On the morning of our final day in Nawalgarh we sat outdoors in the stable area to practice ‘blind contour’ and ‘negative space’ drawing. Catherine prescribes blind contour exercises to help ‘loosen up the brain’. The budding artist draws the outline of a subject – in our case the gracious Mr Singh, stable master at the palace that’s been our abode for the past few days – without looking at the page nor lifting the pencil from the paper.
While I stuck to the letter of the exercise (with some Picasso looking results) one of our little group, Catherine, who hails from Charleston South Carolina, went onto create this beautiful work.
The stable area is home to horses, camels, goats, sheep and more than a few dogs. We were visited by all in the course of the morning, one of which took Catherine’s chair when she got up to stretch her legs.
After a hard morning’s art we walked to an organic farm a little way down the road for a wonderful lunch sourced, cooked and served by this gentle, elegant woman. Such a treat.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, the Mewar horses demonstrate their magnificence in the late afternoon with their customary gallop back to the stables.