GUEST ARTIST: “It’s Not About Perfection, but Satisfaction” by Saumya Agrawal

Colorful Flowers 3 Watercolor Painting by Saumya Agrawal

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder! I don’t believe in seeking perfection because what might be perfect for me might not be for you! It’s about doing what gives you fulfillment and trying to learn and grow yourself more.

The Beginning

My name is Saumya Agrawal from India, a working professional, a new mom and a watercolor addict. Being born into a family with artistic talents, art came very natural to me. My mom is a versatile woman, proficient in cookery, art, craft, knitting, stitching, and embroidery. And I grew up watching her spend time engaging in these activities which gave her contentment.

My school offered various extracurricular activities where I learnt art forms such as batik, fabric painting, screen printing, block painting, tie-dye, card making and enjoyed everything. During summer vacations my mom would get a cloth or a saree printed and buy me paints of my choice to let me paint. She would wear and flaunt the saree everywhere showing that “My daughter made it”.

Colorful Flowers Watercolor Painting by Saumya Agrawal

Those moments gave me so much joy as she never cared if the flower was painted well or the paint marks here and there. My father took me to art contests held in the city, not so that I’d always win, but to expose me to the world and be happy whether I win or lose and aim to grow myself further.

When Painting Started Disappearing In A Busy Life

Eventually, career and professional life took priority and painting went a step back. To keep my interest alive, I joined a Fine Arts society in college. I settled in professionally, got married to my college sweetheart to enter a new beginning.

I was blessed with a beautiful baby girl and then came motherhood; the beautiful yet exhausting phase of life. That was the time my friends and my younger sister started pushing me to get back to what I love and take time for myself.

Restarting Afresh

I started spending 30 minutes every day after my little baby went off to sleep. I initially started with Madhubani Painting as I had limited art supplies that time and I wasn’t sure how much time I will be able to invest.

Gradually, I bought poster colors from a local store and the very first stroke made me feel lovely again. It worked as a therapy to relax me. I started reading more about various professional brands available and types of mediums and decided not to stop.

My Working Style & Techniques

The colorful nature inspires me and painting those florals was a pure bliss hence I started my art Instagram account by the name of “Bliss – The Happiness” in September 2020. I mostly paint loose florals. My designs are based on my imagination and visualization of nature and are mostly brightly colored or have pastel hues as these shades soothe my mind. I love painting bouquets as it allows me to add various flowers and colors in one artwork.

I have tried defined florals, but I don’t enjoy it much and I am not a canvas person either. I use professional watercolors and gouache and work with cotton cold pressed paper. I practice wet-on-wet and dry techniques and enjoy both. I have been using paper from Canson and Brustro and paints from Brustro and Sennelier (a small pack that I own). I look forward to using supplies from Holbein, Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton and Arches paper.

I have been actively painting every day and publishing posts on Instagram. Eventually, I became part of various watercolor groups and communities, my artworks got ‘featured’ and I was chosen a Design Team Member for a handmade watercolor brand “Paint Bee”, also sold a couple of artworks. The journey which restarted in September 2020 has been fulfilling, satisfying and rewarding as well.

To My Dear Readers

Friends and siblings are my strength. My partner who came as a friend first, is my rock and lets me explore myself and be independent and my in-laws have always supported my art journey. But foremost is my daughter who exhausts me during the day to give me 30 minutes in the night to refresh.

Colorful Flowers 2 Watercolor Painting by Saumya Agrawal

I urge everyone to practice what you love. Don’t lose yourself in the battle of competition and perfection. Do everything with a happy mind and heart. Only then can you channel your energy into something positive, impactful and enriching.

Saumya Agrawal
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36 Comments
  1. Athira 5 months ago

    Nice 👍🏻

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Thanks a lot 🙂

  2. Watercolorsfromholland 5 months ago

    So true, people want to get better and better in painting watercolours. They forget the joy of making a painting. The majority of us will never reach the level of a Joseph Zbukvic. And a lot of people are sad about this.
    I see it this way. I can buy the best football boots in the world and the best ball I never reach the level of Lionel Messi. And I think that is the same with painting. Have fun and paint. And once in a while you make a better one then the ones you did before. But have satisfaction what you can do.

    • Manish Rajguru 5 months ago

      Thanks for a good reminder. Going back to your art despite of failures for the joy of creating is important. Art any hobby is like water, even if you can’t swim you can still soothe your soul by wetting your feet

      • Saumya 5 months ago

        Hi Manish,

        Yes, its very true…art as an hobby is surely like water..you can enjoy bit of it..Thanks for reading🙂

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Hi,
      Thank you so much..also I am glad to know that you can connect and relate to the message behind this article. I totally agree with your example of football..thats so true.. a happy mind rests in happy heart only.

  3. Manish Rajguru 5 months ago

    Hello Saumya, Thanks for sharing you cute little story and your art with us. Hope your baby will also inherit this trait from you. The flowers are beautiful themselves but I find them challenging painting them. It seems you have got a knack of it. Kudos!

    All the best for your future journey of art and motherhood..

    • saumya 5 months ago

      Hi Manish,
      Thanks for your wishes..yes I do hope my daughter develops her talents and pursue whatever she likes. Thanks for complimenting my work..yes sometimes people do face challenge, but honestly, you just have to let yourself flow with the colors 🙂 I have been thinking of starting tutorials..if you want i will be happy to share.. thanks again!

  4. Laura H 5 months ago

    Saumya thank you for sharing your art and journey with us. Both are beautiful. It’s obvious that your heart is filled with joy and gratitude because it shows in your work. In addition to your artistic talent it’s refreshing to “meet” someone with a mature and gentle outlook on life. We can all think of those who have lived several decades longer than you have so far, and they haven’t figured out their priorities as well as you have. I’m sure you will have success at anything you put your mind to. All the best to you.

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Dear Laura
      Thank you for the kind words and lovely wishes. They make me feel so wonderful. Yes, I do believe that its upto us how we want to live our life..and I believe in living a joyous and memorable life. Thanks a ton for your wishes ❤️

  5. Sandra Strait 5 months ago

    Saumya, your florals are so fresh and lively that they brighten my day! Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Dear Sandra,
      I am so happy to know that my florals are able to pass on the message of happiness to you. Thank you so much for reading my art journey 🙂

  6. jean marmo 5 months ago

    Your florals are just lovely and I can see the joy in them. Thank you for sharing your journey and inspirational words.

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Hello,

      Thank you so much for reading my article and the kind words. I am very happy to know that you liked my work..means a lot 🙂

  7. cherylllr 5 months ago

    I love your strong but still pretty colors, rich but not heavy.

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Hello,
      Thank you so much, you just interpreted them correctly.. 🙂 Wow, what a beautiful compliment you have given me.. I am glad my work is able to pass the message of joy and happiness.

  8. Lyla McDaniel 5 months ago

    Saumya,. Your florals are beautiful ❤️ and your words are wisdom I needed to hear. Thank you!!

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Dear Lyla,

      Thank you so much! I am so happy my message and my work is able to reach people and convey my feelings. 🙂

  9. Mireya 5 months ago

    Oh my gosh the title of this post has me going yes that is totally me and still trying to get paid that way too.

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Dear Mireya,

      hahah, thank you !! I am glad you could related so much! Wish you all the very best 🙂

  10. Mireya 5 months ago

    Wow need this in my life!

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Very happy to know! 🙂

  11. Marisela Delgado 5 months ago

    Love the title. We need to always remember that. Beautiful work!

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Dear Marisela,

      Thank you very much! Means a lot to me 🙂

  12. moran2 5 months ago

    Good day dear, I am Sergeant Moran Maasai from Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA. I’m interested in speaking with you about a project which I would like to work with you. To further explore the possibility I would like you to contact me via my address ( maasaimoran3@gmail.com ) to give a brief description of my field of project idea.

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Hello,

      Thank you very much for dropping a note. I will connect with you on the email address mentioned. Please check you email. 🙂

  13. somdattadeb 5 months ago

    Great message.

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Thanks a lot 🙂

  14. jkpringle21 5 months ago

    Hi Saumya, I visited your Instagram so I could put a face to this wonderful story that truly has touched me in so many ways. Your florals are all gorgeous, like being in field of colours year round. I was especially drawn to your roses, which you paint in wonderful colours. Lastly your topic title was perfectly expressed, I’ve been a perfectionist since childhood and still into my senior years, but working on it so I can paint with less critiquing on my art from myself. You have such amazing journey’s ahead with your wonderful family, thank you for sharing a part of your journey🤗

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Hello,

      Thank you so much for reading my art jjourney and visiting my insta handle. It means a lot to me. Such lovely comments that I have received here from you and others makes me feels so good that my message has reached my readers. Thank you once again, I am so delighted 🙂 and yes, i love painting roses, I am just exploring new and new colors and styles of painting 🙂 Best wishes to you too.

  15. Nellie Nellie 5 months ago

    Saumya, you are filled with joy and an inspiration to me! Your flowers bring light and life that flow from your life, it’s beautiful, thanks for sharing here🤗💐

  16. Saumya 5 months ago

    Dear Nellie,

    Thank you so much for the kind words. I am so happy i was able to inspire you and my messages reached you. Thanks a lot for reading my article and beautiful lines 🙂

  17. Margaret 5 months ago

    You are able to put your soul on paper–so pure, simple and lovely.
    Your article ending was just what i needed to hear. Thank You!
    “I urge everyone to practice what you love. Don’t lose yourself in the battle of competition and perfection. Do everything with a happy mind and heart. Only then can you channel your energy into something positive, impactful and enriching”

    • Saumya 5 months ago

      Dear Margaret,

      Thank you so much for reading my art journey! I am so happy that you could connect to my thoughts.. feels so good that people do feel and think the same way 🙂 Best wishes to you.

  18. Priyadarshni Sahu 1 month ago

    Please like and follow me also

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