Today’s art expresses the universe of my imagination – its resplendent, luminous, flamboyant colors; its infinity that encompasses the earth – with its greens and blues, the sun, the cosmos, and its eternal journey in time and space. Really, our celestial space makes me wide-eyed and wonder-struck. That’s the reason the night-sky fascinates me and I often go out into our 8th floor balcony to gaze into the vast expanse. I feel so at peace that I was able to give shape and colours to my vision of the universe.
Check out many more pics inside. Also, some useful resources for children to learn about the universe and astronomy.
I do love colours and doing this art has refreshed my mind and soul in ways that I can’t begin to express. Doing the details – the outlines, the tiny spaces, balancing all the colours was tiring and needed huge patience. But then, when you enjoy something to the core, you’re willing to draw from the innermost reserves. Isn’t it?
To get the depth in colour, I shaded with oil pastels over watercolour. And then, applied some streaks of pearl acrylic paint to attain glow. Used black gel pen to do the outlines.
Today’s art is inspired by the leaves of the Pilkhan tree, which is called the White fig or the Java fig. It’s botanical name is Ficus virens.
About Pilkhan (White Fig – Ficus virens)
According to Trees of Delhi field guide – The Pilkhan has an immense, spreading canopy that displays wonderful changing tints when it renews its foliage in spring. It has long aerial roots like the banyan’s but they tend to wrap themselves around the top of the trunk instead of becoming dangling prop-roots. One of Delhi’s most beautiful shade-trees. The Pilkhan can be confused with the Jadi, whose overall form and leaves are similar. The main difference is that jadi has smooth, distinctively greenish-yellow bark and figs without stalks that turn deep purple when they ripen.
The leaves of the Pilkhan are smooth, oval with a broad base and short, pointy apex.
Some more pics of today’s painting:
The SUN – I wanted to portray that its heat energy is healing for life rather than burning. Hence, I showed the red-hot flames transforming into soothing orange petals dripping warmth on earth.
The boats with the spiral - I wanted to convey the eternal journey of the earth and all other celestial bodies that make the universe. And that – WE are part of that journey helping row those boats.
The Tree of Life that Earth is connecting all forms of creation.
The Pink Lotus (read the detailed meaning) that you see around the Earth – symbolizes the state of enlightenment or Nirvana. It also means the human-kind opening up its heart to the universe.
Astronomy-related resources, crafts, hands-on activities for kids:
- Plan a space party for children with solar-system games, costumes and more!
- Space Place games on NASA online
- Pinterest Board dedicated to Astronomy-related crafts and activities (excellent for homeschoolers)
- A plethora of hands-on astronomy activities
- Astronomy and the Arts
The Day 20 Leaf Art was a portrayal of a beautiful story from Indian mythology about universal love and kindness. You’ll love to show this to your kids and read aloud the story.