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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

While I've been away...

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.

While my right hand is on the keyboard, my left one's cupping a sweet little head that has yet to find a supportive friend in the neck that came along with it. Mitali, our month-old daughter has just given me a toothless smile (Awwww...), almost as if to say, "Mum, didn't the doc tell you to sleep whenever I do?"

Before she wakes up and I have to run around looking for cotton swabs and powder and lotion, let me thank all the new friends that I have noticed beginning to follow my blog. Many, many thanks also to all the fellow artists who have been dropping by. And a big 'aloha' to all those of you who have been coming up with some really cheerful stuff that I can see on my blogroll (I'd love to congratulate you individually on many of the works that have caught my eye but I'm not sure when I'd have the time to do that...!)

Hang in there, meanwhile... I'll be back soon!

May 12, 2010

Melons through water

An image in yesterday's edition of The Hindu was the inspiration to this painting. What also was a buoyant propeller was the power-cut at the bang of time when I wanted to sit to paint!

'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.
Ho-hum... the summer's as annoying as the tantalising sea - or is it?

Sunny Embrace

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!

May 10, 2010

Peacock in Splendour

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This piece took its own sweet time to make - the colour-scheme confused me! At first I wanted it to have pinks and purples and that particular light blue (which was a discovery I made in the school's thread-cupboard!). But I had to finally give in to my instinct of the mismatch that the pink was to the beige of the background. While most thought that it was silly to even think of unstitching so much of the pink, I decided to do what it takes to be proud of a little piece of art. Working more feverishly than I had planned, it was completed in no time - and gifted to my proud Mom-in-law even faster! (Double-yay!)

And that was the other little story. When I went home this summer, I found my Mom-in-law at the brink of a massive embroidery project herself - a whole bed-cover! What I thought was inspiring, turned out to be intimidating to her; after all, she hadn't picked up the needle and thread in the last 35 years! We spent a few days figuring out the colour-scheme of her magnum opus (to-be!), ran around in a sweltering summer afternoon in Chennai looking for the threads and finalised on the stitches that she would use. She turned out to be a diligent student who had been (believe it or not!) putting in hours of graft and toil ever since, referring to this piece (above) as a ready reckoner for the stitches that she needs to use in her own piece!

Her child- enthusiasm is infectious to say the least! And her diligence to become a student again is humbling...

Streaming Mist

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I want to hear the sound of trickling water - not just wipe it off my neck as it trickles down! Just as I was about to begin painting this scene, the power went off and with it, went off half my enthusiasm to look closely at the reference picture on my computer!

"Ugh!", I thought to myself. The very next moment, however, saw me "folding up the sleeves of my work-clothes and putting my shoulder to the wheel"! I finished this painting really quickly and thoroughly enjoyed watching the washes blend into each other on the stone. I loved the multitude of colours, though I know I could have done a much better (read 'realistic') job of it! But I forgave myself partly thanks to the fact that I was doing it purely out of memory of the reference picture and partly thanks to the fun that painting this was!

April 28, 2010

New Paper!

Purely an experiment. With a sheet from a set of new paper that I bought from Landmark in Nungambakkam, thanks to the persistent pestering from Rishi to do so. A 300gsm sheet was intimidating in its thickness, cost and novelty. I tore it in half and began drawing at first. Two-three pencil strokes later, impatience got the better of me and I began splashing water on the whole sheet, watching little blobs of colour dance about, dropping any territorial inhibitions.

I felt like a two-year old - and tapped my little baby, delighted at the thought that two years from now, he/she could be feeling as much a high as I was feeling in that moment!

There's a mammoth of a masterpiece that my Mom painted before I came about in oils that had a similar tree taking a little dip in still waters. I didn't think of it before she pointed out the similarity in inspiration. Perhaps somewhere at the back of my mind, the intimidation of that Magnum Opus has been imprinted. I'll attempt painting it true to character some time - it's a phenomenal scene, a phenomenal painting. I wish my mum would get back to her oils!

Primary Colours

Day Lilies