30th January 2022 Dr Beena
Hello everyone😊. Where ever you may be, may you be in peace. I did this painting in watercolour in Chinese style in my art class. We had this assignment as this is the year of the Tiger for the Chinese Lunar New Year.
The sample given was in a digital art form. So much complexity! Hahaha, nevertheless, I chose a puffy tiger compared to a roaring one as the tiger looked more benign😊. When we finished, we all had different styles. One of the students remarked that mine looked ready to pounce on prey😊. However, most commented that my tiger looked contented after a meal in my regular Friday greeting😊😊. What a contrast of feelings? A picture evokes many emotions, or as they say, ” a picture is worth a thousand words”. One did ask, what is that red blob? In Chinese painting, that is the signature of the artist. Since I can’t write in Chinese, I wrote mine in English. However, my friend Nyuk was determined that I should have a Chinese signature: she came up with few meta words. I chose the one where it appears like a little house. I hope you see it. I hope Nyuk will explain more about meta words in the comment section.
I prefer my tiger to be in a world where it does not prey on other living creatures. But such a utopian world will never exist☹☹. Wishful thinking or dreaming is what keeps us Hopeful. Hope gives us a sense of purpose and, I hope this Year of the Tiger will usher in that sense. My hope is for peace and stability. I know most wishes are for prosperity, wealth, health, joy and more. However, peace can exist only with stability and equality for all. A world that thrives on inequality and suppression leads to the destruction of humankind. One-upmanship never thrives. History has proven that many times. Most revolutions began due to the power in the hands of the few. Let us hope that the greed of the few will never thrive over the betterment of broader humanity.
I wish all my Chinese friends a New year filled with peace and hope. For my non-Chinese friends, I am happy that many liked this tiger painting and wanted it😊. That surprised me as I don’t think this is one of my better paintings. But your support gave me hope and inspired me to paint better and, I thank you😊. Till the following musings, stay safe and contented with what you have like my tiger😊😊.