She’s been with me a long time, this dakini. This mixed media visionary artwork is one that I made a while back, but was still vaguely dissatisfied with. But at the same time, I liked it enough that I couldn’t bring myself to tear it up for scrap. It is a monotype (monoprint) with added media. A monotype is a one-off, handmade print, which cannot be duplicated. Here is a post that explains in more depth exactly what this means. (If you scroll down you’ll see a heading that says, “what is a monotype?”.) I then add other materials after the print is dry, including colored pencil or crayons, acrylic ink, and sometimes collage elements. That’s why mixed media art is so much fun; you get to make up your own rules! So, she was put away and forgotten, until I was rummaging through some older work, and felt inspired to try again.
I’m not really sure where the idea for this piece came from. It’s one of those instances where I looked at the monotype, and the image just seemed to appear in my mind’s eye. I guess you could call it a visit from the muse, a visionary experience, or a strange coincidence. According to ChrystalLinks.com, “A dakini (Sanskrit: “sky dancer”) is a Tantric priestess of ancient India who “carried the souls of the dead to the sky… The dakini is a female being of generally volatile temperament, who acts as a muse for spiritual practice… Dakini are timeless, inorganic, immortal, non-human beings who have co-existed since the very beginning with the Spiritual Energy.” In some definitions, they are equated to what we would call angels.
You don’t have to believe in spiritual beings to enjoy this visionary artwork. If you enjoy visionary or fantasy art, you will find this piece a great addition to your home!