Villagers

  One day two old women came to me. Both were in their early sixties.

  They told me that they want to learn painting.

  I told them ” it’s O.K. But you shouldn’t start painting directly, first learn drawing. ”

  They were surprised and one of them asked me, ” Why don’t we start painting directly? ”

  I told her, ” Without learning drawing, you could not paint.

  ” Why? ” she asked me with a confused voice.

  ”Painting is an act. You are doing painting means, you are painting something. That something might be an object like a bowl, or it’s a fruit or a figure. To paint these, you have to understand their structures. That means their shapes, dimensions, edges, textures, values … all those things you must know. Without understanding them, what are you going to paint? ” I took one second and continued again ” … learning drawing means learning to see the world as an artist. This is called as ‘ Artist’s way of seeing ‘. It is called as … Drawing. Now, I hope you understood why you have to learn drawing before entering into painting.”

  Few moments of silence between us.

  After that she broke that silence by asking me a question. ” Till this day we went to at least ten schools to learn painting. Everywhere they readily accepted to start teaching painting directly. When they are doing that, why not you? ”

  I told her calmly, ” Because I Truly want to teach you painting. ”