Friday, April 4, 2014

Extensions of the Heart

Journal Page March 23-30 2014 by Meera Rao

Last week was filled with days that I wanted to remember and mull over. It started when we returned from the Flamenco Vivo, Carlota Santana - The Soul of Flamenco show at the American Theater in Hampton. I just wanted to capture the feelings, attitudes and expressions of the dancers and the singers before it faded away. Then there was the blue bird visiting the new feeder for the first time this spring, colorful Clivia blooming indoors and the yellow orange daffodils bursting outside.  Four days of rainy weather ended with a brilliant rainbow. I could not forget how reluctantly my grand daughter wore her raincoat and went out but then fully enjoyed playing in the rain and the puddles :)  And there is a special story about that can of Vodka from Russia! 

I am playing with  size, format for my sketches and have not found the right one yet. But I know I want to try bigger full page sketches soon.  I am reading Qu Lei Lei's "The Tao of Sketching" and like what he has to stay about drawing and sketching: 

"The brush or pen is the extension of the heart: We see everything in the world through the eye, feel it through the heart, and think about it through the brain. All of these are combined and transferred to the paper through our hand and brush. Therefore, every stroke of the brush is actually an extension of the soul." 

12 comments:

Katherine Thomas said...

Meera, you find such interesting things that you share in your posts. I will have to look for that book! You have the soul of an artist, in the way that you mull over little events, and things that you've seen that others have overlooked. It comes through in your artwork so beautifully!

Diarikom said...

Dear Meera, thanks again for another pocket of inspiration! I not only enjoy your posts, but look forward tothe next ones as well. LG Nigel A JAMES

Meera Rao said...

Thank you Katherine! You so made my day :) I really appreciate your support.

Check out www.erhbc.com/hck for bargain books on the arts - they have great books on sale - I find though I have bought too books threatening my time and sanity !

Meera Rao said...

Nigel James, thank you so very much - it's wonderful feeling to know that I am not sketching and painting in isolation. Comments like your lift my spirit :) .

Lisa Graham Art said...

This is a wonderful page Meera. I too love to remember those types of performances, because we do lose the memory of them quickly. It's so great to have a peek into your world through your art and your sketches!

Sue Clinker said...

Such lovely memories beautifully captured in your sketches Meera.

ps: apologies if I post twice, I'm not sure if it worked first time round :-)

Ambika @asunnyellowindow said...

That quote is so deep and beautiful, Meera! Intrigued by the name of the book itself... Must get hold of a copy.

And the flamenco dancers dress is super pretty :)

Meera Rao said...

Thank you Lisa :) I am so grateful to be able to share my thoughts and my life this way too - appreciate your comments!

Meera Rao said...

Sue, thanks! And no need to apologize - I know I have done my share of it to other bloggers too !

Meera Rao said...

Thanks Ambika! Check out www.erhbc.com/hck for bargain books on the arts - so many books and so little time :)

ashok said...

you are amazing Meera!

Meera Rao said...

Ashok, i am humbled - thank you so very much for your comments ! I am going to my art space with an new spring in my step :)

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