© 2018 by Janaki Kumar. Proudly created with Sue Ju

Artist

Janaki is a design leader by day and artist by night. Although she trained in art in her teens, she lost touch with it when she entered her professional life and her world became increasingly digital. A few years ago, she started painting again to find balance in her life and to get back in touch with her creativity.

 

 

Her artworks are painted prayers. They are meditations on peace and presence. They help calm her mind and she hopes they will do the same for you.

Three Lotuses

Acrylic on canvas

16” x 20”

Lotuses grow in muddy waters and grow towards the light. It symbolizes rising above one’s circumstance and spreading beauty and joy wherever you go.

Zzzz Zen

Acrylic on canvas

30” x 24”

All of life’s problems seem less daunting after a good night’s sleep. This sleeping Buddha is created in cool colors and wishes the gazer a restful, restorative slumber.

Seven Attitudinal Qualities of Mindfulness

Acrylic on canvas

16” x 20” , 6 panels of 5” x 5 “

This piece is a gentle reminder to cultivate the seven qualities of mindfulness - Acceptance, Trust, Non-judgemental, Non-striving,  Patience, Beginner’s Mind, Letting Go. This is a lifelong journey, and this art piece serves as a daily reminder.

Inhale Exhale

Acrylic on canvas

16” x 20”

Just as the waves rise and fall, so does our natural breath enter and leave our bodies. Focusing on the natural rhythm of the breadth is the simplest way to quiet the mind.

Lotus pond

Acrylic on canvas

12” x 12”

This 6 panel painting reminds us that everything is connected. Even as the individual lotuses occupy a  separate panel, the pond in which they grow is connected below.

May you raise above the waves

Acrylic on canvas

16” x 20”

This piece was painted as a Happy New Year wish to her three daughters. May they raise and shine above the waves of activities in the coming year.

Tropical Fruit

Acrylic on canvas

6” x 6” - 6 panels

If you have not tasted fruit in the tropics you are missing out! Janaki tries to capture the vibrant  taste and colors of tropical fruit such as jack fruit, mangoes, bananas. pomegranates, papaya and custard apples in this series.

Rough waters

Acrylic on canvas

12” x 12“

There is beauty and power in rough waters. This painting encourages the viewer to stay objective and take in the intensity of events and yet staying calm.

The Protector

Acrylic on canvas

20” x 16“

The peacock’s plumes represent a thousand eyes that will watch over you and protect you from harm.

Glimmer

Acrylic on canvas

12” x 12”

When the light hits the water and lotus just right, it is a joy to behold. The metallic paint in this piece sparkles when the light shines on it.

Rise Above

Acrylic on canvas

12” x 12” - 7 panels

6" x 6" - 14 panels

Just as the lotus rises above murky waters and grows towards the light, we too can rise above our fears, anxieties and insecurities, and manifest our best selves using one of the following seven mindfulness attitudinal practices:

 

Non-judging

Patience

Beginner's mind 

Trust

Non-striving

Acceptance

Letting go 

 

In this artwork series, the 7 attitudinal practices are represented by the 7 background colors - red, purple, pink, blue, brown, green and yellow. The lotus represents the self, and the murky waters represents our everyday stresses and negative emotions. The dragonfly symbolizes change, transformation, adaptability, and self-realization. The frog signals time for rebirth and renewal. The goal of this artwork is to gently remind the viewer to rise above.