Monthly Archives: December 2009

Here is where I reached the day before… I hink Rahu himself is all done.
Jst have to paint his steed, the lion now!

I worked today mostly on the adornments Rahu is wearing.
Since Rahu is the North Node, he is the one causing eclipses according to Indian mythology.
I am trying to an effect of him being in front of the glowing Sun/Moon as if he’s eclipsing them.
The North Node- RAHU
I have been working on Rahu, the 8th planet.
“Gaping mouthed, sword, shield, trident, granting wishes,
on a lion and dark colored is fixed Rahu.”

Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra: Graha Shanti, 12

Rahu is four armed revealing that he is a Graha of worldly activity where Rahu forces us to develop where we have been lax so that we become balanced in our strengths. Rahu’s sword reveals his noble behavior, especially in times of conflict, a behavior we are in need of learning in respect to the Bhava in which Rahu is placed. Honoring Rahu helps to develop the needed behavior. With his shield Rahu protects himself from the many dangers in which he finds himself. How often do we find ourselves in crazy situations, only to have our worst fears not materialize, or not be as dreaded as we had imagined? This is Rahu’s shield buffering us. Rahu’s trident reveals the transformations that he brings upon us as we engage, with great inexperience, in those things that he directs us towards. With his fourth hand Rahu blesses us to engage materially so that we can become immortal spiritually.

Rahu rides a lion, revealing his mastery of the physical realm. Where Rahu is, we need to become king and master. Honoring Rahu helps us to become this king.

Rahu is dark; he thus obscures things, makes our future unforeseeable, and gives us cause for wonder and fear. Embracing this darkness of the unknown is to embrace life, which is all we need to do to manage Rahu. Rahu’s gaping mouth makes his a fierce appearance, which symbolizes Rahu’s tendency to pull us into the most intense experiences.

Got this wild idea from Myrna Wacknov to paint on Photo paper. I have been wanting to check out Yupo and thought this might give me an idea of what Yupo might be like…
Well it was very interesting for sure! The photo papers have this film on them which when gets wet, gets all strange-ly gello-ey. The paint didn’t flow everywhere like on watercolor paper and the gello captures all the brush marks and kept them put.

It was indeed an experience but I think I am ready for some Yupo now

Poinsettias II
8.5″ x 11″
Watercolor on Kodak photo paper

My painting below “Orchid Medley” got sold *YIPEE* the next business day after it was shown!!!! that was 4 days after I finished painting it!!!!!
This is my FIRST sale so I am very very excited!!!!! 😀

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Srishti Wilhelm Srishti Wilhelm is an award winning Impressionist artist who paints plein air paintings from life in oil and watercolor.