Back at the Ranch
Once back at the orphanage, I only have a few days left before I head to Delhi for my flight back home. This means, all unfinished projects go into hyperdrive. there's a horse that needs an operation, a peacock that needs painting, a video that needs editing,a last painting class, and the oven that needs to be tested.
Let's start with the self portrait class -by far the most difficult and met with some groans.
First I made a slideshow of portraits that other painters have done, sort of an overview of different styles. They are amused. Here's a Jen Uman:
Sketches to begin with.
Then Ravi starts in with the paint...
and the results...
Well,let's skip over to the oven. I'm no expert bread maker, but with the little package of yeast doe , I managed to knead up some loaves to be baked. We heated up the oven with a fire inside, and well, the tandur stone couldn't take it and broke. The oven itself did alright. We will get some refractory bricks and lay a new floor. As soon as those refractory bricks show up...
The bread only got half baked. The doorway to the oven needs to be shaved down and a door fitted to it so the heat stays in better, there was too much escape unfortunately. So, I don't get to see the glory of a working oven, but hopefully it is fixed soon.
Stoking the fire...
Moving right along. This was the scene right before leaving to Chennai:
There was a lot of indecision about what color to paint the horse, and they kept asking me what color to paint it. I told them they had to decide, because if they leave it up to me I will make it pink. Finally, Vishnu makes some decisions and starts mixing paint.
Now, after returning from the trip to Chennai, I learn that the horse has had an accident...there was hearsay that Ravi was involved, and a leg had been broken, (the horse's) so surgery was in order.
I Wasn't joking about the surgery.
Girls get busy painting and decorating , and I am in the classroom with the younger kids doing a painting class--the tiger!
Most of the kids had to go to the hospital for the day but a few of the kids didn't have to go, so they are helping and documenting the operation.
So, I shaved off some leg, it was just too long and causing problems.
After, more papermache.
Never a dull tiger!
And hey HEY, the horse gets a tail, and well, that darn leg is still too long! So, it will always have to stand
here at the edge.
the tail is of the same ilk that Renuka is sweeping with..
Uh oh! He comes alive and makes a run for it!
Now there's a handsome fella