The Buddha statue made by young monks in Indonesia and Vietnam touched me when I first saw one at a retreat, and has been on my altar ever since. He is now known popularly as “weeping Buddha,’ but I meditate with him all the time and I cannot call him that. I see earthiness, a different form of touching the earth than Gautama Buddha. I see humility. I also see Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig Buddha, the Buddha of Compassion, who cried a thousand tears, the tears becoming the goddess Tara. The last one is the closest to weeping Buddha, but weeping Buddha implies a forlornness or emotional state that doesn’t quite feel right.
As I’ve said before, I like to play with the same shape repeatedly. I have painted him in acrylics and mixed media over the years. I return to him again and again. He is a great shape!
Again I played with Neocolor II, attempting to conquer the elusive qualities and gain some control over the media! The one above was completely loose with Neocolor and no pencil under-sketch. I created a graduated background using the “earth” symbol, and washed it. After, I drew Buddha crudely and started shading with water. I enjoyed the freedom!
The ones below I began with a light pencil sketch, which you can see in person underneath the paintings below. I also used the earth to support or confront or hold Buddha.
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