On my art table: The Buddha’s Blessings + a speed painting video

Buddha speed painting abstract

Sometimes, I come to the painty table to play; at others, to relieve stress. Sometimes, I approach my art practice as therapy; at other times, I allow my emotions to direct my colour choices and mark making. And sometimes, I come to the page with deep reverence and to give gratitude for the many blessings in my life.

This was one of those times.

I’ve long wanted to paint a Buddha, but I didn’t want to paint Him with the usual peaceful face and closed eyes - you know the kind of Buddha painting I’m talking about, right? The ones that you find hanging in most home interior stores - pale blues and calm yellow tones, with a huge Buddha face, eyes closed, a serene look on His face.

But then I came across a Buddha tattoo design on Pinterest {see the header image}, which immediately caught my fancy. I looked at it for some time and decided how I wanted to tweak it. Then I journaled a bit about why I wanted to paint the Buddha and what feelings I wanted to convey. And once I had a general sense of what I was looking to achieve, I took it all to the painty table!

I sketched in the Buddha in my art journal and then let loose with some paint!

Here’s a speed painting of The Buddha’s Blessings - enjoy!

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Supplies used:

Handmade watercolor journal (300 gsm Brustro watercolor paper)

Camel Artist’s Quality watercolours: Viridian hue, cobalt blue hue, Indian yellow, vermillion hue {I used the tube paints}

Pentel watercolors: Red Purple, emerald green

Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic inks in the following colors:

Flame red

brilliant yellow

olive green

purple lake

shimmering gold (appears to be discontinued)


Sakura Identitipen - Black

Sakura Micron 0.5 - Black

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And here’s the final, finished piece. It’s got a lot of shimmering gold, which is really hard to photograph!

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So tell me, when you look at the final painting, how does it make you feel?

And if you want to start to paint or keep an art journal, take a look at the Atomic Lotus ecourse. It’s a mini ecourse that includes art with written journaling and meditation {which are completely optional!} You will get approx. 1 hour of video, broken down into bite-size lessons, so that you can watch and create no matter how little “me time” you have!

Posted in Art tutorials, On My Art Table.

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  1. Love what you created, Shinjini. The presentation is wonderful, too. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the video. Your hands are so tiny like a child’s! Blessed hands! Gorgeous Buddha!

  2. This is so damn gorgeous, Shinjini! Anything with a Buddha in it automatically becomes gorgeous and with your hands and talent it looks so divine. Really well done 🙂

    • Yes!! That’s one of the ideas I wanted to convey – that no matter what is happening around me, I can remember my Buddha nature and remain calm and centred. So glad that came through.

  3. Love this! Makes me feel calm. I really believe in the power of art to connect us with our inspiration, internal wisdom, and the source of all healing!

  4. It makes me feel alive, yet calm, like I am meditating somewhere beautiful. Thank you for sharing this post #ablogginggoodtime

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