After decades, the pleasure of drawing and painting is mine again. This old tired brain is trotting and is getting ready to live again.
I visit a sleepy lane of Old Kolkata( My Calcutta ) and see three ladies gossiping on the front steps of their house . There are very few houses of that elegance and charm left in the city and the ladies look so at ease, close and bonded. I am lucky to see them. The ladies are sisters and readily agree to pose for me.
I choose Acrylics for this painting. They are excellent and versatile –having qualities of both water colours and oil paints. Acrylics are a boon to experiment with. The many vibrant colours dry fast and stay true to its vibrancy on any surface and with any brush. Much unlike oils that are far more tempermental and high maintainence where one needs to ensure every stroke doesn’t turn into a mess. I used an old hotel plastic card key as my painting tool on this canvas . . The card is perfect, smooth, firm with a sharp edge and fits in my hand ---I can glide the colours on with ease.
The paint layers on beautifully, opaque or transparent as and where I want it . I feel in control and yet in complete harmony with the flowing colours . The completed picture is snapped up by a visitor from abroad and that is how my second career begins…….