6th August 2021 Dr.Beena
Everyone loves freedom. We may not realise it, but sometimes freedom is taken for granted. I was inspired to paint this picture of a butterfly and a flower from a photo sent by Shobha. It was a photo of a Marble white butterfly on a Mexican wine flower. However, I was unable to get that bright orange hue of the flower. So I let my imagination get the better of me. Yes, my freedom to dream😊.
Let me explain a little about this painting. I used the shavings from colour pencils to create the effect on the right-hand corner of the picture. It appears speckled. In the art world, I would have to use Brusho. But shops here do not sell Brusho. Brusho is ink and dye-based crystal-powdered paint that blooms when activated by water. The effect is mesmerising. Though I was unable to achieve that effect, I was excited by the outcome😊😊. I was thrilled like the butterfly who gets excited to get nectar from flowers. I find watching butterflies very therapeutic. They are gentle, colourful at most times, and focused only on their work. Can we not follow their example? There is a common thread between butterflies and using the brusho technique. Both embrace freedom. We can never anticipate which flower the butterfly will choose. Likewise, we can never control the effect brusho creates. Both create magic by their inherent behaviour. Every time I finish a picture, I will reflect on it. I am amazed at the commonality of both art and nature😊😊. Did that surprise you? It did for me😉.
When I visualise a butterfly, I sense freedom. Birds too conjure up the sense of freedom. However, it is not the same sense of pleasure with birds. Not everyone likes birds. For some, birds are a nuisance. More so for those who live in high-rise buildings. Many birds fly into their homes, build nests in their balconies and generally mess up the place with their waste. Instead, we will be elated if butterflies were to visit us.
We take freedom for granted. Just look at how the pandemic took our free will away. Did we even realise that we are in the second year of being under the power of this invisible virus? Hence, until we are liberated from the shackles of this unknown entity, let us not imprison our thoughts😊. Cherish each day and keep ourselves occupied just like the butterfly going about doing its work with a great sense of focus.
I hope you enjoyed today’s musings. I acknowledge my topic today may trigger one to reflect on what the inference is. Freedom has many layers. It is very similar to a watercolour painting. There are many layers to create an effect. For example, if you scrutinise the picture above, there are many layers of colours to create the effect. The discussion on freedom has many layers 😊. I suppose we should not make such comparisons. Maybe it is best left to interpretation. 😊😊 Did I say that? That is what we do to art. We interpret. Some felt my flower was wearing a crown, while others thought it is jaded😊😊. Interpretation is our freedom to imagine😊.
Till the next musing, do stay safe and bye for now. We hope we can be set free from the pandemic😊. By the way, a little artwork that anyone can do. You can sprinkle some shavings from your watercolour pencils on paper. Then spritz with water and enjoy the surprise.