7th January 2022 Dr Beena

Hello guys. I hope everyone had a peaceful New year. Look at this painting I did and find the mistake๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰. Yeap, it is surreal! Before we jump into my thoughts, let me explain how I did this painting. It is in watercolour, my favourite medium๐Ÿ˜Š. I used a candle for the fireworks. Candles have many uses, besides as a source of light. Sometimes, lighting a scented candle creates a peaceful ambience. Before the advent of electricity, candlelight helped us to study and carry on with life after dark. But this is the first time I learnt something new. Candle wax acts as a resistance to paint; hence part of the paper will remain white. So, if you wish to create waves on the water, you can use a candle for effect.

Why do I say the painting looks surreal? Did you notice how Zara and Mika sit on a jetty and watch the fireworks? Just reflect, for those who have pets, you will know that animals are afraid of fireworks more of the loud sounds associated with themโ˜นโ˜น. Many will hide under a chair or in a cupboard. Animals in a cage will pace around with agitation. Most of us are only familiar with fireworks associated with celebrations.

Nonetheless, those in war zones will associate those sounds with an explosion of bombsโ˜นโ˜น. Hence fireworks have a different meaning: for some, it is a celebration, for others, it is fearโ˜น.  This new year was quiet for me. I spent a quiet evening with my two gals. Once the fireworks started, Mika went berserkโ˜น. It took a while before she calmed down. Hence, I say, my painting does not capture reality๐Ÿ˜Š. I painted a happy scene with my gals enjoying an evening of fireworks๐Ÿ˜Š.  Now that is surreal๐Ÿ˜Š. By the way, I loved those buildings in the background. I thought that was pretty neat compared to my earlier paintings๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰. Well, as they say, practice makes perfect.

On that note, I wish everyone a New Year filled with peace, hope, joy, excellent health and may our days bring cheer to others too๐Ÿ˜Š. Thought for the day, why do we celebrate every New Year with fireworks?

10 thoughts on “Surreal

  1. Happy New Year Beena. May 2022 bring many new and beautiful paintings and 1,000 stories to go with them :-).


    1. Yes Allan we need to keep the stories alive with messages that give realistic hope๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  2. Dear the colours and the details..why do you say there is a mistake.. you have the freedom to express yourself in which ever way…thats the power of Art.

    On that note wishing you loads of positivity abd happiness in 2022..โค๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŒน

    1. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ what I meant is that it is surreal for dogs to watch the fireworks so calmly๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช. Glad you liked it

  3. Hi Beena ! Wish you a happy and peaceful New Year too ! Loved the fireworks in your painting especially the candle effect๐Ÿ˜Š.do u keep the candle grease on or scrape it away when u finish?
    Also thought provoking is different perceptions on fireworks ..I love the lights and multicolours .Now I realise itโ€™s because I never had to experience a war first hand ! And yes itโ€™s most unlikely that Mika and Zara would settle down happily to watch fireworks ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.Still I love their peaceful and โ€˜bosom friendsโ€™ look . Lovely!

    1. Yea knowing me I always have various ways to at life. Regarding the candle, no you dont clean it off. Its left there n paint is not taken up in that area. Try it and its amazing๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  4. Beautiful picture Beena! My dogs are very scared of fireworks (and thunder), although, and over the years, Ziva has calmed down quite a bit. I have to say though, that 2 huskies in our family simply take it as a treat to stay on the balcony to enjoy the firework show!
    Happy New Year to you all near and far,

    1. Thanks Annie for sharing about your fur babies and fireworks. Different dogs behave differently just like us humans๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  5. DearDr Beena
    Thanks for the new year๐ŸŽ‡
    Same to you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ
    Surreal looks ethereal,
    Nice technique, maybe reflection on china ,water , glass sunrays could be given this treatment too.

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