This mixed media painting has striking colours and a collage of materials that give it a 3D effect. The peacock has a spiritual connection with nature and with many gods and goddesses in India. Lord Krishna wore a peacock feather in his hair. In the painting the peacock is gazing at Krishna. Apart from its physical beauty, the peacock symbolizes renewal, awareness, metamorphosis, energy, and versatility. Peacocks are known to eat snakes. This conveys the message that we should not let negative things affect our spirit.
I grew up in India. Peacocks used to be my favourite to watch during monsoons. They spread their feathers and dance as the rain approaches.
Peacock is known to be a harbinger of the rain. It’s call ‘Mae Aao’ beckons the rain to come. In Hindi 'mae' means rain and 'aao' means come.
When the rain comes after a long, hot and dry spell, the parched earth gets nourished, the trees have lush green foliage and the splendour and fragrance of flowers blossoming is like witnessing a little piece of heaven. This is what is portrayed in this painting.
Medium: Lino cut on Lenox acid free paper
Image size: 12"x12", Paper size: 15"X15.75", Framed: 20"X20"
This black and white print is a part of the series, "Lessons Learned from Six-year Olds". Each piece is hand-printed by the artist. A portion of the money from the sale of this print is donated to mental health.
Knowing where one wants to go, setting the goal and focusing on it are important in order to succeed. If one can eliminate distractions and stay focused on a single goal, success is not hard to attain. Sometimes it takes a young six-year old to remind us of this. It is based on a true story.
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