Buddha Art by Wendy Meg Siegel
Welcome to the Buddha Art Lens
Hi, I'm Wendy and I love to paint. I enjoy incorporating my photographs into my artwork. Many of my Buddha photos have found their way into my paintings and digital compositions.
Within this lens you'll find images of my Buddha related art, and products displaying these photo/mixed media paintings. I've also included links to Buddha art sites, books, mandalas, and online art exhibits.
I hope you enjoy this page and thanks for visiting.
"In the Temple of the Buddha"
Photo Mixed Media Painting
"Peace comes from within.
Do not seek it without."
My Buddha Painting Series
I've created a series of photo/mixed-media Buddha paintings. Each piece has been designed as a shrine-like environment for the image of the Buddha within. One of my Buddha photographs becomes the central focus and is recessed within the canvas, on an inner layer.
The Buddha image acts as a visual reminder of our ability to cultivate peace within ourselves and can serve as a guide on our path towards wholeness.
To view the paintings in this series, visit the Buddha Gallery at my website.
Photo/Mixed Media Painting
Paintings and Prints are Copyrighted
All images of Wendy's Paintings and Prints are copyrighted by Wendy Meg Siegel. Images may not be used or copied without the artist's permission.
Photo/Mixed Media Painting - The Layers
"Royal Buddha" has been created with three layers; the outer canvas layer, the painted board that acts as an inner frame, and the photograph itself. These layers allow the inner photo to be recessed within the painting and draw the viewer into the artwork. I so enjoy working with layers and love the multi-dimensional look that the layers create.
All the paintings in the Buddha series have been designed with the same three layers.
"Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little." - The Buddha
Buddha Prayer Art
A sacred space for your prayers, wishes, hopes and dreams.
Let me introduce you to my series of Prayer Box Paintings.
I spent years thinking about the concept, wanting to create a piece of artwork that could act as a place holder for someone's prayers. I finally came up with a construction for a painted box that could be attached to the 8" X 10" canvas. Although they were originally designed for prayers, the box can provide storage for personal affirmations, goals, or statements of gratitude. I have also used one of the Prayer Boxes as a business card holder during art shows.
Visit WendyArts.com to see the variety of images that have made their way into these canvases (not just Buddhas).
Prayer Box With Blue Buddha
This piece is another example of one of the Buddha related Prayer Boxes. Like the others, it can be placed on a table top or hung on a wall.
Indonesian Sculpture Influenced My Paintings
A Visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Indonesian Sculpture Exhibit
Years ago, while I still lived in New York, I made one of my many trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum was crowded with people visiting a very popular exhibit (possibly Monet). I was there to see another special exhibit as well: Indonesian Sculpture. I chose togo to the sculpture exhibit first, before braving the crowd. It was hard to leave those Indonesian pieces that filled the gallery space with beauty, grace and peace. I fell in love with the wonderful flow of the designs and the elegance of the symbolism.
I spent hours alone at that exhibit, taking notes on the symbols and their meanings, drawing segments of the stylized designs, and soaking up whatever I could. After that day, images of the Buddha and the lotus found their way into my artwork. I began incorporating sculptural elements into my paintings.
Here are some of my notes I took:
The Lotus: symbol of life.
The Wheel: when decorated with stylized flames represents the symbol of the sun.
Enveloping flames: the fire of wisdom burning away ignorance.
I would say that the experience of visiting the Indonesian Sculpture exhibit that day, has stayed with me ever since. It has influenced two of my painting series, played a part in my husband and I going on our honeymoon to Bali, and has lead to the presence of many Indonesian decorative elements in our home. (The photo above is of one of the Buddha pieces we brought back from Bali.)
"Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace." -The Buddha
"Contemplative Buddha" - Photo/Mixed Media Painting
Buddhist Art Exhibits
- Mirrors of the Heart-Mind - Intro Page
A collection of Tibetan Art from the permanent collection of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art...sculpture, paintings, tapestries, mandalas, ritual objects and more.
- GODS of Japan, A-to-Z Photo Dictionary of Japanese Buddhism (Buddhist & Shinto Deities)
Buddhism & Shintoism in Japan - Buddha Statues & Art of 400+ Deities, 2500+ Photos of statues. This site is about Japanese traditions in Buddhist sculpture and iconography.
- The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan
The first exhibition of its kind, The Dragon's Gift provides an exceptionally rare opportunity to view some of the most sacred and beloved Buddhist arts in Bhutan. This online page is a preview of the exhibit at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, C
- Buddhist Art - The Art of Sri Lanka
Images of Buddhist Paintings and Sculpture with information on the religious and iconographic relevance of many of the images.
- The Buddha Gallery
There are many images of Buddha sculpture to explore at this site. The pieces are for sale.
"Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed." -The Buddha
Art in the Present
The Buddha said..."Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
One of the wonderful things about art and photography is the way it brings the artist into the present moment. We live so much of our lives in the past and in the future, with little time spent in the present. The process of creating art is a path to the present, to experiencing the NOW.
Photo Mixed Media Painting
"The Flowering Buddha"
A Digital Composition
"The Flowering Buddha" is a digital print, created through Photoshop. It combines the image of a Buddha statue with a photo of a flower that I took in Hawaii.
"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." - The Buddha
More on Buddha Art - Here is a list of links to sites you might find interesting.
- Buddhist art - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The history and evolution of Buddhist Art throughout the centuries and throughout the world.
- The Buddha Image - Buddhist Things - ReligionFacts
Overview of the origin and development of the Buddha image in statues and art.
- Buddhist Art and Architecture
Images of the symbols, art and architecture of Borobodur, Tibet and more. Includes mandalas, thankas and information on the proportions of the Buddha image.
- lens culture: Buddha Project
The Buddha Project encourages people worldwide to participate by submitting photos of found Buddha, sacred Buddha, ancient Buddha, kitschy Buddha, handmade Buddha.
- Buddhist Symbols
Guide to the meaning and use of symbols and colors in Buddhist Art and sculpture.
- Buddhist Art News
This site offers Buddhist Art News from around the world.
- BBC NEWS - 'Stunning' Nepal Buddha art find
Article announcing that Paintings of Buddha and other artifacts dating back to the 12th century were found in the mountains of Nepal.
- ArtLex on Buddhist Art and Buddhism
Buddhism and Buddhist art defined with images of examples from many regions and throughout history, great quotations, and links to other resources.
“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” -The Buddha
Thich Nhat Hahn gives a simple, easy to follow explanations of the teachings of Buddhism. If you are looking for a better understanding of the basic tenets and terminology in Buddhism, you may want to check out The Heart of Buddha's Teachings.
"Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity." - Buddha
This Tibetan Buddhist coloring Book is filled with 50 beautifully detailed images of Buddhist deities and Buddhas. They are replicas of ancient Tibetan paintings.
An Ancient Art Form
A Mandala is an ancient art form, used in Hinduism and Buddhism as a meditative aid. The word mandala is Sanskrit for circle. It is a geometric design, incorporated within a circle and represents the universe, wholeness and unity.
The mandala-like form has been used in cultures throughout the world, including celtic symbols, Navajo sand paintings, Native American medicine wheels, labyrinths and more.
Time Lapse Video of Mandala Making - Tibetan Monks Spent 5 Days Creating This Intricate Mandala
Mandala Links - Below is a list of links to sites with mandala images and information.
- The Mandala Project: Home Page
This site includes an on-line mandala gallery in which everyone is invited to submit a personal mandala. There is also a large amount of reference material and information on mandalas.
- Exploring the Mandala
About Mandalas, images of Sand Mandalas and an animation was generated from a computer model of a Tibetan Mandala.
- Tibetan Healing Mandala
This site answers many questions about Mandalas, explaining what a Mandala is, how it is made, and how it is a tool for healing. There is a time-lapse photo animation of the process of creating a Tibetan sand mandala.
- Mandala Art Therapy - Healing Mandalas
Mandala art as therapy & healing has been used for ages by a wide variety of cultures. Learn the concept of the healing powers of mandala art work.
- The Mandala Sand Painting--A Sacred Art
From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite.
- The Mandala - Sacred Geometry and Art
An article which discusses the history and origin of the mandala, its creation and construction, deities and symbolism. This one page article is filled with information.
"In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
Mandala Coloring Book
Adult coloring books are have become very popular and there's no better design to color than a mandala design. These 100 drawing pages allow you to customize them with color in any way you'd like. Enjoy!
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." -The Buddha
Mandala Coloring Pages - Here is a list of links to Free Printable Online Coloring Pages.
- Paper Mandalas for children to print and color
Coloring pages for everyone. Free geometric mandalas. Mandala designs for children K-12 to print on paper and color.
- Free Mandala Coloring Pages (Printable)
These mandalas are designed for children with more advanced coloring skills and for adults.
- Free printable mandala coloring page
ColoringPagesForKids.com provides a free printable mandala coloring page with information on the symbolism and use of the Mandala image.
- 123 Coloring.com - Mandalas
Mandala coloring pages for all ages.
- Coloring pages mandalas - Free, printable, realistic.
Coloring pages- mandalas. Free realistic coloring sheets to print and download.
- Mandalas - Coloring pages at kidscolorings.net
A great collection of Free mandala coloring pages for children.
- Oriental Mandala Coloring Page
Expert, advanced and beginner level mandalas at Hello Kids.com - Mandala coloring page gallery with many mandalas to choose from.
Mandala Video - Watch as this mandala is created and colored.
Buddha Related Books for Children
This is a beautifully illustrated children's book of Buddhist stories.
"In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then beleive them to be true."
In Kindness, Sarah Conover gives us a collection of traditional Buddhist tales, suitable for all ages. Each story takes you on a journey towards greater wisdom and understanding.
"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path." - The Buddha
Buddha on Maui
Look What I Found At the Beach
During a family trip to Maui, I took this photo of a Buddha statue. We had gone for a walk along the beach, by the hotels in Kaanapali. And there it was, right near the edge of the sand.
"Face of the Buddha"
"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." - Buddha