I was turning pages of an old magazine which my daughter had bought from the second hand book market. She had bought them for one of her project works last year. She left them home this year and I was wondering if i must retain them or sell it to the raddiwalla. I was stacking them and suddenly an article on the amul moppet caught my attention. I remembered I had drawn some cartoons, painted a few landscapes during my school years and one of them was that little amul girl. My mom used to encourage me my drawing on post cards and A4 sheets...when they were done, she would ask me to post them for relatives during new year, pongal, diwali etc... My drawing ,painting and craft skills just ended there with my school days. During college, drawing circuits and connectors took over and then with work and other things in life...i had never thrown a glance towards any of those colors and those colors never lured me too.
Even when i brought crayons and paints for my kids or other birthday kids, the colors never beckoned me to lay my hands on them.
But that day when i saw the amul moppet, it struck me i should try and see if i could draw and surprisingly the amul moppet was not bad ( first pic) and an approval from my creative designer daughter encouraged me to try one more and that too turned well and now i am bitten by the creative bug and like Macleod says there is a little voice in me asking to doodle and play with the colors of the rainbow and beyond. I am now enjoying this spurt of creativity which was lost some 28 years ago during my school days. I am rekindling this with whatever i learnt in school and all those greeting cards which amma used as a tool to encourage me is coming of use today. These colors and doodles are now chasing me in my dreams that I atleast try to make one every two days. They are no master pieces but surely give me happiness with each stroke and i so feel at peace with myself.
My subject have been mostly Indian traditional and folk arts...it is my dream( atleast for now) to revive and restore Indian arts like Warli, Madhubani, Cheriyal, kalamkari, shall see where it goes from here but for now enjoying this:)
Storing some of my pics here.