Hi there!

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.

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?


  1. Quite an interesting composition you have created here Roopika! I like the way you dealt with the details of the melons and the ripples.. must have been a gratifying experience for those desert ships to walk to through the cool blue water :-)

  2. Oh yes, summer. . . We are still having spring rain here! But I don't mind, I do not look forward to 100+ degree weather. This is such a fun painting, a great concept and you executed it very nicely. I really like it! Great work :)

  3. Padmaja, you're so right- painting the melons WAS interesting with all the squiggly lines on them!

    Crystal, thanks for your comments...send some spring rain here - we badly need it in this part of arid, rural India!

  4. Indian summer can be very tough sometimes:)Ask me, I am in Delhi! BTW you have handled the reflections very well..Nice work, Roopika.

  5. Very nice. You did a great job on the reflections.
    Your embroidery projects are fantastic! Your mother-in-law is very ambitious to take on an embroidery project as big as a bed covering!

  6. Arti, 20+ years in Delhi made me feel "this is as bad as it can get". Then Mumbai upped the ante. This summer Chittoor, AP is making the news for all the wrong reasons :( anyway...thanks for your comments!

    Michelle, thanks for all the encouragement - shall pass on a bit to my Mum-in-law! :D

  7. The reflection work is indeed too good.And the watermelons! the thirst quenchers are painted so intricately. Worth sending to The Fuschia Tree

  8. roopika,
    went through your blog...
    your pictures are wonderful...
    melons through water is brilliant...


  9. Thanks for dropping by, Jyothi - and most for the kind words!

  10. Camels in the water...funpic to scan. Do they like the water?

  11. This is beautiful! I love the reflections, and the variety. And the story it tells!