Friday, November 18, 2011


Title - Faith
Size - 11 x 15 inch
Medium - Watercolor on paper

A typical Hindu household most definitely has a Puja room or a Puja place in a room. Puja translated to English roughly means worship. Idols or photographs of Gods and Godesses are placed in this little space and everyday in the morning they are bathed, decorated with sandal pastae and flowers and offered fruits and sweets. Lamps are lit up, incense sticks are lighted and little prayers are sung in the glory of the Gods. And after this ritual only everybody goes about doing their work. This ritual everyday in the morning inculcates one very important qualities that we seem to be losing in modern life. Faith. From faith comes patience and empathy which surely makes the world a little better.

The other day my mom was preparing for Puja. I opoened the window of the room and sunlight came rushing in to create this beautiful scene and my painting was born.


Carol Blackburn said...

Beautiful Prabal......a painting for the family archives. More personal than a photograph.

hmuxo said...

Beautifully painted, Prabal. You captured the light perfectly.

Studio at the Farm said...

Oh Prabal, what a heartwarming story, and a superb painting!!

Prabal said...

Thank you so much. I think the family archive idea is great.

Thank you so much my dear friend. We all love light. Isn't it?? :)

Thank you friend. :)

Pat said...

and a stunning painting it is too.
Love the light and shadow - and love the idea of Puja. Keep the faith! xx

M.R. Anand said...

one of the most difficult angles to choose...amazing play of light and shadow! nice write and patience...nice thoughts!

Lydie said...

Beautiful eyewitness account. Great job on the light.

Sandra said...

What a lovely peek inside your life Prabal - and a gorgeous, meaningful painting to go with it.

Crystal Cook said...

What a wonderful story Prabal, and the painting! Gorgeous light! I'm so glad you shared it with us. And the image of your mom setting it up is such a tender one. I love it. And I think you are exactly right about faith, the world could use much more of it. :)

Babu Vijayanath said...


Prabal said...

Keep the faith. Thanks for your kind comment. :)

Anand sir,
Difficult angle indeed. I had to brush up my 3 point perspective funda before doing this one. :)

Prabal said...

Lydie, Babu,
Thanks guys..

Isnt it great to get to know about people's lives through their art. We artists are awesome. :)

Thank you dear friend. I think there is a little Crystal Cook effect in this painting. :)

meera said...

Love the light and shadows! You have captured the mood very well.