more.

I'm no Dalai Lama because he is a quintessential example on how to remain happy and hopeful in light of China invading and attempts to destroy Tibetan culture. He is not a door mat either. He is "fighting" his culture's destruction by seeking help from other countries to put pressure on China.

I know I won't be able to financially win the battle with my ex but I will always be richer with friends and with an outlook that the world is good. As in painting, you must have the dark to bring out the light.

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Dalai Lama

This painting I whipped out this morning is oil on 6x8 Raymar.

27 comments:

adebanji said...

The contrast is great and I like the vivid colours!

dominique eichi said...

Very nice, I love the highlights you gave it.

Edward Burton said...

Wow, incredible job for something you just wipped out, Sheila! Beautiful.

Karie said...

You did that in a morning, wow, how pleased with yourself you must be!?

Paulo J. Mendes said...

This is one of my favorites. Love the colors!

Carol Horzempa said...

I am impressed and you did this beautiful little painting on only a 6x8 surface?! This composition really holds your eye, wonderful colors and highlights. Very nice Sheila!

Gretchen Matta said...

Sheila, this is a wonderful painting! So full of life.

Kim VanDerhoek said...

Nice thick paint on this one! I like the position of the figure, it makes me want to peek over his shoulder to see what he's doing.

Douglas Hoover said...

Dang, Sheila, you whipped some serious painting-butt this morning... absolutely wonderful!

artbyakiko said...

Sheila this is absolutely beautiful! And the colors are wonderful!!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

This is wonderful Sheila, Bravo! Best painting I have seen, hard to believe it is only 6x8. Just remember your ex only wins if he influences you (keeping you in turmoil)!

Dean H. said...

My favorite, Sheila! Love that juicy, impasto, paint application. Brrravo!

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

Sheila,
This is, in my opinion, your best painting that I've seen since following your blog. It is obvious you feel inspired by the Dalai Lama. It is just such a terrific view (turned away from the viewer) suggesting inner thought but also his large workman like body suggests the determination you expressed about his life and it all culminates with the highlight reflection off of the Dalai Lama's head. Excellent painting.

Judy Mackey said...

Hi Sheila,
I like the tag words you selected - hope...etal.
This is a georgeous painting - the yellows shimmer like gold.
I hope today feels a little better than yesterday/a little rain must fall at times. Please call me if you need to vent.
Judy

Rob Carey said...

Outstanding, Sheila- I agree with Stephen- one of your very best posted. By the way, you won.

Dharma Designs said...

Absolutely beautiful! :-)

David Larson Evans said...

Fine Art ;-)

Madd Sketch said...

Looks fantastic! For you to still be painting while going through things in your life is amazing. With all the crap i'm going through i sometimes have problems drawing, like there's no pay off from all this stuff. But as long as your still doing it, i wont give up! ^_^ You amazing!

Chris Beck said...

Super painting, Sheila!! You have a definite gift for figures and the colors are superb.

Maryanne said...

Lovely painting, Sheila. I went to see the Dalai Lama speak this past year, he was in Pennsylvania, and it was an amazing experience to be in the presence of someone who exudes strenght and love. Even though he spoke through a translator.

You are able to show that strength and light in this painting.

Art with Liz said...

I love your choice of subject (and the previous monks). And to just 'whip it out' in a morning! What a brilliant result!

Dave King said...

My first visit to this fascinating blog. It will not be my last.

Theresa Rankin said...

Stellar work!! The contrast, form, brushwork and color make me wish I had painted that! I love the quote you have included...so true!

Marian Fortunati said...

This is so gorgeous!!!!
I really like this... Wish I could just whip something like this out!!
Life has a way of making us pay attention very often. Enjoy every moment... things WILL work out!

Michelle Burnett said...

A beautiful job! Nice brush work and light. I wish you well my friend!

Erika Nelson said...

Excellent painting Sheila! You make the Dali Lama proud with your winning attitude! It's so difficult to remember the higher road in your situation or any situation that seems to take a downward spiral to oblivion. I hope amidst the chaos you find a peaceful place. xox

Sandy said...

This is a beautiful painting, I love it.

I've just read the first few posts, but your blog is nice.