Finished painting – Adventure of the Soul

Birthday present for my 12 year old son, Aryaman, showing his Natal chart and a few inspiring lines from Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri:

Part of what the Soul of Savitri says to Savitri:
☀️I guide man to the path of the Divine
And guard him from the red Wolf and the Snake.
I set in his mortal hand my heavenly sword
And put on him the breastplate of the gods.
I break the ignorant pride of human mind
And lead the thought to the wideness of the Truth;
I rend man’s narrow and successful life
And force his sorrowful eyes to gaze at the sun
That he may die to earth and live in his soul.
I know the goal, I know the secret route;
I have studied the map of the invisible worlds;
I am the battle’s head, the journey’s star.☀️

Watercolor and pen on paper

Painting Size: 22″×15″

Zodiac signs

Progress..

World map illustration

The earth and the stars..

Have not been able to do much on the painting, yesterday was my son’s birthday and I had been busy baking muffins; so.. I am late with his present, I hope to finish it within this week. The compass I want to do in antique chrome, add gold accents whereever I can for his natal chart, some nice calligraphy and strengthen these first washes and get a good feel of an old, worn and lost mysterious map:

World map

Sketch for ‘Adventure of the Soul’

Lines are from the epic poem ‘Savitri’ written by yogi Sri Aurobindo which I read every night. It deals with the transendence of man and the emergence of a gnostic immortal superman race upon earth explained through a sweet myth about how the heroine conquers Death in order to save her husband and bring him back to life. I opened it at random with thoughts of my son, and it opened to this page with the lines “I know the goal, I know the secret route; I have studied the map of the invisible worlds; I am the battle’s head, the journey’s star.” They are said by the Soul of Savitri (the heroine) to Savitri. It fits in seamlessly with the theme which I have envisioned and I have included them here.

World map illustration

World map illustration

Concept for my new painting – Adventure of the soul

I am thinking of doing a painting as a gift for my child whose 12th birthday is coming up. I am so proud of him. I made some thumbnails, I think I am going to integrate his natal chart too into the design somehow:

Thumbnail sketches