Absolutely nothing beats the joy of watching water colours play on paper from the touch of a brush in my hand. I have and always will enjoy painting even though it sometimes takes me ages to get into the momentum of painting. ‘Scribbles and Splashes’ is a blog that I once began when I wanted to let go of the pent-up urge to splash with water colours and share pictures and the behind-the-scenes thoughts with my family sitting kilometres away from me. Over the years, it has been dormant for months (nearing a year and sometimes even more such as when motherhood beckoned!) and then been active in fits and starts.
Mid-2013 is when I feel like looking into the mirror and declaring this as “The Moment” that this becomes the year of the revival and flourish of ‘Scribbles and Splashes’, the blog and its growth into a self-sufficient near-full-time engagement for me.
I thrive in art. Period. If I could, that’s all that I would do all day long. It seems like a distant dream right now, but this is where I start playing around with a wish and seeing how it takes shape. I’m splashing, I’m scribbling about it and I’m becoming “an artist”. From exactly right now.
August 13, 2010
It feels like ages that I last painted - and feels like it'll be ages that I pick up the paintbrush again. And I'm not complaining - though the art-shelf that my husband has tantalizingly set up in this new place that we shifted to while I was away, does seem rather enticing.
May 12, 2010
'Farmers use camels to transport watermelons to a market through the Ganga near Neemsarai village close to Allahabad on Monday. Watermelons are in high demand during summer', said the caption to this image. I found it wonderful - a tickle to a sweat-drenched me, to see the ships of the desert carrying an oasis on their backs while wading through ankle-deep water for parched throats. Reminded me of 'The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner':
- Water, water, everywhere,
- Nor any drop to drink.
After about a decade, I finally picked up a set of colourful threads and a needle and began work, thanks to the propelling from two of my friends, Nandini and Vidya who promised to keep me motivated. While this was initially supposed to be a cushion-cover, it turned out to be much too complicated to be put off as that (so my two teachers said and stayed the initial motivation!).
I went over-the-top in making this piece - at times it felt intimidating! I had fun in the 6 months that this took to make - no, not every day and just a few minutes on the days that I sat with it! Thoroughly joyful to make it, rediscover embroidery and finally gift it to a dear friend... yay!