Saturday, December 6, 2008

Hanuman saves Lakshman

When Rama's brother Lakshman lay dying, Hanuman was told the only way to save his life was to fetch a healing herb from the Himalayas. He grew to giant height and leapt across the leagues to find the mountain. Unable to distinguish the herb, he uprooted the entire mountain and placed it on his palm. As he was returning, the sun began to rise. As he had been told that Lakshman would die if he did not have the herb before sunrise, Hanuman captured the sun under his arm and continued his journey. Rama's brother was saved and all was well. 
This also makes me think of my nephew (at seven) drawing a drowning man being rescued by a man with a long stretchy arm which went out and looped around the victim and proceeded back to shore.

13 comments:

Nicola said...

Oh, this is truly beautiful!

Son of Incogneato said...

Super-cool. Great technique - it looks like a hand-colored litho. Care to tell how you did it?

lettuce said...

this is fabulous - i love the movement and expression and colours - really great

jude said...

and i like the loop

ArtSparker said...

Jude - of course you do, a loop is just a big old stitch. Your comment came in as I was directing another blogger to one of Nemo's sites.

Nao said...

This is wonderful. I have an enormous love of Hanuman~

pRiyA said...

i love this. such a beautiful and original interpretation. very different from the illustrations of this story that i usually get to see.

sketched out said...

Beautiful story and equally beautiful piece. Your art has so much heart and so much thoughtfulness.

Indrani said...

Beautiful, how well you have absorbed the Ramayana.

Grimmly said...

hi Susan. I've just written a post on Hanuman's leap (reading the ramayana at the moment and just got to that chapter). Looking for an image I came across this one of yours and loved it. Would it be OK to use in my post and link to your blog?

Just found a wonderful Ramayana site btw
http://valmikiramayan.net/Ramayana1.htm

Tj said...

Are you selling this anywhere?

ArtSparker said...

TJ, yes, it is for sale here as a t-shirt

http://www.redbubble.com/mybubble/clothing/2186647-hanumans-leap/edit

Tj said...

Thanks for the link. I think that's the link for your specific login, for the rest of us its at http://www.redbubble.com/people/susansanford/t-shirts/2186647-hanumans-leap
Beautiful artwork by the way, both the hanuman and the chicken on a horse would make cool prints too.