This portfolio contains final digital thangkas I have painted and some works in progress.
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If you like to purchase an image, please contact me. Images are printed as giclée prints: museum-quality art prints, either on paper or canvas. Canvas prints can be made into complete thangkas by sewing them into brocade.
The thangkas presented here can be changed according to your wishes; I also take on commissions. Feel free to inquire about the possibilities.
Some of the images come in several variations. Click on the image to browse them all.
Namgyalma – three longevity deities
White Tara – Gold on Red
Medicine Buddha Mandala
White Tara Mantra garland
Amitayus with mantra
Eight Auspicious Symbols #1
Om Mani Padme Hum - mantra garland
Green TaraThis image is a commission from a Russian customer. It is currently being printed as a giclée print, sized 1,5 x 2,2 m.
The print will be sewn into brocade, resulting in a 2.5 x 3.5 meter thangka.
You can follow the drawing process at my Facebook workshop.
AvalokiteshvaraAvalokiteshvara (Tibetan: Chenrezig) is the bodhisattva of compassion. His name means "The one with the unwavering eye". His mantra is probably the most well known in the world: Om Mani Padme Hum.
Avalokiteshvara wears a deer skin, a reference to compassion. The story behind this is the following. It is said that a certain Tibetan deer is so compassionate, that it cannot stand violence and injustice. Hunters take advantage of its nature to lure the deer out. By staging a fight between two of them, the deer - filled with compassion - comes out of hiding to stop the fighting and then is shot by a third hunter. In this image, compassion prevails: the hunter breaks his bow and befriends the deer. The two fighting men are off to a monastery, one becoming a Buddhist monk.
A complete thangka of this image was offered as a gift to HH the Dalai Lama, during his visit to The Netherlands in 2014.
White TaraWhite Tara, the female bodhisattva of compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra.
Medicine BuddhaThis image of the Medicine Buddha with Healing dakinis was done, according to a visualization description from Healing Buddha – A practice for the prevention and healing of disease and The Prayer Liberating Shakya from disease – © 2001, 2008, Lama Zopa Rinpoche
At dawn or at another time, visualize your ordinary body. In the centre of your chest is your heart, upside down, pointing upwards. Inside your heart is an eight-petalled lotus. In the centre of this is a moon disc, and on that is Medicine Buddha. His holy body, clear and in the nature of deep blue light, is in the aspect of supreme transformation. He is holding an arura plant in his right hand and e begging bowl in his left.
In front of Healing Buddha is the white medicinal goddess, Actualized Wisdom; to his right, the yellow medicinal goddess, Simultaneous Wealth; behind him, the red forest goddess, Neck of Peacock; to his left, the green tree goddess, Having Radiance.
Each of the goddesses is in the nature of blissful radiant light and has one face and two arms. In her right hand, each goddess holds an arura plant, and in her left, a vase adorned with various ornaments. Each is seated cross-legged (not in full vajra position) in an attitude of respecting Healing Buddha. From the five deities in your heart, light beams ere emitted in their respective colours.
Your whole heart and body are filled with these blissful light beams, which completely purify all disease, spirit harms, negative actions and their imprints. From all pores of your body, five-coloured light beams are emitted. Also, nectar flows down form the begging bowl and the vases held in the left hands of the five heart deities, completely filling your heart and body.
Namgyalma – three longevity deitiesNamgyalma (Ushnisha Vijaya) is one of the three longevity deities, that are combined in this image; Amitayus sits to her right and White Tara to her left.
I have made two other images of these with each having a different centre figure: one with Amitayus in the middle and one with White Tara.
White Tara – Gold on RedThis variation of White Tara is done in a Chinese style, where gold is painted on a dark red lacquer background. As it is customary, I have painted in the eyes and face. The lotus flower is painted using fading colours.
Lama TsongkhapaFrom Jan 22-25, 2016, I attended a thangka painting course with my teacher Andy Weber. The subject was Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism and writer of the Lamrim Chenmo.
Medicine Buddha MandalaThis Mandala of the Medicine Buddha is a work in progress. In the middle the Medicine Buddha resides on a lotus throne. On each lotus petal surrounding the main figure various other Medicine Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Generals, Protectors and additional figures.
I am planning to start a crowdfunding project to be able to draw this mandala on a full-time basis, using the funds to start a Digital Thangka Art School and Foundation as well.
White Tara Mantra garlandThis mantra garland of White Tara contains the short and long mantras, the characters of the Tibetan alphabet, and is surrounded by protective auras. Painting the image was quite challenging, since I wanted to use white characters on a light background.
Eight Auspicious Symbols #1The Eight Auspicious Symbols embody various Buddhist aspects.
Conch Shell – symbolizes the far-reaching melodious sound of the spiritual teachings
Lotus Blossom – symbolizes purity of mind and heart, transformation, compassion and all other perfect qualities
Dharma Wheel – symbolizing the teachings of Buddha
Golden Fish – fearlessness, freedom and liberation, fertility and abundance
Endless Knot – the symbol of interdependence, of how everything in the universe is interconnected
Treasure Vase – inexhaustible source of longevity, and fulfillment of all spiritual and material wishes
Parasol – protects from all suffering caused by destructive emotions, illness, harm and other obstacles
Victory Banner – symbol of victory over all disagreement, disharmony or obstacles, and the attainment of both temporary and ultimate happiness
Om Mani Padme Hum - mantra garlandOm Mani Padme Hum is the mantra of Chenrezig (Avalokiteśhvara), the bodhisattva of compassion. It is probably the most well-known mantra in the world
The mantra garland shown is a study in applying aquarel-like painting techniques.
AmitabhaAmitabha - also called "The Buddha of Immeasurable Life and Light – also called "The Buddha of Immeasurable Life and Light – is the buddha of longevity.