Five Blue Elephants (The Red Fort)

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Five Blue Elephants 8" x 10" Acrylic Copyright Kay Enns

Five Blue Elephants
8″ x 10″
Acrylic
Copyright Kay Enns

I visited the Red Fort when I was in Delhi, India, in 2010, and I always planned on doing something with my pictures of it… Little did I know it would end up as it has! In this painting I added in a number of elements to make it more “picturesque” such as the elephants (and Ganesh), Dharma wheel sun, and all the foliage, as well as the peacock roosting in one of the towers (how did he get up there anyway???). The Red Fort is a huge complex enclosed by the red stone walls and the Bhodi tree (India Series painting #2) was in there as well.  Such fun it is to discover these places so foreign to what we know at home!  I’m not finished with my India paintings yet but am taking a break and doing a few landscapes of favourite places in Canada at the moment.  Watch for them!  Blessings and have a great day.

Rock Garden Chandigarh

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Five White Horses 11" x 14" Acrylic on Canvas Copyright Kay Enns

Five White Horses
11″ x 14″
Acrylic on Canvas
Copyright Kay Enns

My India trips took me to Chandigarh, in the Punjab region north of Delhi.  This city, home of my guru, is also home to many interesting and beautiful parks as well as Lake Sukna where I spent time walking and people-watching.  On one of my trips, I visited the Stone Garden, a famous park built 50 or so years ago by Nek Chand, a well-known Indian sculptor, who used rocks, cement, ceramic and clay pieces, and even broken glass bangles in his construction of this fascinating and beautiful haven which covers several acres.  Two of my paintings feature elements of this Stone Garden.  I have taken liberties in combining features of two or three elements into one scene, largely because they all have meaning for me but I didn’t want to do individual paintings of each element separately.  For instance, the white horses are located in a different area of the park, perched on a different ledge, but added to the interest of the painting in which they appear.  I even borrowed a flowering cactus tree from the Cactus Garden and set it into this painting.  Ditto for the stacks of clay pots.  The flowers in the picture came from Lake Sukna and my guru’s neighbourhood; the yellow/orange tree came from the village scene, and the stone monkey “jumped” into the picture, leaving his buddies in another area of the park.

Stone Village 11" x 14" Acrylic on Canvas Copyright Kay Enns

Stone Village
11″ x 14″
Acrylic on Canvas
Copyright Kay Enns

In the Stone Village, I took the liberty of moving the stone women sculptures to a village setting located in a different area of the park.   It is a lot of fun constructing these compositions and seeing them come to life with lots of colour and decoration!

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a lovely photo video on the amazing Chandigarh rock garden if you are interested in seeing the real thing!

Delhi Rickshaw

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Delhi Ricksahaw 11" x 14" Acrylic on Canvas Copyright Kay Enns

Delhi Ricksahaw
11″ x 14″
Acrylic on Canvas
Copyright Kay Enns

My “India Series” paintings were inspired by photos I took on my three trips to India between 2006 and 2011. I have been sitting on the photos for a long time, always wanting to paint from them but not feeling inclined to do them in watercolours. This year, in January, I decided to try my hand at acrylics and all of a sudden, the paintings came through, and still are. On a solo excursion to Delhi, I took a city tour, visiting several monuments and temples. I love India and wanted to immortalize some of the places I experienced in this way. I foresee quite a few more paintings to come in the near future as I explore and perfect my use of acrylic paints

I discovered this rickshaw abandoned in a disused lot in Chandigarh around the corner from my guru’s house. I set it into the park at Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi and it feels like it is at home there. Rickshaws are a very common means of travel in India and I personally rode in a few of them, always feeling sorry for the poor driver who struggled and strained for a few rupees. I was warned not to tip extravagantly because it would have negative consequences down the line for the driver who would start to think he was worth more, overcharge future customers, and end up losing business in the end. An interesting thought which most people do not consider.