Went down to the Victoria art gallery to see a group of Tibetan monks making a sand mandala.
They’ve set up in their own room with the mandala in the centre and various art works on the walls and in display cases. The public is invited to watch and take pictures (or sketch).
It’s fascinating to see the monks work – the sand is layed down with a long thin “funnel” like tool which is gently tapped to cause a small amount of sand to fall out in a precise spot. The sand colours are very bright. The monks start at about 10:00 am with a chanting session and work until about 4:30 pm. The mandala looks to be about 75% complete.
If you live on the west coast, the monks plan to make other mandalas at art galleries in Campbell River, Vancouver, and North Vancouver after winding up in Victoria.
I find it difficult to draw people but this was a great opportunity and fascinating subject – I like how it turned out.