11th September 2021 Dr Beena
Hello everyone, time for another musing. This picture that I painted is from a tutorial by Paul Clark. It is Penhurst Place built-in 1341. The history of this place is astounding. I knew nothing about this place when I was painting it. However, let me share my struggles with this picture.
Firstly, it was the manor itself. I find drawing buildings a grim task. In my first draft, the windows seem to lean out of the building☹☹. Next, for the chimneys to be part of the building, I had to align them. However, the most cumbersome part was the ripples, with the two geese swimming in the water☹. All these are aspects of understanding perspectives.
Before we move on to the ripples, let us delve into the history of the Penhurst Manor. This tranquil place had a dark history. During the reign of King Henry VIII, many close to him were executed under the pretext of treason. Like any past history, it had the trappings of greed, corruption, senseless execution and much more atrocities. Anne Boleyn’s home was only a few miles from this manor☹. We know what happened to poor Anne☹. Some parts of this majestic building were used for Hollywood movies and you may have seen some of them. I encourage you to read the history of this place. How it has transformed from a dark part to a tranquil present😊.
Oddly am musing on ripple when I just finished waves😊. I assure you that it was not planned. The Ripple effect happens to us ordinary folks often. We may not realise it is a ripple effect. Just to illustrate a simple example. On 6th May 2002, I was in a shopping centre when the newscaster on TV announced that Aung Sung Suu Ki was released from house arrest. We all clapped, and there was this sense of jubilation. It was spontaneous😊😊. Likewise, when 9/11 happened, we felt a sense of gloom for the people in the Twin Towers☹. When oil prices increase, people worry as prices of commodities also increase☹☹. Just like waves, the ripple effect impacts our daily lives. The impact varies based on intensity or on our own state of mind at that moment.
Now, this painting evokes a sense of tranquillity despite the dark past. Just like waves, the impact of the ripple at the periphery is very mild. The pandemic has impacted the whole world. However, there are places like Tonga, where they are yet to see a single case. Most of us have endured many ripples in our lives and come out stronger. I hope the ripple effect in my painting is gentle and pleasing😊.
Let me know your thoughts on this rumination on ripples. Please share your own story on waves or the ripple effect. Till the next contemplation, stay safe and bye for now😊.