I am posting after a long break, the break was required and did good! This is an acrylic on canvas 24 by 24 inches.
This painting is inspired by the story of a woman named Thimmakka, who lives in a remote village of India. Thimmakka and her husband Chikkanna were a lonely couple with no children. 45 years ago, one day, they decided to plant trees down a hot dry road. They thought that the trees would give shade to the villagers who walk down the hot road everyday.The plants had to be watered everyday till they established, then, once in every three days for an year and later once in every week until they were 10 years old. Every morning they would set out, Thimmakka with a pot on her head and Chikkanna's load of two pots hanging from the ends of a pole over his shoulder. They refilled the pots from wells and ponds along the way. Every year they planted 15 to 20 new saplings until finally they had covered the whole of the 4km between Hulikal and Kudur. They were so much in love with their 'children'.Now the 300 "children" smile back at the hard work and self less love of Thimmakka and Chikkanna. You can google on "salumarada thimmakka" to read an inspirational story!
This painting is being exhibited among other entries at International Women Celebrate! Canada's only 100 woman art exhibit - observing the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day in Ayr, Ontario. Details at.
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