My henna-inspired doodling. I do these often to release stress..!
This past weekend, as the hubby was traveling, Pari and I ended up spending most part of Saturday and Sunday doing art and reading story books.
Pari doodling a peacock surrounded by Christmas trees! A plain paper and a simple black marker can inspire quiet artful time.
Our Artsy Leisure Time
On Sunday evening, we were joined by my mom (who lives close to our place) in our artsy leisure time. I just coined this term and I really like it – spending some leisurely time in the company of art!
After dinner, we continued at the dinner table – not for some more food – but for family doodling!
As the three of us were doodling away to glory, I could see how much each of us was enjoying and relaxing. Mom seemed as overjoyed as Pari. Actually, even more, I would say. She reflected back on her past and recalled stories about her passion for embroidery. I have always known how much she loved doing embroidery in her young days. We still have those bed-sheets and pillow covers and her skits on with beautiful embroidered motifs.
Pari used water colour pencils here to draw some abstracts. She ran a couple of strokes with wet brush to bring out beautiful water colour effect.
Pari was listening to her stories and asking her questions about what she liked to draw etc. I, too, was listening with amazement as mom narrated how the her girls gang would sit through night, after dinner, completing one full bed-sheet at times, with intricate embroidery designs.
Mom's floral motif reminded me of her embroidered bed-sheets that she has preserved after all these years.
It had been years since she did any such artsy activity, though, she likes decorating her home and cooking is a deep passion for her. Her eye sight has become very weak and that gives her frequent headache. Hence, embroidery is out of question. But, I suggested that I get her a bunch of ivory paper and a pack of colour markers and some paint and brushes that she can fiddle with once in a while.
Art and Traditions
Come to think of it – art can be an inspiring way to connect with each other in the family by doing some artsy activity together.
How true are these words by Thomas Berton: