Holy Cow: I’m Finally Painting Again After 7 Years! 42

Bindi the Holy Cow. I have started to paint again after a long seven year hiatus. It feels so good to paint again, I don’t know how I survived so long without it. Creative expression is definitely good for the soul, be it art, dance or writing. I would like to share my first painting with you all.

BindiΒ the Cow (acrylic on stretched canvas 16β€³x 20β€³)

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You may recognise this beauty from a earlier post, my first experience of comingΒ face to face with a cow.

About Lauren Mokasdar

Lauren fell in love on the internet, took a one way flight from England, got married & started a new life & bicultural family in India. She writes about finding happiness & balance between two very different worlds, when her baby takes a nap.

42 thoughts on “Holy Cow: I’m Finally Painting Again After 7 Years!

  • stockdalewolfe

    Wow, Laruen!!! I didn’t know you were an accomplished painter as well as a great writer!! I absolutely LOVE “Bindi the Cow” and am so glad you are back painting. You are very talented!! I haven’t painted for years either. Maybe time to go back. But truly “Bindi the Cow” is beautiful and shows your love for her. xx Lots of love, Ellen

  • Nicola

    It’s beautiful, Lauren. I really like the use of colour. (And yes, I recognised her instantly by the wonky horns!)

    • Nicola

      I hope you will continue to paint, you are surrounded by such rich source material for inspiration. … Out of interest, how long did it take you to produce this painting? (I’ve never painted, myself, so I have no idea how long it would take.)
      Also, a totally off-topic question, but may I ask why you chose to study Pharmacy? It seems to me to be at odds with the person that you are. Your sensibilities imply that you are someone who belongs in the realm of the imagination, rather than (what I perceive to be) the rather dry world of pharmaceutical drugs. (But I know nothing about pharmacy, so maybe I am making a wrong assumption about the practice of that particular branch of science.)

      • Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life) Post author

        Hey Nicola,

        Thank you so much for your kind words. I couldn’t tell you how long it took because I was starting and stopping over about 9 hours, probably about 4 hours in total. I got lost in it.

        Why I studied pharmacy, it is a weird story…

        So when I finished my GCSEs, I started my A-levels in art, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Art was my passion and I was planning on doing foundation art at college (after a-levels) then progress to university and study art or philosophy.

        Then one fine day, I left my sixth form and went to college and retook my alevels in chemistry, biology and maths.

        You see, I desperately needed a job, and I got an interview for a job as a Saturday girl in a pharmacy. The first question was ‘why do you want this job?’ and I said (without really thinking, nerves). ‘I want to be a pharmacist.’ I didn’t even know what I pharmacist did at this point.

        I got the job.

        Working there showed me that the pharmacist was heavily involved with the community and how much of an impact they can make on people’s lives, especially the elderly (this was a small pharmacy in my small town). Some of whom lived alone and the only smile they got all day was from their pharmacy.

        After I completed my master’s degree in pharmacy, I was sent to a large store and it was all about making as much money as possible, nothing like my little pharmacy from before. I couldn’t speak to the people about their health because it was too busy and I was told off for being too slow. I didn’t feel like I could make a difference, I just got really stressed and upset. I would lay awake at night thinking of the old lady who came in to collect the end of life medication for their husband, the man who told me he wanted to commit suicide or the mother whose child had just died of cancer.

        I couldn’t digest this with all the people shouting at me because their prescription took too long, being told I have to work faster. I couldn’t disconnect my emotions from it (all this plus I had to move away from my family for the job and my husband was in India).

        It was a far cry from the pharmacy I worked at in my teens. That pharmacy was an exception.

        I did enjoy my degree though, I did my master’s thesis on the medicinal properties of plants and got a 1st class for it! I learnt a lot and hope to use it in India once we get settled in our new location (NGO etc.).

        I am planning to do a masters degree in philosophy here in India, once my PIO card etc. is sorted, and definitely continue painting. I don’t really know how I went so long without it!!!!

        I hope you are well!

        Take care

        Lauren xxx

        • Nicola

          Thank God you didn’t get a Saturday job at an Ann Summer’s shop… goodness knows where you might have ended up!! πŸ™‚

  • saira777

    i love how the sloping shape of her still gives that lumbering feel of a cow, and then the use of colours and her eyes make her seem very radiant and majestic πŸ™‚

  • Mani (A New Life Wandering)

    First of all, I love that you are painting again. I used to paint and I’ve actually been meaning to paint for the last 4 or so years but for some reason or another I have not.
    Your first painting in a while came out great, and I love that it’s based on an actual moment you lived, and totally India appropriate πŸ™‚

  • Susan

    I love it! It’s really gorgeous, and I hope you continue painting because that kind of passion and peace is really important in life.

  • RD

    The head looks a little bigger than the body but you have managed to put some innocence into it. I liked it!! GO ON!!

  • cynthia haller

    For years I had troubles finding good art supplies in India to paint and craft, but for the past few years I had access to great supplies and I have been painting and crafting a storm. you are right, it is a very relaxing activity, and I missed it a lot myself. Keep on painting! Great work.

    • Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life) Post author

      I was looking for months! Then one fine day, I was looking out the window on the way home from someplace and ‘acrylic paints, art supplies’ caught my eye. It really helps pass time and stay sane. I hope you return to your arts and crafts, I have seen many of your things and love them!!

  • Yearful of Sundays

    I love the cow!! What a fantastic painting. πŸ™‚ And I love that her horns are crooked (one curving forward, one backward). This looks like an interesting blog to stumble across. I’ll keep coming back!

  • wisemonkeysabroad

    Wow – you are sooooo talented! Lauren, this is where you and I (Le) are no longer the same. I can’t draw very well… I can draw to play Pictionary but that is probably as good as it gets.
    This is a beautiful painting and solo happy to hear that you are back are 7 sevens years!

  • leggypeggy

    Love the painting and so pleased you have returned to this talent. And just so you know, I can no longer click a like button on your blog, and I would like to do so very much for this post.

  • botham

    while I understand the relief you got from painting…I would think you should focus on sketching first to get the form and perspective right.

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