Keeping the Whites

16th June 2023 Beena

Hello thereπŸ™‚πŸ€¨. Let’s talk about this paintingπŸ₯ΉπŸ₯ΉπŸ₯Ή. I was stressed when my art teacher asked me to paint these flowers😰😰😰. I even had nightmares as I needed to keep the white part of the paper for the flowers. The image of the flowers happens from the shadow colours. I was confused with the curls that turn inwards and outwards. But I did not want to give up and persevered. The final product is still not the best, but I am willing to accept it as my first attempt, and I am still learning to paint.


I am puzzled when I see people rejecting to attempt anything out of their comfort zone. I have been there many times. It is hard, but sometimes we can still complete the task with some effort and support from others. In this painting, the difficulty is to understand where to place the shadow colours. That creates the curls and the depths of the flowers.


Isn’t that what we face in life too? I try to see what I can do when I go to a new place. Usually, it begins with foodπŸ˜‰. I remember when I had to eat bland food for days; there was this German guy who realised a bit of Tabasco sauce would brighten up my day. Voila, it didπŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸ½. Another time, I was unable to get up onto a high bench. A stranger extended his hand and pulled me up😊😊😊. I must have been a lightweight at that time🀣🀣🀣🀣. I would have never climbed any of the mountains or gone diving if I didn’t have someone to assure me it would be fine.


Recently I saw a young boy who refused to cross a deep drain, and he walked to the end of that drain. That was me many moons agoπŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ˜’. This watercolour was my deep drain momentπŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘. I thank my teachers for their patience and skill in guiding me to achieve what I can. I hope you share your experiences in Keeping the White ( fears)πŸ™πŸ™.

1 thought on “Keeping the Whites

  1. β€˜There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure’

    Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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