2013 India Sketch Journal page 39 by Meera Rao
"There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate"
~ Robert Brault~
A small celebration as I post the last page of my 2013 India sketch journal. It was my second year of doing the sketch book. I am amazed and tickled to see over 200 sketches of everyday scenes and incidences in the two years. I hope some of them will end up as full paintings soon. The biggest lesson I learned is to just plunge in and draw rather than try for that perfect sketch. As I have mentioned before, the best thing I discovered is looking at everyday things with new sketching eyes as I look for ideas. I became adept at squeezing sketching time when I was in India. Now to make that happen everyday the rest of the year !
2013 India Sketch Journal Aug 23 by Meera Rao
The wedding venues are usually a riot of colors elaborately decorated with fresh flowers and foliage. The creative and labor intensive designs are often awe inspiring - sometimes bordering on gaudy. I definitely did not do justice in design or perspective when I sketched this one and as I was finishing it by memory, my skills lagged behind :)
2013 India Sketch Journal Aug 24 by Meera Rao
Basava - decorated bullocks and his master go house to house asking for alms in -between farming seasons. The bullock's bells and the woodwind instrument the master uses signals their arrival at the doorsteps. Rice, money or old silk sarees are donated by most the householders. Sometimes I think this has become a way of taking advantage of the sentiments towards holy cattle and make quick bucks - especially when I see the master curse when he is asked to just move on! The animals though, are decorated beautifully and it is a pleasure to look at the peaceful majestic beasts.