I am often asked, “Where did the inspiration for this beautiful creation come from?” Invariably, this is the start of a long conversation and a connection between the artist and the prospective client.
Different things inspire different people – from beauty to simplicity. Sometimes it’s the most mundane, routine, everyday occurrences that capture the attention of the artist and set off the birthing process of a painting. Every painting has unique beginnings and an interesting story to tell.
I have been accused of zoning out of conversations during road trips with family and stopping to photograph a quaint alleyway, that escaped the attention of my companions. It was from those charming, small town street-scapes that my acrylic on canvas series, “Alleyways of India” ( featured in my online gallery https://www.etsy.com/shop/RengeBySabrina
On another occasion, I found myself staring at two wizened, old men, on a cold winter morning at a tea stall, at the railway station. An aluminium kettle was on the boil on a makeshift stove. My embarrassed husband restrained me from taking photographs, so I captured the image in my mind, (which meant more staring) and turned them into paintings.
As it is said, “It is not necessary for an artist to be crazy, but it helps”. I can recount many crazy moments in my journey as an artist when the beauty of something as ordinary as a weathered, derelict building with weeds growing out of the cracks in walls, has struck me and grabbed my attention. The subject inspired me enough to go back to the site at noon, to see how the mid-day sun cast shadows on the decaying building. If being crazy means being passionate about art, I guess I am crazy – the craziest of the crazies. I am artist – thank you for understanding.