The world of colors was my home. An introvert by nature, I spent hours pouring my emotions into my paintings. They gave me immense joy.
“You cannot make a profession out of painting. How much will the paints and brush help you earn?” Dad snatched the brushes from my hands and put these instruments in them instead. Forced to pursue Math and Science, I became an Engineer. On the day I graduated, I presented to him, my degree certificate.
“I did what you wanted me to do. Now please let me follow my passion”, and picked up my brushes again.
Today, my paintings are exhibited the world over!
In India, even today Engineering and Medicine, are the most preferred career option the parents want their children to pursue, despite their child having no interest in it. While it is encouraging to see a gradual shift in the mindset of parents to allow their children choose a non-science professional course, it will take a long time before all can have the freedom to opt for courses akin to their interest.
My daughter is a creative girl blessed with a flair for sketching, painting, doodling and now trying her hand at digital painting too. I always felt her work was decent enough and would goad her to take part in art competitions. She would always answer in negative.
One day I questioned her as to why she didn’t want to participate in any competition. To which she replied, “Art is a very subjective personification and a creative extension of oneself. If the competition is to replicate an object or still life, then yes there is scope to judge the piece. But for example, if the topic for the painting is “Peace”, how can you judge the entries? A tranquil scenery depicts peace, a person meditating amidst a raging storm outside maybe at peace, a young baby’s innocent smile may bring peace, a person enjoying a soulful melody may feel at peace or it could be universal brotherhood which is the essence of peace. Each person has his/her own perspective to an idea which he gives shape to. In the same way the person judging the art piece also may have his/her own interpretation to the topic, which may not be in sync with the artist’s work. All of them have put their feelings and emotions to paper. While one can give their opinion on the piece, it need not translate into comparison with other pieces.”
Well, I felt she had a valid point here. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.