Medicine Buddha is invoked for physical, mental, and emotional healing. He is surrounded by Hawaiian hibiscus flowers for an Aloha feeling. These original images are hand-carved and hand-pulled mokuhanga woodblock prints. Mokuhanga is the Japanese method of woodblock printing.
Faith is one of the few people in the world still making Buddha woodblocks. The sole surviving monastery in Tibet, Derge, has primarily turned to sutras, though they do have some antique thangka woodblocks. Thangka woodblocks are one of the main disciplines of thangka art: painted, appliqué, nag than (black background), ser than (red background), and woodblocks. The woodblocks have become a dying art but her mission is to revitalize the tradition. It still exists in Nepal but almost exclusively as prayer flags.
About the Artist:
Faith Stone has a background in traditional Tibetan thangka painting and wrote the book, Drawing Buddhas, and BodhiSattvas. Since studying Mokuhanga with Hiroki Morinoue, she became very interested in using Mokuhanga woodblocks to create Buddhas.
She then adds Shiko Munakata’s technique of water-coloring the woodblock from the back to keep the blacks black but infuse the woodblock print with colors. She believes the real joy of making Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is creating a space for the Buddha or deity to reside.
Dimensions: 11" w x 14" h
Each woodblock is handprinted and painted by hand making each one similar but unique; see photo for stages of the process.
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