Friday, December 07, 2012

Does my Geisha look good?

While I may have to take the expert help of my blogger friend Ramesh in finding if this image is that of Japanese Geisha or a Chinese Geisha, I thought I will reveal to my dear blogging community the making of Geisha -  efforts I had put in completing my latest glass painting that I started sometime back in September. Though I completed the painting some time end October, my grandmom’s demise held me back in putting this up. I just couldn’t bring myself to put this up last month.

I am still grieving, the pain is better and has turned to something that I can handle. I should thank my Joe for listening to endless stories of Ammama, which I kept blabbering late into the nights and the poor soul was making a true effort to be awake and to listen to what I was saying inspite of arriving home late from work most days after his crazy schedules. What touched me the most was when he decided to abstain from eating non-vegetarian food for 41 days after her death, which normally children and grand children do. I went ahead and cooked fish which my mom-in-law loves, and when he saw me not eating that, and knew the reason, he quietly abstained from eating that and all other non-veg stuff.

My blogger friends, let me tell you the comments that you put up for comforting me, was truly helpful – I cannot tell you how many times, I would have read my post along with each of your comments – If I can handle my pain, your words had a good part to play. Gils, Ramesh, RS, Bins and Nancy, my gratitude to you all from the bottom of my heart.

I also had friends listening to me, calling me up and comforting me during this grieving period. There was this friend from Delhi, who called me all of a sudden one day and just asked me how I am doing. If I am okay – just that. (She rarely calls me) Sumai, I still hear the concern in that voice. How absolutely loving. There was another friend, who had so much to tell me about what was happening in his life, but chose to listen about Ammama patiently and only yesterday in my conversation I had figured out that. Many such calls and messages of comfort.
So, here is a quick preview of the step by step progress of the glass painting of a Geisha ( a traditional Japanese / Chinese entertainer) carrying flower pots.
Intial stages of the painting after the outlline and some layers of crystals

The earlier glass paintings I attempted used only paint and glass as medium, whereas now, I attempted the painting with crystals - the Geisha's dress is made of crystals and glass paint. Compared to my earlier paintings my timing has improved – was able to complete this much faster. ( thanks to my art teacher, Sujatha)

Close up view of the crystals

Just to prove - I really did the painting :-)

another view of the crystals

The final completed picture

I am trying my luck now with another form of painting - Keral Murals.  Oh yes, I will keep you all updated.


  1. geishava ganeshanu padichitu ennada ivlo olliya thumbikkai illama irukaaraynu paathen!!!

    1. LOL

      Gemini's are impatient..and we are good at multitasking.. so what was the other thing you were doing while reading my post?

  2. whenever i am confused or feel down and out..i chat my head off.. mukkavaasi neram we know wat needs to be done..just need to hear it out..nt necessarily from othrs...naama pesarathu namakku ketaalay podum..we are playing ur ears :) thots ungalodathay :))

    1. you are simbly humble. but, yes you are right.
      It is especially in these moments that you need to talk and venting it out actually helps, for people like you and me.

  3. Very nice. That's some talent and requires huge skill. Japanese definitely :)

    By the way, that doesn't look like you in the picture- where did the glasses come from !!

    Loss is so difficult to bear, however much you rationalise it. Take a hug again.

    1. Ramesh, trust you with keen observation skills. you noticed the glasses. I started using reading glasses recently and use it occasionally.

      Thank you Ramesh for everything :-)

  4. Family & friends are what keep us grounded during difficult times. U tek care.

    The geisha is gorgeous Vincy...I can only imagine the time & effort which must have gone into it. And kerala murals sounds interesting. Are u going to take classes or learn from the net???

  5. well said about family and friends.

    The kerala Murals are being taught by my art class friends who learnt it from an art teacher. So technically speaking, this time I am going have two gurus. They both have doen 2 Murals each and were confident about teaching me. :-)

    And for the Geisha, I spent around 20 - 24 hours. I am a slow coach :-)

  6. Wow, pls send Sujatha over. I'd like to learn too. Somebody I know is charging 5K for 10 days! :(

    You have done a fab job!

    1. She is a lovely art teacher and charges pretty nominally and works around the student's schedule. This painting took atleast 10 sessions and she charges only half of what you mentioned. and she dabbles in so many art forms that its mind boggling.

      Thanks for the compliments - I am so glad you like it. :-)

  7. Really Awesome Vincy. no more words


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