‘Flame of Consciousness’ was inspired from an image of a Buddha statue that I love. The Buddha has the subtlest smile on his lips, emanating bliss. I embellished the image by adding the lotus blossoming in his heart & the clear third eye. With the blue flames coming from the back of his head, I’m attempting to express the sensation I experience in meditation – kind of a vibration at the back of my skull going up to the crown.
I created the painting mostly with the color indigo, as this beautiful color relates to the third eye & inner visioning. The Buddha is defined by a luminosity that makes his form distinguishable from the background, but he is essentially the same color as the space around him, illustrating the Universe is both within & beyond all.
The original painting is 24″x 30″, water mixable oil paint on canvas.