between sky and earth

paintings in the transcendental sphere between nature and the supreme.  

Each painting within this series could depict different aspects of this transcendental connection, using various visual metaphors to convey the intricate relationship between nature and the metaphysical realm.
The tree serves as a profound bridge between heaven and earth, a central focal point in each composition. These artworks intricately weave together the stories and symbolism of various sacred trees from different religious traditions.

All paintings are made outdoors in natural surroundings.

sizes: 16.5-18.5x22.5-24cm 
oil on vegan, non-plastic & sustainable primer on cotton

The size varies because the trees in a pristine forest, untouched by humans, also vary in their height and width.

The materials come from a dissolved artist's material stock. They are thus second-hand, making a sustainable contribution. 

In the sacred symbolism of light, the Menorah and the Chanukkiah stand as a profound representation of a divine relationship. The Menorah, the radiant child, with its seven branches, kindles the transformative light of hope and faith. The Chanukkiah, her cherished mother, with her nine branches, nurtures and sustains the spiritual flame. 
Together, they embody the eternal bond between the source and its manifestations, illuminating the path of devotion and continuity.

Within the realm of the awakened mind, Buddhi, the beacon of profound wisdom, shines forth. It dispels the veils of illusion, Maya, which cloak our perception of the world. Through the discerning lens of Buddhi, we unravel the intricacies of Manas, the conditioned and unexamined behavior that binds.
 
"यत्र ब्रह्मान्दे तत्र पिण्डे"
"As is the macrocosm, so is the microcosm." (Bhagavad Gita)

 
In the sacred temple of self, a serpent of latent energy lies coiled, its potential awakening through the seven gates within. The Kundalini, a dormant force, awaits its ascent, spiraling upward through each chakra. As it rises, it bestows enlightenment, illuminating the path towards inner transcendence. The union of Kundalini and the crown chakra heralds a profound awakening, merging the individual soul with the universal consciousness, in a radiant dance of cosmic unity. 
The third eye, nestled deep within, is the seat of enlightenment, its radiance fueled by the mystical pineal gland. Here, DMT, the sacred elixir, is brewed, unlocking the ethereal vistas beyond ordinary sight. The activation of the third eye, the ajna chakra, awakens the divine symphony within, unveiling the secrets of the universe. 

Within the vessel of existence, flows a vital essence, an unseen force that sustains all. Prana, the breath of life, courses through the universe, connecting all living beings. It is the sacred dance of energy, weaving through the threads of creation, nurturing the soul, and harmonizing with the cosmos. In the balance of prana, we find the secret rhythm of existence, the eternal pulse of our shared journey.

 "प्राणो वा अपानो वा मनो वा तदेकं निष्क्रमणं नामैतद्यद्यत्प्राणं विद्याच्छुद्धमन्यत्पानमेतच्छुद्धमन्यज्जुहोति तदप्येतच्छुद्धमन्यदेतदेव तत् सत्यं तद्यत्तदमृतं तदनु तद् यद्भयां प्रमुच्यते सत्ये"
"Prana or Apana, the mind also, indeed, are this. One goes out by name. Whatever one's prana is, that is pure; whatever one's apana is, that is pure. Whatever one offers in the fire (of digestion) with that, one's fire is itself." (Taittiriya Upanishad)

 In the boundless mix of existence, there exists an omnipotent gaze, a celestial watcher within us. The all-seeing eye, the awakened insight, pierces veils of illusion, revealing the profound mysteries of being. It gazes beyond mortal sight, guiding the seeker on the path of inner illumination, where truth and wisdom converge in timeless harmony.

 "तदेजति तन्नैजति तद्दूरे तद्वन्तिके।
तदन्तरस्य सर्वस्य तदु सर्वस्यास्य बाह्यतः।।" 
 "That moves, and that moves not; that is far, and that is near; that is within all this, and that also is outside all this." (Isha Upanishad)

"For the sake of Lord Ram, all of you are sitting here under the sacred Peepal tree.
This is a most sacredad auspicious tree. Devine beings are living under it..." (Sri Vishnu Datta Mishra, (Shri Shastriji), Haidakhan, India)
Haidakhan Babaji, also known simply as Babaji, was a revered Himalayan yogi and spiritual teacher. He was also an avatar of Shiva. His teachings emphasized the importance of truth, simplicity and love. Babaji's wisdom and presence continue to inspire spiritual seekers worldwide, and his ashram in Haidakhan remains a place of pilgrimage and meditation.  
Lord Shiva, the auspicious one, is a Supreme Being in Hinduism. He is often depicted as the destroyer of evil, symbolizing the eternal cycle of creation, preservation, and destruction. 

 

"या देवी सर्वभूतेषु वृक्षरूपेण संस्थिता।" 

"She who is situated in all beings as the form of a tree."
 
"या देवी सर्वभूतेषु शक्तिरूपेण संस्थिता।"
"She who is situated in all beings as the form of power."

"या देवी सर्वभूतेषु मातृरूपेण संस्थिता।"
"She who is situated in all beings as the form of a mother." 
 

 "या देवी या युद्धे पूज्यते स्वैरूप्येण अनेकरूपा,
सर्वविघ्ननिवारिणी च सर्वदेवमयी च,
सर्वसृष्टिस्थितिसंहारस्वरूपा च,
सा माता देवी, परमशक्तिः, और ब्रह्माण्डकारणं।"
"The goddess who is worshiped on the battlefield by her countless forms, who is called upon as the remover of all obstacles, who is the embodiment of all divine energies, and who is the source of creation, preservation, and destruction. She is the divine mother, the ultimate power, and the force behind the universe". 

(Durga-Saptashati,  Markandeya Purana, India between the 4th and 6th centuries AD) 


The Durga-Saptashati, also known as the Chandi Path or Devi Mahatmya, is a sacred Hindu text comprising 700 verses. It praises and worships Goddess Durga in various forms as she battles different demons, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. This text is an integral part of Hindu worship, especially during the Navaratri festival, and it is revered for its spiritual significance and protective qualities. 

 

The Fairy Hound Brodum
It was a frosty evening in the heart of an enchanted forest. The stars twinkled in the night sky, and the moon cast its silver light on the dense canopy of trees. In this magical setting lived a young girl named Elara.

Elara was curious and adventurous, and she loved to explore the forest. One evening, she heard a soft, melodic bark unlike any she had ever heard before. Her heart pounded with excitement as she followed the sound of the bark until she reached a clear, sparkling stream.

There, she beheld an astonishing sight: a dog with shining silver fur and sparkling eyes. But this dog was unlike any she had ever seen. It wore a tiny crown of leaves on its head and had wings like a butterfly.

The dog approached Elara with a friendly smile and introduced itself as Brodum, the Fairy Hound. It explained that it was the guardian of the enchanted forest and had chosen Elara to be its friend. Together, they would explore the secrets of the forest and embark on magical adventures.

Elara and Brodum became inseparable friends, spending their days discovering the wonders of the forest. They encountered talking animals, experienced enchanting fairy gatherings, and aided the enchanted beings of the forest in their times of need.

Over time, Elara learned to respect the secrets of nature and to honor the magic of the forest. She realized that true friendship transcends all boundaries of human and animal, and that the adventure she shared with Brodum was the greatest gift.

Every night, as Elara slept, Brodum sat by her bedside, guarding her dreams. And so, they lived happily and full of joy in this enchanted forest, where the magic of nature and the power of friendship were boundless.


"Elara and Brodum became inseparable friends, spending their days exploring the wonders of the forest." (Legend from Celtic Fairy Tales, Scotland)

The cherubim being, of eternal existence, soars above the world, the protector of mother nature, observing the flow of elements, the dance of winds, and the symphony of stars. Its gaze is clear, and its heart pure, as it unravels the patterns of life and comprehends the rhythm of the universe. 
And in this celestial dance, we glimpse the hand of Fortuna, the deity of art, guiding the brushstrokes of creation with a touch of divine inspiration.

"The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be." (Exodus 25:20, ESV)