Omraam Mikhael Aïvanhov
Medium: Gouache paint on canvas.
Dimensions: Approx. 50 x 50 cm
Date: Summer Solstice (June 21st) 2007
On June 21st 2007, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to join in an art event organised jointly by the National Gallery, London, and the Expedia travel company. The event was called "Blue Sky Day: Be Inspired", and the aim was to paint a picture of something that inspires you onto a "Blue Sky" canvas, featuring the familiar Expedia logo. I chose to paint a portrait of the spiritual Master Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov (1900-1986), whose teachings have been a great inspiration in my artwork as well as more generally.
Among other things, Aivanhov taught about the spiritual significance of the Summer Solstice (the longest day of the year), the sky, the Sun, the rainbow, and the seven spirits of the colour spectrum. Here, he gazes up into the heavens and the Sun.
The painting was completed during the three hour painting session at Trafalgar Square, London, where I was present along with 199 other artists.