Friday, I joined my sweet friend Lin, a PhD ethnobiologist who decided 18 months ago to start drawing just because she's always wanted to, for a lively day of sketching.
We went to the nearby university art museum and headed for the Asian gallery. A large and imposing bust of Buddha from fifth century Thailand dominates the room and was a compelling subject for sketching.
When we went for lunch, I spotted a nicely rotund man at a nearby table, who was a compelling subject in another way. One half of him was in shadow, the other half lit by milky February sunshine from the adjacent tall windows. I think there's something of the Buddha nature in him, too, don't you? Lin and I capped off our wonderful day with gelato from a café south of town. Mine was vanilla with shards of Italian chocolate. I think Lin's was a mixture of chocolate and crushed Oreos. After all of that, I was beginning to feel something of the Buddha tummy myself. Thank you, Lin, for your charming company!