Literally. I actually did make/paint this cover
The Good Homes December 2012 issue celebrates everything that is art!
To commemorate this special issue they asked three artists - Nilofer Suleman, Viveek Sharma and me to paint what a ‘Good Home’ meant to each one of us. I am really thrilled to be in the company of such accomplished artists. And it’s a coup of sorts- this is the first magazine in the décor category to have 3 different covers for a single issue.
I got a call a few weeks ago from Meenakshi Shankar of Good Homes Magazine asking me if I would be interested in painting their Dec issue cover. The answer was yes. Obviously. The problem was in figuring out what would go on the cover.
So over an absolutely delicious cup of South Indian Filter Coffee in Meenakshi’s home, we discussed options. Yes! the coffee was a bribe because the deadline was ridiculously tight. I could go into metaphors of how tight, but that would be digressing!!
Next we started brain storming and she asked me questions. On what I liked/loved in a home. What I would do in mine if I had carte blanche. But somehow everything I described was a feeling- warmth, friendliness, intensity, renewal, love… And everything else I liked was too disparate to fit into one flat 2D image- clean lines, colour, quirky corners, text/type… or so I thought.
To say I was running clueless and on the verge of panicky would be a very mild version of what was actually happening. Would be more appropriate to say I had gigantic aeroplanes with multiple propellers in the tummy AND stampeding rhinos in the head!!
Then Meenakshi brought calm and perspective. She asked- what would your favourite corner in the studio look like?
She gave me a pen and paper and said draw. I did. I doodled actually. I had my cover. This was it.
I went home that night, researched on interiors, then worked details and faired it out. Showed it to her first thing the next morning and got approval. I was still in my pyjamas and she was dressed to the nines on her way to a shoot. I then sent it to the higher ups ( read as Ronita – The Editor) for approval.
*Insert Drum roll here*
I got it. After that was panic of a different kind- deadlines! It was head down and painting furiously. This piece went through a few iterations but I love the end result. It’s all me in there.
Tell me, you like?
I will do another post with pictures and the story from the actual magazine when the issue hits the stand on Dec 1st. These cover pictures were sent to me by the Good Homes Team.
And here are the covers painted by Nilofer and Viveek