Back in 2001, I travelled to Chennai on work. And was lucky enough to be on a flight where the pilot loved his job.... For he especially flew us out over the sea just to give us a glimpse of the coastline from up in the skies. It was a spectacular sight - churning blue seas, foaming white surf, followed by an expanse of golden beach and then the green cover of the city dotted by red roofs. Not to forget the boats and ferries bobbing like little toys in the water.
My memories of that sight are captured in this painting. If you have any such special travel memories that you want captured for posterity, do write to me or send in your pictures at email@example.com. No better way to relive happy times than have them hanging up on your wall, where you an see them and relive the special moments everyday! :)
The biting cold of the last week has made us all compare our city in the plains to the freezing locales uphill. The chill of the mountains floating down here is unmistakeable, and the lack of sunshine only adds to the awfully cold conditions.
So naturally I was reminded of the many visits to the hills of Himachal in my growing-up years, and the beauty of the verdant landscape. The tall trees standing stately with their heads in the clouds, the swirling fog, the multi-hued hills depending on the light and the distance... and the hills finally merging into the skies. This is exactly what I tried capturing in this landscape.
I really enjoyed painting this piece and have used techniques like wet-in-wet for the mountains, and dripping for the trees. One of those paintings that looks far nicer upfront. Wish the colours could have been captured by the camera in their original brightness.
Still, a favourite piece as it helps me connect with my past travels. :)
Another new year starts off.... should have been the season for much partying and enjoyment. But the ghastly happenings in the city had left me in deep distress, unable to do anything creative. Being the mother of a daughter myself it gave me immense anguish to see the apathy of the government at such a sensitive issue.
So, in the hope that the coming new year will bring us better times, I spent the last day of the 2012 making these handmade gift tags...
Some using wooden blocks and paints...
And others by simply doodling designs...
Helped bring the focus back to my creative work, and away from the craziness of everyday living. Hope in the coming year we have the sense to gift some respect and honour to our women.
And in the meanwhile, if you need any gift tags for all those upcoming weddings and parties, drop in a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and get some handmade ones for yourself.