Monday, 9 January 2012
Kerala in India - Quite a Christmas!
On Saturday we got back from three fantastic weeks, touring Kerala in southern India. I filled 4 sketchbooks, so there is plenty to show you but, of course, we got back to 500 emails as well as the big pile of envelopes on the mat, so it's going to be a while before I can put an e-sketchbook together.
In the meantime, here is a couple of sketches I did in Punnathoor Kotta Kovilagom - a place where 64 elephants are kept and trained for work in Hindu temples. Keralan elephants have a unique pink face with black freckles, so I had to get my paints out, which of course turned me into just another attraction, as far as the Indian visitors were concerned.
The Keralan people are the friendliest and most welcoming I have ever come across in my travels. Absolutely everyone we met was delightful (and also honest, despite some obvious poverty). Stunningly beautiful scenery too. Plus there's the gorgeous food... (I have put on weight and all my trousers are too tight!).
More to come!