Saturday, November 15, 2014

Walking on Jogibara Road

This is a painting that I hope conveys the surreal quality of living in India ... where unending hard work is so often juxtaposed with the softest, ethereal beauty.

Quite often I paint from photographs, and in this case, even my photograph was so blurry, it was almost impossible to see it clearly. While I was painting this today, one phrase kept going through my mind ... "I'm trying to understand it ..."

As my brush strokes became more confident, I began to see that there's a rhythm and magic to the way the trees function in the soil and mix their branches with the wind and sky, and the woman's steps are deliberate, while she focuses on the road ahead. Perhaps her eyes soften to match the swirling trees.

(oil on canvas)