Can 70 douse the blaze of passion ?

To be practising an art from an early age and continuing the tradition is one thing. But to show interest in a new art form, learn and master it at 70 something is completely another thing. Today, we learnt that everything is possible if the heart and mind is focused and age is no barrier to imbibing newer faculties and creating magic.
This portrait by my aunt Mrs.Loga Subramaniam, is truly an inspiration to us. Just as art is timeless, this painting establishes that talent knows no frontiers and there is never a laid down age to be trained, to learn and to acquire untried skills. 
Portrait of a woman
Portrait of a traditional Indian woman
This portrait apparently is my aunt’s first painting ever (can you believe that !) that she worked on after half a year of formal training. The portrait exudes a certain charm which we believe couldn’t have been possible without a certain innate artist who was only waiting to be unleashed all these years.

Athai, we were struck by sheer joy when we saw this painting and have been talking about it all evening.  You have so evidently shown us the blaze of passion can never be doused by the passing of timeWe are eagerly waiting to see more of your work.

The artist with her painting
The artist with her artwork
Over to you now. Is there something that you have always wanted to learn but have been shying away from ? Have you kept  yourself away from learning a skill because you thought it was too late to grasp the concepts ? Tell us about it. And also remember to leave a comment rightaway on what you think of this painting. Your kind words mean a lot.

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This post is partially a translation of a similar post made by my cousin Ramalakshmi who is a passionate photographer and a Tamil enthusiast. She is a renowned blogger from Bangalore who manages a very active Tamil blog. Her photos, poems and articles have consistently found their way into well known Tamil websites and print magazines. The credit for the photos in this post goes to her.

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  1. Amazing and an inspiration to everyone ..

  2. Now-a-days the only hobby that people seem to have is roam around in malls or sit in front of the TV. It is heartening to see such an inspiration.
    Somu, Do update when Aunty comes up with her next painting.

  3. I am speechless...what a beautiful painting ...precission at this age is worth the mention.I wish I could hold those hands for a minute.It will always be an honor to have an aunt like that for you and all.Too good..the portrait seems to be talking !!

  4. You know that am a sucker for art and anything creative! Love this! Pls convey my regards to her and put up all other paintings as well!

  5. Wow! Just speechless ! Kudos to ur aunt!

  6. Though Im not a fan of Ravi Varma style of paintings I know that they require quite a bit of skill. Im sure she is been good at whatever she has takenup. This is sure impressive, beginner or not. That she is doing this at age of 70 is really heartening. something we all can learn form her.

  7. Though Im not a fan of Ravi Varma style of paintings I know that they require quite a bit of skill. Im sure she is been good at whatever she has takenup. This is sure impressive, beginner or not. That she is doing this at age of 70 is really heartening. something we all can learn form her.

  8. @woodenmint, true... Please have their own means of spending their time and seeing such artistic outcome surely is an inspiration. Will certainly keep updating it here :) Thanks for your comment.

  9. @Sarmistha, We were overjoyed just as you were. The precision and details are remarkable. Glad you liked it and thanks for your comment.

  10. @Veda Murthy, Welcome to Woodooz and thanks a lot for your comment.

  11. @Kittu... You are right... Immaterial of the kind of art it is, to excel in it is quite a talent. And not everyone is gifted with it right from the word go. Certainly something to learn from.

  12. @Uma, surely... Will put up more of her work and thanks much for the comment. I was sure that you would love it !

  13. Its a beautiful painting.. :) Do keep sharing more of her paintings as and when she paints. What an inspiration..

  14. Oh well since you ask. I've been wanting to learn to draw the kolam rangoli since ages.
    Amazing inspirational personality btw. :)

  15. Hi Gunjan,

    Quite an inspiration it is :)

    I read your interview about how you started making earrings and other accessories. Guess learning Rangoli should not be much of a hassle for you. Will keep following for your first rangoli post. :)

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    1. Hi Anu, thanks a lot :) Happy that you like it .

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    1. Hi Notyet, thanks much... Always look forward to your comments :)

  18. Athai super...age doesnt matter to one who have the real talent and u proved... congrats athai

  19. Very impressive, very humbling, very inspiring - the emotions this paiting by your athai evokes in me. It also did make me feel shameful of all the excuses I come up with myself to avoid pursuing the interests I have!

    1. Totally Sudhaa... I second your opinion on how humbling and inspiring this painting is :) I should probably try to hone my skills on some of the hobbies I gave up. Thanks for being a part of Woodooz :)

  20. உங்கள் குடும்பத்தில் அனைவரிடத்திலும் விதவிதமான கலை திறமை என்னே அருமை மொத்தத்தில் ஒரு கலை குடும்பம் என்றால் அது மிகையல்ல .வைத்யநாதன்

  21. truly inspiring... have been wanting to learn stained glass work and have been hesitant to attend as a friend told me that with age glass cutting becomes difficult to handle. this prompts me to give it a try....

  22. Beautiful painting! And it's really hard to believe that this is her FIRST painting!! Inspiring..


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