Wednesday, 2 May 2012


Wanting another image to go with the Indian water carriers painting, previously posted on flickr and this blog, I remembered that on a trip through India by car we had stopped off by a lake in the mountains, only to see a few minutes later a line of ladies in coloured saris coming down from the hills carrying firewood on their heads they had collected. I put on the video of our trip and enjoyed time going down memory lane.

This acrylic ink painting is the result. Don't know if you can see the texture I used for the treeline and the stones on the roadway - but they certainly add to the effect in this acrylic painting 20" x 15" on canvas, which will be mounted and framed as the previous Indian painting of water carriers. 

(I am playing with my new google Chrome blogger browser and seem to have a little problem with this image - ie the repeat on the left side of a fraction of the right side!! )

I now understand that it is even harder since our trip for the village people out in the countryside of India to collect firewood, their only source of heat for cooking and light.


Marie Theron said...

So much joy can be derived from rural images! I love the restful background and the pleasant rhythm in your painting, Joan!

Christiane Kingsley said...

I really like the composition and the colors or the saris are fabulous.
Joan, why is collecting firewood becoming even more difficult in that area?

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

So nice to hear from you both and that you liked my second Indian figure painting. I've sent reply (quite long) into your blog Christiane.