Bodhisatva sketched at the Chicago Institute of Art by Meera Rao
on the path
a merciful guide
moved by compassion
Information about the statue of Bodhisatva
I have badly sprained my ankles and on my trip to Chicago in a way it was a blessing in disguise. Normally I spend hours in various galleries trying to catch a glimpse of all the wonderful art. But this time I did not walk around the museum ( I know I missed some fabulous exhibits). I decided instead to sit and sketch something at the museum.
I had always been attracted to this statue which is close to the entrance of the museum leading to the exhibits on art from India, Tibet, Korea, Japan and China etc. I slowly hobbled over and sat on a bench across the statue and took my time sketching with pencil and eraser. The guard came around a few times to ask if I was ok and if he could help me find anything - I am sure he was checking my progress and making sure I was doing what I said I was doing! None of the visitors stopped and chatted though I noticed some paused close and long enough to satisfy their curiosity :)
While I sketched it sitting down, the photo of the statue was taken standing up just before I left. I gave the red wash to the background later - did not dare take my water brush or the small watercolor box in the museum.
Bodhisatva sketch in pencil and watercolor 5x5" by Meera Rao