LauraSantiSacredArt

Laura Santi Sacred Art, Buddhist & Hindu Deity Thangkas

Portland, Oregon
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Each of these paintings uses gems and precious stones like lapis lazuli, azurite, and ochre ground into paint mixed with gouache, and 22K gold. They are paintings of Tibetan and Hindu deities, based on centuries old traditional iconography, brought to life with a contemporary hand, each one with a story to tell, a life lesson to be learned.

I also write - whimsical cheerful stories, always with tongue in cheek bits of wisdom from the classics peppering the pages. On Etsy you can buy her coloring books, - "5 Secrets of the River Qi", and O Deity Divine!, and a divination deck based on her paintings and writings.

When Laura isn't painting she can be found meditating, walking along a river out in the wilds of Oregon or gardening. Painting focuses the heart and mind on stillness - its a really good feeling, experiencing that while making something of beauty. I hope you enjoy these works.

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Each of these paintings uses gems and precious stones like lapis lazuli, azurite, and ochre ground into paint mixed with gouache, and 22K gold. They are paintings of Tibetan and Hindu deities, based on centuries old traditional iconography, brought to life with a contemporary hand, each one with a story to tell, a life lesson to be learned.

I also write - whimsical cheerful stories, always with tongue in cheek bits of wisdom from the classics peppering the pages. On Etsy you can buy her coloring books, - "5 Secrets of the River Qi", and O Deity Divine!, and a divination deck based on her paintings and writings.

When Laura isn't painting she can be found meditating, walking along a river out in the wilds of Oregon or gardening. Painting focuses the heart and mind on stillness - its a really good feeling, experiencing that while making something of beauty. I hope you enjoy these works.

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An addition of Ganeshini, the female form of Ganesh, leading the lineup of the 8 matrikas. This is a new version of a drawing I made for the book “Garland of Forgotten Goddesses”
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About LauraSantiSacredArt

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On Etsy since 2012

How I came to paint like a medieval thangka painter

I began painting 22 years ago after admiring the antique thangkas and Indian miniatures that devotees of my spiritual teacher owned. They were completely unlike any art I’d ever seen, coming from a childhood growing up in Midwest America, and the colors, stylized figures and creatures, and compositions were very beautiful to me.

"Thangkas art" is a style of painting Buddhist deities that began around 1300 years ago - well, hard to put a date on a culture's evolving love of painting religious deities, but something like that. They are created on fabric so that they can be rolled up - a handy quality in art for a nomadic culture.

Indian miniatures are small exquisitely detailed paintings of scenes of court life and deity art.

I began studying meditation and yoga and that brought me closer to the art. After having a lot of fun decorating a party with a bunch of artist friends and painting big “thangkas” on old bedsheets, hanging them in trees and everywhere else, I realized I could paint like these paintings I loved so much. I got a commission from that party art, and then just kept going from there.

You can feel the energy scintillate, quietly and peacefully, in old thangkas —- years of use in monasteries, painted in an ancient time before electricity and the intensity of technology and rapid change created a whirlwind in our minds.... They really inspire me.

I hope the giclée prints of my paintings and drawings have a tiny bit of that stillness and peace in them.... Welcome to my shop!

Laura

PS: I Don't paint in standard sizes. Consequently all the sizes you can pick from on my shop listings are APPROXIMATE - so its best to wait to buy frames until you have the art in hand.

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  • Laura Santi

    Owner, Creator, Photographer

    I love to paint Hindu and Buddhist deity art, and lately have made pen and ink illustrated books inspired by them. I share these ancient art forms through the giclee prints I sell and my coloring books "O Deity Divine! & "5 Secrets of the River Qi".

  • Brian

    Giclee Print Specialist, Designer

    Brian,of Pearl Printing in Portland Oregon, makes my giclee prints. He is dedicated to creating the highest quality archival prints available. We print on artists' archival watercolor paper which makes prints that look like original artworks.

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  • Brian Carter

    Portland, OR

    Brian is a very busy guy - at any one time he is working with more than 50 artists - like me - scanning their work and printing giclee prints from them. He is very good at what he does and strives to give you the best quality archival print available.

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Last updated on May 18, 2022
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The print sizes listed under "Options" are not standard framing sizes. I don't paint on standardized sized canvases, so each artwork is APPROXIMATELY the measurements listed. This is true for all prints except the $20 5"x 7" prints - (they ARE 5x7") and a few of the prints that are available only in one small size, like 3x4", or 6x6".

Wholesale availability

Yes! Happy to provide wholesale items - please contact the shop for a quote.

I accept returns on prints that are defective or damaged in transit only.

I only accept returns on prints that are defective or damaged in transit.
If a print is returned to me from your post office due to failure to pick up the item, I can refund you my costs only, ie, a partial refund.

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When a buyer's purchase is held at their post office rather than being delivered to their address, it is the buyer's responsibility to contact the post office and arrange for pick-up of the item. You can find your tracking number for your item by looking at your "Purchases" page on Etsy, but if you have difficulty with that please contact me.
All VAT and customs issues are taken care of through Etsy.com for foreign orders when a buyer purchases from me.
My shop is not responsible for unclaimed items left at the post office, but I will do my best to help you.