Wow...that's was a super long title to this post and sounds perfect for some self help book. Wait. There might even be a booked titled that! ...Ok, as per Google maybe not. Haha. I wrote that coz I couldn't figure out what to else to write.
And no..this post is not some life changing advise but rather a little saving and practical idea.
While I am no artist, I love art. Growing up I have spent many a moment in silence contemplation in various museums, galleries and art shops. Oil paintings are a favourite of mine. But I have learn to see art everywhere, even in a tourist shop uon lake side at rows of postcards.
Like any self respecting tourist destination, Nepal too and nice collection of postcard depicting the various notable sites of visit, more that a few dedicated to the mountains and religious places. But one thing found in Nepal is that instead of just an ordinary paper print, there are quite a number of items in Nepali paper (also known as lokta paper). Lokta's " wildcrafted, handmade artisan paper indigenous to Nepal" (Wikipedia). In fact, it's the paper for official documents like land deeds and blue print, and paper lanterns, photo frames, notebook and yes even postcard's.
So while browsing inside the curio shop, we chanced upon a row of Buddhist idols and symbols and ended up buying several items causing a small dent in our purse. Lol what could we do?? It our contributions towards Nepal's spiraling economy.
Immediately after seeing the postcard, I knew what I would be doing. To frame it properly. And these are simple postcard turned into million bucks (..figuratively)
The postcard was like 10-25rs each while the frame cost me more than a thousand but it's soo worth it. Every time I see it (final product) the hairs on my neck stand up a little. I cant wait to hang it up. Its not how little we have, but how much more we can create out of the small stuffs. I might not have been able to afford a tangka but hell, this is not bad at all.
Speaking of Thangka ... One day I shall have them. And this one has caught my fancy.
I even fan girled abit. It's a cool 80k. If I had that kind of change in my pocket.. I would have pick it up in a heartbeat. After a bit of bargaining of course.
A girl can dream..
In the meantime the only paintings I can right now afford is through flipcart and Amazon. The mass production digital print type. I had actually ordered two and twice it was a letdown.
It's a copy of William Merritt Chase, Peonies 1897. On my cell this looks so gorgeous but the actual print is a shitty job. I mean if someone was selling mass produce item, why would they want to sell a lousy product. One look and I returned it.
The other painting I bought was this. Or so I thought.
Instead I got a different painting altogether. When I emailed them saying I wish to exchange since its a wrong item, flipcart customer support people actually replied back with a cheeky " kindly get back to us with the confirmation which product you have received instead of " (product ordered). wtf. Like a fool I actually went to go through their catalogue to find the painting delivered.
It's not that the painting is bad, it's just not what I paid for. Now I don't know if I should keep it or not. Wth. I like it. I'll keep it.