KaylaKomitoSacredArt

Kayla Komito: Sacred Art

Santa Fe, New Mexico On Etsy since 2011

KaylaKomitoSacredArt

Kayla Komito: Sacred Art

Santa Fe, New Mexico | 32 Sales

Announcement    FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR THE DURATION OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. We hope that all customers will enjoy these images from the gallery shop of Kayla Komito's Sacred Art paintings. At the moment the shop is featuring prints of her original Tibetan Buddhist thanka paintings and some paintings from her series on Mary. Over time the shop will feature more images of Mary and a selection of her personal, visionary sacred art paintings.

The thanka paintings (also spelled thangka) were originally commissioned by Buddhists who wanted paintings created according to the strict traditional standards of line, color, and image. As is also traditional, the style is Kayla's own, as are her touches of whimsy ..... which you will see in the extremely detailed backgrounds. She has a particular fondness for quarrelsome crows, languorous deer, wily coyotes and spotted snakes. For many years she was a professional floral designer, so luscious flowers are also a distinctive feature of her paintings.

Thanka appreciations:

-- The Dalai Lama, at Kayla's last meeting with him to discuss her paintings: "You indeed have an artistic gift and talent, which is clearly evident from the beautiful thankas you have painted"

-- Gehlek Rinpoche: "There is nothing in your thankas which is not authentic."

-- Robert Thurman, upon receipt of one of his two commissions: "You have created a masterpiece. It is stunning. I salute you with all sincere gratitude."

Kayla writes: "My journey into the sacred feminine began in 1978 when mysterious female forms, veiled and feathered, began to appear in my watercolors. A slide show I saw at that time on women's spirituality, as revealed in sculpture, symbols and paintings, from 25,000 BC to the present, gave her a name and meaning. This river of femaleness mirrored back to me something lost so long ago in the world family: sacred mother, sacred earth, sacred female power, sacred death, sacred body, sacred nature, sacred woman. It became a meditation practice for me to let these female images - incarnations - come through my hands and onto my paper. Influences from many cultures and from dream time entwined with my personal understanding to create a multifaceted view of what women could be."

The paintings of Mary were done during a period of transition between Kayla's personal, visionary art and her Tibetan style art. She writes: "During 1997 and 1998 I began to do a series of watercolors on Mary, deciding to study the traditional icons of her, her stance, clothing, colors. Up to this time this was the closest I'd come to letting go of my personal artistic vision and following the inspirational iconic guide of a tradition. I did however add some of my own interpretation: each Mary in the series having a rose placed with the figure, symbolizing her heart chakra or womb chakra or Christ or compassion and I gave her faces from all over the world. This was very satisfying and I noticed that when I painted her feet in the painting Mary in the Garden I felt heat radiate through my body and openness in my heart area."

Please enjoy some of this beautiful art for yourself and if you are interested in outer luminosity as well, visit Kayla's other Etsy shops "LuminousLadyVintage" and "BeeBeautifulVintage".

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 9, 2020

FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR THE DURATION OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. We hope that all customers will enjoy these images from the gallery shop of Kayla Komito's Sacred Art paintings. At the moment the shop is featuring prints of her original Tibetan Buddhist thanka paintings and some paintings from her series on Mary. Over time the shop will feature more images of Mary and a selection of her personal, visionary sacred art paintings.

The thanka paintings (also spelled thangka) were originally commissioned by Buddhists who wanted paintings created according to the strict traditional standards of line, color, and image. As is also traditional, the style is Kayla's own, as are her touches of whimsy ..... which you will see in the extremely detailed backgrounds. She has a particular fondness for quarrelsome crows, languorous deer, wily coyotes and spotted snakes. For many years she was a professional floral designer, so luscious flowers are also a distinctive feature of her paintings.

Thanka appreciations:

-- The Dalai Lama, at Kayla's last meeting with him to discuss her paintings: "You indeed have an artistic gift and talent, which is clearly evident from the beautiful thankas you have painted"

-- Gehlek Rinpoche: "There is nothing in your thankas which is not authentic."

-- Robert Thurman, upon receipt of one of his two commissions: "You have created a masterpiece. It is stunning. I salute you with all sincere gratitude."

Kayla writes: "My journey into the sacred feminine began in 1978 when mysterious female forms, veiled and feathered, began to appear in my watercolors. A slide show I saw at that time on women's spirituality, as revealed in sculpture, symbols and paintings, from 25,000 BC to the present, gave her a name and meaning. This river of femaleness mirrored back to me something lost so long ago in the world family: sacred mother, sacred earth, sacred female power, sacred death, sacred body, sacred nature, sacred woman. It became a meditation practice for me to let these female images - incarnations - come through my hands and onto my paper. Influences from many cultures and from dream time entwined with my personal understanding to create a multifaceted view of what women could be."

The paintings of Mary were done during a period of transition between Kayla's personal, visionary art and her Tibetan style art. She writes: "During 1997 and 1998 I began to do a series of watercolors on Mary, deciding to study the traditional icons of her, her stance, clothing, colors. Up to this time this was the closest I'd come to letting go of my personal artistic vision and following the inspirational iconic guide of a tradition. I did however add some of my own interpretation: each Mary in the series having a rose placed with the figure, symbolizing her heart chakra or womb chakra or Christ or compassion and I gave her faces from all over the world. This was very satisfying and I noticed that when I painted her feet in the painting Mary in the Garden I felt heat radiate through my body and openness in my heart area."

Please enjoy some of this beautiful art for yourself and if you are interested in outer luminosity as well, visit Kayla's other Etsy shops "LuminousLadyVintage" and "BeeBeautifulVintage".

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About KaylaKomitoSacredArt

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How Kayla began painting thankas

Kayla's story:

I've been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for the last 30 years and a Buddhist for the last 38. I had utilized some of the images of the sacred feminine such as Arya Tara, in my personal paintings, but when I showed them to my teachers they said to please use the iconic patterns, proportions, etc. My teacher Tara Tulku told me it was OK to do or paint the images so long as I used the grid.

Then in the 1990s I began to do a series on Mary, deciding to study the traditional icons of her, her stance, clothing, colors. This was the closest I'd come to letting go of my personal vision and following the inspirational iconic guide of a tradition. I did however add some of my own interpretation: each having a rose placed with the figure, symbolizing her heart chakra or womb chakra or Christ or compassion and gave her faces from all over the world. This was very satisfying and I noticed that when I painted her feet in "Mary in the Garden" I felt heat radiate through my body and openness in my heart area. This reminded me of how much my winds [inner energies] were affected when painting the life size green Tara in correct proportion in 1991 for a Green Tara children's celebration in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Then a fellow disciple of Denma Locho Rinpoche hunted for a thanka of her practice deity in Tibet, India, Nepal and the US, not finding one that was well done or accurate. So she asked me to do one. It was extremely fierce and complex. I was lucky to have found a 2" x 3" grid of the yidam/deity in Cho-yang magazine and blew it up to a usable size. I also had access to a 17th century thanka of this yidam that was extremely well done to work from for color and detail. All these conditions made it possible for me to do this work.

Also the painting style of my personal work had always been extremely complex, bright colors, and nontraditional (in the western sense) use of watercolor with opaque areas, intense color, lots of detail, so it was very sympathetic to the Tibetan style. While I was in India in 1992-93 the brothers who painted the Kalachakra Temple in Dharamsala told me it would be very easy for me to adapt my personal style to Tibetan thanka painting and it was.

I used the proportional grid and drew the image free hand on top of it. These days many Tibetans use the "pounce" method of tracing paper with small holes to mark the outline, which I believe accounts for a more wooden image. Mine was very full of energy and life. It took me 6 months/600 hours to do the work and it really turned out well.

Then Professor Robert Thurman of Columbia University (a noted scholar of Tibetan Dharma and art, and a friend) saw the Yamantaka and commissioned a thanka painting of a rare, hard to find image of a protector. This was even more of a challenge because it was in the black thanka style. I found that after familiarizing myself with the various iconic grids such as for short fierce deities, tall fierce deities, peaceful standing bodhisattvas, seated Buddhas, etc., that I could basically take a thanka that I knew was excellent and painted in a traditional way, and work backwards, finding out which iconic grid "fit" the painting perfectly and then drawing it on top of an enlarged color xerox of the painting. Working from this was perhaps more difficult than from a linear drawing, but not impossible. I would then search my library for the best possible rendition of every aspect of the paintings to make sure the final product contained the most refined and beautiful details possible. In this case Ven. Thurman told me the finished product was a "masterpiece."

Those experiences motivated me to continue to take commissions for thankas. My current project is quite personal: a painting of the Buddha preaching the Lotus Sutra. I read the sutra several times while helping my mother through the dying process. It sustained me at that time and I've felt inspired to paint an image of the origin of that sutra.

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  • Kayla and David Komito

    Owner, Curator, Photographer

    Kayla and David manage and curate this shop. Kayla is a Tibetan thanka painter and explorer of the sacred feminine whose prints are available here. David is a professor of Asian Religions and a photographer.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 11, 2019
Kayla's prints are limited edition archival quality fine art prints. She signs and numbers them herself. Kayla adheres to the highest standards in creating the original paintings and produces prints to the same high standards. Because each original painting is unique, the print dimensions listed are accurate in the vertical dimension but will vary slightly in the horizontal dimension. Print images on this web site are accurate renderings because they are digital files reduced from the original master images. The print you will receive is a much more detailed and color saturated version of what you see in in this shop. It is printed with archival inks on the highest quality of paper.

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Kayla Komito, 4429 Colores Del Sol,,Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

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I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
You will have 3 days from the date of receipt to inspect your order and notify me by email of any problems and request an authorization for return. Because handling and packaging of fine art prints and handicrafts requires professional care to avoid damage we only accept returns which have been properly and securely packaged.

If we have made an error and shipped you the wrong item we will credit your account for the cost of the return shipping and we will pay the shipping for the replacement.

In the event of damage to an order during shipping, or loss of an order, you will need to process the claim. Use your tracking number for this process and to collect the insurance coverage.
Payment
At this time the only payments I accept are 'PayPal' and Etsy 'Direct Checkout'.
Shipping
All fine art prints are are carefully and professionally packaged in protective tubes. We do everything possible to insure that your order arrives undamaged and in good condition, but we have no control over damages incurred by careless processing during shipping, or for lost packages, which is why we provide a USPS tracking number for you on domestic shipments. For international shipments we will forward a customs declaration number.

Please note that no international package will be marked as a gift. All duties, taxes and customs charges, if any, and special rules are the buyers responsibility. International buyers need be aware of their own country's laws and regulations.

We make every effort to ship your order within 3 days of receipt, unless otherwise noted on the shop's main page, in which case we will indicate a "NEXT SHIPPING DATE" and confirm this with you. Extended shipping dates, if necessary, are a consequence of vacation, travel, and so forth.
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