Franz Kafka, the story goes, encountered a little girl in the park where he went walking daily. She was crying. She had lost her doll and was desolate.
Kafka offered to help her look for the doll and arranged to meet her the next day at the same spot. Unable to find the doll he composed a letter from the doll and read it to her when they met.
“Please do not mourn me, I have gone on a trip to see the world. I will write you of my adventures.” This was the beginning of many letters. When he and the little girl met he read her from these carefully composed letters the imagined adventures of the beloved doll. The little girl was comforted.
When the meetings came to an end Kafka presented her with a doll. She obviously looked different from the original doll. An attached letter explained: “my travels have changed me… “
Many years later, the now grown girl found a letter stuffed into an unnoticed crevice in the cherished replacement doll. In summary it said: “every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.”
Kafka and the Doll: The Pervasiveness of Loss The healing Story
Christmas lights on canvas: Stretched canvas on wood of size 12”*12”
This is the first time I was using stretched canvas and I wanted something beautiful to paint on it. So here comes the third layer of painting over this sheet. The textures are from previous painting which luckily is providing the rocky look of wall on which the decorative lights has been hung. The bokeh effect on the left side has been created with glazing medium. Some lights seems to be far and fainter while some nearer and brighter. Christmas decorations are hung with pearl strings with snowflakes and lights in it. The blue and mauve color used in the background creates a mysterious night aura.
Golden Snowflakes: Canvas of size 12”*12”
Well silver snowflakes are too mainstream. So here comes my golden snowflakes. On a white canvas, I used fabric glue which gets transparent after drying. The one on left-bottom is the regular snowflakes (inspired from frozen 🙂 ) The half snowflakes is the really decorative. The use of a bit of mauve color has made this snowflakes an antique. The other snowflakes is getting distorted and an imperfect one. Well what is perfect in this imperfect world. 😉 Out of the three the antique one is my favourite.
Pinky spirals: Canvas of size 6”*8”
Glue is becoming an obsession for me. Here I have used Pink and white fabric colors to make these spirals. I didn’t plan on this. It just came on canvas. Some whites, some pinks, some pinkish whites and some whitish pink. And I just love the pink sprinkles originating from top-right corner.
And this is the full view of my painting table. Cheers!!
Some days will be happier and some will be harder
Both will be worth, live to enjoy them.
Some friends will stay for longer and some will for shorter
Both will be worth, cherish to have them.
Some paths will be easier and some will be trickier
Both will be worth, learn from them.
Some smiles will be genuine and some will be courtesy
Both will be worth, smile back at them.
The only thing, your reaction will be of one course
Some and those others will have its own special purpose.
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“As designers, it’s easy to get caught up in plans or in the details of a project and lose awareness of ourselves and our surroundings. It happened to me a lot at the White House.” Ashleigh Axios, former creative director at the White House, says that your work is only as good as you feel.
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Dust If You Must
by Rose Milligan
Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed;
Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;
Music to hear, and books to read;
Friends to cherish, and life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.
Only when you see every trivial routine chores as dusting, you will be able to see an abundant pile of goals to achieve and miles to cover. So lets move to them what is really worthwhile and important. Cheers!!
I painted this on two canvases, one 8*12 and the other 12*16 inches, and it looks insightful both together as well as as singlets. It took me more than 2 months to complete this. I put every color I had into this piece. It has all the elements of an abstract paintning: colors, geometry, space and it gives you an open opportunity for its interpretation. Before this I used to be afraid to use black acrylic due to its dominant nature. During the course of this painting I have used an aweful lot of black and I just love how it came out on canvas. ❤