Finding Beauty

There is the easily accessible beauty of some subjects: bright, happy, cheery and straight-forward. On some days, I can see it’s appeal. And then there are subjects whose beauty is harder to get at: the mundane, the slightly disheveled and the downright falling apart. They’re what I am attracted to the most.

The mess on my desk has to be my muse-of-the-year. In a year in which I have spent so much time at home, I’ve returned to this everyday subject over and over, always enjoying seeing it slightly differently, and mostly just celebrating the mess in different ways.

Here is a closeup of a part of the piece above, with some of my favorite sketching supplies.

Forgotten strip malls with old signage and lots of wires. How could I not pull over and sketch?

If you spend enough time sitting with anything or anyone: an object, a place, a person, just being there and letting the time go by, your subject will speak to you. And a story just might unfold on your page. And that is always beautiful.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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5 Responses to Finding Beauty

  1. Shankar Subramanian says:

    Very nice !

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  2. Anneli Tre says:

    Finding beauty in simple things, ordinary events, daily moments, that is a wonderful way of celebrating life. Thank you for sharing this, Suhita!

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  3. Deborah says:

    Thanks for this wonderful post! Sketching is so much about being present, isn’t it? Some thing we could all practice more often 🙂

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  4. Tina Koyama says:

    I’m really happy that you still blog… so many of these kinds of thoughts get lost on FB or IG when sketches are posted with very little comment.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks for always commenting, encouraging and following along, Tina. I do think that there are longer conversations to be had than on FB and Insta. The blog also helps me think about putting images into words, which I find important.


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