tea or me..? by biswaal

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she is a Chai-walli… Hindi, this means the one who sells tea( chai). This lady has this make shift tea stall, right on the sidewalk of a busy street in Nagpur.Just two steps off the provision store I frequent for my daily needs. After a number of visits and sly mobile snaps and a dozen of cold stares from this woman, I think , I got this painting right. She never knew, she was the subject of my stretched canvas in my studio…! what attracted me most about her was her ensemble of broken bricks and slabs garish pink stool, with that late morning shadow texturizing them. And of course, the ambiance of a cool lounge her tea stall offers to her customers.( by the way, this work was exhibited under the title THE LOUNGE, in a a national level art contest, in Mumbai.. in 2008.

The backdrop is a cacophony of sound and color, with moving buses, cars, smoke spewing auto rickshaws, two wheelers , men and women etc.. I whitewashed them in order to make this lady stand out in the crowd!

OIL ON CANVAS. 30×36 in inches



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  • hampshirelady
    hampshireladyalmost 3 years ago

    This is not only a beautiful work, it tells us about a real person, her life. Lovely work! Susan

  • thanks for that wonderful comment Susan.. thats very sweet of you.. i am touched..!!

    – biswaal

  • piong
    piongalmost 3 years ago


  • thanks .. so sweet

    – biswaal

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethalmost 3 years ago

    very amazing..i got amazed by your art… keep them coming!! biswaal.

  • aww thanks Lisa.. thanks for your support.. touched..

    – biswaal

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Daralmost 3 years ago

    Nice work

  • thanks bhaijaan.. so sweet again.. cheers

    – biswaal

  • emajgen
    emajgenalmost 3 years ago

    Another superbly lit painting!

  • thanks great to hear that.. cheers

    – biswaal

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago

    ADORABLE !!!

  • ahh so sweet of you..

    – biswaal

  • agnès trachet
    agnès trachetalmost 3 years ago

    great work!love how you left the background empty!

  • thanks.. glad you said that agnes.. i value your opinion.. thanks

    – biswaal

  • nancy salamouny
    nancy salamounyalmost 3 years ago

    wonderful feel to this

  • thanks great to hear that.. so kind.. cheers

    – biswaal

  • Ulla Jensen
    Ulla Jensenalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful work – and tribute to this hardworking lady….x

  • thanks ulla for that comment.. i loved that. !!

    – biswaal

  • Clive S
    Clive Salmost 3 years ago

    Well done on being placed in the Top Ten of the Transport Challenge:
    7th October 2011

  • thanks clive for that banner.. i loved that.. infact i am thrilled. cheers

    – biswaal

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