Thursday, 26 September 2013

Me and My Painting





During my childhood days, I think I was in my 7th or 8th standard, when my mom along with few other enthusiastic ladies in town, were pretty much determined and ultimately formed a Mahila Samiti (women organization). As far as I could remember, the organization was not very much into women welfare and all, but they organized hell lot of children extracurricular activities and cultural programs. Everything was perfectly fine, till they started those Sunday morning yoga/drawing classes. The classes were being conducted at a nearby school and OMG! it was such a torture for me. As my mom was an active member of the Mahila Samiti,  I couldn’t have bunked those classes. In fact, she used to take me with her a little earlier. At least, yoga session was little fun, but immediately after that we had to attend our art lecture.

My association with drawing and painting was simply horrible and I usually used to get highly tensed during my science exams, whenever I used to come across questions like “Explain with neat and clean diagram” I remember one incident in the art school when our art teacher asked us to draw a mango. I tried to imagine the shape of a mango and sometimes all of a sudden it used to appear in my mind, but only for fraction of a second and then used to disappear instantly.  I tried a lot to have kept the mango image inside my head for a little longer, but all my struggle simply went in vain. Ultimately somehow I drew something, but my teacher said that it looked more like an apple. Even though I was quite disappointed, but I had to console myself and wondered "It's OK, at least I could draw a fruit. Well, a fruit is a fruit and whether apple or mango, how does it matter anyway?

Immediately after the drawing class, we used to rush to our houses to watch the great Mahabharata TV soap on doordarshan at 9 am. After Mahabharata we usually used to play cricket match at one playground or the other. My drawing torture was not only limited to early morning Sunday classes, but I even had to participate in the drawing competitions as well, especially whenever it was conducted by the Mahila Samiti. During those days, one of my elder cousin brothers Rana Bhai, visited us after his 10th final exams. He stayed with us for almost a couple of weeks and Rana Bhai was not only brilliant in his studies, he also had excellent hands in painting as well. One day my mom asked him to draw a beautiful painting, so that she could have placed it inside the showcase. One afternoon after I returned from my school, I was totally amazed to see a stunning painting inside our showcase. It was an early morning painting and the sky color looked so glorious. The painting was in fact, quite simple and it only had a small hut, a coconut tree and few bushes. The cool part was that everything was colored completely black. Well, that's what they really look like at dawn.

I was so impressed with that painting and seriously wanted to try it out by myself. I asked my cousin brother "How you created such kind of a masterpiece and it looks so simple"

He replied "Yes, it’s actually very simple and the sky color did all the magic. I applied red and blue for that pinkish kind of effect and then, little red and green for the yellowish effect. Also a little bit of red and yellow for the orange effect.  Finally I applied the white color for those clouds. It's all about how you mix the colors"

Wow! The sky looked so amazing and colorful. My cousin taught me how to mix those colors and how casually we need to apply the brush. To be honest, It wasn't very difficult for me and on my very first attempt, I could create almost 40 to 50% of that kind of colorful magical sky. I was so much delighted and later experimented with the same painting, a couple of times more. My mom was so proud of me that time and said "See, if you try you could also make beautiful painting"

One day, I drew the same painting in one of the art competition and everyone was stunned to look at my creation. I noticed that few people gathered in front of me while I was creating my masterpiece. That day, for the first time in my life, I received first prize award in any drawing competition. Oh! I was so happy that moment. After a couple of weeks I tried the same painting in an another drawing competition. As we used to live in a small town, usually in all such competitions we used to see familiar faces, including the jury members as well. Even though, I was able to mix the colors artistically that day also and many people even liked it, but I received second prize that day. 

After few more weeks I again participated in yet another such kind of a competition. After I looked at the panelists, I thought to draw something else that particular day. But my painting creativity was only limited to early morning sky and I just went for it. Again I created a beautiful masterpiece and while I was busy with my brush, I heard few whispers nearby “Eeee, again, the same painting” I was little embarrassed that moment, but my painting could still manage the third prize. After that competition, I seriously decided that  I already had enough with my favorite painting and from that day onward, I never participated in any of the drawing competitions. Also I never ever tried to create the same masterpiece again. Last time I went home, I saw the same original painting drawn by my cousin, inside that same old showcase and whenever I use to see that thing, I somehow get a little nostalgic.



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    1. Thank U so much :) glad U liked the write up and thanks a lot for visiting out here !!

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  2. its really feels good to win prizes and that also shows that creativity is imbibed in you since childhood

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    1. Yes dear, always feel good to win prizes. Hehe.. not very sure about the creativity thing. Thanks for the appreciation :)

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  3. Lovely personal write-up. I always wished I was good at art, but alas that was not to be :-(

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    1. Thanks Raghav :) Glad U enjoyed the post. Yeah, it's so difficult to imagine images. Drawing is not everyone's cup of tea. Thanks for visiting out here dude !!

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  4. Oh I can imagine how your sunday mornings were torturous.... Bt in the end the paints did manage to win you over!! Great :)

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    1. Haha.. so much we had to do on Sundays, including TV,sleep,sports. The art classes was so boring. Hehe.. my cousin's painting gave me the opportunity to win few prizes :) Thanks for visiting out here Aditi !!

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  5. I was also enrolled at an art school by my mom during std III & IV. The classes were in the evening on Saturdays and Sundays. It was very boring. I can feel the the pain that you went through.. Nice read

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    1. Haha.. Bedanga :) Mom's are always like that. They want their kids to be genius in all fields. So U also had a wonderful time with Ur art classes as a child. Glad U enjoyed the post Bro !!

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  6. Hahaha. Would love to see all 3 versions of the morning sky that got you your 3 prizes. Funny post! Makes us go down our own art-classes lane. :D

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    1. Haha.. Sakshi, that was really a nice painting and was pretty easy to implement also :) Glad u enjoyed the post and could refresh Ur own art classes lane !!

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    1. Suprabhat !!!
      Antaryami !!
      Tathastu

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  8. Nostalgic they are really and even my Drawing skills are limited to Landscape only and even I somehow managed to grab some consolation prize out of my Masterpiece.. :)

    Nice Read Jahid.. :)

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    1. Hehe.. Harsha, so U were also an artist :) Nice to know about our landscape connection and consolation prizes are really very encouraging. Glad U enjoyed the post !!

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  9. As they say, familiarity breeds contempt. I hope you draw sometime, sky isn't the only color you know :)

    Cheers,
    Blasphemous Aesthete

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    1. Nice idiom :) Did a little bit of painting as a kid and left long time back. It would have been nice if I could have continued :)

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  10. An interesting post again as usual.Your painting is great-you have the knack.

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    1. Thanks a lot, glad U liked the post. Thanks for the appreciation Indu Ji :)

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    1. Thanks Sammya :) Glad U enjoyed the post !!

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  12. So a painter too resides in you... But sky painter. Liked it bro.

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    1. Haha.. Neo. "Jahid, the Sky Painter" :) glad u enjoyed the post Bro !!

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    1. Thanks Rupam :) Glad U liked the post !!

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    1. Thanks mvenkat. Glad U enjoyed the post and thanks a lot for visiting out here !!

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  15. wonderful! nice post jahid bhai :)

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    1. Thanks Anjali :) glad u enjoyed the post !!

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  16. Mothers will try and explore hidden talents in their children, no?

    www.volatilespirits.com

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    1. Yes Anupama, mothers always try and explore hidden talents in their children :) Thanks for visiting out here !!

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  17. It is about the colours and painting is super fun. You should let yourself go without worrying how good you'll make it look. A good painting is an honest one. lovely blogpost.. reminded me of my school days.. :)

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    1. Yes Prachie, one shouldn't worry about the outcome and try it out honestly. Glad U liked the post and could remember Ur good old school days :)

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  18. Read good oooooo great words after so many days. Keep Writing.

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    1. Thanks Rupali :) Glad U enjoyed the post and thanks a lot for visiting out here !!

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  19. Beautifully written , I can relate to your post :)

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    1. Thanks Aunt Mary :) glad U liked the post and could relate to it !!

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  20. Uff ...those days. I was also a Picasoiac Artist and I had great expertize in painting a big size HUT with a tree.

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    1. Haha.. nice to know that U were also an artist with special expertise in painting hut and trees :) Thanks for visiting out here dear !!

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    1. Thanks Jhon, glad u liked the post :)

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  22. Wonderful Jahid ji :) The painting was amazing !!!

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    1. Thanks Susmitha :) The painting I put out there is not the original one though :) I tried to find something similar over the internet. But still, that painting was really amazing !!

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  23. Written simply and tastefully. It’s pleasant to read. Thank u.

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    1. Thanks Chandru :) Glad U enjoyed the post !!

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