India Sketch journal 2013 page 23 by Meera Rao
Whether it is protection from evil eye or hungry cows and goats, there is a way to safeguard what you cherish - be it magic, superstition or a practical solution!
India Sketch journal 2013 July 21 by Meera Rao
These red masks of fierce looking faces with horns and a scorpion on the tongue can be bought on the road side from migrant artisans who camp on the sidewalks, establish a workshop and a set up a retail outlet right there :) The whole family pitches in to make the masks from molds to which they pour plaster of paris or clay, paint and then sell them in various sizes. The masks are bought to place on houses, buildings, and new construction sites. What caught my eye was that the sidewalk makeshift enterprise selling talisman masks had a classic talisman of its own - that of seven green chili peppers and lemon hanging so that no evil eye is cast on this thriving business ! Please do click on the colored phrases above and you will be able to see my sketches from my art journal 2012 :)
India Sketch journal 2013 July 22 by Meera Rao
This is little sapling by the roadside had its own fence to fend off the hungry cows and goats that wander the streets. The effort was worthwhile as the plant still had its leaves and was showing signs of growth! The tragedy sometimes is that the sticks from the little fence can also disappear - to be used for kindling by someone. I was attracted to the geometry of the lines, the organic shapes of the leaves, the colors and had to record it in my sketch book.