To meet a person like him and inherit his kindness, and compassion is fortunate. The same applies when you are drawing a deity, too, right? To inherit his qualities and become one like him.
Yes, the meaning of art is that. But, what does it mean to draw the deity? What is a deity? A deity is someone who has perfected the attributes or the paramis of generosity, love, kindness, determination, morality, wisdom, perseverance, and equanimity. Avalokiteshvara is the bodhisattva of compassion, Majusri is the bodhisattva or embodiment of wisdom, and Buddha is of love, kindness and wisdom. So, when we draw a deity, see or meditate upon him, we try to develop his qualities. When we are completely filled with these qualities, we become one with the deity, or we become the deity, or we become enlightened.
How do you return to your usual self when you finish your painting? What is the process?
We practice non-attachment. You know that you are only a medium through which this deity has to come into the world to benefit humanity and the art, artists, patron, and a newly onlooker. And now your role is over. This act of creating the painting is nothing but devotion to the Divine for which no name, fame, or honour is expected. No names are ever written on these paintings.