If you want to draw something, understand it. I’m not sure if these words have been said before but I learnt this, from the painting I did below, of a horse. Someone who studied in the same university as me saw my paintings on Instagram and asked me if I could paint a horse for her living room. I told her I had never painted an animal before but I was willing to give it a try. I also told her what I tell anybody who wants me to make a painting for them that if they don’t like it, there’s no compulsion to take it. It reduces the stress and the pressure when I’m painting.
This painting was done on a canvas of size 36″ X 24″. I’m not going to share the stages of the painting like I did for Art : Autumn Dreams but I will tell you this – that it took me twelve days of walking, talking, dreaming horses to finally paint this. I realized how a single curve could change a horse to an ass. I can hear you say ‘what’s new about that?’ Well, honestly, nothing! But I had another revelation. It was that a dinosaur had probably evolved into a horse. I’m not a biology student but that’s precisely what happened the first time I attempted drawing a horse on the canvas (You now know that it doesn’t come easily to me, so if you want to try, don’t be scared). I also realized that minus the mane and a little alteration in the curve of the eye, a horse could become a deer. Am I making any sense to you? If I’m not and you’re not someone blessed with the gift of art, then do try drawing a horse; you’ll understand what I’m saying.
Anyway, the problem was that I began by painting the horse based on a picture of a horse on a wall paper, sent by the person who had requested for it. It didn’t work. It was frustrating. During the next 12 days, I looked at a lot of paintings of horses, watched a serial called ‘Heartland’ showing on Netflix (which revolves around horses), read about them and saw a lot of real-life photographs of horses. Finally, the horse on the canvas started coming to life.
Below I present to you ‘Stardust’
‘Stardust,’ left our home today and has reached it’s new home. What do you think of him?’
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