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Rising Prayers

"From a flame
Rising in an ethreal dance
Hopes and dreams
Called to the heights
Fears and doubts
Allayed by the sky"

2011

Metallic Gel Pen on Illustration Board

Based on a vision during meditation
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Stefymoondust Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
magical
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Stefy

The original inspiration for this was almost 30 years ago, as I sat in an office cubicle watching the smoke for a cigarette dance into the still air

Then years later is started using incense :)
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TeaHostessReema Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What an amazing metaphor for what prayer is!
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Greetings Reema

I am happy that this work has resonated to you. I got the idea to do this after sitting and meditating with incense and the prayer just swirled in my mind :)

Salamat (thanks) at samuli (and until then),

Lakan
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TeaHostessReema Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's amazing! I think the metaphor applies to all forms of prayer, even if incense isn't involved. I mean prayer itself is very subtle, just like smoke. The incense could be what we invest into our prayers such as intention and a genuine desire to connect with something greater than ourselves, which provide fuel for the smoke. Although I see a lot of meaning in your artwork, I also appreciate that they can be enjoyed for what they are without the need to derive any meaning.
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very true Reema

Growing up in a Christian home, my mother once told me to write a letter to God then burn it so that the smoke will carry my words up to then heavens. I believe that symbolical gesture has resonated with for all these years :)

And my works are open to everyone, as what the interpret of my work is an experience that I can never dictate
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TeaHostessReema Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I truly appreciate that you share your personal experiences with those who appreciate your artwork.

Coming from an Arab culture, I myself grew up with incense as my grandmother and aunties would always burn it for the sake of driving away "the evil eye" (which is believed to personify negative energy that comes from envy), to allow those who have a cold to sniff it to help with their ailments, and to remove any bad odors in the house. Incense was also passed around to guests to have them fan the smoke to their faces as a way of hospitality. I recall running behind those who carried the incense around as a child as I was always so mesmerized by the smoke and the smell (which would differ depending on the sorts of stones used, each of which has its own purpose). At times, my grandmother would place the incense under my blouse as part of driving away the evil eye or just because I asked for it. I never thought of incense as a tool for prayer till I visited Buddhist temples in Thailand when I was around 10.

This drawing inspires to write a poem...will let you know once I do write it :)
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well the use of smoke has been a long tradition in ritual which still includes the prayer. Many cultures still practice the rituals but do not emphasize the prayers that accompany them, yet the intent of the heart still is the prayer itself . . . such as the intent of driving away evil spirits and blessings of good fortune to visitors . . . since the smoke cleanses

I was adopted my the Islamic Tausug people of the Philippines, who practice many Arab culture based rituals . . . which I am grateful to experience

I look forward to you poem and see how wonderfully I also learn from your experiences
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ICONcreations Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist
great !
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Merci Quentin
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ICONcreations Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist
you're welcome !
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wygirl10123 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much Apple

I am most honored, especially with all the many "faves" you have given my works
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wygirl10123 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:) no problem
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bookbunny9 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The detail in every one of your pieces is simply astounding.
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Sashi

I believe my knack for details is very much a manifestation of my Asian heritage . . . as we seem to be draw to such intricacies . . . plus as an ADHD this is one of the few thing that keeps me sitting still :)

Salamat muli (thanks again),

Lakan
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bookbunny9 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, whatever the reason, good for you! Your pieces are all so beautiful.
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adalheidis Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing! great job!
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Alicija,

You too have stunning works, and we seem to be a sort of opposites in the drawing world. You work on white surfaces, while I work on black :)

Salamat (thanks) at Samuli (and until then),

Lakan
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adalheidis Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yes, you're right! I didn't think of that before :hug: :ahoy:
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Absolutely stunning!
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Mitzi :)
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whispering-destiny Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is very magical and insparational :)
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you my friend
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whispering-destiny Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
No problem! Hehe :)
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VoodooEconomist Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Inspiring!
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My thanks Krzysztof
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Piscesandthediamonds Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
gorgeous - i love the concept-image :heart:
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My thanks Natalie
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sognodrago Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful!!!!
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you my friend
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sognodrago Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome :)
it was quite a way to draw things
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ameekathleen Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
gorgeous
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Amee

It means a lot to me, as I take great pleasure looking at your colorful works
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karmaink Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Wow the vase is amazing in its self :)
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you my friend

I do actually wish I had a vase such as this, but I do settle for having a dragon bell and gong
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karmaink Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
There you go, the vase will prob. be just around the corner soon to add to your collection :)
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clauds-d Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
:love:
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My thanks Claudia

I hope to see what you have to share with us here at DA
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My thanks Claudia

I hope to see what you have to share with us here at DA
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clauds-d Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
most likely not much :)

I have started to sketch, but I guess after seeing works done by people like you and *lauraborealisis

You both have amazing work. I hope that one day, I will be able to draw as intuitively as you both.

Amazing once again, and thank you soo so so so much for sharing your gift. :hug:
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
All in good time Claudia

I am 41 years old with much experience built from all those years. And although I believe Laura is much younger than me, she too has chalked much time into honing her skills.

Hence it in never a hindrance to keep drawing. Do not be intimidated by all the great art here at DA, since we have started at some point, where we saw our works as not up to par. I have even taught a 60 year old woman to draw, and she has continued to improve over time

Thanks again
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coujerro Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing, I can't think of any grand words to describe just how awesome the linework and flowing detail is, keep up the good work!
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My thanks Greguire

This piece was inspired by a cleansing ritual we were conducting at home a few months back
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Megami-of-Nekro Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Your art is inspiring.
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My thanks Gabrielle

I only wish to share the visions I see, and this was inspired by a ritual of cleansing
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RandomMasterTor Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful! :D
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My thanks Tori
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RandomMasterTor Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Ealaine Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive and Beautiful. Wonderfull idea :)
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