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!

7 comments:

aka Penelope said...

Elephants are the most delightful creatures on earth and what a delight to draw them. :)

Lynne the Pencil said...

Absolutely.

Mary Lou Rosato-Caine said...

Hi Lynne, I haven't drop in for awhile, I'm happy to hear you had a wonderful vacation. Love the elephant sketch. Happy New Year!!!

Liz Steel said...

wow!!! can't wait to see all your sketches- 4 sketchbooks in 3 weeks... that is a LOT of sketching!!! Good luck with the scanning! BTW Happy New Year!

Balaji said...

Wow!....four sketchbooks full of Kerala sketches! I can't wait to see them.

Lynne the Pencil said...

Thanks guys.

Oo - Liz: someone recommended you as the person to ask about setting up an e-sketchbook! I want to do one where people can flip the pages. Do you mind me asking - what have you found the easiest to set up? I'm on a PC not a Mac BTW

Sue Pownall said...

These drawings are lovely! I look forward to seeing more.