I was reading this beautiful poem by Campbell McGrath the other day. You can also listen to it on the Poetry Foundation site.
Really appreciating all my wonderful friends today:
Swedish Bingo Ladies with Katrina and Åste
An afternoon at Katrina’s with Åste & Katrina
And the ones that are not in drawings – Ananya, Jedi, Uma.
We went to see Nalini Malani – A Retrospective. I found it surprisingly thought-provoking. The pieces exhibited in the hall where the Wedding Dress was displayed were the ones that resonated the most with me. Listening to Shades was nice as well.
Next was a group show called Is That What You Think. Some of the pieces were interesting – because you really could figure out the narrative behind the artwork if you try. Like the piece by Vivan Sundaram which didn’t make sense at a cursory glance, but as I moved around the room I really began to open up to the feelings that the artist might have wanted to express. One – a piece of video art showing rolling waves was a transporting experience though I didn’t really understand it. Lightning Testimonies was an interesting way to watch the films, and that’s not the least of it. (And by the way if you want to see the drawing larger just double click on it – and then remember to return to this post!)
Do you read the horoscope? I do, if only to appreciate the creativity of the writers. Sometimes they come up with really cute suggestions of how I should behave or what I should do. It’s rather amusing, really. One Wednesday in March my horoscope advised me to “be yourself”.
And here’s the soundtrack to that.
One of my friends, Jedi collects people. He has a huge number of really cool and interesting friends and he likes to mix them in different combinations to spark off the most diverting reactions. It’s great fun. I made some really great friendships from some of those mixes of Jedi’s.
And these days when I sketch from life, it really feels like I’m “collecting” people. I don’t draw just anyone, but people with interesting faces, or gestures or if I feel they could be a real “character”! The brown boy and I often have competitions when we draw from life. For instance, we’ll pass someone on the road or in a shop who looks really intriguing to us. And immediately we’ll try to draw that person from memory and see who’s done the better job. If you know the brown boy, you would know that most of the time he’s the one who wins the challenge. But sometimes it’s me.
Here’s a random selection of people I’ve collected over the last three months. I drew this in the office cafetaria.
This one, at Nehru Place Metro Station, my favourite place to sketch these days.
The next few were drawn at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Khan Market.