January 13, 2011

Orientation Program - New Textured Acrylic Painting

This painting too is one that I did not click but just "discovered" in the process of sorting out images. Is that a treasure trove or what! And I just LOVED this reference. This is probably the first lesson in swimming for this little child. Or maybe not the first, as I have seen mothers with kids even younger getting into the water :-)

Orientation Program
Acrylics on Board, 18 by 24 cms (7.1 by 9.4 inches)
© Nithya Swaminathan

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The whole image interested me at several levels. For one, this is not a sight that I have seen in India. I don't think an Indian mother would be as forthcoming to let such a young toddler into the water. But here, it is a common sight. I think it has to do with our own comfort levels with the water. I for instance, did not learn swimming as a child. I learnt it only about 4 years ago and so will never ever get into any water other than a closed swimming pool with known depth. So me having the confidence of teaching my little one to swim is out of the question. Here on the other hand, skills like swimming, skiing etc are passed on so easily from parent to child when the kids are really young. And they kind of grow up doing all these fun things. Oh boy during my ski vacation, while I was struggling to even stand up with the skis on, kids younger than my daughter were skiing like seasoned pros!

I wanted to capture that lovely moment of bonding between the mom and the child, of having fun together. I like the outcome. Let me know what you think of it!


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