25 May Just Do It! Blog by Neeharika Naidu
Just give it a try…..
They say you either have it or you don’t. It can’t be taught. Maybe I agree. Yet maybe again, I don’t. I don’t really know how I feel about art, about painting. I am ambivalent about it.
I learned very basic art in school and just enough to recognize and learn the names of hues. But maybe I am innately artistic, so I could just go with the flow.
The husband went off to a field area. The baby was little and I must have had a lot of time on my hands. I am talking of 40 years ago. My very unartistic mother said, “ paint”. I said “what”….paint she said.. and I started to paint. Just like that. Since I was basically a singer, I did have instincts that made me creative but I never learned how to paint.
I did not know the difference between oils, water or any other colour use. Colour was just that-color. But as I have begun to paint, crudely at first, I found Colours just flowed from my brush and my fingers. Somewhere, something in my mind told me ‘mix this mix that’ and something that I wanted, happened. And suddenly one fine day I realized that I was looking at things very closely. I looked where shadows fell and where the light hit the object. I was trying to pinpoint where purples became mauves and whites became golden. It was a very interesting journey. I spoiled some but I made some nice stuff. One of those firsts still hangs in my house and I look at it with great pride because people see it and appreciate it, still.
The intervening years of life became too careworn and tough to negotiate. Particularly the last years of my husband’s service were busy and left very little time for me to spend on my own hobbies. We were constantly on the move and left no open windows to either write, paint, read or do much that I wanted to do. But now the afterlife is at a comparable stand still, I am able to do it all. I began to paint yet again and have enjoyed making whatever caught my fancy. I don’t understand abstract so I stick to realistic, maybe hyper-realistic. I paint for anyone who wants a job. And the happy part is that I have been now able to hold 3 exhibitions too. I am delighted. I paint landscapes, seascapes, mountainscapes, people…whatever catches my fancy.
The aim of this tale is that age is no restriction and almost anyone can give anything a try. You may lose but yet again, you may very well win too. I sold my first painting recently and it put me over the moon. My message to all you young people out there is…Just go out there and do whatever makes you happy. I have begun to write as well. It gives me joy and a lot of comforts, that these twilight years of my life are being put to good use…every moment but to end where I began, sometimes you don’t know what talent you have, till you actually make an attempt at it.
So….GO AND JUST DO IT