Thursday, November 15, 2012

Keys to happiness

India Art Journal Sept.16 2012 by Meera Rao

One exciting news that I missed mentioning here on my blog is that my India Art journal and I were  featured on Strathmore Art Papers Facebook page about three weeks ago :)  It happened during my last week in India and I guess it is understandable that I shared it only on my Facebook page in all the rush and excitement! Thank you Strathmore !

I noticed around our neighborhood  in the narrow alleyways tucked here and there, how people find creative ways to hang the laundry!  The colorful clothes draped around brighten the drab dusty streets. 

 India Art Journal Sept. 17 2012 by Meera Rao

Everyday I passed by this tailor shop and I felt seeing him sitting in front of his sewing machine day in and day out that he embodied the phrase -nose to the grinding stone! His cluttered shop was tiny with fabric strewn, stuffed and hung everywhere. I wondered if and how he was able to keep up with all the different clients' items! 
India Art Journal Sept 18 2012 by Meera Rao

One of the side streets has shop after shop, and also little 'kiosks' (really a small table or a bench) on the sidewalks exclusively specializing in making keys!  A few of them have computers to assist them but most use old fashioned metal files and muscle power to make copies of keys! It was interesting to see all kinds of key skeletons hanging in bunches and glistening in the sun. 

 India Art Journal Sept 19 2012 by Meera Rao

September 19th was Ganesha Chathurthy, festival of the god with an elephant head, remover of all obstacles in life.  Streets were filled with all different size statues of the Lord for puja/worship which are then taken in a procession and immersed in a body of water. This year there was much awareness of environmental impact of the ritual and there were many more statues in just clay with minimal colored paint on them. 

Below is the full page view of the four sketches all together. Each sketch is 2.5x4" on Strathmore Mixed media visual Journal 5.5x8" and 90lbs wt. 

India Art journal Sept 16-19 2012 by Meera Rao

Once again, sharing the sketches individually from the post Sketching the Spirit of a Place from July. 

 India Art Journal July 22 2012 Meera Rao
 India Art Journal July23 2012 By Meera Rao
 India Art Journal July24 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal July 25 2012 by Meera Rao

14 comments:

Saee Keskar said...

You are very lucky to have this creative outlet. It must be a source of great joy. :)

Meera Rao said...

Thank you Saee :) yes, I am grateful to have this outlet for me. And It is a mixture of joy and angst as well at times! I am sure you understand since you are a wonderful poet yourself :)

Anrita said...

Absolutely love each and every creation of yours! I like the way you make the mundane things come alive !!! Keep it going!

Meera Rao said...

Anrita, thank you! I am grateful that I am able to see and convey the sense of beauty I see all around. I happy for your appreciation and support!

ashok said...

very creative

Meera Rao said...

Thank you Ashok :) grateful for your support.

padmaja said...

Congrats on the showcase Meera, I am so happy and proud of your efforts, it is inspiring indeed!

Meera Rao said...

Padmaja, Thank you! You know you have been instrumental in keeping me going with my sketches with your wonderful encouragement :) I am indebted to your kindness!

Krishna said...

beautiful sketches...

thanks

Katherine Thomas said...

These are all so wonderful! And congratulations on the feature on Facebook! I will look for it! People love your journal paintings of these places, Meera, because you bring out the specialness of each place. I like keys too. Sometimes in the antique malls they have a booth with old keys hanging on ribbons on pegs on the wall. I love those! Thank you for sharing your work here and for doing the work that you do. You are recording history in the most beautiful way, and creating priceless memories.

Sadami said...

Dear Meera,
Congrats on "being featured on trathmore Art Papers Facebook"! No wonder, as your blog is so interesting and full of charming drawings! Please keep up.
Best wishes, Sadami

Meera Rao said...

Krishna, thanks! your comments are much appreciated!

Meera Rao said...

Thank you Katherine! Your comments brighten my day :) BTW, if you click on the colored words on my blog they will link you to other places in the internet -- here to the facebook page of Strathmore art Papers :) Hope you find it.

Meera Rao said...

Thank you, Sadami. You are such an inspiration to me and I am grateful for your comments.

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