Old Man with a Praying Wheel
Watercolor on Paper, 12"x9"
I have decided to work more on my watercolor.So far the dilemma has been, 'how much detail?' For the time being, I will be going with detail.Lets see if the realism suits my temperament.I have put in some effort here with the detail, considering that its a relatively small artwork.I think I will be working more on some smaller but more detailed work in near future- though I am not ruling out the pastels as yet.
Its a Pilgrim from Ladakh region of India spinning a prayer wheel. These hand held praying wheels are used by Buddhists of Tibet, Nepal and Ladakh. It is a metal cylinder containing a tightly wound scroll printed with a mantra.It is believed that spinning a prayer wheel is just as effective as reciting the sacred texts aloud.
Reference picture was provided by a friend who visited the region some time ago.
I welcome any comments and suggestion, as always.