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Buddha Art by Wendy Meg Siegel

Updated on August 2, 2016

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."

-The Buddha

My Buddha Painting Series

Multi-Dimensional Paintings

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.



"Serenity Buddha"
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.

Thank You.

"Royal Buddha"

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

"Contemplative Buddha" - Photo/Mixed Media Painting
"Contemplative Buddha" - Photo/Mixed Media Painting

"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.

"Earthly Buddha"
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

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” -The Buddha

The Heart Of Buddha's Teaching
The Heart Of Buddha's Teaching

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

Buddhist Art Coloring Book 2: Buddhas, Deities, and Enlightened Masters from the Tibetan Tradition
Buddhist Art Coloring Book 2: Buddhas, Deities, and Enlightened Masters from the Tibetan Tradition

This Tibetan Buddhist coloring Book is filled with 50 beautifully detailed images of Buddhist deities and Buddhas. They are replicas of ancient Tibetan paintings.

 

Mandalas

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.



"Buddha Mandala"
Digital Composition

Time Lapse Video of Mandala Making - Tibetan Monks Spent 5 Days Creating This Intricate Mandala

"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.

- Buddha

Mandala Coloring Book

The Mandala Coloring Book: Inspire Creativity, Reduce Stress, and Bring Balance with 100 Mandala Coloring Pages
The Mandala Coloring Book: Inspire Creativity, Reduce Stress, and Bring Balance with 100 Mandala Coloring Pages

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 Video - Watch as this mandala is created and colored.

Buddha Related Books for Children

Buddha
Buddha

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."

- Buddha

Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents (The Little Light of Mine Series)
Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents (The Little Light of Mine Series)

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"

"Face of the Buddha"
"Face of the Buddha"

"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." - Buddha

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      WendyArts 

      4 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Nice to meet you as well.

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      RinchenChodron 

      4 years ago

      My favorite on this page is the Earthly Buddha. So nice to meet you! Enjoyed your page.

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      Indigo Janson 

      6 years ago from UK

      What a beautiful and unique style of art. Buddha images invite contemplation and encourage us to live mindfully, something that is brought out further by your own artwork.

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      hlkljgk 

      6 years ago from Western Mass

      i love having buddha in the home

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      julieannbrady 

      8 years ago

      I love this ... I am always and I do mean always looking within to find more meaning.

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      julieannbrady 

      8 years ago

      I love this ... I am always and I do mean always looking within to find more meaning.

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      Pat 

      9 years ago from Midwest, USA

      I lensrolled this lens to my Living Buddhism lens. Nice work!

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      religions7 

      9 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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