May 1, 2014

To graze ot not to....

Oil on canvas 8 by 10 inches
The reference for this painting is from Wetcanvas. During our road trips through rural south India, I always make it a point to stop and enjoy the cows grazing in fields.They seem to be so focused in what they do! But the picture is not a pleasant one for cattle in cities.Their fate in cities like Bangalore is pathetic, their owners leave them to graze garbage that includes glass and plastic thrown mercilessly by irresponsible citizens. When I see some cows eating leaves from my garden plants and trees, I allow them to do so, later on facing my gardener's wrath! At least they do not go to the garbage bin if their tummy is full this way, dont you think :-)

22 comments:

  1. Beautiful painting and so natural.Only I do not see such lush green in my dry city.Cattle here have hardly any fresh grass to eat.They live on what little hay their masters provide.Pathetic but never occurred to me till you pointed out.

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  2. What a sad state of affairs for cows in the city, Padmaja. Breaks my heart to hear; they are such docile beasts and I fall in love with every one of them that I see. Your painting is beautiful and I do so wish that all animals could live so beautifully.

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  3. DEFINITELY to GRAZE :)

    I just was all that green and grazing going on .. spent a few days in our village ..

    beautifully painted ..

    Bikram

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  4. Love the variety of greens and reds :) I too deplore the situation of cows in the cities --great you have so much compassion for them - I remember you writing about growing some plants exclusively for the cows ! Monsoons must have been good where these cows are grazing!

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  5. Lovely Painting. Yes, the condition of cows are really sad. Man has become so cruel and selfish, and that too in a country where cows are worshipped.
    It is very good of you to let them feed on your plants.

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  6. I like the textures in all the green trees surrounding this scene, Padmaja. The contrast you provided with the words of your city cows and the peaceful scene of grazing in your painting brought a lot to mind for me. It includes visions of city horses on pavement all day and cooped up in a stall in some back section of the city. I would say, let them browse and eat what they can of a garden even though it probably is an endless fix up for the gardener. Too bad these city cows are not provided for more adequately by their owners.
    I want to walk out in this field. A beautiful painting of a luscious spot!

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  7. The image you have created is one of beautiful calm peace, the thought of cattle wandering the streets eating rubbish is very distressing, I would let them eat all the grass in my garden I think. I am used to seeing them in the fields, you have made me think, about things I take for granted.

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  8. What a calm scene under a gorgeous sky!! You have a tender heart and it shows in your spiritual work!!

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  9. Beautiful, it reminds me of Vermont.

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  10. Incredibly green, could be England , lovely light from the sky and very serene feeling overall. Hard to think of them eating rubbish in order to fill their stomachs, such human cruelty !

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  11. This post is so sad, Padmaja! I picture these poor animals eating the garbage....I would be like you, my friend, feeding these beautiful animals until their bellies are full! I love this painting.. the purples and reds are beautiful in the background!!

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  12. Hi Padmaja...wanted to let you know that we sent a packet to your sister on Monday. The post office said she should have it by Thursday (that just passed), so hopefully she knows it is coming and brings it along to you!

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  13. Lovely vibrant greens. So sad about the cows. Glad you care so much.

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  14. A beautiful natural surrounding ! It is sad to see the animals that feed the rest of the world have to hunt food in the garbage:(

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  15. I like your vibrant colors here.
    I have never thought about cows this way, you are so true.

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  16. Lovely painting! And I can feel your empathy for these creatures, they seem so lost in the concrete jungle that is Bangalore. And its pitiful to watch them on the roads with a trail of vehicles honking behind them.

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  17. Padmaja, this is lovely. Your unique, expressive style is so evident in the way you portrayed the scene. I love the bright colors sprinkled in just the right places to keep pulling my eye through the composition. Everything has an atmosphere of dreamy contemplation it seems.

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  19. Sorry for a mistake (prompted by 'windows') in the comment above. Had to delete it. Very thoughtful. The sentiments reflect in the painting. Great job.

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  20. Fabulous colors in this one. How tragic about the cows. Times are a' hanging everywhere... not just in India.

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  21. What a beautiful pastoral painting. It's so sad that cows eat trash when grazing near the cities. I love the colors you used in this painting.

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