Rain and colour ☔🎨

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Watercolor in the monsoons is a different experience altogether 😊

When water falls on paper and colour soon follows, there is joy in the mingling and some childlike fun too!
.#mungyo #300gsm #strathmore #art #painting #watercolour

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Happy Hydrangeas in Watercolour 😊🎨

People travel to all sorts of exotic places and because of so much connectivity one finds oneself inundated with inspiration.

I save many images, some for their colour others for the subject…once in a while I bring out a photo stare at it for a while, relish the colours, the contrasts and the values… Then I put it away and rely solely on my impression of it to work in my sketch book.

I feel this gives me a sense of direction and also complete freedom to have a ‘selective’ memory 😊

SAGA OF THE SUCCULENTS 😁

Bought some succulents planted in a mug from a fair in Delhi.

They were vibrant and beautiful, but within days, shed most of their leaves and many from the cluster perished.

I am now left with two mugs and the hardiest stragglers. They are not as decorative but they are alive.

Finally, we’ve come to an understanding…they want to live and I want to help them do so. We’ve worked together. They’ve guided me about the amount of water they need and which spot by the windowsill they prefer.

Between the two cups I’ve placed a thriving money plant, sort of like a motivational speaker, urging the succulents on to live and flourish… To be more positive and life-affirming as opposed to sad and morose 😊

It’s working!

#memories #sketchbook #asketchaday

That Place in my Heart ❤️

Sometimes, it feels like I’ve been there. In the lap of the mountains that inhabit my mind. Their colour is clear as day and their fragrance is fresh like new mown grass. I can imagine myself sitting there, amidst wild flowers and lavender… It’s the perfect place for a picnic, even if it in all in my mind 😊
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#nature #beauty #stillness #flowers #art #acrylic #colortherapy #celebratelife #myart #impressionism #impressionist

A Place Called Home 2 💕

Some construction work is going on by the roadside and the laborers have made a makeshift tent for their lodging.

They have selected a cool patch under some trees. The plastic sheets are a riot of colours and there’s a handful of utensils to get on with the daily business of cooking. Sometimes, when I cross them, the front of their home is being swept clean… It’s simple, beautiful and so down to earth 💕

#Watercolor #asketchaday #SimplePleasuresofLife #simplelife

Gifts from the Subconscious.

I have been keeping a diary/sketchbook by my bedside for some time now.

One doesn’t want to lose the precious insights and imagery that creep in from the dark subconscious into the bright light of the conscious… Unheralded and sudden, only to disappear within seconds, leaving one awake for hours, just trying to catch the gist of it.

I have woken up to a scrawl I cannot decipher and one meandering word per page, nonsensical and confused, yet it seemed so important at that time of night to just jot it down 😁

Last night, I remember scribbling something. .. I was very sleepy, yet couldn’t let go of my pen, some snippets from a show I was watching, some random thoughts, all coming together as interweaving lines that I had no energy to make sense of and no desire either.

In the morning I looked at my open sketchbook and found this maze .. I refined it considerably, trying to put them into some cohesive narrative.

This is what it looks like now 😊

#sketchbook #illustration #asketchaday #penandpaper #subconscious