Monday, January 7, 2013


India Art Journal Oct 10 2012 by Meera Rao 

The only way to have a friend is be one.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
There are couple of schools in our neighborhood and I saw everyday groups of girls and boys walking or biking to and from school chatting up a storm, laughing and giggling  and exchanging notes. I enjoyed watching them and noticing the dynamics among friends and strangers.  The four girls in uniform went to one school and the other lone girl passing them was from a different school as the different school colors proclaim. 

India Art Journal Oct 11 2012 by Meera Rao 

I just had to sketch the three forms of coconut - oil in a bottle,  the shell that has fresh white meat for cooking and coconut water from tender young coconut to quench the thirst. These were used almost everyday especially since I claim my heritage from the coastal Karnataka in India! That particular day all three were side by side on the shiny black granite kitchen counter with the pink tiles on the wall. 

India Art Journal Oct 12 2012 by Meera Rao

I passed by this house everyday and saw the colorful laundry hanging on the second floor balcony without fail :) I wonder if they ever lost any pieces to gusts of wind as I never saw the clothes secured in any way. 
India Art Journal Oct 13 2013 by Meera Rao
My friend Suniti took me on surprise excursions every so often to special places around Mysuru and I loved spending time with her and away from the daily chores.  These cattle were all either old or invalid in some way and were being taken care of in a huge 'Goshale' - old folks home for the cattle run as a charity. The place had a serenity and beauty that was very  calming. 

Below is all four vignettes together on the page:
India Art Journal Oct 10-13 2012 by Meera Rao

The following four sketches are from the  sept 5 2011 post "the Whole Life lies in the verb-seeing"  enjoying individual limelight :)

India Art Journal Aug 11 2012 by Meera Rao

India Art Journal Aug 12 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal Aug 13 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal Aug 14 2012 by Meera Rao


Introverted Art said...

wow Meera, the first one is amazing. Love to see the women together.

Meera Rao said...

@introverted art, thank you! yes, I too loved watched the girls/women walking together in groups for school, for walks, for daily work etc.. their comradery was exciting to see!

TSL said...

It is so loveley to see life so artfully and sweetly through your eyes, Meera.

Meera Rao said...

Thank you very much Tina :) Great to hear from you!

padmaja said...

Interesting lot I would say! Meera, loved the coconut versions, really cool to see the many uses of a coconut. And what a nuisance for the neighbors from the people who hang clothes like that without clips! I had it too many times !

Meera Rao said...

Thanks Padmaja! I never knew which four vignette would end up on my daily sketch space since I never had a big picture plan! but its been interesting for me to look at it now and find or create a common thread in most of the pages!

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