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Chill Vibes

There is something about sketching on location. Be it in front of I.M. Pie’s Louvre Museum, the Newark Reservoir, or the kitchen at my sister’s place in Ohio. The pen lines and watercolor strokes, while bringing out a certain form on the otherwise empty paper, also trap within them a slice of the Now. Let me give you an example. Last night, I sketched Homer Simpson behind the wheels.

I look at the sketch now, and in my head plays the song Let’s go surfing by Joakim Karud as that was part of the 33-minute long ‘Chill Vibes’ playlist that had Simpson’s visual as its cover image. I look at the sketch and I am crowded with a mosaic of images including that of my husband reading a book (Keepers of the Kaalachakra by Ashwin Sanghi) while laying on the couch, scenes from the Netflix series Outlander that we had watched that evening, the taste of stir-fried turnip and brown rice that we had had for dinner — the sketch, within it, keeps the memory of all these images and more.

You can check out my other sketches here. Feedbacks are most welcome.

2 thoughts on “Chill Vibes

  1. You describe something I find also in my own work. It’s not just a visual experience to draw or paint or whatever; it is open to all senses that are associated with the drawing itself and also the environment of the experience of drawing, as you say. And it lasts forever, maybe: I look at old artworks and it’s a total transport back in time.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Claudia. It’s quite a beautiful experience indeed to be able to be fully present while creating art, and to know that there are others like you who also experience the same – only enhances its beauty.

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