Monday, March 29, 2010

Innocence

It has been gloomy and dark even during day time and raining relentlessly for the past couple days. I was unable to photograph the two paintings I just completed. Mangalore Beach is a watercolor, color pencil and graphite piece that I did in a class several years ago when I was first trying out my hand in art. Looking at it now, I was reminded of a remark by one wise old artist friend who once insisted that 'How innocent' is what I will find my early paintings :) What a beautiful way of looking - no judgement, no regrets, and no harsh self-criticism - just full acceptance.

That is what I discovered when I was demonstrating drawing last week at the 'Festival of Arts' arranged by the local Elementary School. Most of the children were thrilled to try 'upside down drawing' and were very pleased with their 'masterpieces.' Once again, I was made aware to 'be in the now' - to get excited about creating and enjoy the process fully.

Mangalore Beach Watercolor, color pencils and graphite. 11x9"

5 comments:

Sujit Sudhi said...

Like the surrealistic appearance of it. And you are right - its innocent.

Your post makes me think that I should go back and take a look at some of my earlier works.

Saee said...

For me, it is innocent and just as beautiful as others. I know what you mean. Reading through old posts makes me feel like that too. Not being harsh on yourself is very important. It preserves the innocence for time to come. :)
Bravo!

meera said...

Thank you Sujit -- surrealist appearance -- I didn't think of that! you made me look at it with new eyes :) Yes, do look at your earlier paintings - you might be surprised.

Saee, wonderful insight from you too! Thanks for your comments and sharing your thoughts.

Kathy Staicer said...

I am in LaQuinta CA looking at Palm trees everyday. You really captured the essence of them growing into the sky and reaching for the sun. Very nice painting.

meera said...

Thank you, Kathy. Your comments make me want to sit by the palm trees!!! have fun in CA! Hope you are painting and collecting ideas.

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