Once upon a time, I thought I wanted to paint and sketch all my life. I joined some summer painting classes and learnt to do oils.
But then, school and college happened. Again, while in college, I joined a correspondence course, where I learnt to sketch in ink. That was very exciting – I think I have the `assignments’ lying around somewhere. Shall dig them out and may be upload them.
Again life intervened; this time it was a husband, a job and children.
In 1997, I had this great urge to start painting again. I had given up my job to take care of my daughter – that was a full time job. But the itch to paint was so strong that I would paint with her in my lap or between chores.
Since I had not learnt how to use water colours, and oils/ canvas/brushes were exorbitantly priced – I painted with poster colours, using them like oils. Later, when I did buy proper water colours, I continued to paint with them like one would with oils! After having spent a year in Kishangarh, I was influenced by the miniature style, so I enjoyed using detailing in my work.
I gifted away many paintings, even sold some – making about 30-35 paintings in 2 years. And then, as suddenly, I stopped.
May be, one day, the painter’s soul shall come back to stay with me.
My FB quilting group is having a challenge. Use only 2 fat quarters – one print and one solid – and nothing else – to make a quilt.
So my stash is out. Does it speak to you? Does it tell you what to do?
And some greens and browns
But this is what I think my final choice will be from! And I also think I know what I am going to do:)