Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Love the life you live, live the life you love

This one quote from Bob Marley defines each and every one's life so well. I could relate to it all the time I work on these hand-painted stuff. And co-incidentally, I read about this quote only when I got an order to make Bob Marley themed pillow covers.

As a matter of fact, I had got pillow covers stitched from my mom like a good 10 months ago and I was to hand paint them. But it never happened until an order came to me from a long lost friend. This friend wanted me to paint a shoe for someone, Bob Marley themed. But unfortunately I couldn't find the shoe size, then we thought of painting a tee. That sounded cliched.

Until we thought about the pillow cover, the chance to work on a colourful and enchanting character like Bob Marley was slipping out of my hand. But she agreed to the idea and soon I started on the same. When I saw what I had to make, I was like holy s*** how will I do this. Marley has a very regal look on his face and to top that I had to make something based on Pop Art.

Finally I found some reference and what I accomplished in flat four days' time was unbelievable. This is the first time where I felt wasn't handpainting something, but was experiencing something myself. Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga, who delivered the final funeral eulogy to Marley, had rightly said, "Bob Marley was never seen. He was an experience which left an indelible imprint with each encounter."

This was my encounter with him, the first ever, hopefully not the last one. And what came out of the encounter is for you all to see. I really do love the life I live, and I also do live the life I love.