“Freedom at Dawn” – explained.
February 9th is always an important day as it is the birthday of my favourite person in the world – My grandmother. She is my biggest ‘fan’ – in the sense that my grandmother each year, eagerly awaits her custom-made birthday card or letter and firmly declares that I am getting better at each year (which I doubt!).
This year unfortunately, the card arrived late because as I called her London time 3AM to correspond with the perfect hour back in India, she requested a seascape to be drawn! As she had never made a request before, I promptly made up my mind to draw and send her a seascape-of-sorts, although another picture was ready and just about to be posted.
The medium for this picture is all wrong – because I decided to use the back of a printed A4 paper to save on material. The instant I added water to the colour pencils, I fondly remembered the thick matte-finished sketchpad I own that is tucked safely in my drawers in Ahmedabad! (Am a broke student in London now – and despite a student discount for water colour pencils, they are still the most expensive art equipment I have ever bought!)
But having drawn and paint it in a haste – I am glad my Grandmother enjoys it. Behind the cardboard is a message for her which is an ode to the one value she and I prize the most – freedom!
To my beloved Aaboo – am so glad we got 27 years together! May there be many more!