February 4, 2013

Swing, swing..


Acrylic on 8 x10 inches watercolor paper.
This is the view from my second floor kitchen balcony, all I can see is the back side terrace of the next door restaurant. Nothing interesting to paint I suppose but an interesting daily activity caught my eye to get my paints out! I don't see any one come up there but I see a lot of pigeons, laughing doves, sparrows and occasionally sea gulls from the nearby beach and some parrots.They come to this insignificant terrace to drink the dripping water from the Air conditioners.But this one sparrow seems to be more adventurous than the rest, it clearly stands out! While the other birds choose to sit on the walls, this one sits alone on the telephone wire that is hanging between the two buildings and starts swinging lightly.I feel he is thoroughly enjoying what he is doing since this activity repeats ritualistically every day!
Many choose to think out of the box, take risks, follow their hearts with an adventurous mindset to make a difference or just to enjoy life with a different cup of tea.The adventure is best enjoyed when there is no fear of falling( failing), fear of being ridiculed. Swing like this bird I tell myself, I hate to admit, I tend to stick to the path of least resistance, not good enough I guess.. to stand out.. to make a mark..The swinging bird reminds me so!

32 comments:

  1. The path of least resistance is the busiest boulevard.It is a beaten track that takes one to no new things.The sparrow on the telephone wire signifies it.
    The faded restaurant is captured well in your painting.

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  2. Love the colors.They create a melancholic atmosphere. The sparrow lightens the mood. Fabulous.

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  3. I love how that little sparrow has made you look within and I think this is a rather fine view. I personally seem to find the hardest way to do things myself. I look for the path of least resistance but don't seem to find it!

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  4. This story sounds like a children's book in the making... You are developing a relationship with those birds out there... I love the painting! Do a whole series of those rooftop scenes!

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  5. Very nicely done! The colors, light and shadow are beautiful. I love the story and inspiration you found from this little swinging bird. :)

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  6. Awesome story! Love the colors and beautiful texture on the walls! A great reminder - "The adventure is best enjoyed when there is no fear of falling( failing), fear of being ridiculed."

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  7. You definitely swing when you observe so much life from your kitchen terrace. I'll bet no one else is paying attention. Beautiful painting.

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  8. Be like this bird. It is better to do and then feel sorry instead of not do and then feel sorry.
    Great story. I have recently seen documentary about crows and how they solved logical tasks. I would like to talk to these birds about life and experience, I thought when the documentary was over..

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  9. The shadows are thrilling which takes this simple bird on a wire to the next level. It's a beautiful moment in time as seen through the eyes of an artist.

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  10. A great observation Padmaja, and I love how you made a beautiful painting from the inspiration of a swinging bird :-)

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  11. i can't see the image... is any problem ?

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  12. beautiful painting with nice colors. your observation is nice.

    thanks

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  13. Love the lilacs and blues and I love the moral of the tale even more!! I also have followed the path of least resistance,this is a wonderful reminder to maybe break out of the norm sometimes! : )

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  14. Love the colors and the sense of light! what a story!-- you have to do a illustrated children's book with what you say here -- those observations are precious!

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  15. I really like the softness of this and the "search!" for the brave little sparrow on the wire. Wonderful story, Padmaja, and a beautiful illustration to accompany it. Thank you for that. I will not forget this image.

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  16. An interesting post most unlike anything else of yours. It is good to think outside the box. It is what helps us be creative.

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  17. dear Patmaja
    this post is very interesting .you done a great work,i love your paintings and this is very very beautiful !!!!Congratulations mz friend
    Condinuet so-)))
    you admirer
    Christa-))

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  18. I love this painting, and also your very deep thoughts. I have found so much joy from observation, and of learning from that observation. I think your little swinging sparrow has provided much food for thought! Thank you for sharing.

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  19. beautiful color combination ... its really good .

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  20. Wow..not only a super beautiful painting..but such deeply powerful and soulful words! I love the swinging sparrow and what you wrote and feel a kindredness!
    The beautiful use of light in this painting is stunning, what a beautiful view..the wonderful shadows of blue captivate me visually..so gorgeous!
    I am a swinging sparrow at heart..is there any other way to be? I hear the sparrow say..!!
    I loved this post!

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  21. The thrill of the swing and to do it all alone....
    Wonderful..... and blessed are those who notice such small things.

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  22. profound and beautiful. Not many blogs accomplish this as sensitively as you have done here. You have me wondering about myself and also those I love. Fear of failure is a powerful emotion but also a can be a powerful motivator. Yes - a very interesting post with lovely imagery.

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  23. What a thought evoking post, Padmaja! May we strive to be the sparrow.
    Love your painting.

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  24. I love the painting very much. It has a zen feeling to it, as do your words! Again, you've created something that I would love to have hanging in my home, Padmaja. You are so insightful and have such a beautiful way of expressing the things that we all need to see and feel. I'm glad that you noticed that all the birds were not alike and each had a story to tell...

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  25. You observed SO much from so little, Padmaja! This is such a peaceful and beautiful scene!! Your words are so inspiring, as always.

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  26. This is very poetic in nature...it made me both thoughtful and appreciative...two qualities I continually acknowledge as being important to my spiritual growth. Thank you for creating that space for me !

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  27. I love this painting and post. The way you captured the light. Some times the most uninteresting scenes makes the best paintings. Especially by someone who is as talented as you with words and paint!

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  28. Beautiful painting and a lovely post. Sometimes certain very ordinary things spark such interesting thoughts to encourage and nudge towards change. I suppose the bird is there always to inspire and encourage you.

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  29. The picture says mire than your words, Padmaja!

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  30. I loved the colors... But more I loved the story behind it... It expresses your mind and heart about the painting...
    Best

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  31. woww painting from the daily glance is amazingggg.U made it so perfect n interesting too

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