Beauty in the Mundane
Have you ever seen art students at a tourist site? There they sit, diligently drawing what everyone else is looking at. So, why are so many people keen on seeing what they draw? There is something about seeing the everyday made into something lasting and beautiful by the magic of art.
The wonderful thing about appreciating art, loving or owning paintings is that it makes you see the beauty that is often present in our daily life. The view from the French windows in our house is beautiful. Tall bamboo stems, feathery bamboo leaves, rust tiles and all the other shapes and shades of green. We have palm leaves, ferns, philodendron, canna leaves and they make a lovely, verdant view that I would dearly love to have painted. And if you wipe your mind free of the irritation and the ‘…oh, no, not again’ feeling, traffic jams or crowded streets at night look very dramatic. Think of it, red lights of the cars in front of you and the yellow beams of the cars facing you….look for beauty and you will find it.
Two of my favourite paintings depict such mundane scenes. One depicts a vegetable vendor with fresh, bright vegetables and the other painting is of a rainy, narrow Calcutta street complete with rickshaw and yellow taxi. The rain scene is particularly lovely during arid, dry Delhi summers! There is always joy in looking at beautiful things and there is a particular joy in seeing the beauty in ordinary things.