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Agora: a painting

Posted by Dheeraj Kattula on April 29, 2013

ImageTitle: Agora

Size: 18 X 27 cm

Medium: Watercolor on Handmade paper


It is wise to plan things, but it is also true that many good things in life happen accidentally. It was by chance I struck upon the website of artist Don Andrews. He is a watercolour artist. I love his bold use of colours. I was inspired by him and I have taken the liberty to copy some of his work. I have even written to him about it. Of course I did not get any reply. J

I have called this painting “Agora” which in Greek means marketplace. Psychiatrists use the word agoraphobia to mean general fear of open places. I gave a Greek name simply for the novelty in it.

This painting took more than 6 hours to complete. It was because the overall size was small and the subject matter was quite complex. I allowed the painting to dry before I touched adjacent areas so as to not allow bleeding into unnecessary areas. I also painted few areas in a layered approach.

I had posted it on a social network. I got the following comment from a friend. The comment was “ Hi Dheeraj, … this one is amazing, you are far far better than me in water color painting. It is really difficult spreading the colors accordingly the value of it. You got a very good control and command on the brush strokes. You maintained the perspective also very well, the person in the front is bigger in comparison to the people standing in the far. It is really lively because of the bight and contrast colors. You did a good job on the details of the decorative stuff. Even though you didn’t add any details on the human figure, that is the good part of it, otherwise it would have killed your painting. That’s it. Keep going, no one can stop you now……….GOOD LUCK.”

It was my school friend, Sruthi, a professional animation artist, who works for Hollywood movies. Her comment increased my confidence. She might never realize what impact her words have had on me. The beauty is we too could have magical effect on others, if we do take the time and initiative to encourage others.


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  5. R. J. said

    Mr Dheeraj, nice seeing your blog, you must be South Indian judging from your Christian references in some posts? I’m a Christian of the Greek Orthodox way, living in Kolkata, who’s been diagnosed multiple times with schizophrenia, not very convinced about it as the doctors here do not have a proper grounding in Christian beliefs to be accurate judges of my thoughts, Please take a look at my blog where I write about some of my experiences. Would like to know whether a symptom that is beginning to speak in a ýawing-sounding voice like a child not yet learnt to speak properly during acute starting of illness – possibly due to the highly violent atmosphere at school I went to making me extremely neurotic, could indicate schizo? My symptoms are basically severe emotionally-driven and expressed through weeping sort of depression and severe rage attacks of breaking things and shouting profanities in extreme hostility. both do not seem to be due to any cause or provocation, or the rage could be being minimally provoked by my thinking that I feel violated by the drugs given me to treat the illness because of the harsh physically sick constant feeling they give me. At one point I was tested at 39.5% eosiniphilia, normal being up to 5-6% when on RISperidone. Other APs tend not to suit me, tried them all for over 9 years. Could you hook me up with a good Christian neuro-psychiatrist to chat by way of email? I can of course pay his fees for his valuable time. These symptoms seem more of a neurology case to my own eyes. Please do take a look at my blog though! (please ignore some of the awkward humour which is rather meant for quite another demographic).

    • Dheeraj Kattula said

      Dear RJ,

      It was nice hearing from you. I checked your blog. You are quite an informed and religious person. I can see that you do experience quite a lot of distress in your life. I am glad that you are seeking help. Just wanted to let you know that psychiatrists are trained in neurology and probably they could help you the most among all doctors for the kind of difficulties you face. Let me assure you that good psychiatrists will try to understand things from your perspective even if they don’t share your views including religious views. Don’t worry about that. I do not think psychiatry can be legally practiced over email or chat. You need to meet the therapist in person. I can recommend you to see Dr Abhiruchi Chatterjee who works in an NGO called Iswar Sankalpa in Kolkata. You could tell him of the interaction we had over here. He can do the needful.
      Eosinophilia can occur due to various reasons including common things like having worms in stool. Please get that problem evaluated under physicians i.e MD in General Medicine.

      Wishing you Shalom!
      God bless you

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