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    Offering to the Big Buddha

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    Added 2017-03-10 14:06:54


    Before I started this painting, I spent hours searching for the perfect piece of wood. I didn't know what the subject would be. I had only told myself that it wouldn't be another Buddha...I have an affinity for painting Buddha's of all kinds and my previous few pieces had been that. I placed the blank wood piece on my desk and went about my days waiting for inspiration to strike. Usually that happens in a flash of an image in my head or a thought when I'm doing something random and walk past the canvas. This time I came across a photograph of this statue online and instantly knew that piece of wood was for her! So, the extended Buddha phase continues...

    This statue from the photo is one of the six smaller Buddhas which surrounds the "Tian Tan Big Buddha" on Lantau Island in Hong Kong near the Po Lin Monastery. The smaller Buddha statues at the base are called "The Offering of the Six Devas". Each offers the Buddha something different. The one I was inspired to create is the one holding a bowl of figs. Figs are a reminder of the austere lifesyle of the Buddha, suggesting that we too can live happily without wealth or posessions. 

    The actual statue is bronze. I kept her at the angle of the original photograph and changed the background. 

    This piece is an original mixed media on birch wood. I wood burned the Buddha image and also used the wood burner for the shading before I added any paint. The Buddha and the background are done in watercolor paint so that the original wood grain pattern still shows through. The cherry blossoms on the tree are done in acrylic and oil paint.
    I added gold leaf to her jewelry and sanded the gold a bit to make it look aged.
    I then sealed it with 8 coates of varnish.

    This piece is 48" w by 24" h


    Specific details

    Name of Artist: Theresa Faulkner
    Width (inches): 48
    Height (inches): 24
    Country United States
    Media Acrylic, Watercolor, Mixed-Media
    Painting Genre: Representational: Figurative / Other


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    This is a beautiful portrait. For this viewer that lovely face reflects innocence and purity, although that is perhaps not what the artist intended. Great skill is demonstrated with all the elements of this piece - particularly the textures of the hair and the cap. Overall it is an outstanding image.

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