Hi there. How have you all been doing. In my last post I had mentioned about my last plein air painting experience which was anything but pleasant. A summary of what had happened now follows. :)
Bull temple is the temple of Nandi (Also known as Basava), the bull who is associated with Shiva. It is located atop a tiny hillock in Basavanagudi. Its a lovely place to paint, but it is also a tourist place. This was my first time there and I was all excited about it. As usual after sketching for sometime I had found my composition, which I drew on paper and then I was ready to paint. No sooner than I had setup my easel a crowd had already gathered around me. Well I really dont mind that. I had painted with crowd around me earlier also. But this time the crowd was full of questions and comments and they would just not let me concentrate on my painting. Sample this.
Are you painting the temple? (As if I was painting a Venetian scene !!!!)
Why dont you draw portraits?
Is this some project work? (Answering no made people very surprised. So after sometime I had started answering yes)
I also used to do this stuff when I was a kid. (Painting is kiddish stuff of course)
Oh this is watercolor.. My niece paints in oils (It was very disappointing for some of them when they found out that it was watercolor).
Can I see the brushes? (Few of my brushes were already in the hands of the kid who asked this question)
Can you please step to the left a little. I want to take a picture.
While all this and more was happening I was also trying to paint. Without any focus on my painting I did not know what I was doing and all this constant commentary and quizzing going on in the background it was getting to me. Finally it was enough and I packed up and came back.
This painting was done in the last two days. And it tells a story which is exactly opposite to what happened. This is only a fantasy. :)
Title: Painting @ Bull temple
Size: 16 x 22 inch
Medium : Watercolor on paper