14th April 2022
Hello everyone😊. I hope everyone is faring well. I received a photo of this plant which I had never seen before. It is a turmeric plant. The plant looked exquisite and exotic. But what intrigued me about the plant was the transparency of the leaf petiole (stalk).
I used a limited palette of colours for the painting as the plant was virtually a light shade of green and yellow. However, I struggled with trying to create the curves of the leaf blades and the effect of transparency.
After a while, I realised it is quite a task to be transparent in our daily lives. Have you had that experience? Sometimes, we are angry or sad and fuming over something. Then a neighbour walks up to you and says hello. You shift from an angry face to a smiley one. Hahaha, it has happened to me so many times. But it has an advantage; your anger or whatever emotion you had dissipates. Sometimes, it does help to forget what caused that unpleasant emotion😉.
So in my painting, I didn’t capture transparency, just like in real life. But it does not matter. I was happy with the outcome. Turmeric is a rhizome grown in India and SE Asia. However, the Assyrians used turmeric as a dye during the 7th century BC. Many Asian cuisines use the fresh or dried version of the root. The flowers and leaves are in salads and provide a refreshing taste😊.
In the end, what matters is being content with the outcome. To be transparent or not is a decision one can choose to make😊. So don’t lose sleep over that😊. Until the next musing, be at peace😊. For all Indians, I wish everyone a Happy Vishu😊.