"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for." ~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I am back

I am back. My trip was ok even though some of the time it was anxious, some of the time it was sad and some of it happy but that is life.

While I was there I visited Dakshin Chitra. A place where the rural culture of Southern India is depicted of begone years. I suspect it still might exsist in some places. It was not my first visit but still I enjoyed it. When I visited Pompei I realised that there was a similarity in their living as it was in these villages. So my thinking is that there must have been a similar parellel culture exisiting in India during that era. 
Below is a curtain or a bedspread I have no idea what it was used as, but I thought it was beautiful. The applique work the embroidary and beadwork and shisha work on it was lovely. My camera was playing up so the pictures didn't come out well.

Most of the villages were farming communities or weavers. Below is an old handloom weaving machine.
Some clay dolls. They were mainly used for religious festivals.

Whenever I had some time I did some creating. I made these little ornaments as gifts.

I also doodled  a bit with water colours. Picked a few flowers and tried to paint. I am so rusty with water colours I need a lot of practice.  I realised that the colours of flowers in Chennai are predominantly shades of pink, red, orange and yellow. I just  couldn't find many purples or blue. The ones that I did find were very pale in colour. Must be because it is so hot there so the colours are all warm colours. Here I find that the colours are predominantly shades of blues and purples. Must be again something to do with the weather.


  1. Welcome back, Shashi!!! Lovely photos and I think your watercolour flowers are beautiful too!

  2. Welcome home, Shashi. I love your little guys - so cute. Hope you're not too tired from all the traveling! Take care.

  3. How lucky to be able to visit rural places in India especially with handlooms and crafts.
    I like the cute ornaments you made. Also the flowers. I can see they are of flowers in India.

  4. Welcome back Shashi!!! I am so glad you had a nice trip! Loved looking at the pics!

    Xoxoxxx Ree

  5. I love watercolours...some day I should try that too....but, how many things can one be doing at the same time? hahha... actually...you seem to manage just fine...maybe I will look for my old paints and see if they have dried out. I never did know how to paint..just took one night class many moons ago.....

    the flowers you did are lovely...so soft and watery looking....

  6. Good to see you back on the 'page'! Painting has been pulling at me too!

  7. Welcome back Shashi

    Love the water colour and the figures perhaps I might get to see them !! ?

  8. Ooooh it's good to have you back Shashi with such gorgeous pictures from your trip.
    Love your gorgeous little ornaments they are so cute and your watercolours are amazing!!
    Chris xx

  9. Welcome back, Shashi!
    I love that curtain. Wouldn't that image make a wonderful hanging doll for your studio. :) I know you can make one. :)
    I love the ornaments too. They are so cute. The watercolor painting is very nice.


  10. Hi Shashi - glad to see you're back safe and sound. I love the hanging ...such a brilliant design.
    Your ornaments and paintings are great too.

  11. So much eye candy in this entry!
    I love that curtain panel! What gorgeous work. And those colorgul little sculptures are wonderful.

    Your ornamnets are just too darling! So whimsical- love them.

    I swear your painting just gets better and better.

  12. Delightful post Sashi - I only wish I could "doodle" as well as you..^_^

  13. Just popped back in to say Hi and to wish you a Happy Easter Shashi :D
    Chris xx

  14. So good to see what you have been up to. I enjoyed the photos and seeing your decorations and the watercolor (beautiful by the way) that you did.


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