Inspired by Burma

Readers have been asking me to share my art in this blog. Okay. Here’s a start.

I’m always hesitant to show photos of my acrylic paintings to anyone who hasn’t seen the work in person. Texture plays a significant role in my acrylic paintings and texture does not photograph well. But here’s a try:

My paintings have a story behind them and many are inspired by my travels. Three years ago I visited Burma (Myanmar) and absolutely fell in love with it. This triptych is called “Hope is in the Monks of Myanmar.”

I believe that an uprising is coming in Burma and that it will originate in the monasteries. The magnificent people of Burma simply cannot continue to live under this oppressive regime indefinitely. Something’s gotta give.

The colors in the paintings represent the colors of the monk’s robes as they progress up the ranks. When they are tiny, the robes are white, but as young men they are more saffron/orange, darkening as they age and grown within Buddhism, until the abbott’s robes are closer to burgundy.

The figures in the paintings represent the monk’s bowls, from which comes their sustenance. Without the generosity of the people, the monks would starve. That will not happen in Burma. I have never known a more generous people. Into the bowls pour food, ideas (represented by the collaged calligraphy) and wealth (represented by gold leaf that I bought in Burma, which, sadly, you can’t detect in these photos).

This is my hope for Burma: health and prosperity in a democratic nation.

– Paula Rath

About paularath

I'm a freelance fashion writer and fine artist in Honolulu. Expect to read fresh voices here through Hawaii's Fashion Forum.
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3 Responses to Inspired by Burma

  1. Gail DeLeon says:

    Any creation begins in the heart and the mind of the artist before it even manifests on canvas. So, sharing the story really adds to the full appreciation of the whole. The triptych truly does “pop” in person, but just viewing it and reading the story here gives it life. Mahalo!

  2. Patrice Collins says:

    I love your work. Actually seeing it in person, one can relate to the story behind these pieces. The layers and textures speaks volumes. And of course the gold leaf and colors are gorgeous. When I looked at your work at the gallery, I found it to be very poetic.
    Thank you for sharing and I look forward to seeing more.

  3. hanaihoney says:

    Excellent work. I love the colors and design but more importantly where the inspiration came from.

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