- Date: 2018
- Medium: acrylic on canvas
- Dimentions: 24" X 30"
This painting was done as a Fun A Day project. During the month of January, I worked on this painting daily. Sakka is a forest fairy who overheard the Buddha (during his life as a rabbit) talking with his forest friends about how they could do a good deed for some one that day. The squirrel gathered some nuts for someone, the birds harvested some berries for some people. Buddha the rabbit, harvested some grass but no one wanted it, so he decided he would offer himself as a meal by jumping into a fire. Just as he was about to jump into the fire, Sakka turned the flames into harmless fire and did not allow him to die. On another layer, this painting is about the interconnectedness of the forest. The roots of the forest intertwine and communicate with each other, mushrooms grow in a symbiotic relationships with those roots. I have foraged and eaten each mushroom depicted in this painting.
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