a privately commissioned series in 2013, depicting an all female cast of sensual mythical beings.
This piece is of the beings referred in the Bible as the Chayot. Ezekiel saw them as a composite of 4 beings, later called the tetramorph. Since most resources about the Chayot come from hebrew mysticism, I added some flavor in that direction
Apsaras. The Apsaras are beautiful supernatural spirits in the Hindu and Buddhist mythologies. Their natural element is the Air and are great dancers. They usually perform to the gods or seduce men (sometimes to disrupt their meditation) or take care of fallen heroes. Read the Wikipedia entry to get a better overview. What I find most interesting about the Apsaras is that you can see them sculpted everywhere in some Hindu temples, often with incredible details.
Chayot Hakodesh Wallpaper
Tennyo. The Tennyo are beautiful spirits from the Japanese Buddhism mythology, they can be easily compared to the Western Angels or the Asian Apsaras. They usually carry around lots of long garments that give them the ability to fly.
Seraph. The second Commissioned artwork for this series. Had a lot of fun doing the design and painting on this one! I hope it can easily transmit the fanning of flames as I hear them. Literally “burning ones”, the word seraph is normally a synonym for serpents when used in the Hebrew Bible. A seminal passage in the Book of Isaiah (6.1-8) used the term to describe fiery six-winged beings that fly around God’s throne singing “holy, holy, holy”.
Dakini. Of all the beings I came across, the Dakini is probably one of the hardest to describe because they have their own versions in Tibetan Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism and Hinduism and they’re not exactly supernatural beings. Enlightened meditation practitioners can be called dakini, but Dakini is also a philosophical concept of the enlightened feminine form. “As the Western nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo comments, “Many lamas have said that women make superior practitioners because they are able to dive into meditation much more easily than males. This is because many males are afraid of dropping the intellect, especially monks who have been studying for a long time. To suddenly just let that go and be naked in the meditation experience is frightening for them, whereas women seem to be able to manage it naturally.” from http://www.dakinipower.com/what-is-a-dakini/
Cherub. The third piece of the Mythical Beauty series ending the jewish/christian myth part. The Cherubim (singular: Cherub) are a type of angel many times mentioned in the Bible. the first occurrence is when the Garden of Eden is closed to humans, Cherubim guard the Tree of Life with flaming swords. They are also somewhat present whenever God speaks.