I am one of those lucky ones to have found true love. I am even luckier because the one I love, loves to do what I love to do. That is create. My extraordinary life partner Tatum Robinson is a gifted painter, illustrator, stroy teller. When we pool our energy together on canvas, some beautiful art has manifested. Although we have not painted much together, I hope to do so more.
The following is a little story to illustrate. India, Kerela, in a little guest Villa called Punchiri, run by our good true friend Eva, we painted Shiva.
Picture this…India’s Monsoon heat, Coco-nut forests, Sea-Eagles, flash down-pours, the devotions from Muslem temples, the rich boof of chai scenting the sea breezes. The best place to take this all in was from the roof top of Punchiri Villa.
Our friend Kanon squated on his huanches one day and asked, “Paint one SHIVA?” He was beside a 2m wall space and Tatum and I didn’t have much time, but we said OK. He wasn’t joking. The next morning, on the doorstep of Punchiri was a large piece of wooden board. Very quickly Tatum and I agreed and things just flowed from there.
We had just finished one of our projects, ART-GO-ROUND and were painting fit. So in no time we hauled the 2 meter plus wooden board upstairs onto the roof top, and got to it.
The following couple of days were surreal. Everyone in the house helped us understand the lord God Shiva. Stories of his ledgend accompainied many pots of chai while we worked on the painting. We learned about the Nile Goddess spouting out of his head, and the Woman Pravati who loved Shiva. How Shiva can break , but also make, and his energy works fast and furiously to affect changes. And most importantly, we learned that Shiva can always grant you what you want, but the catch is that he can never take it back. Good times, Ohm Shiva on the Roof Top!
The sunsets. Pinks and yellows, orange glowing light in the afternoon, The powerful thunder and lightening! The rain showers. We painted for a 4 days! In that time our portral of Shiva, slowly materialized from the blues and tropical greens around us.
It was a special time and I think together we learned that we can work so well together. We learned that things can just get done and the doing is not tagged by the expectation of worthy results. If what we do is generous and with a loving creative intent, then whatever we do will be good and true.
I for one would love to paint more big murals with Tatum. Here is a link to her website and some of her profoundly beautiful art. Tatum Robinson. Maybe send her a message saying that you think that painting big murals together is a good idea.
So it took us about week in total to finish our SHIVA. It was one of my most favourite periods of creativity of all time. Thanks to Eva for her warm heart and the love she showed us. We acknowledge her and Kanon with the gift of this painting.
To Kanon, you are a wise and good man, thank you for all the plants and for taking care of the buffalo so well. Give and get! Yes my friend – It is all about Love.
To Jana – You are a Queen my girl. A most Gracious and loving Black Labrador that I think loving thoughts of always.
To Wahid and the rest of the Buffalo crew. Thanks for taking care of Eva so well. Tatum and I love you all.
Below is the final full image of SHIVA – Ohm Shiva Ohm – Thank you Love.
In the future, maybe more True Routes art will follow.