Friday, December 7, 2012

A Riot of Colors

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! 
~Margaret Mahy~

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 


Introverted Art said...

They are all amazing. I especially love the pink flowers. The indian tongues reminded me of dentist's tools,a bit scary!!!!! Thank goodness they are used for cooking not for tooth pulling ;-)

Meera Rao said...

Thank you :) Ha ha- I too am glad they are not used for tooth pulling ! yes, the flowers are so beautiful in the garden.

Kathy Staicer said...

Beautiful colors, I love the Arican Tulip Tree.

Krishna said...

nice combination of colors


Meera Rao said...

Kathy, thanks! The tree is just about an orange ball when the tree is in full bloom!

Meera Rao said...

Krishna, thank you! I guess it's the tropical sun that gives such an intensity to colors!

padmaja said...

A lovely medley Meera, I was just waiting for the steel patre saamaan!

Meera Rao said...

Padmaja, I am tickled that you have a guessing game going on ;) thank you very much - your enthusiasm touches me!

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