On the Summer Solstice, June 21st, 2007, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in an event called Blue Sky Day: Be Inspired organised jointly by the National Gallery, London, and the Expedia travel company. The aim was to paint a picture of something that inspires you onto a "Blue Sky" canvas, featuring the Expedia fluffy white cloud 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.