Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Only Different Kinds of Good Weather

India Sketch Journal Page 29 by Meera Rao 

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, 
wind braces us up, 
snow is exhilarating; 
there is really no such thing as bad weather, 
only different kinds of good weather.
John Ruskin

India Sketch Journal Aug 3 by Meera Rao 

The 'windy month' brings out the kites and kids.  The stores stock colorful kites of various sizes. A favorite after school activity for some is making their own kites. Regardless, many spend hours trying to launch their kites- inexperienced as they are-  in hopes of seeing their homemade or store bought kites fly high in the sky. 

India Sketch Journal Aug 2 by Meera Rao 

As the rains continue, and the temperatures dip, the blanket peddlers roam the streets.  I had to peek out of the balcony to figure out what their loud calls were for and what is it that was being sold now! I do appreciate that even now blankets, vegetables, household items, toys are sold by peddlers roaming the street --it is always nice to have the market come to you ! 

For us wind, rain etc are just different kinds of weather but check out this TED talk video on Art made of Storms by Nathalie Miebach   - She  "takes weather data from massive storms and turns it into complex sculptures that embody the forces of nature and time." The talk opens with a sculpture  and musical scores.  It is fascinating to see and hear her explain how science, art and music intersect creatively for her. “Weather is an amalgam of systems that is inherently invisible to most of us, so I use sculpture and music to make it, not just visible, but also tactile and audible.”

10 comments:

padmaja said...

Good ones! It is more fun to see kids run along the streets to see if they can get hold on some one elses kite that is stuck on trees! While the street vendors shouting musically is a trademark of our city, sometimes they are so loud that can be irritating when elders at home are trying to take a nap :-)

Meera Rao said...

oh yes, kids looking for the kites stuck in the trees :) And Thank you very much for your appreciation!

Katherine Thomas said...

I like that outlook... different kinds of good weather! Thanks for the boost of optimism tonight Meera. The paintings are wonderful, and have again captured a little slice of everyday life in your nieghborhood. I am still waiting for your book to be published.

Meera Rao said...

Katherine, I hope we will keep Ruskin's optimism and the global warming can be stalled, see no more of the severe weather we have been having! Glad you liked the sketches :) Next on the agenda is to get working on the book!Thank you for your encouragement!

Introverted Art said...

I love your renditions of everyday life. I see your home through your eyes...

Sadami said...

Hi, Meera, beautiful paintings and what a wise quote! I'd remember that from now on. Keep up wonderful posts.
Best wishes and warm regards, Sadami

Katherine Thomas said...

I watched the 6 min. video explaining how weather data can be translated to art and music. That's fascinating how everything is so intertwined, when we stop and think about it!

Meera Rao said...

Katherine, glad you enjoyed the video too :)Thanks for stopping by!

Meera Rao said...

@introverted art, thank you! It was a good decision to sketch my home for three months in India again this year as I was there taking care of my mother-in-law. I did 80 sketches this year and 124 last summer as I did my time with her.

Meera Rao said...

Sadami, thank you for your encouraging words!

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