Monday, August 20, 2007

Waiting for paint to dry

While waiting for the ground color on my next painting to dry, I decided to do a rough sketch of a bodhisattva (Buddhist saint) statue's head I found in one of my books on Chinese art.

This statue dates to the 8th century CE (Common Era), during the fabled golden age of China, the Tang Dynasty.

Another bodhisattva I painted, Dharma Bodhisattva, was also based on a statue of the same era, but from Nara, Japan (when they were heavily influenced by the Chinese Empire). There's a similarity in rotundness of features and the stylized hair which I enjoy seeing in East Asian statuary of this period.

Take care,

I.
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