Waiting, 2018 Part of the Fun & Energy Group Series
A lady who was sitting on a wall near a bus stop inspired me to make this painting. She looked so patient, from the inside out! Her expression was neither sad, angry, nor happy. She simply had no expression on her face and just sat there. She looked as if she was meditating and simply waiting with her big eyes, just looking for the bus and seeing nothing else through those lashes The woman was a big lady and seemed like she was used to waiting for things. Her body language indicated vast experience with . I liked the way she sat there and I took a photograph of her in my mind’s eye to paint later.
Seeing this lady was really meaningful for me because I have learned to become quite patient, I was not always like this. My patience started improving about 30 years ago, I am 69 at the time of writing this text. I have come to realize that it is pointless to be impatient, especially here in India. Things happen in their own time. In fact I have found that patience has paid off many times. In my experience, time has a way of crafting new situations and those that are in a hurry often pay the price. Well, my life is not yet over, so let us see whether there may still be lots of other things for me to learn from my experiences.
My paintings are about my thoughts and the way I see my world. When I look at other people, I somehow know things about them. Being open and perceptive is a special gift. I continuously observe everything and that has helped me learn from my experiences and insights.
My mother, who is a tapestry weaver, really liked this painting. She made a beautiful tapestry based on it that is just the same size as the original. It is included here.