Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sound Reflections

Sound Reflections 3 watercolor by Meera Rao

Procession of people full of exuberance, in colorful costumes, playing music with shiny instruments stopped me on my tracks.  It was a beautiful sunny day and the first thing I noticed were all those reflections in the instruments. I was fascinated how the colors and reflections vibrated on the polished metals.  The need to capture the moment was immediate  :)

Sound Reflections 2 watercolor on hot press by Meera Rao 

These are two miniatures I painted along with Sound Reflections1  All three were in the  "Small Works- Miniatures by the Tidewater Artists " show at the Charles Taylor Arts Center in Hampton from Oct 25-Nov 30 2014.  

If you wait for inspiration you'll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.
~Ben Nicholas

6 comments:

Lisa Graham Art said...

I love the details in the instruments! Kind of like the tubas are made with porcelain mosaic. Beautiful. I love it when inspiration comes like that...where you have to capture it as quickly as you can...before the band marches by.

Meera Rao said...

Lisa, thank you! watching parades are one of my favorite things :)

Hema Penmetsa said...

And captured the moment you have, and how! Do you take pictures when a moment arrests your attention and paint from them?

Thank you for bringing us to the parade through your keen-eyed observations, Meera.

Katherine Thomas said...

Brass is such a hard subject to paint, to me, but you make it look easy! You did such a good job at creating those reflections, and only an artist like yourself would see them there, amid all the pageantry and excitement all around. I bet everybody was mesmerized by these paintings in the exhibit. Love the quote too!

Meera Rao said...

Thank you, Hema :) yes, most of the time I take too many pictures and a video to capture the motion too - that helps me jog my memory with the sight and sounds! I usually end up combining varied elements from different photos for my final painting.

Meera Rao said...

Thank you Katherine! I am always fascinated by reflections and shadows and love to capture them in photography and my art :)

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