The first thing I would tell any amateur artist is ‘Never Stop Painting’. Do not think you cannot do some form of art. You can. You have a choice whether you want to do it or no, but it isn’t impossible.
I wanted to paint more after I was finished with my first painting but I didn’t have any more canvases. Buying more canvases was tricky. I had to wait for someone to be going towards Pathankot to pick up canvases. I had no personal transport. So the next week I went to the same art supplies store again and bought four canvases and made a single four paneled painting.
I laid the canvases on the dining table in the way I wanted to and started painting. I sketched and I painted but I used a whole lot of paint which took two weeks to dry. My husband saw my work on the table and asked “Where do we eat?” and I made him eat in the bedroom for two weeks. The painting now hangs in an Officers mess in Punjab.
Encouragement from others gets you far. You enjoy the compliments and it makes you want to paint more. Make sure you are surrounded by positive people. I’m glad I was.
Next I decided if I want more canvases, I need to go to Pathankot more often hence I need means of transport. And sure enough, there it arrived on my first wedding anniversary, a brand new car. It was my freedom on wheels. I used to go to Pathankot so often to buy paint supplies. I even used to visit my friend Divya who lived a mere 25 km away, whenever I felt like it. There were times when my husband arrived at the doorstep and saw a locked door and gave me a call ‘Darling where are you? And where is my lunch?’ And I used to say ‘Go back to work and maybe eat out’. That was fun!!
Driving in Punjab is not easy, especially when you are not used to driving. I had to cross a canal bridge which could accommodate vehicles in only one direction at a time; buffaloes everywhere didn’t make it easy, nor did the Punjabi kudiyan.
That’s just a little about my crazy times in Punjab. Do drop in to read more. I’m going to share a few of my painting tragedies in the next blog. Folks who want to learn a little bit about mistakes that you do not want to make as an artist will find it pretty interesting.