I finished the painting I had started a week before leaving India. Don’t ask me what I was doing painting when I was pressed for time. I painted until 4 days before boarding the flight. I know it sounds crazy or even dramatic when I say I clung to the brush as long as I could. But, I did; because I knew it would be a long time before I picked the brush again- you know, with the moving, the ten-days holiday in between and the settling into a new home. I was prepared for it. However, I had no idea that it would take me a month and three weeks to pick up the brush again. The delay had more to do with me feeling unsettled and had nothing to do with me not having the material. I’d written all about it in my earlier post, titled, ‘Anchoring myself’.
Anyway, this is the painting that I had to work on. It’s special because it’s my first oil painting, my first painting of a God ( this is the Buddha), my first face painting and my first painting after moving here. Given that I was very disturbed and I had to force myself to pick the brush again, it seemed perfect that I had chosen to paint, The Buddha. Painting this picture gave me a sense of calm and peace, all of which Buddha represents.
Below is the completed painting. I call this painting, ‘Calm’.
And here, is some calming music to go with it.
Painting this has definitely restored my balance and my spirits which were in dire need of lifting. Thank you, to all who were with me. Your warm words helped more than you know. Knowing that you’ll understand and were listening meant a lot to me. I still have not made acquaintances here. It’s because getting the visa took a lot of time and then getting the work permit. We’ve got it now and are waiting for the club membership. Hopefully, that should provide an avenue to meet like-minded folk. But, until then and hopefully after too, painting and writing help. I’m sharing below the words of a friend. She wrote this to me when she read my last post. I’ve been reminding myself of these words as and when I feel low. She said, “Remember…whenever you feel under pressure, pressed or crushed, you’re in a powerful place of transformation!” I’ve shared it here and I hope it reaches whoever needs to hear it today.
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