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Life Arts    H4'ed 7/30/10

Painting 'Anticipation'

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It so happens that you are brimming with inspiration with a lump in the throat threatening to fade only after being downloaded onto the canvas. And, at that precise moment you realize you have run out of paint. Some of us are very familiar with this type of disappointment. On a perfect day you step out and it rains; miss the bus/train by a few inches; have leg pain on the sports day and so on.

The choice was to wait and buy the paint or attempt with whatever was left. If squeezed, I could get a bit of the colours, black, blue, green and yellow. Thus started the process of what was to become the art work, "Anticipation'.

Unusually generous, I transferred to paper whatever was left from the yellow tube; then blue and green tubes got the same treatment. So what to do after that? One day, say a decade from now, would I forget this? The rose color you see in the paper comes from beetroot, some of the green from a grass and yellow is good old turmeric. Besides, there was black color, abundant, in comparison, to complete the painting.

The scale of this painting must be around 70x70, yet to be confirmed. Well then, I don't want to get into the meaning of the painting, the title a giveaway, anyway. I'd rather leave it to you to decipher it. The only lingering doubt is how long the colors would last. A century or a week?

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