Thursday, December 31, 2009


Pradakshina is the circumambulation of a sacred image or shrine, performed in a clockwise direction (the literal meaning is 'keeping the sacred object on your right'. The right side of the body is considered more auspicious in Hindu culture). It is a symbolic act indicating that the deity is the centre of the worshipper's life, and being.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Rajasthani Painting

Detail from a Rajasthani miniature painting currently on display in the exhibition Garden and Cosmos, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The word miniature, derived from the Latin minium, red lead, is a picture in an ancient or medieval illuminated manuscript; the simple decoration of the early codices having been miniated or delineated with that pigment. The generally small scale of the medieval pictures has led secondly to an etymological confusion of the term with minuteness and to its application to small paintings especially portrait miniatures, which did however grow from the same tradition and at least initially use similar techniques.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Oil Painting

Oil and applied Tanjore gems, Graham Brown, 2009.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Painting by Graham Brown
medium: gouache and applied tanjore gemstones on board.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Riding on a lion

South Indian bronze sculpture.
Image source - Lotus sculpture.
In this murthy (image), Shri Ganesha's legs are like those of a seated baby. In his hands He is holding an elephant goad, noose, modak (sweet), and His right tusk, which He uses as a pen. He is also holding something with His trunk, which could be a fruit, conch shell or pot of amrut.
Happy Shri Ganesha Puja!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Shri Ganesha in Arizona, USA

Elephant Head Mountain,
5 km NE of Tubac, Arizona,
Source: flickr/a journey man

Source: flickr/Life in the Pumpkin Shell

Monday, March 30, 2009


Every atom in the universe,
every star,
exists only because of innocence.
Shri Ganesha is infinitely vast
and infinitely minute.


Ceramic sculpture by Brigitte
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Shri Ganesha's Kundalini (Pure Desire) is on His stomach, because He is completely free of the desires of the lowest chakras.