Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Moved by Compassion

Bodhisatva  sketched at the Chicago Institute of Art by Meera Rao 

on the path 
to Awakening
a merciful guide
moved by compassion
~Meera Rao~

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


Carol Blackburn said...

Good morning Meera, oh my.....sprained ankles! Not an easy thing to deal with as our feet carry us through this life. You were brave to venture into the museum. So nice of the guard to check on you. I do hope you are feeling better today and wish you a wonderful day.

padmaja said...

I am sure Meera, it was a sort of meditative time for you, looks very serene and beautiful!

Meera Rao said...

Thank you, Carol! Slowly getting better :)

Meera Rao said...

@padmaja, Thank you! It was a different experience for me to sit and sketch rather than rush thru trying to see as much as possible :)

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