Guardian of the temple deity

 

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dwArapAlaka, Gouache and pencil on paper 7″x10″.

At the entrance to the inner sanctum of any Hindu (Shiva/ Vishnu) temple are the mighty dwArapAlakas (dwAra = gate, pAlaka = protector) or gate keepers. The keepers of a Vishnu temple and those of a Shiva temple are distinct and over the millennia they’ve come to feature in many a mythological story.

This particular  one is from the thyAgarajar kovil (a Shiva temple) in the little town of Thiruvarur in South India. Sculpted in brass and standing over 4 feet tall, it simply had to be recorded in a sketchbook.

Painted in gouache over a gesso primed, green tinted 300 gm watercolor paper in a sketchbook 7″x10″.

Location: thyAgaraja temple, Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India

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Of Open Goals

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Open Goal. Gouache on paper 5″x8″.

Painted in gouache in a 300 gsm watercolor journal 5″x8″.

Perhaps it is time to dust off the cleats again. And there’s no goalkeeper to worry about!

Location: Freedom Field, Columbus, Indiana