Living Your Dreams – Story #3
It is not necessary for every artist to be Picasso or have an art museum named after them, every musician to be Mozart or a professional performer and every writer to be a published author. It is however necessary to pursue things that you love and things that enable that creative outlet.
“Our purpose for existence is wrapped up in the dreams we have. So, we have a responsibility to cultivate them. Life would be boring otherwise. Wouldn’t it?” says Anuradha Mahajan, who has a love affair with canvases, brushes and colors. But she does not sell or present her art work for auctions or galleries. It is a conscious decision. Yet, she continues to create and learn more, almost every single day.
Ever since I can remember, I have had a passion to create, see the art and beauty in everything and express myself through a brush, pencil, or in any art form… I haven’t had any formal training in art. It comes naturally; it is a form of relaxation for me. To me painting is like poetry. It is a subconscious expression of the self. It is a proof of the fact that I am alive and doing what gives me true happiness. I believe – Art enables is to find ourselves and to lose ourselves, all at the same time.
When we pursue a dream, we are connected with our heart’s desires. I found art as a medium to express my feelings. My paintings and drawings proceed from my inner world of memories and dreams.
I don’t confine myself to one particular art form. I usually draw, but love to play around with different mediums like, acrylic, pastels, charcoal too. I use different techniques to add variety and create different effects on the paintings.I am always keen on learning something new. I utilize my spare time in learning new skills.
I learnt ENCAUSTIC ART – painting where I use an iron as a paintbrush. I know it sounds bizarre, but it does work. It isn’t as controllable as a conventional paintbrush or pencil. You have to guide it rather than trying to tell it exactly what to do. This makes each painting both unique and a pleasure to paint. It is fascinating to do, but I guess you have to see it to believe it!!
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for… I learnt QUILLING – It is the art of creating little rolls from delicate strips of paper and shaping them into intricate designs. I enjoy working with different types of colored strips and various mediums to spark my creativity in designing my artwork…
Recently I have gotten hooked to art of making ZENTANGLE – Creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It’s fascinating, fun and relaxing.
I think of life as a big journey where what happens along the way is just as important as reaching the goal. Even if I never reach my goal of becoming a professional artist. I completely believe the choice to pursue it was worthwhile. I’ve developed great skills and made wonderful relations with other like – minded passionate people. Plus, I am proud that I took the chance on myself; it’s very life – affirming. Pursuing your dreams takes a lot of courage and dedication.
Lighting up a wall with a story written with paint, texture and color is what I love to get lost in. Having someone interpret a story from my painting motivates me. Interpret my paintings, hearing your opinion and story would bring me so much joy. The fact that everyone will interpret a painting in a different way, even more joy! Follow me on my journey as I follow my passion to create… cheers !
Anuradha Mahajan creates masterpieces from her home in Bangalore. When not coloring canvasses or making zentangles, she is doting mother. Time and again, she has received several requests to hold an art exhibition. We hope the response from this post encourages her to do so.
All work in this post are creation and copyright of the artist Anuradha Mahajan.