2013 India sketch Journal Page 7 by Meera Rao
2013 India sketch Journal June 19 by Meera Rao
To see things in the seed that is the genius -Lao Tzu
The fiery red African Tulip blossoms eventually are but solid woody seed pods that fall into the earth and disperse. The pods look like brown wooden bouquets on the tree and resemble little boats when they separate and fall off. There are still occasional red flowers around and a couple of days ago my Sister-in-law found one on her walk and brought it home for me to paint :) I think it is wonderful that I have so many people around me now making sure I sketch something everyday! My niece the other day said that when she is out on an errand often finds herself wishing I was there with her to catch a scene that she knows I would love to paint :) It is so cool how they are all acquiring what I call 'sketching eyes' !
2013 India Sketch Journal June 20 by Meera Rao
An important chore that has to be done in most households before the rice for the day is cooked is to sort the rice for stones, husks, dirt, bugs etc before washing and cooking because who wants to bite into a stone and may be even loose a tooth! The wicker tray or 'mora' needs a certain knack to use -- it is open on one side and rice is tossed over and again with panache - only rice stays close to the edged side and the husks are blown off from the rimless side. It takes years of practice to use it right. Here is a video of a woman using a similar tray except it is round to sort rice . I see from my third floor balcony the lady who lives across the road do this every day and that is why the sketch shows the view of her from above :) I on the other-hand, put the rice on a plate and do a once over. I have not attempted anything more fancier than that :)