“I can’t stand the rain, Against my window pane, Bringing back sweet memories …” Tina Turner
Imagine standing at the kitchen sink, looking at the rain, sleet or snow hitting the window. Your mind wanders off; the sensation of warm sun on the bare skin of your arms, the scent of heady spices in your nostrils. A boat glides over a lake, women like brightly coloured birds move across a landscape. You visualise magical temple buildings, the threnody of sufi singers, street sellers and musicians …
Maybe you reach for the Kingfisher beer (more thrilling chilled!) and mix a warm pink puddle of watercolour, watching it flow across the paper and dream of escaping to a warm country full of life and colour … Well, it doesn;t have to be a dream. Now you can make it a reality by joining us on our Indus Painting in Rajasthan tour.
I love the few square miles around my home and have been painting Melbury Hill for nearly 40 years. Nevertheless, every now and then it is very important for me to venture into a different landscape to draw and paint, and I do find the long dreary cold months of the English winter hard to get through!
I remember my first experience of India. Sniffing the air and seeing the lush vegetation ….. blue smoke rising from a small fire in a forest … the richness of the colours … It is such a feast for all the senses and the drawings, scribbles and photos you make on the tour will keep you painting for a long time once you’re back home.
So escape to India – a painter’s delight, fascinating, rich with life, noise and colour. In Rajashtan there’s an overwhelming wealth of subject matter to stimulate artist and non artist alike with an intinerary perfect for the comfort-loving adventurer. We have kept the packing and upacking to a minimum – three hotels and the longest journey on overnight train. Delhi offers many known delights including Humayun’s Tomb and the Shrine of Sufi Saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin to attend a Sufi music recital. We will visit the National Museum which will give us a oasis of quiet in a busy city and there’s the option to see the elusively beautiful Taj Mahal …
Other highlights include staying in the Blue City of Jodpur where we’ll see 15th C Mehrangrah Fort and spend four days in luxury at the 15th C Mehrangrah Fort. We end the tour on a real high note in stunning Udaipur on Lake Pichola.
Some tips for equipment. In my painting knapsack is a sizeable piece of bubble wrap to sit on – light, comfortable and clean. I also take a plastic picinic beaker with a lid for water. In India you need to use drinking water if, like me, you have a habit of licking your brush to a point? I use just one big, fat sable brush that points up beautifully.
Once you have booked your place we will send you lots more details on what to take. Yasin Zargar and I have designed this hand picked tour with great care. It will provide artists and your non-painting companions with a myriad of sights and experiences to feed the imagination for many months to come.
We really hope you will join Phyllis Wolff and her husband Robert on what promises to be a truly inspirational and creative holiday painting in Rajasthan.
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