White Tara Thangka Art Course Edition Sept/Oct 2020

Welcome to the White Tara Inspiration Gallery! Here displayed are the artworks that were created during the online White Tara Thangka Art Course Edition Sept/Oct, 2020 at the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art (check out the next edition!)
These female Buddhas of Longevity are made by people from all over the world, and both with and without any drawing experience. Not only express these images the enlightened Buddha mind, they also convey the beauty, love and dedication of the maker. 🙏🏼
Isn’t each and every one of them amazing?

Maxine
Queensland, Australia

Confident that I can improve my drawing colouring skills with the courses

Thank you Carmen for another amazing drawing and colouring course, so skilfully presented.
I loved drawing this White Tara: I feel that I have a very complete understa…

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Confident that I can improve my drawing colouring skills with the courses

Thank you Carmen for another amazing drawing and colouring course, so skilfully presented.
I loved drawing this White Tara: I feel that I have a very complete understanding of what I am drawing.
I have lots to learn but confident that I can improve my drawing and develop some skill with colouring techniques if I follow your Colouring Techniques course. Big, big thanks for making this last course available to your students for an extended time.

I’m looking forward to colouring my White Tara – and to your next course.

Maxine
Queensland, Australia
Theresa G
New York, USA

My ninth year working with Carmen

I finally finished my White Tara!
This is my ninth year working with Carmen and it is always an amazing experience. Doing this course helped me to finish …

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My ninth year working with Carmen

I finally finished my White Tara!
This is my ninth year working with Carmen and it is always an amazing experience. Doing this course helped me to finish my drawing.

Theresa G
New York, USA
Peggy Sue McRae
Friday Harbor, Washington USA

The material is so well presented

Having taken other online Thangka courses from Carmen I knew that it would be a challenge this time to set aside enough quiet time to spend with White Tara.
It was a challe…

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The material is so well presented

Having taken other online Thangka courses from Carmen I knew that it would be a challenge this time to set aside enough quiet time to spend with White Tara.
It was a challenge and yet I found the mantra and meditation practices really helped me stay calm during an otherwise stressful time.
I love how this course, and the others I’ve taken, are a pathway back to my neglected Buddhist practice through art.
The material is so well presented I value the whole package. Carmen’s voice has a calming effect.
I plan to use paint this time to finish my White Tara.

Peggy Sue McRae
Friday Harbor, Washington USA
Valeria
United States

I am so grateful for this wonderful online experience

Carmen, I am so grateful for this wonderful online experience you have created. I love the Buddhist meditations and information that deepens my commitment and understanding.

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I am so grateful for this wonderful online experience

Carmen, I am so grateful for this wonderful online experience you have created. I love the Buddhist meditations and information that deepens my commitment and understanding.
For me the combination of my love of art and Buddhist practice coming together in one class is so precious!!
Much appreciation for your generosity in sharing your passions so clearly with deep respect for the tradition.
Namaste,
Valeria

Valeria
United States
Kirsten Karacan
Germany

The way how Carmen guides through the course

I will finish her the next days.
I made the experience that I need longer time for drawing.
The way how Carmen guides through the course is really professionell…

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The way how Carmen guides through the course

I will finish her the next days.
I made the experience that I need longer time for drawing.
The way how Carmen guides through the course is really professionell and sympathic.
Thanks for that!

Kirsten Karacan
Germany
Michel
New York, USA

I thought I would never be able to draw all the details

I thought I would never be able to draw all the details of White Tara but I found increasing confidence in my abilities as I put pencil to paper. Now can&…

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I thought I would never be able to draw all the details

I thought I would never be able to draw all the details of White Tara but I found increasing confidence in my abilities as I put pencil to paper. Now can’t wait to do the shading and coloring course! It was a pleasure to learn about the history of Tara and have an opportunity to do the meditations. Thanks Carmen! Look forward to many more!

Michel
New York, USA
Mara D’Ambrosi
Sedona AZ, USA

Carmen encourages us to take our time and refine our skills

Hi Carmen 🌷
I will have to retake the course of the Coloring Techniques.
I only went through almost every module but didn’t really practice. I love it thought very much! So well explained …
Next ti…

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Carmen encourages us to take our time and refine our skills

Hi Carmen 🌷
I will have to retake the course of the Coloring Techniques.
I only went through almost every module but didn’t really practice. I love it thought very much! So well explained …
Next time I will probabile focus only on that …
I will take with me what I have learned and keep on practicing.
I feel truly delighted by the experience of the White Tara drawing.
I am sending you where I am at so far. I love very much that you never put any pressure on us for finishing the paintings, rather encourage to take your time and refine your skills. That is the true painting of an artist ! Life goes with it, feelings, sensations,
perceptions …. ah this!
All is in movement, all is interconnected…
may your be happy
may you be well
may you be safe
Namaste Cara tanto amore 💗🙏🏻e tante grazie ☺️ da Mara

Mara D’Ambrosi
Sedona AZ, USA
Toni
United Kingdom

Giving a real retreat feel

Thank you Carmen. It’s been great to ‘begin’ drawing White Tara through the zoom course. Incredibly well presented and delivered giving a real retreat fee…

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Giving a real retreat feel

Thank you Carmen. It’s been great to ‘begin’ drawing White Tara through the zoom course. Incredibly well presented and delivered giving a real retreat feel, especially at such a time when we can’t meet in person.
It’s been lovely knowing that around the world we have all been focusing on White Tara at the same time.

Toni
United Kingdom
Ferne
New York City, USA

I open my mind and heart to the act of drawing, meditating and mantra

I continue to learn on many levels each time I draw a Buddha. What I mean is that not only do I learn technique and skill through practice, but as I open …

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I open my mind and heart to the act of drawing, meditating and mantra

I continue to learn on many levels each time I draw a Buddha. What I mean is that not only do I learn technique and skill through practice, but as I open my mind and heart to the act of drawing, meditating and mantra, I receive subtle teachings about myself – what to let go off and what to focus on – how to expand my horizons. It’s a beautiful practice to engage in! I feel such gratitude to Carmen Mensink and the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art for reviving this ancient practice in our modern era!

Ferne
New York City, USA
Melissa Ebeling
Maui, Hawaii

Teachings were very well thought out

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, teachings were very well thought out, meditation retreat, mantra, meanings, teaching of white tara, histor…

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Teachings were very well thought out

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, teachings were very well thought out, meditation retreat, mantra, meanings, teaching of white tara, history, drawing details, color, great course materials…. all so wonderful… I’m a seasoned artist, however art I feel is more of an infinite never ending learning journey…. So grateful for this wonderful class. 🙏🏻💖

Melissa Ebeling
Maui, Hawaii
Moira McCaul
United States

Everything was perfect!

Everything was perfect! I hope to have time soon to work on completing Tara 🙂

Everything was perfect!

Everything was perfect! I hope to have time soon to work on completing Tara 🙂

Moira McCaul
United States
Albel Sarmiento Cobo
Cancun, Mexico

Loving all the experience !

Loving all the experience ! Much more than I could imagine, still have some work to do, with flowers and landscape, so looking for coloring her and apply all th…

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Loving all the experience !

Loving all the experience ! Much more than I could imagine, still have some work to do, with flowers and landscape, so looking for coloring her and apply all the amazing tips from the class!!! 🥰✨👩🏻‍🎨
La mejor de las experiencias, la energia de Tara Blanca es maravillosa, aun tengo tarea pendiente con el fondo sin embargo, esta siendo un maravilloso viaje ✨💖✨

Albel Sarmiento Cobo
Cancun, Mexico
Alaya
Washington, USA

Supervised by my kitty, Atisha

Here is White Tara in progress being supervised by my kitty, Atisha. I think she is approving!

Supervised by my kitty, Atisha

Here is White Tara in progress being supervised by my kitty, Atisha. I think she is approving!

Alaya
Washington, USA
Teresa McDowell
Minnesota, USA

It’s so much more than just a drawing course

This is my third online course from Carmen Mensink. I really enjoy taking these classes and learning about the history behind the iconometry. It’s s…

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It’s so much more than just a drawing course

This is my third online course from Carmen Mensink. I really enjoy taking these classes and learning about the history behind the iconometry. It’s so much more than just a drawing course.

Teresa McDowell
Minnesota, USA
Grace B. Yap-Kirk
Brisbane, Australia

Feels great upon completion

Immense gratitude to Carmen for the course, which gave structure to my process of thangka drawing. The lectures provided meaning, symbolism and Buddhist philosop…

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Feels great upon completion

Immense gratitude to Carmen for the course, which gave structure to my process of thangka drawing. The lectures provided meaning, symbolism and Buddhist philosophy concepts besides drawing with contemplation. Feels great upon completion.

(digital artwork drawn and coloured using Procreate; halos and backdrop are digitally altered images using copyright-free pictures)

Grace B. Yap-Kirk
Brisbane, Australia
Marco
Netherlands

Had some but not much experience in drawing

I absolutely loved drawing White Tara. Had some but not much experience in drawing and am amazed how she manifested on paper 😉

Had some but not much experience in drawing

I absolutely loved drawing White Tara. Had some but not much experience in drawing and am amazed how she manifested on paper 😉

Marco
Netherlands
Joyce Isabelle
USA

I learned a lot

This course was beyond my expectations. I learned a lot. I like the eastern and western perspectives. I look at color differently now. Techniques learned …

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I learned a lot

This course was beyond my expectations. I learned a lot. I like the eastern and western perspectives. I look at color differently now. Techniques learned here will filter in all off my work.

Joyce Isabelle
USA
Anjana

Initially was apprehensive about drawing such a figure with so many intricate details

Thank you Carmen for providing this amazing and enriching experience of drawing the White Tara. The course was both informative and detailed. Initially wa…

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Initially was apprehensive about drawing such a figure with so many intricate details

Thank you Carmen for providing this amazing and enriching experience of drawing the White Tara. The course was both informative and detailed. Initially was apprehensive about drawing such a figure with so many intricate details but the energy of Tara was such that I could complete the entire drawing with focus and calmness never experienced before. Loved every bit of if.

Anjana
Katharine Macaulay
Pueblo, Colorado, US

I had no drawing experience and yet I was able to see wonderful Buddhas arise

The courses Carmen has created for her students are Amazing.
I had no drawing experience and yet I was able to see wonderful Buddhas arise with the aid of Thangka history, B…

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I had no drawing experience and yet I was able to see wonderful Buddhas arise

The courses Carmen has created for her students are Amazing.
I had no drawing experience and yet I was able to see wonderful Buddhas arise with the aid of Thangka history, Buddhist teachings, mantras. and a wonderful instructor who makes it all so accessible.
The meditative drawing experience for me is one of peaceful, single pointed focus and development of patience that I never thought I could achieve.
Buddhas arising from paper and pencil… what a Joy!

May All Benefit

Katharine Macaulay
Pueblo, Colorado, US
Courtney
Colorado, USA

Fear of starting is my enemy. Once started, it flows sometimes.

This was a bit of a leap for me in terms of drawing. So many details! Fear of starting is my enemy. Once started, it flows sometimes. I’ve found 20-25 minutes on, then a 5-10 …

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Fear of starting is my enemy. Once started, it flows sometimes.

This was a bit of a leap for me in terms of drawing. So many details! Fear of starting is my enemy. Once started, it flows sometimes. I’ve found 20-25 minutes on, then a 5-10 minute break before restarting to work best. Otherwise I get too focused in the details.

Speaking of her face – that was an entire day in itself! I wanted her to be look beautiful, not looking like a male buddha. The challenge was the angle – yes there was an angled grid, but 50x65cm is a large canvas so I didn’t rotate. Ex: her smile had to be higher on the right side than the left, given the angle, etc. The many many details was the leap for me – if I was able to do the coloring class maybe I would have fared better? I now understand I need to PRACTICE!

I LOVED the short mantra song you provided. Struggled with memorizing the longer chant (part brain, part foreign-ness), but the shorter one I could bring with me during the day. Singing hits a different part of brain than speaking – brings a felt sense of heart. I just turned 45 on the 30th and I think White Tara was ok w/ me spending the evening getting rid of my grays – in attempt to be a fraction as beautiful as she is. Now that I got the hang of these details, I’ll less afraid to move forward and finishing her.

OH, and I’ve been meaning to share… 🙂 Drawing the lotus petals from her cushion? I always get the sense I’m drawing a bunch of baby’s butts!
Drawing experience – might as well be ‘nil. Some residual drawing showed up from high school, but I haven’t drawn since. Vs the one student who cranks out a full-color thangka in 2 weeks or less. If I’m honest however, my fear of starting the scary new stuff is my ultimate hindrance.

Courtney
Colorado, USA
Johnny
Ireland

The tutorial videos are so helpful and the background info and practices are excellent

I loved the course and in fact it far exceeded my expectations.
Having done the Buddha face and Medicine Buddha courses I was really looking forward to this. A request …

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The tutorial videos are so helpful and the background info and practices are excellent

I loved the course and in fact it far exceeded my expectations.
Having done the Buddha face and Medicine Buddha courses I was really looking forward to this. A request to return to work full time put a spanner in the works for my time planning but I eventually managed to dedicate a few days.

It was difficult if Im being honest. Im still getting used to drawing and erasing the grid lines is quite a big deal. Especially with the face where I was happy with it at first but having to go over small details after erasing the face changed quite considerably. I’m glad I got it done in time though as trying to do this without the videos would be really tough and Im not sure how it might turn out.

The tutorial videos are so helpful and the background info and practices are excellent. I loved the little touches like getting a gift of bookmarks – they’re fabulous ! and learned just how valuable a mono zero eraser is !! Looking forward to finding time now to learn to colour. Thank you so much. Its been a fantastic course.

Johnny
Ireland
Anne Crosbie
Australia

Anne Crosbie
Australia
Peter Prommel
Vreeland, thé Netherlands

So well listed and clearly explained

I very much enjoyed Carmens guidance, the step by step approach and her love for Thangka’s and their history and meaning. Especially the iconography, so…

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So well listed and clearly explained

I very much enjoyed Carmens guidance, the step by step approach and her love for Thangka’s and their history and meaning. Especially the iconography, so well listed and clearly explained. It was a joyful time for me and for everyone in my house. Thank you Carmen!!!

Peter Prommel
Vreeland, thé Netherlands
Wilma Schoonaard
Tiel, The Netherlands

Enjoyed the guidance

Such a lovely, relaxed drawing time. Enjoyed the guidance.

Enjoyed the guidance

Such a lovely, relaxed drawing time. Enjoyed the guidance.

Wilma Schoonaard
Tiel, The Netherlands
Karin Meijer
Haarlem, the Netherlands

A whole new and pleasant way of drawing

I started the courses of Carmen completely blank and did not know what to expect. I liked all courses and it exceeded all my expectations. All material is very …

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A whole new and pleasant way of drawing

I started the courses of Carmen completely blank and did not know what to expect. I liked all courses and it exceeded all my expectations. All material is very clearly set up and is also very extensive.
Without any experience in drawing thangkas I was able to make a beautiful drawing thanks to all the instructions and tools provided in the course. I have been drawing and coloring mandalas for years, but this was a whole new and pleasant way of drawing.

Karin Meijer
Haarlem, the Netherlands
Marja
The Netherlands

What a pity the course has ended…

What a pity the course has ended… It has become a part of my daily life. Often during the day I heard Carmen chant the mantra of Tara in my ears, inviting…

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What a pity the course has ended…

What a pity the course has ended… It has become a part of my daily life. Often during the day I heard Carmen chant the mantra of Tara in my ears, inviting me to join. It helped me through stressy moments, or to fall in sleep.
I enjoyed the drawing very much. Luckily I can go on with coloring my Tara drawing.

Marja
The Netherlands
Mara
Sedona AZ US

I felt guided by the powerful energy of Tara

I feel very grateful for this experience.
This time I was more confident with the pencil especially when I erased the grit and went over the drawing again. I fe…

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I felt guided by the powerful energy of Tara

I feel very grateful for this experience.
This time I was more confident with the pencil especially when I erased the grit and went over the drawing again. I felt guided by the powerful energy of Tara, graceful but assertive and with more clarity in what I was doing. I will start soon coloring the Tara and I feel very excited to learn more about coloring techniques.
Thank you Carmen for the amazing opportunity of taking the course on line. So well done in every aspect. And I love to dive into Buddhist philosophy and learn more of this art.

Mara
Sedona AZ US
Gé van Lieshout- Klarenaar
Heemskerk, the Netherlands

I dedicated the drawing to my sister after her open heart surgery

Dear Carmen and student’s,

The course was a wonderfull experience for me. It gave me a lot of inspiration and energy. From day one I was surprised by that energy that befell me.
I have …

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I dedicated the drawing to my sister after her open heart surgery

Dear Carmen and student’s,

The course was a wonderfull experience for me. It gave me a lot of inspiration and energy. From day one I was surprised by that energy that befell me.
I have been drawing different buddha’s before, but with White Tara there was a connection, I never had experienced before. Her mantra keeps coming in to my mind. Last night even, I dreamt that the buddha Amithabha, her companion above her in the drawing, presented to me the bowl he is holding in his hands. Now I probably have to figure out what it means for me 🙂
He is the buddha of meditation and maybe he says to me to take more time to meditate. I find this the most difficult exercise. It seems never to be the right moment to sit and meditate :).
I’ve enjoyed every aspect of this course including the lectures. I was very happy that I could go back each time to the information. It gave me a lot more time to take it all in, as English is not my native language.
I have dedicated the drawing to my oldest sister who is going through a difficult period after an open heart surgery on the 8th of October.
Hope to follow more of your courses in the future.
Thank you Carmen for your warm energy.

Love Gé

Gé van Lieshout- Klarenaar
Heemskerk, the Netherlands
Ànna
Belgium

Will color the whole thangka

I can not yet make up my mind on how I should color the whole thangka. Of course with the right colors.

Will color the whole thangka

I can not yet make up my mind on how I should color the whole thangka. Of course with the right colors.

Ànna
Belgium
Emelia
Northern California, USA

Almost like being with Carmen in person

After studying with Carmen in person on several occasions, I had little idea of what she was going to be able to do to offer her wonderful courses in Tibe…

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Almost like being with Carmen in person

After studying with Carmen in person on several occasions, I had little idea of what she was going to be able to do to offer her wonderful courses in Tibetan sacred art. This course on White Tara was so well designed and presented that it was almost like being with Carmen in person. As good as it gets in this year of pandemic.

Emelia
Northern California, USA
Alaya
Washington, USA

I loved getting to know White Tara so intimately

I loved getting to know White Tara so intimately. The program was outstanding. Carmen has done a fabulous job putting this together in such a clear format.
An artist with a…

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I loved getting to know White Tara so intimately

I loved getting to know White Tara so intimately. The program was outstanding. Carmen has done a fabulous job putting this together in such a clear format.
An artist with any formal education I do not have and very much enjoyed learning from Carmen her vast knowledge of both art history and Buddhism.
Carmen has always been so encouraging and inspiration because I thought I’d never get this far.
I still have much to color and hope to have it done soon.
Thank You!

Alaya
Washington, USA