I Decided to Paint and Give 100 Ganeshas After Covid Hit the Bay Area

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CALIFORNIA, U.S., May 27, 2021 (India Currents by Hema Alur-Kundargi): Painting was always on my bucket list and in February, 2020 I decided to enroll in an art class. But as luck would have it, just after three classes, Covid happened. My art teacher asked me to continue practicing painting with the advice “Just believe in yourself and you will do it.” I decided to paint to bring calmness and peace to my anxious mind about the uncertainty looming around the global pandemic. I decided to paint Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, as I always visualized that Ganesha up there was guiding me and watching out for me. Painting was like meditation and was truly therapeutic, engaging the brain cells in a very unique way.

I shared pictures of my artwork with friends and family via social media. My next-door neighbor was very impressed and asked if I could paint a Ganesha for her. Suddenly my passion and free time had a purpose. One thing led to another and in the span of 365 days, I have created over 100 paintings and shared or gifted over 85 paintings with neighbors, coworkers, family, and friends around the globe. Beside Ganesha, I challenged myself to line art with topics that evoke serenity – like Newborn bond, Meditation, and Gratitude. My newfound passion was a perfect win-win situation. I had an outlet for my creativity and found purpose while hunkered down at home, while my family and friends enjoyed my artwork in their home.

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