Tried playing and exploring working with photographs and creating layers with the monk. Some cool results. Still learning and having fun. Miss the simple joy of pen and ink and the meditative state of drawing them. But also having a blast playing with color. The best of both worlds – who said I need to choose. 🙂
Got many of the paintings framed. Some of them are up in my cabin and the pride of seeing your own art framed and occupying wall space is a feeling second to none!!
Here are some pictures. The large format art is soon to adorn the walls at home and the rest get ready for an art exhibition and I can tick that off my bucket list!
A few new horses I worked on today.
In the calligraphy on the single horse artwork I narrated the story of Alexander and his horse Bucephalus. I retold the story from the point of view of young Alexander and his connection with the horse.
Here’s a sneak preview of the new sketches in the collection.
Tried my first larger format painting. Stayed with horses. This time tried to see how I could get a sense of high speed movement and power. I painting it completely with a sponge and even did the textures of the mane with sponge textures. A silver pen added the element of fantasy and magic and I tried the old toothbrush spray paint from the school days for added motion.
This is fun. Think I will go 50×70 now. This is great fun and such a stress buster!!!
Todays illustration has a little preamble to its evolution.
I was all day at a business coaching session. Rajesh, my coach who has inspired me over the last nine years worked with us today on an array of new business ideas.
As I sat in the class today alongside many inspiring CEOs, assimilating the insights and wisdom, I sensed the past nine years like it was yesterday again. The thirst for being reborn again and again everyday and surrendering the wisdom of the past allows me to discover myself truly.
Today, there was a brilliant distinction between goals and horizons. As I had set my goals and achieved them, I kept raising the bar, making them tougher and tougher to inspire me to rise higher. While this worked beautifully and had taken me to heights I could never have imagined, there’s another dimension to this process and its outcome.
As vision boards and dreams fuel the journey, there’s a fine line where the goals became obsessive. Suddenly, everything I had wasn’t that exciting because I didn’t have the projected future yet. Where I was today seemed so insignificant to the future I had envisioned and visualized!
As I grappled with this and suddenly let the goals free and realized they were but horizons, I could yet again embrace the beauty of the moment.
This illustration is something that I sketched as I listened during the session. I came back in the evening and toyed with the idea of creating a frame that captured this concept and embedded the beauty of the moment.
This is my zen moment which I will never let go of again.
(Maybe I should work with Rajesh to evolve a graphic novel with a parallel to business coaching principles!)