Wednesday, July 06, 2005


This one was an old sketch of mine which I had abandoned nearly immediately. It was part of a study (I have graduated from using rough drafts or rough sketches to calling them studies!!) for a painting I was planning on doing for my friend's wedding gift. I abandoned it as soon as I knew that I wasn't going to be there for her wedding...

Often solace is found in things left incomplete.

She was, and still is in parts, a free spirited girl who loved the world and embraced it in its entirety. I really couldn't get a scan of it as it had very light lines, and this is what a quick picture looks like. She loved the sea, but had not seen much of it.

I am currently working on the Life series (basically a bunch of sketches/paintings all named Life and placing various aspects of life in contrapposto). Let's see if I stick to it...


  1. Anonymous11:37 PM

    Who is the person with the wings?

    I really cannot comment on the sketches as I am illiterate in that aspect.


  2. Dear Okra,
    I have no clue who that person is!!! :-o

  3. Ah !! that lady finds so much of peace on the rocks with her hands outsretched towards the horizon....

    wishing to see more.....I can criticise with my big mouth :-p

  4. Nice to see someone who doesnt rush to some shop, flash his credit card and purchase something in the name of gift.

  5. this wudve made a very sweet wedding gift :)

  6. Hi Phantom,
    She sure is at peace. :-) I would share them, but I am saving some of them for the journal. Once, I decide on which ones to include, I shall put the "rejected" ones up on the blog. This was a definite reject as it was abandoned, and I can't get myself to complete it.

    Hi B,
    Some people find it cheap not to go out and buy them gifts!! ;-)

    Hi P,
    It might have, but I couldn't have matched her sweetness! :-)

  7. "Often solace is found in things left incomplete."

    Ideas have their own time and place. And I have often returned to unfinsihed sketches, even years later. Like a book one may be compelled to buy-but-not-read until a moment connects one to its message.

    In this study, I like your economy of line. It would be interesting to see what palette you might have chosen to paint it with, what mood your colours would imbue it with.

    A female figure with her back to the viewer, arms stretched to the sky. Open and ready to fly...Will the winged figure below her lift her up?
    Or will she become the beacon that leads him out of some abyss? He appears almost Greco-Roman, and she of another time and place. He is near, she is far: will they ever meet?

    Your image inspires the question; what happens next?

    I look forward to seeing more of your sketches, if you chose to post them at some point.

  8. Dear NotR,
    I suppose you don't realise that I truly look forward to your comments. I thought you didn't like the sketch enough to comment on it (till now). Consider the one you posted above.
    Like a book one may be compelled to buy-but-not-read until a moment connects one to its message.
    So true. I have a huge collection of books which are yet to beckon me. I simply buy them and then hope that someday I would read them or complete reading them. :-(
    I have a confession to make to you and to Okra above: The winged creature below (yes, I was trying to mimic Greco-Roman style of drawing and wanted to convert that into a clay sculpture, but wants rarely materialise into deeds) has nothing to do with the girl. I took a picture of the girl in the breeze sketch and my camera captured a part of another sketch too. :-(
    But it is interesting you raise so much out of their juxtaposition. :-)
    I would love to see more of your sketches too. You do them very beautifully. No no, I am not reciprocating niceties. :-)

  9. Thank you Eroteme,

    I did not comment initially because I did not wish to intrude too much on your fine blogging community. My hesitation had nothing to do with your sketch (which I liked from the start).

    Yes, their juxtaposition is interesting. I have found that the best ideas unfold seredipitously, just as you've described. Quite by accident.

    Clay is a favourite medium of mine. But I have never been able to create a successful clay sculpture from a drawing. For some reason, the idea never translates well if worked from a blueprint sketch. Instead, the clay speaks a language of its own and leads naturally from an initial idea into something happily unexpected.


    It would be great to see your Greco-Roman figure displayed in front of your sketch of the horizoned-girl,
    if you exhibit your work. The unexpected relationship is definately an interesting one.

    Thank you for your kind comments on my sketches, btw.