As well as vajrayana artifacts 13 Sky Signature calligraphies were sold in Finland by Bar-ché and Me-sel, and several more found new owners during the retreat.
My lovely wife Shé-zér has also added a few pennies to the coffers in her one woman Dig-For-Dharma campaign - by selling 50 strawberry plants for the appeal.
On it's own it won't keep Jerry from the door (but it will give Margo something to peer at over the hedge row).
An Odd Boy
Aro Ling some time in the summer, when volume two of An Odd Boy is launched. These images are a collection of works, that have been extensively recoloured and restored by Rinpoche using a host of tools available through the wonder that is Photoshop. Up until this point they were only visible via Facebook, but thanks to the work of Lama Shardrol's sangha in the USA, they are now available on canvas.
Some of the source images were black and white, or of very low resolution, and have been touched up, sharpened and refined. The Jimi Hendrix image was in fact sourced from a photograph of an original painting by Rinpoche himself - and again has been retouched for the Blues Masters collection. Each image has had something like 60 to 100 hours of work put into it, before being printed to canvas in medium and large scale, for hanging.
Images include a host of Blues artists from both the USA, and also from the British Blues boom. Where images were cut or cropped, instruments have been restored from scratch by adding them from other photographic sources from the period. Friends and relatives of many of the Blues artists pictured have been good enough to get in touch with Rinpoche and express their appreciation of the work that has gone into bringing these performers to life. Now they will be made available for public sale - with 100% of the proceeds going to charity.
The most ambitious part of the Blues Master project will appeal to fans of An Odd Boy. Amongst the images there are several restored pictures of the band Savage Cabbage - in which Rinpoche himself played. As no extant image of the band on stage could be found, these works have required sourcing faces, bodies and instrument images from a host of different sources - including Rinpoche's son - a bass player himself - providing a body double for the performers in their stage poses.