|Painting by Jaya V Chala|
I grew up with paints, threads, canvas, colored pencils, clay and art books. There were books of art from Rembrandt’s landscapes, Michelangelo sculptures, Leonardo’s inventions, Macchietti’s manneristic style to the nudes of Sandro Bottecelli. My mother an artist, spent a good chunk of her day doing embroidery which she calls human moods in thread - portraits done with embroidery as the medium. Mom and dad would discuss her art for hours, even though dad was not an artist, he had a very keen eye, he really helped my mom grown as an artist.
Dad would always tell my mom, “I want people to know me as Jaya’s husband”. He was her worst critic and her best fan. It was more ‘their’ art than her’s. Many times he would conceptualize and she would be the hand behind his vision.
As my mother’s art work hangs proudly in my home today, it is more than just art. I think it represents a part of my childhood. Even though she is the artist but all of us have had our contribution, from color combination to how the hand should be, so many details…I really feel so lucky to have been born in a house that valued art. As kids we were encouraged to participate in local flower shows, art exhibitions and every summer vacation we always made a few paintings.
Not a lot has changed, even though I miss my dad, mom and me still talk a lot about art, her inputs on my photography to my critique about her latest sketch. One thing we never agree on is her dislike for tarnished props :)
The paintings in this post or Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha is done by her. This post is special for me as my mom’s birthday coincides with Diwali this year.
I love the excitement and the fervor the festival season brings. I am enjoying all the gorgeous desserts in the blogosphere and must have put on a few pounds just looking at the rich desserts.
I have been planning to make almond burfi for a while, Diwali was the perfect excuse. This recipe is from my husband’s aunt, who is an amazing cook and her desserts are fabulous. This burfi/fudge just melts in your mouth.
Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali. A lot of happiness and a great year ahead.
Here are some more choices for desserts you might like to make for this Diwali.