Head of Buddha

I have some catching up to do at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. I always go to see the blockbuster shows but have never spent any time going through the permanent collection. In fact, I probably have seen more in the Louvre or the Metropolitan in New York than I have in Montreal! In the Asian section I found this beautiful Thai Buddha set against a dark wall, with some very dramatic lighting on it. Quite an elegant piece to draw.


8 Comments on “Head of Buddha”

  1. Mary says:

    I hate to see a lonely blog and i think the Thai Buddha is looking down and smiling at my great praising of your beautiful drawing of him 🙂
    I also love the strong shadow he cast and the cube on which he sits casting more geometric shapes and shadows. Great diagonal line values and very architectural.
    it’s amazing what hidden treasures we have in our very own museum which you are bringing
    to light (and shade) Great idea Shari!

    • Mary, you are so kind to me. The Buddha must be appreciating that kindness.
      There are so many treasures in the museum and what a relaxing way to spend some time. I would go back every week if I could.

  2. Ross C says:

    Now, I am really commenting on the previous day’s Greek and Roman sculptures, but the commenting on that day was far too crowded with all the Barcelona excitement, so I will comment here… where it is almost deserted except for Mary.
    I like the way you did very little detail on the sculptures… almost like an over-exposed photo. But what was really charming was how this focused the attention on that intense negative shape in the background… this might have looked ordinary if you had only included one sculpture but became really interesting with the multiple sculptures. Was this all intentional? Or did do a sketch of all the sculptures, get bored and think “what the hell, I will just do a really dark background”? I have done that before.
    And my comment on the Buddha… I agree with you… Mary was being kind. : )

    • The dark was intentional. The wall in that room is an incredibly dark, rich blue. Because of that, and the dim lighting, the details on the sculptures were very subtle and beautiful. Do you think everything I do is some sort of lucky accident??

      • Ross C says:

        Certainly not… I think the Buddha is a good example of that… no lucky accidents there. : )
        (Just in case you are wondering… I would never be that mean on a well-populated page)

      • Well it’s good to see you back Ross. It certainly helps my over-inflated ego after all that Barcelona excitement.

      • Ross C says:

        It’s a tough job, but someone has to keep your feet on the ground. Now, I really have to go because it is late on this side of the globe.

    • Mary says:

      Now Ross, you’ll probably miss this because it’s being added days later.
      Shari was referring to my kindness in not leaving her blog empty not because her drawing
      of the Buddha wasn’t good. I try to find positive elements in artists’ efforts and Shari
      wouldn’t have posted it if she felt it was a failure. So neither she nor I agree with you about
      what i consider a lack of sensitivity on your part. I see absolutely no mention in her description of failing to capture the “beauty and elegance” in this bust.
      Of course, you’re not a teacher nor an art critic for that matter so who cares?

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