Namaste hands painting in acrylic paint with tea papers. This contemporary spiritual painting has Thai yantra symbols at the bottom, called unalome. Unalome symbols represent the Buddhist path to enlightenment; the meandering curves and twists and turns are our struggles and suffering. As the line straightens out toward the top, that is where harmony and dispassion with the world occurs and one achieves liberation. I love the shapes these yantras or symbols have that monks use to invoke protection and good fortune. Many people feel the same way and have had tattoos made in this fashion. While I have not, I prefer to paint them!
The title of this painting is called Metta. According to Wikipedia: “Mettā (Pali) or maitrī (Sanskrit) means benevolence, loving-kindness, friendliness, amity, good will, and active interest in others. It is the first of the four sublime states (Brahmavihāras) and one of the ten pāramīs of the Theravāda school of Buddhism.”
Many colors are used in the hands so as not to represent any particular race. Tea papers make up the sleeves to give it some lovely texture, representing a thin, cool material. The hands are etched into the painting, though it may be difficult to discern in these images. This was why I painted it on wood panel, so I could basically carve into it.
Gold swirls in heavy texture adorn the background. And the background has many layers of subtle color. It is an overall warm, inviting painting that changes in the light and angle.