Some blobs of paint, a selection of brushes, a surface to work on and imagination…. LOADS of it! And patience, to build up from nothing, a dream that exists only within you. An ephemeral idea that burns, sometimes brightly, at other times mildly and needs to be attended to.
This excitement of capturing something intangible and giving it some sort of form for the world to see, is art for me.
It takes me to places within me that I never knew existed. It introduces me to parts of my personality I didn’t know were there. It makes me observe nature like it might my last view of it. And while doing this, I miss nothing. My world is complete. I am in the world that I create. I am a bee hovering over a blooming Lotus and I am the shadow under a languid Lotus leaf…. And when it is all done, I wash my brushes and gently come back to this other world and drive myself home… Cocooned in silence and peace that even the raging traffic and piercing horns cannot penetrate….
This is art for me.
The expanse of a lake filled with blooming Lotus can relax any mind. Even when painting in the studio, the feeling is similar. As I choose colors and blend them, moving way back to see if there is a sense of space in my canvas, I feel touched by an unknown power. It imparts peace and joy and a strange contentment that makes me feel complete… I want for nothing then, except to share that beautiful joy with others … ☺️🌼
The Garland Maker
Picking up fallen flowers, stringing them, absorbed in his meditative activity Ganeshji sits in solitary splendour 😊.
Loved making this painting!
Working with rice paper and water colours, throwing in a bit of acrylic and ink is a joy that has to be felt.
Cows figure in my work often because of their calm form and peaceful disposition. Lotus is a regular too because this one flower has so much to teach about life😊
There is an owl that I see on my way to the studio. It sits patiently on one of the branches of a Gulmohar tree. It is plump and quiet and has a Stillness to it that is enchanting. Why is it awake during the day… When will it go to sleep… Are some of the questions that cross my mind as I pass it.
I would like to believe that it waits for me just as much as I look forward to catching a glimpse of it. I take the sharp left turn that leads me to the tree that it has chosen for a home and instinctively I look up.
I imagine it as a family man, taking a break from his brood to enjoy the noise of daytime which for him is night. And so I drive on, taking a picture of him in my mind, I add elements that I think are important in order for him to have a fun life… And I recreate that in the quiet of my studio and thank that little bird for inspiring me and bringing joy to my world… 🌼☺️
I loved the process of creating this painting. It was messy, uninhibited, exciting and unexpected!
There is something about not knowing the outcome of what one has ventured into that is very refreshing for me. I might start a painting with a particular thought but somewhere it takes a life of its own and almost says to me, ‘Come on, I’ll show you a thing or two!’ And I must say, it never fails to surprise me😊!
The Fragrance of friendship… Such a joy to capture emotions evoked by nature and people. I feel that friendships transcend all barriers of time and distance. The moment one meets, it’s like we were never apart… A blessing indeed!