Skip to main content

Great joy in a small thing

This is a painting I did for a good friend. When I was in the UK, there was only one person who would call me very regularly from India. It was this friend. Most of these phone calls would end up in us howling with laughter, as we would talk all kinds of nonsense and silly things, which we both would find hilarious.For me, it was a welcome break from my writing, which was truly emotionally exhausting. (when you read my second book you will know why).

We still keep up the phone calls and the good thing now is that we're in the same time zone, unlike when I was in the UK, when I had to keep checking what time it would be for him, in India. Now I can just pick up my phone and call him whenever I feel like.

This painting  is done in acrylic on canvas.It measures 17" x 12". (A3 size). The beauty of it is that, it is done using ONLY three colours.All the myriad shades of blue are obtained by mixing just three basic colours--Prussian blue, Titanium White and Ivory Black. I loved the blues in the picture.

When I finished painting it, I called him and told him about it. Then I told him that I would also get it framed for him. In my usual, honest and frank manner I told him breezily "I will choose a frame for you which will go well with almost any decor. You will not know what frame to choose--and a wrong frame can really kill the beauty of the picture."
He was silent for a minute and then he laughed and said "Thank you very much for your supreme confidence in my ability to choose a frame."

"What do you know? As though you will be able to choose. You are not an Artist. You know only to make money," I shot back.( He is employed at an International Bank).

He laughed and said I was right.

A right frame truly enhances a picture. The variety of frames that are available  in the market (try getting something framed) is indeed mind boggling.
I was glad I chose this one. (an ornate one or a dark frame would have not suited this picture at all).

The picture is now ready to hang and my friend was super-thrilled with it.

So am I.

Strange, how small little things give you such disproportionate joy! Maybe that is the magic of Art.Or who knows, perhaps the magic of friendship. Either ways, I am happy to create  a thing of beauty that will last for centuries.It is such a heady experience and I am thankful I have my Art.


Flipkart has a  really nice policy of offering huge discounts on Best-sellers. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my book 'Life is what you make it' is now priced at just Rs.60/- ! What is more, for those wary of ordering my credit card online, you can just pay cash on delivery! You call them, they deliver and you pay cash. I have ordered many books through them and they are really prompt. The books usually reach you on the 3rd day.


  1. The painting is too beautiful, I just felt like staring at the blue color.
    Your friend would be very pleased to receive this and that too framed :)

  2. small things indeed are the joys of life. and that is a lovely painting btw!

  3. indeed its the magic of art to heart :)

  4. Beautuful... As always!! :)

  5. This is really nice :-)
    And a lovely gesture, goes without saying.

    Love the minimalism in this painting. Guess I've said that before!

  6. oh I dont know Preeti.....I feel the picture deserved a better frame. The picture itself is so deep & beautiful tht a simple frame like tht does not add anything to it.

    yeah yeah I know u didnt ask my opinion. I'm going, am going;-D

  7. Reflections: :) heh your opinions and comments are ALWAYS welcome in this space..An ornate frame would NOT have looked good on this painting simply because it is minismalistic. An ornate frame would have distracted from the simplicity of the picture. Also the person I am gifting it to is a young man, still in his bachelor -pad. So his decor would be all male,hep, cool. This frame would surely suit his all male space. :-) Ask him (have linked his FB profile)--he will agree :)

    Sucheta:Thanks! :-* :)

    Life begins:Thanks so much!

  8. Srivats: Coming from an artist like you, its a huge compleiment..Are you in Banaglore? if so, lets plan a meeting--you, me Ramesh and whoever you think apt.I'll DM you my number.

    Partywithneha:Thanks a ton!

    Seema:Thank you so very much..yes, he indeed loved it.

  9. That was an excellent art. Though am not much into stuffs like paints, art and others, I still loved it a lot and was looking at it mesmerized. Hope ur good friend enjoyed it a lot :)



Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your leaving a comment! Okay--I appreciate your leaving a comment if you have something nice to say ;-)

Popular posts from this blog

Life is so unpredictable. Stop judging! #Sridevi

This morning I woke up to the news of the legendary Sridevi, being no more at 54. I have grown up watching her movies. She is a tremendously talented actor.

I have been reading so many write-ups about her. There are whatsapp forwards, blog posts, news reports, status updates and so much more.

What I do not understand is how people comment on her personal life. They have watched her movies, or met her at an event, or know her through 'friends of friends' etc. They talk about how she 'tried to hold on to her beauty', how she went under the scalpel, how she was stressed etc etc.
Everything about her is open game --no matter what the truth is.

I am saddened reading these discussions.

I lost my father to a cardiac arrest. He was healthy,  fit as a fiddle, had none of the age related ailments and looked so much younger for his years. He had twice the energy of someone half his age. Even on the day he passed away, he had gone for his usual 6 km walk. He was just 66.  It was…

Re-store : A delightful little shop in Whitefield, Bangalore.

All of us are guilty, at least to some extent  of hoarding stuff. We hold on to old things--be it clothes, books, utensils, footwear, knick-knacks or some such, that form the minutiae of our daily lives. Many a time these add to the the clutter too. Rare is the home which looks like the above pic.

I am a huge fan of Marie Kondo, and I highly recommend her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up  which is more than just a book.

It is an entire philosophy, and a new approach. I read the book back to back, and immediately put into use the methods described in the book. I must tell you how wonderful I felt! I never thought that I could be that organised.

Clearing clutter, and the stuff that you no longer have use for, does release 'blocked energy.' There is no scientific or rational explanation for this. I only know that it works for me. Any Feng Shui practitioner and  loads of Eastern Schools of belief will confirm this.

I always make it a point to give away things I no longe…


Be that man Who looks his woman in the eye when he gets home And says ‘You look beautiful, darling.’ And means it. Because this thing you have going is Sacred
Be that man Who offers his woman a back rub, a glass of wine Or coffee Or simply some time and space Where she can be herself. Because this thing you have going is Sacred

Be that man Who doesn’t make jokes about his woman, behind her back Because she is too precious, too dear Some things you do not joke about Because this thing you have going is Sacred.
Be that man Who would drop everything in a jiffy to be beside her Not because she cannot manage But because you know how much she hates to do it all by herself Tell her she is strong and brave, And hold her hand Because this thing you have going is Sacred ______________________ **************© 2018 Preeti ShenoyFor more poems click here. Some poems have already appeared in print. Kindly do not reproduce without permission.Buy my books: