Brightness

The darkness of the womb

I should remember to rewatch this video when I feel myself flagging; when exhaustion and despair take over.

Yes Rabbi, the future is dark, on this watch night, I close my eyes and I see the darkness of my grandfather’s cell. And I can feel the spirit of ever rising optimism (in the Sikh tradition ‘Chardi Kala’) within him. So the mother in me asks, ‘What if? What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb?…. What is this is our country’s great transition? – Valarie Kaur

I had the great honour of contributing this piece of art to be sold as a print at the Revolutionary Love conference held this April. I look forward to writing more soon (regarding process; my thoughts; etc) — it’s just that words are scarce these days. But I try to make art as a form of kindling, when everything around us speaks of suffocation, extinguishment, annihilation.

In darkness, light.

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Artwork

Inktober 2017: crimson flowers, cerulean waves

This post exists thanks to my wonderful patrons at Patreon, whose presence has strengthened me enough to keep me going with art.

I’m doing Inktober this month — I’ve been posting on my Instagram. Here’s what I’ve done so far. It’s been interesting, trying to draw — if not consistently, then at least just enough to finish something that I can show other people. I am approaching this not as an exercise in learning more about the medium or pushing myself to get better, though those are both worthy goals. I’m doing this mostly to try and just make art.

I spend around 15 to 45 minutes on these. That’s all I can do in one sitting these days. I’m hoping I can get back to my old stamina — I used to be able to paint for two hours a stretch — but it’s something, at least.

For the meantime, I’m just copy-pasting my Instagram comments into the descriptions for each image, but I intend to come back and do a bit more commentary when I can.

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Brightness

Tidepool

A work in progress: commissioned calligraphy painting, which I’m currently working on with watercolor and lots of waiting for layers to dry. I love doing calligraphy paintings and I’m going to be trying a few new things with this one, so it’s really fun! (Full size.)

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