31st December 2021 Dr Beena
Hello everyone😊. Unbelievable that we are coming to the end of 2021!! The year seemed to have flown. Many who follow me on this website may have observed that I usually included two gals in my paintings😊. Have you watched the change over time😊? I am impressed with what I have done this time😊. In this picture, I have done most of it using a pencil. Then I coloured some areas with watercolour pencils. Yeap, that is right!
Since I achieved this significant task of drawing my two gals, I feel great😊. I am still grateful despite all the ups and downs that I faced in 2021. Many of my friends were overwhelmed by challenging circumstances. It was hard to keep one’s head up. I felt it was like playing a game of snakes and ladders. Have you played that when you were young? I used to play that game and never enjoyed it☹. Why? You are never sure of winning☹. As an adult now, I think life is a game of snakes and ladders ☹ . Sometimes, you win, and other times you lose. However, the origin of this board game began in Ancient India, and it signified karma and kama (destiny and desire). The game had more snakes than ladders. In 1890, the English made the snakes and ladders equal in number (for every sin, there is a chance for redemption😊😊😊. The association of this game to morality was a reminder that the path to one’s goal is challenging.
Learning anything new is a challenge. It takes commitment and passion for fulfilling that goal. Hence, today, I present my two girls with a New Year greeting filled with Peace and Hope. I want to thank Allan for inspiring me to paint and write; to Kala, Vasanthi, Teresa, Suchitra, Shobha and Annie Teo for contributing their stories. I appreciate that Hwai Jen, Elizabeth Tang, Vivian Tan, Nandakumar, Esther Ng permitted me to write my thoughts on their paintings. I thank Thomas Sim for designing this website, without which, the pandemic would be unbearable.
Hence, thank you very much, my dear friends, who made all those inspiring comments. I hope we continue to post more artwork in 2022. May the coming year be filled with Peace and Hope. Stay safe despite the snakes and ladders😊.