Last Thursday, the 3rd of July, was the Opening Night of my Art Exhibition – ‘Canvas Dreams’. I reached early, and set up the venue (the Degraves Hall at the City Library in Flinders Lane) with food and drinks, and then waited for patrons to arrive.
I was expecting over 40 people, as that was the number that had accepted the invitation on Facebook and LinkedIn. And then the guests started filtering through. All included, about 30 guests, some I knew some I didn’t, came through the Exhibition that night.
One of my paintings sold, and a book of mine (‘Savannah’) did too. Of course, I am hoping for more sales.
I will be going down to the Library tomorrow too from 4-6pm, to check out my paintings again. I feel a glow of satisfaction to see them hung up on the Library walls in the Degraves room – it is my first Art Exhibition, after all.
Below are a few links that can be explored regarding the exhibition
I recently went on a trip to Japan. The places we covered were Tokyo, Hakone, Takayama, Hiroshima and Kyoto.
It was a wonderful trip, in many ways. The group that I went in was welcoming and friendly. We walked a lot, and used the trains (bullet and otherwise) and public transport. I was a bit scared whether I would be able to keep up with the walking and travelling, but it was fine.
The cherry blossoms were glorious. I felt lucky that I was able to be there in Spring when they bloom.
There was one place that left a lasting impression on me – that was Hiroshima. There was a museum in front of a monument called the Atomic Bomb Dome (ABD). The ABD, which was a commercial building when Hiroshima was bombed in 1945, during the second world war, has been left in its ruined state as a warning to the world. Alongside it is the Peace Park.
The Japanese people are very beautiful and kind – but the atom bomb is always at the back of the mind. Perhaps ashamed of the past, they strive to go out of their way, but truly feel it from the heart. I almost felt ashamed myself, of the past.
For me, Hiroshima had been a place of dread from the history books. Actually visiting there, other than fearing that the nuclear radiation was still active, seemed to have eased my soul. I hope and believe with all my heart that the wrongs of the past remind us of what we must not do in order to make this world fair and just for all. A timely reminder of a shameful past that we must allow to determine a glorious and shining future for all.
The grass looks very green today – on both sides of the fence; the sky blue, with fluffy white clouds. The birds sing along their merry way to look for their next worm – and we sit and gaze at the screens of our laptop, or iPad, or iPhone, engrossed in the world within – which is actually without.
When we are gazing at these said screens, we are perhaps communicating with friends, or updating our own online presence – very important tasks indeed! Many of us also study online, or using online materials, which is useful too. These screens are very important in our lives.
There is a joy, however, in feeling the grass under our feet; in running with the wind blowing in one’s hair; in playing football or cricket in the park with friends. There is, after all, a need for balance – the world within the www can be explored, but we must remember to also keep in touch with the world outside – the trees, the grass, and the physical presence of friends and relatives. Only then will we be complete human beings to ourselves.
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