The immensely talented Priya Sebastian is next on my list of blogger friends. I had stumbled across her work a long time ago, in the pages of other bloggers posts. But for a long time I did not go to her blog. I think part of me was daunted by the intensity and the formidable ferocity of the strokes in some of her work.
Charcoal is a difficult medium to handle. Mainly because it can go wrong pretty quickly. All that charcoal dust to handle is not everyone’s cup of tea. It is Priya’s though.
I finally met Priya at Archana’s house last week. We met like it was meant to be. Time flew. While Arch made chai in gigantic cups, Priya and I talked of what family means to us… the past, the future, continuity and change. All this in the context of the post I did on my roots. And I knew I had another friend that I connected with. And the strange thing was, she apparently thought I was very emotional and intense too. Especially in my post on the work that went into the Poonchh Collection. But truth be told I am an emotional and intense person, more so with everything connected to ‘The Poonchh Collection’. It truly comes from my heart.
Priya has heart too. You can see it in her work in the series of workshops for the children of Shishu Mandir. She connects with nature as few do. In the genesis of it all. Priya collects seed pods And on a recent trek, I took some time out to collect a few for her. The idea was to give them to her all nicely packaged in a hand painted box. But events took over and I met her the next day. So the seed pods did go to her, but in a plain newspaper bag.
All images of the charcoal sketches are taken from Priya’s blog. This last image shows my gift to her- Kajal’s sketches and the seed pods. It has been photographed so beautifully by her * Sigh*