On My paintings of 2018 by Goro Shintami in early
I'll tell you about my paintings made in 2018.
Lately, I've been working with water color. It's an easy and fast tool
that suits me, when my paintings are sketches at the moment. When the
ideas come, I have to put them in memory and have to try whether the
idea works or not? I'm thinking that I an going to paint big paintings
sometimes, when the right moment comes.
Two paintings were made, entitled "The stream of life".
I started them previous year, but they were only finished after the
New Year Day, so they are here. I also painted two "Life stream"
paintings previous year. This time I wanted to make the paintings a
little more colorful than the previous year.
I started planning following works. I was making three mermaid sculptures
and they are almost finished. I wanted to make paintings next. It made
sense to continue the theme of old paintings again.
One of them is the Mandala series made with libbons, which I
started in 2004 and continued until 2013. I had made a total of 22 mandala.
When I no longer know what to do in my art or my life, Mandala appears
in my painting. In other words, I want to paint mandala when I need
a break. It calms my mind and at the same time I can meditate on things.
The second idea was the "Guardian of Life" series,
which I started in 1998 and continued until 2001. In these pictures,
babies are also main characters. Baby theme often appears in my art.
I have a clue that I like to paint babies when I feel that some big
change is coming in my art or life. I have made a total of 10 paintings.
I had also joined theme of life guardian to the theme of the ribbon
mandala in 2013, but I did not remember it when I was painting this
time. I noticed it only in October, when I started to write this text.
The third thought was goddesses. I like to paint sacred characters.
The characters of the guardians, angels, or the goddesses belong to
In April and May
I started reviewing old paintings and also drew very rough sketches
for new paintings and I made drawings ready on
other papers. I usually draw on another piece of paper first, and then
I draw the ready drawing on a real paper later. It is a very common
traditional way. I drew two circles with a ribbon and put two female
characters inside them, one of them upside down.
Began summer vacation. I worked as an art teacher then. I had time to
paint in the summer without hurry.
Two Circles Mandalas: First I started with a naked figure in
the same way as in 2004 painting. In these, the characters hold hands
together. The characters were without cloth and also with clothes in
the paintings this time. In my art, people are nude very often. I didn't
want that the age appear, nor the area in my art. Clothes are made by
people. Through them we can see where it was made and when it was. The
advantage of clothes is their much more complex shape and more complicated
color than the naked human figure. In addition, the claims also have
I made four mandala paintings. The numbers of rings made of the ribbons
grew to three, four, nine and 13.
Three-Circle Mandala: There is a different world inside the
circles. I painted the green mountain and the blue sky in three circles
Four-Circle Mandala: When I painted a four-circle mandala, different
colors came into the mountains of different circles. Six main colors
of the color circle have been used. Looks very colorful.
Nine-circle Mandala: In it the background landscape didn't need
any more. Just color tone, from light to dark, from colorful to colorless,
fits better with the task. A mandala with a central character pleased
13-Circle Mandala: Here are the a Mandala of 13 circles. Exactly
12 small circles and one big circle in the middle. Inside the big circle,
two characters came upside down and overlapped. This two-headed and
four-handed figure is mystical even to me. When I was planning the colors,
I noticed that the ribbon was not one, but three. So far, I have tried
to draw circles with only one ribbon. So the three-color ribbons was
a coincidence, but I liked it. The colors looks happier, circusy.
One Thousand Hands of Goddess: When I painted 13 circles of mandala
"Soulu Sisters", I came up with the idea, "Goddess character
can place it here." When the month changed, I started painting
the Goddess character. This time, she became the Goddess of Thousand
Hands, who saves people from suffering. In East Asia it is a fairly
common figure, although it is a generally feminine male figure. In this
picture, the importance of the ribbon is disappearing behind.
Guardian of Life: In the next painting I combined the ribbon
mandala with the Guardian of Life theme. I drew two pieces of 13 circles
and combined them. The number of ribbons is three, such as 13 circles.
The Guardian of Life is similar to the character of my Maria sculpture.
which I made in the previous year.
Ganesha: Here is "Ganeshan and Me". I have three background
stories on this picture.
The first is my wife's dream. My wife told me about her dream over10
years ago. In her dream, I rode and calmed the raging pink elephant.
That dream remainded in my mind and made me feel like going to make
an elephant someday.
The second is a story in a book that says that God looks at the world
through everyones eyes. God is behind our gaze. When I was thinking
about this thing, my back was warming up like someone behind me hugging
me. I realized that behind this story could be such experience.
The third is the TV series Sense8, where Indian Indian Kala recalled
her childhood experience. She was perhaps eight years old and went to
the Ganesha festival with her mother. There were lots of people and
many big Ganesha statues drawn by the cart, and there she got lost and
met a boy. The boy took Kala into a big Ganesha statue. And she saw
outside world from inside of the statue. Kala saw the world through
the eyes of Ganesha.
In this picture, the girl is not inside Ganesha but in his lap. And
they look at the world together. When I painted this, I felt warm energy
on my back again as Ganesha or some spirit is hugging me. It was a significant
spiritual experience for me. When I looked at this painting later, a
similar experience happened to me several times.
In September the second Thousand Hand Goddess
was made. This time the circle made of ribbon did not come out. When
the image is quite symmetrical, you could call the style of this painting
as a kind of mandala or maybe you don't have to call it any more.
In October two small paintings, Goddess Playing an Angel
and Goddess Playing a Batterfly, were completed. The "Goddess
of Thousand Hands", painted in September, looked like a butterfly
and also an angel with wings. I developed those ideas forward.
In November four small paintigs, Fairy and Flower, Fairy
and Babies, Guardian Angel and I and Joy of Christmas
were completed. The butterfly of the previous month looked like a fairy,
so I made a mind to paint fairies. I painted the fairy with the flower
first and then the fairy with the babies. In the latter, I combined
fairy with "Guardian of Life" theme. The previous month's
"Goddess Playing an Angel" turned into a real angel character
with a girl to be protected. Lastly, there is a Santa Claus who shares
the joy of Christmas, not Christmas gifts. Black short beard looks handsome.
In December four small paintings were ready, Swan Lake,
Black Swan, Blue Angel and Me and Green Woman and Me.
The angel's wings reminded me of the swan's wings and it gave me an
idea to connect an angel and a swan. It became Swan Lake. The angel
of Black Swan has no wings anymore, he looks just a man, who support.
If necessary, every person can help others like angels help. The angel
character is an enlightenment assistant in the following Blue Angel.
The green forest spirit also helps enlightenment.
In the beginning of 2019
In January, I produced four paintings.
Motherland and Tree of Life and Fire Peaple: I wanted
to get the power of life for myself from earth, tree and fire.
Ganesha and Us: I wanted to feel the blessing to our marriage
from higher spirit.
Guardian of Life: I wanted to get happier colors, lighter colors
in this than last year's painting.
I have a feeling that I am going to develope paintings
with mother earth theme and tree of life theme in the spring. But I
don´t know yet, what will phappen.