Murree Ghosts – my recent painting

I have been busy with discovering the pleasure of painting – playing with colours and mixing visions and inspirations with linseed oil. The results are alas not that great. However, it is the process of being focused on and immersed in the canvas, that I find most elevating.

The painting above is inspired by my beloved sun room cum study in Murree Hills where I spent many seasons and just cannot get it out of my system. The light still melts somewhere deep inside.

I have never been so excited, notwithstanding the evident lack of talent and much needed art instruction.

All I know is what Van Gogh had said decades ago:

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

Amrita Shergil’s Lahore

Khalid Hasan writing for the Friday Times:

“Amrita Sher-Gil is one with the earth of Lahore. Is there no one in this city that she chose as home to build a memorial to her, or at least put a plaque at 23 Sir Ganga Ram Mansion in remembrance of a painter who has left her mark on the world in which she was not destined to live very long?”

Read the full article here that discusses her life and times in Lahore and also the little known relationship with Nehru.