Inspired by the character Buddha (Siddhattha Gotama) a man who became enlightened. He never claimed to be god and never expected worship. Just a simple man, even though he was born into a wealthy family he was dedicated, determined, passionate, focused about what he really wanted to achieve which was attaining enlightenment and the answer to how one could end all suffering.

The story goes that he used to starve himself fasting, attempting to achieve this enlightened state and he did this for years without making what he felt was progress on his spiritual development, but on his travels he found a tree that called his name and he took rest under it and became so intent on finding truth that he stayed under it until he can to a realization that he was satisfied with and with a lot of time he finally had the epiphany that changed his life and the lives of countless others. HE became Enlightened...and thus began to eat and eat plenty( and I do not mean this literally) I mean live his life...and live it to the fullest, which is why he's depicted as a fat man haha I know there are many different versions of the buddha character and many different reasons as to why he was depicted in such a way considering that he lived a life of modesty but I think they(the chinese) depict him in this way because they want to show that he lived a full life, someone who attained enlightenment and not someone who looked like he was starving to death, miserable...

I'm not religious in any major way and I do not idolize anyone except my god but I can respect a good story and I can respect spiritual teachings/principles of many different faiths and I find inspiration in them but it's purely subjective. I find my own meaning in what I choose to use with me on this journey and throw out what insults my spirit.

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become."-BUDDHA

Mediums used: pastels/color pencils on 11x14 mix media paper

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Comment by Kat on January 11, 2015 at 2:02am

Really awesome!!

Comment by Maureen Craddock on January 11, 2015 at 2:23am
I really love your depiction of Buddha ,and your respect for other cultures . Beautiful work!
Comment by VC on January 11, 2015 at 2:34am

Thank you Maureen, that's kind of you:)

Comment by Pat on January 11, 2015 at 2:02pm

Nice job on all VC!

Comment by VC on January 12, 2015 at 12:19am

Appreciate it Pat:)

Comment by Patricia Kim Worsley on January 18, 2015 at 8:47am

Oh my gosh, I LOVE this!!! And hows this for weird ive been thinking of painting/drawing a Buddha!! Gorgeous work! :)

Comment by VC on January 18, 2015 at 11:31am

Thanks Patricia! and that is crazy... maybe it's because we hold similar interests on certain subjects like spirituality and synchronicities are being created in order to reveal something to us?  LoL...I dunno but that is cool and you should totally do that piece you've been thinking about:)

Comment by Patricia Kim Worsley on January 18, 2015 at 6:38pm

Maybe VC we'll have to wait and see if something clicks into place for us, the big reveal hahahaha!!

Comment by sharon oppenheimer on January 18, 2015 at 7:53pm

Wonderful !! Namaste

Comment by VC on January 19, 2015 at 1:04am

Thanks Sharon:)

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