(Meaning, “path” in Sanskrit and pronounced, “marr-gah”)
Image Size: 34.5 W x 24.5 H
Paper Size: 34.5 W x 24.5 H (unframed) Available
Artist's Proofs: 5
Printer's Proofs: 3
Every major religion today has one common thread. The prophets who were their inspiration traveled on foot by many roads to complete a journey that still goes on today. In Buddhism, even Buddha’s footprints are considered sacred and are said to have auspicious symbols on them. Symbols created, it is said, by the path and people he experienced. No matter how trite it may sound each of us is on a path…the end - well for each of our beliefs and us, it varies. But no truer saying can be retold but that every journey begins with one step. The trick is taking it.
Notes on Original Work of Art:
Acrylic and metallic paint on fine watercolor paper mounted onto museum board, veiled over with Japanese rice lace, bathed in a mixture of archival beeswax and UV-resistant polymers, with painted scholar box adorned with a late 1800’s Chinese charm with two swords, tortoise, snake and other symbols representing luck and happiness, with the words “god bless” on reverse side, affixed to impasto with melted religious wax collected from holy temples and monasteries, all bordered with wood insets wrapped with hand-loomed lotus silk from Varanasi, India, patterned after ancient Tibetan temple cloth, surrounded with panels of painted Japanese oil cloth, wrapped over late 1800’s Japanese ledger paper.
Notes on Giclée:
Each rose hand-embellished by Artist with acrylic and fluorescent paints, with “scholar’s box” design enhanced with gold ink and metallic paints, and at center rubbed in gilt cream, then the Edition surface is completely coated using an archival gloss medium, then adorned with a Chinese “mouse year, sword, snake and tortoise” rare cash coin from the 17th – 19th century inscribed with the words “god, earth, bless” in Chinese characters on reverse, affixed using religious wax collected from holy temples and monasteries.