Slowing down
taking a moment
taking a look
at this precious world.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

In Service

Back at the Ellora caves . . .

(for the beginning of the story see previous posts -
 http://barbarabash.blogspot.com/2012/02/drawing-in-caves_25.html
 http://barbarabash.blogspot.com/2012/03/in-ajanta.html

I notice I'm not ready to take on the "big guys" -
the dynamic gods and enormous seated buddhas.
Instead I focus in on the attendants, the guardians,
the helpers . . .


Nandi the Bull is the mount and gatekeeper 
for the god Shiva and his consort Parvati


Later in the day
I focus on the small figures above me - 
looking down . . .



Next morning at the Shiva cave 29
I am completely surrounded by a crowd 
of children from Uttar Pradesh. 
Bright-eyed girls with colorful jewelry and hennaed hands - 
slender boys with sparkling tikka marks on their foreheads - 
all so curious and excited ! 
Many photos are taken as I draw -


At the last Jain cave (32), 
finding a quiet spot . . . 


Everything is about to change - 
(searching everywhere, then pulled into the complex process
of acquiring a phone in India).

But first - for a long moment - 
I just keep drawing - 
absorbed and happy.

4 comments:

brt said...

Ants usually ignore my ankles and head for my watercolors, probably attracted to the medium that binds each pigment into its paintable form. In southern Utah, the fire ants made for the decoy paper from my lunch while I lost myself in the vast canyon before me. Those dwarves look pretty cheerful to me.

Barbara Bash said...

Even relatively cheerful dwarves begin
to look weird when ants are biting ! Thanks for the alternative story - getting lost in that vast canyon !

Meera Rao said...

delicate and exquisite sketches --you have captured the spirit of the cave paintings and sculptures --i especially like the nandi :)

ramya said...

Barbara! These are magical! I just visited a bull temple in bangalore today.This is taking me back.