Paint Party Friday’s post this week is about Mitchell’s Garuda statue.
Mitchell went to a friend’s home and they were drumming. The drumming was meant to further visions, for which Mitchell had no experience. He achieved a trance-like state, closed his eyes, and saw a huge fierce bird-man who raised his wings fully in front of him.
I was importing statues for a gallery, and found a college professor from Chicago who was working with some talented artisans in Nepal. Working with him insured the artisans received the bulk of the money. The next time he visited Nepal, he spoke with the artist on our behalf. The artist said he needed to send a statue to my husband. the professor was very clear, saying we were not ready to place an order. The man said, “No, this was a gift.”
When it arrived Mitchell said it was the bird-man he saw. We have since researched Garuda, a deity in both the Vedic and Buddhist traditions. Here Garuda is standing in front of my old blue glass milk vase with lovely mums. Normally he sits on our rather eclectic altar.
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