Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall fearless -Leap of Faith.

Headline Prompt:  Taking a Chance:  When did you take a chance or a leap of faith?  How did it turn out?  What did you learn?
Color Prompt:  What color do you like least? Use it!

When I read the headline prompt for the second challenge
on Artists in Blogland, the first thought that came to me was,

Leap of faith? Me? No way! 

Somehow, ‘leap of faith’ made me picture 
people taking blind jumps into the unknown.

Then I did a slow take on it and realized, 

it need not be a blind jump into a muddle 

(though, I have done enough of those too!) :-)

My desktop has the lines,

 “Never be afraid to fall apart because 

it is the opportunity to rebuild yourself 

the way you wish you had been”  

No matter what happens, life goes on.

The leap of faith for me has been belief in myself.

When worlds crashed round me, 

people I had considered friends deserted me, 

I managed to cling on to my faith, 

or ‘vishwas’ as it is said in Hindi.


When life seemed difficult or lonely, 
I was determined to fight back. 

The intensity of having faith is what I have tried to show on my page. 







The colors are bright and inspired by
 the 17th century dance form of Kathakali 
where the dancers apply intricate make-up on their faces 
to depict characters that are noble or vile.

Green symbolizes the divine, heroic and is spiritual. 
The eyes of Kathakali performers look red 
by using an herb. It added to 
the atmosphere of supernaturalism of this dance, 
which was traditionally performed in the temples 
at night in the glow of flickering oil lamps.

Quintessentially, having Faith is a 

discovery of spirituality 

somewhere deep within..

I have used ink, (my current favorite mediumJ) oil pastels, acrylics. 
The colors are not my instinctive choices, since I tend to go for blue usually.

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  1. This is just gorgeous. I completely agree that living an authentic "true to yourself" life requires a big leap of faith. So glad you have joined us in Fall Fearless & Fly!

  2. I love your painting and especially the story behind the creating of it, along with the meanings of the colors! Stay fearless and fly!

  3. You sure did capture intensity here! It is so powerful! So glad you shared this with Fall Fearless and Fly!

  4. I am lost for words, I completely love your page :-)

  5. such wonderful and challenging inspiration for this piece
    it turned out awesome.

  6. that is super wonderfully intense... very cool work from the prompt...xx

  7. This was a good challenge - and I like your painting and definition of leap of faith.

  8. Very interesting artwork! Love it! Thanks for sharing with FF&F!

  9. Wonderful Zafaran...this is quite impressive :)

  10. Great work on the prompt. Especially like the way the paint flows and then such control on the facial features, beautifully combined.

  11. Loving the life and all the vibrancy you have achieved with this painting. Happy PPF, Annette x

  12. Very original and striking! Thank you for sharing the story behind it, very interesting!

  13. Very strong images -I like the vivid colour and dramatic lines and that white dot which suggests focus? Interesting to read about the dancers and how they use red herbs to make their eyes red.

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  15. Really stunning. It reminds me of batik.

  16. wonderful page and love the concept behind this piece of artwork. x

  17. wonderful way to apply history, tradition and symbolism to your art. very nice!


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