Friday, April 29, 2016

A loving prayer to self.

The courage to fly

the daring to open the cages

let me pray to my own self

to be granted the vast skies

and a limitless supply of 

courage, joy and freedom

to explore my world

test the boundaries

and most importantly,

believe in myself. 




A journal page to inspire myself. Telling myself to relax and enjoy life and its new pages. Sharing with PPF, CED


Saturday, April 09, 2016

Back to the narrative.

Today, early morning I woke up to the sound of thunder and saw dark grey clouds over the western horizon. Cool wind is blowing through the house, cooling it after days of hot, humid weather. I feel I must share, after a long time, my recent works on my blog. I have been away from my blog, though not from painting. 

Without much more ado, let me show you two of my recent paintings.  

The first one, The Confluence, 17.5” x 24”  Acrylic on canvas. I have included two progress pics too. 

The Confluence

The second work is 18"x12"titled  Spring. you can see the way it developed...I used drips and gold. 

Happy to be back on my blog. I know it is a place I can return to at any time and still feel like I am home. A fresh and rejuvenated feeling, like the sudden tropical rains. :-)

Linking as always with PPF  and inspired by the music of the rain and thunder, I submit to AJJ and CED.  

Have a happy weekend all of you!  Please do have a look at my FB page for more artwork. Link ...

Zafaran Art

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pondside dreams and Matsya Avatar

The theme for this weeks paintings is water.

And I have quite taken to painting on the telephone book. I realized it is quite sturdy to take paints just as it can be great to sketch on using ball point pens. .

The first one is titled - Pondside Dreams. With a dash of imagination and the curling tendril of a gentle dream, the pondside world comes alive.

The second painting is inspired by the Matsya Avatar, (click on link to read the story) the story of the first avatar of Vishnu where he takes the form of a fish to save the world during a big flood. The similarities with Noahs Ark, Gilgamesh and various other flood myth stories from round the world just points to the motif of a universal cleansing before rebirth.

 Finally, a word about what the sea, the prompt at AJJ,  makes me think - vast and infinite, it holds in a tiny drop whole volumes of words and wisdom to which it dances unceasingly.

We are mere observers of this great unending dance. 

Linking to PPF, CED, AJED

Be infinite like the sea. Do art and keep smiling.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Breaking the loud silence - sketches.

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."  Rumi. 

“Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard.” Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore. 

“Artists are those who can evade the verbose.” Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore.

"Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear." Haruki Murakami

And, yes, breaking this loud silence on my blog, here I am - with these quirky little sketches on my current favorite sketchbook, The Telephone Directory! ;-)  
Few health concerns kept me away from my blog and linking up with my lovely artist friends on PPF and AJED, CED 
Each week that went by without writing on my blog, I felt bad, and I realized that sooner than later, I must update you all with some of the work I have been doing. 
All sketches are pen and a lil bit of markers.
Hope you enjoy these and Haruki Murakami quotes whose book, Kafka On The Shore is finding favor wth me right now! 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Cities, story telling trees, underwater conversations... seven paintings.

Sharing with you some of the work I have been doing but did not get round to adding on to my blog.

Let me start with a Calvino quote that I really liked from  his book, Invisible Cities. I really enjoyed this book and the dream like descriptions of Marco Polo.

“For those who pass it without entering, the city is one thing; it is another for those who are trapped by it and never leave. There is the city where you arrive for the first time; and there is another city which you leave never to return."
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities.

The trees in my home city are so beautiful, especially during our heavy monsoons,  that I could not stop myself from imagining...

Do you know what happens when it rains?
The thoughts, wishes, and secrets of the people rise up, fill the leaves of these trees, like raindrops, and make them heavy with so many untold stories.  
Some of these untold stories are captured in color by me...

 And, one such story was of a conversation...

Once upon a time I had a conversation underwater
But all the words got washed away.

Or, of this monk who, on a moonlit night,  sings ...

Not the silver stars,
Or the silvery fish,
The rhythm of my oars
Ferry me across
This river.

Stories are everywhere, but only good listeners can hear them...

"The earth has music
for those who listen."
George Santayana

"Come and dream,
Because, by the sound of a guitar,
We forget wars
And relieve sorrows."

From the lyrics of Mariza
As Guitarras

Stepping through to a different dimension through our stories, we are indeed time travelers, 

When I step through,
I step across.

Keep smiling and arting, dear friends...

AJJ where the prompt is to make art inspired by the great masters. 
Well, in the first painting of mine, I have used yellow and blue and
 the theme of the outside viewed through the room., Van Gogh style.