India Art Journal sept 28-Oct 1 by Meera Rao
The riot of colors at every turn is something that can only be experienced and I felt compelled to record them in my sketch book!
India art Journal Sept 28 2012 by Meera Rao
People can say what they like about the eternal verities, love and truth and so on, but nothing is as eternal as the dishes!
The beauty of stainless steel pots, pans, plates and utensils gleaming in the sunlight as they are drying on an old orange rack by the sink in the kitchen balcony more than makes up for the chore of washing the dishes. Most days I quite agreed with Margaret Mahy's great quote wholeheartedly!
India Art Journal Sept 29 2012 by Meera Rao
When the flaming orange African Tulip tree right by my bedroom windows was in full bloom, I spent hours watching the little Mynah birds hopping from flower to flower to sip the nectar. They danced about the flowers so delicately that the flowers barely moved or registered the bird's weight or intrusion. It was funny to see the bird's beak, head and neck disappear into the flower with only the tail end poking up and out! I noticed that after a couple of days they moved away to other African tulip trees in search of fresh nectar :). The Mynahs usually were active in the early morning hours as the flowers opened, and I loved to wake up listening to them, the parrots (Check below for sketch from Aug 1), the Koyal(nightingale) and few other kinds chirp and tweet and sing merrily.
India Art Journal Sept 30 2012 by Meera Rao
This blue building with its sagging but still classic red tile roof, interesting door, an old orange and white poster remnants peeling off its wall, always had a bicycle leaning against it. Who can resist such a scene? The four months I was in India was supposed to be peak of monsoon season - but unfortunately, the rains were very late even though the sky was mostly overcast. I was able to walk about, do my marketing and errands without getting drenched but missed seeing the play of light and shadows all around.
India Art journal oct 1 2012 by Meera Rao
The gorgeous blossoms are 'mussaenda' - only the actual flower is tiny and yellow and the 'sepals' are bright pink or sometimes white.
Below are once again four sketches from my earlier post A Slice of life enjoying individual attention!
India Art Journal July 30 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal July 31 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal Aug 1 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal Aug2 2012 by Meera Rao