While it rained rivers outside and before Amanda joined me for lunch later that day, I sat inside a Chinese department store and drew some of the many Buddhas and boddhisatvas for sale there. It occurred to me on this latest trip, as it has occurred to a couple of readers, that I'm attracted to certain kinds of things to sketch wherever I am. Fountains---check ( though no fountains in Chinatown that I saw!) Figurative sculpture... check. Lanterns and lamps outdoors and in---check. People---but of course! Meals----absolutely. Masks----check. They're a subset of figurative sculpture, I guess. And I'm apparently a Buddha-seeking organism. In Chinatown, I hit the jackpot. I sketched a couple of old world Buddhas, too, that I saw at the Rubin Museum, but those can wait.
I hope some of that Buddha mind rubbed off on me---the next few weeks are going to be hectic in the extreme as we prepare for our daughter K to be married in our garden, with the reception in our house, as our daughter C graduates from college, as I scurry to finish a couple of art projects. Hectic, exciting, gratifying.