Medium: 8B STEADTLER Mars Lumograph Pencil on 130gsm Artist paper

The drawing is still incomplete...like many of us who lead an incomplete life, life devoid of true substance of any reckoning. However, we all are, in some way or the other, trying our best to make it meaningful...

I have named the drawing "Life", since the picture shows how one can go up or down over the course of one's life.

The cracks and fissures on the wall are the lines/wrinkles that speak stories of rough and tough times one has gone through...The more you get older, the more lines we see on faces. The cemented patches shows how we have covered and made up for those tought times and one's experience along the way...

The small plants on the steps are the rewards that we get every once in a while that keeps us going...

The uneven and different sized stones/boulders that make the wall are like the unique building blocks of our society that may be ugly and uneven, but stay together so that each one of us has a chance to move up or down as one chooses...

The shadows of the leaves on the wall are like impressions and imprints of other people that keep changing with the constantly changing brightness during the day and the darkness of the night spanning our journey called 'Life'.

I hope you get the interpretation...its just the way I look at things that I come across, every once in a while...

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Comment by Muralidharan Alagar on July 16, 2011 at 2:27pm

Admiring the details Soman! Just superb. 

Concept adds great life to your work!


Comment by Soman Patnaik on July 16, 2011 at 2:15pm

Thank you so much Akhila!


Comment by Soman Patnaik on July 16, 2011 at 2:14pm

@Prosenjit: Hey! Even I did not notice the 'body'...Guess I am not exactly reading what I am seeing...and saw what was not there...now that is start towards abstract thoughts...hope this transforms into abstract art too...

BTW, we all have this typo thing..is'nt it? And most of the times they go unnoticed...

Comment by Akhila Akhlix on July 16, 2011 at 12:12pm
Very inspiring! The work & the philosophy! Thx
Comment by Prosenjit Roy on July 15, 2011 at 5:13pm
Ahh... err, thank you Soman, its YOUR work that evoked my eloquence (if you could call it that), except that I made this fatal typo (shakes head)... it should've been 'village goat-herd boy'. I haven't the foggiest idea how it became 'body'... I also have this talent for making crucial typos, just ask Prabha Narayanan!
Comment by Soman Patnaik on July 15, 2011 at 3:24pm
@Prosenjit: Wow! You write soooo...well. I absolutely loved the way you have given words to your thoughts...they are like poetry...I can visualize each moment of the country 'goat-herd' boy's environment and his feelings. You really do write well...and I appreciate it a lot, for it is in response to this drawing....Hats off...I wish I could write the way you do...apart from the drawings/paintings you do...wonderful!
Comment by Soman Patnaik on July 15, 2011 at 3:20pm
Thank you George, thank you Kiran!
Comment by B.Kiran Kumari on July 15, 2011 at 1:41pm
Both the Philosophy and the work are so good!
Comment by Prosenjit Roy on July 15, 2011 at 1:28pm

If were a village goat-herd body, walking some remote country trail, not having had much schooling, not being acquainted with popular culture - its history and its accomplishments, and its language of instruction, and my notions being entirely formed out of the narrow portal I have to nature... and if I were to come across a drawing such as this lying on the grass (having slipped out of the visiting artist's folio), I would stand and say 'wow' (in my village boy words). And then I'll pick it up, look this way and that for its owner, and not finding any... wrap it carefully in the folds of my apparel and take it home. There I'd rig up a crude frame for it, perhaps made of bamboo slits or  palm leaves, and hang it on my hut's wall. No words would pass, no philosophy interfere with my appreciation of the work, but the communion would have been established just as well.. between me, the subject and the artist.


Bravo, I'd never be able to come up with such application. (( applause ))

Comment by George Supreeth on July 15, 2011 at 12:48pm
Not everyone can make the mundane so magnificent! SImply awesome!



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