A new painting

My blogging friend, Smitha Vishwanath, started painting at the beginning of the pandemic last year. I have been watching her improve and stretch her creative wings with oil paints and watercolours and I am amazed by her progress and talent.

A couple of months ago, one of her paintings caught my eye and I bought it from her. Smitha was very obliging and arranged for the painting to be couriered to South Africa from Mumbai in India.

This painting of a group of barren trees in the snow really spoke to me.

I chose this painting as I love the contrast of the stark and bare trees in their snowy setting with the rising sun. The darkness of the tree trunks and branches and the bluey greys of the snow and shadows make the gorgeous brightness of the yellowy sun creeping up into the sky all the more warm and inviting. This picture makes me feel happy and reminds me that winter and hard times always end and the sun and warmth always returns.

You can see more of Smitha’s works on her new website here: https://www.spacesbysmithav.com/.

You can read more about Smitha’s painting journey here: https://smithavishwanathsblog.com/2021/07/09/i-started-a-business-and-i-didnt-even-know/

Meet Smitha Vishwanath

A banker by profession, a blogger by choice, a poet by accident and an artist at heart. Imperfectly perfect – that’s me.

Smitha V

140 thoughts on “A new painting

  1. Thank you so much Robbie for this beautiful review of my painting and most importantly for supporting my new journey in art. It’s wonderful to see this painting on your wall…all the way in S. Africa. Feel good to know how you feel when you look at the painting. Thank you for never failing to encourage❤

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      1. Robbie, much love to you. I woke up to all the comments here and all I feel is grateful and blessed because of you. Thank you. Have a very lovely weekend! xxx

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  2. This is a beautiful painting. I can see why you’d want to have it where you can see it every day. It’s similar to a New England winter scene, with the New England color palette being on the cooler side of the spectrum.

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    1. Hi Tandy, no, it was sent framed which is really nice. I have a lot of art too, but I have chosen it all although Terence gives it to me as gifts. I have very exacting taste with art and it is the exact opposite of his taste. He only has one painting that I bought for him. It is a landscape of table mountain and the ocean.

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    1. Thank you so much Kamal for your warm words of appreciation…its very encouraging. When Robbie asked me for this painting, I was thrilled. Her wanting it for her home was the push I needed to be able to say, ‘I’m ready to share my work.’

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  3. That’s lovely, Robbie. Isn’t it interesting how some pieces of art “speak to us” personally. Something about them stirs us. I’m so glad you purchased it and have it in your home. Smitha’s work is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

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  4. Reblogged this on Maura Beth Brennan and commented:
    Writer Robbie Cheadle introduces us to a wonderful artist, Smitha Vishmanath and her painting of the sun rising over a snowy scene. Refreshing in all this heat! Bonus – a link to a gallery of more paintings to brighten your Sunday:

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  5. Robbie, I love Smitha’s painting and it gave me a refreshing moment in all this heat. Heading over to her website now. Smitha, I have tried painting on many occasions and know it can be a strict task master – congratulations on your beautiful creations! I wish you much success! Robbie, I read that your father is doing better and send prayers for his continued improvement.

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    1. Thank you so much Maura for appreciating the painting. It makes me happy to know that it gave you a respite from the heat. I found art tedious too when I picked it up on previous occasions…I disliked the job of cleaning up brushes but something clicked for me and art during the lockdown.
      Thank you, Maura for sharing it further and your good wishes. 🙏

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  6. that is quite impressive to pick up a new hobby and to then dedicate your time to become better at it. and so nice of you to support her efforts. She sounds a bit like you, given that she is a also a finance professional, and multi-talented!

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    1. Thank you, Jim for the appreciation. Robbie is one of the most supportive people I know- I have no idea how she manages to do so much for all bloggers amidst everything else she does. And while we do have a lot in common ( including how we feel on many issues), I haven’t been able to figure out how she gets 48 hours of work done in 24!

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