Happy Ganesh Chaturthi, everyone! Deep pranams to the Joyful One, the Guardian of Thresholds, the Lord of the Gaṇas who has an elephant head, an enormous belly, a fondness for sweets, and gigantic ears to hear the prayers of those in need.
I’m very pleased to announce that this drawing of Śrī Mahāgaṇapati has been approved, inking is nearing completion, and prints will be available soon.
This project has been in progress for over a YEAR. I’ve been chanting his mantra every day since we agreed to start, even before the first drawings were begun. I recently visited his shrine at the Mookambika temple in South India to ask for blessings and received positive signs at a nearby Gaṇeśa temple the next day.
Extensive research and many preliminary sketches were done. Thanks so much to Max Stetsenko and his friends at Tripura Tallika for initiating this project, doing the scriptural study, and compiling references for me to ensure this image matches the scriptural description (Dhyāna Śloka) exactly. In fact, we could not find any reference images that were completely accurate to the scripture, and this will certainly be the only one widely available.
A digital version of the final inked drawing will be available for FREE to the public. This is the first image that is part of a much larger project to produce more than a dozen accurate images of goddesses from the Śrī Vidyā tradition. Next in line is the boar-headed goddess Mā Vārāhī. They will be used to illustrate new accurate translations of core scriptures (some of which are not widely available in English) and to be a resource for devotees to use in mediation. If fundraising efforts are successful, I also hope to produce full-color paintings.
Please support our work by reserving your copy and enjoy a deep discount. To make it easy for folks to support this project, a variety of options are offered: postcards, posters, open-edition unsigned prints, or limited-edition fine art prints. These exquisite prints will be hand-made on a letterset press by The Aesthetic Union in San Francisco and signed by the artist (yours truly ).
The tentative release date when the prints will ship is November 21, 2022.