Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Finding Your Self

I participated in my first group show this year at Lalit Kala Akademi. I was nervous and excited. It is understandable. I am not a professional artist with a degree in Fine Arts, but an artist by spirit whose hobby became a passion; but only after a long battle of battling my insecurities as an artist. When your works become public, you never know which way the votes will swing. 

I was lucky in that sense. 

My teacher and my fellow artists were of immense support. The senior artists who are also professionals, were encouraging and the opportunity to showcase my work alongside their beautiful paintings was a wonderful privilege. It was a lot of hardwork and a race against time. I had taken a ten-day break to go for the Hampta Pass trek in Himachal Pradesh right in the middle of all the prep work. It was a good call , though till the last minute I was torn about going for the trek with the exhibition coming up around the corner. 

Sometimes, you need to listen to yourself, your inner voice and just flow with it.

I cannot resist the call of the mountains. It was a fantastic trek and I came back tired, but absolutely refreshed. I picked up from where I left and put a stop to my guitar classes, so I could focus on my paintings. 

In the end, everything turned out well. My work enjoyed positive reviews and I also had the opportunity to interact with a variety of people and accomplished artists who gave their insights. I have taken their feedback and revisited some of my paintings. 

The journey was important. The experience changed me as an aspiring artist. When I look back, I realized it was a combination of hard work, trusting your gut, and taking chances.

Painting: Watercolor, wet-on-wet, Fallen Leaf by SNatz, copyrighted.

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