Creativity, Colour and India: The curious power of belief

Upon first arriving in India I was shocked.

By two things especially…

Point 1. New Delhi was freezing cold.

The morning temperature was only 1 degree.

How surprising.

Other months, temperatures climbed above 40 degrees.

India is an exotic land of extremes.

Where Bangalore street artists decorate the pavement.

Street Artist Festival of Cow Creativity, Colour and India: The curious power of belief

A Bangalore street artist paints the pavement during the festival of Cow in India

Bringing colour to the otherwise dirty street of India.

The second thing that amazed me was this…

Point 2. New Delhi streets are filled with men.

“Where are all the females?” I asked my local friend.

With a typical Indian head wobble, I was told the shocking truth…

Parents often abort their babies when they discover it’s a female.

Human beings are weird creatures.

We believe the strangest ideas.

Many Asian parents have this belief…

Males are more valuable than females.


That got me thinking about beliefs.

Point 3. Background cultural beliefs shape a persons life indelibly.

The beliefs of Indian parents tightly control their children’s future.

However, the beliefs of western parents often have less impact.

I adopted the beliefs of my parents up to a point.

At university, things changed.

Nobody else in my family was creative .

Neither mum or dad could draw a stick figure.

My parents asked, “Where did this black sheep in the family come from?”

They were puzzled.

Being surrounded by creative people at university, my ideas changed.

Here’s what I discovered…

Point 4. Being amongst creative people with similar beliefs was exhilarating.

For example, I became more courageous with my clothing.

Regularly wearing shockingly bright colours.

Turning away from my conservative background.

New beliefs bought greater freedom.

Predictably, I was labelled weird.

But that’s fine.

I simply love colour.

And I’m happy to express it.

Indians love colour too.

Indian colour sari Creativity, Colour and India: The curious power of belief

Happy Indian woman wearing a pink sari. A colour that offsets her wonderful dark skin.

In fact, they have a “Holy Day” celebration when they throw colours at each other.

A strange belief.

But great fun.

Upon first discovering I was an artist, everything about creativity excited me.

It still does.

At university, I was overwhelmingly happy to be immersed in the freedom of art .

My girlfriend felt frustrated saying,

“Simon, why can’t you be normal?”

Growing older I’ve come to realise this…

Point 5. Nothing is normal.

Especially in exotic India.

Humans hold very odd beliefs.

Beliefs that guide people through life.

For example, Southern Indians have a festival of the cow.

Where they pray to the cow as their special God.

And place cow statues in shopping centres.

Shopping Centre Festival of Cow Creativity, Colour and India: The curious power of belief

Cow God statue in a shopping centre during the festival of the cow in India.

On this day Indian women dress in spectacular colours.

But do I believe the cow is a sacred God?

Or males are more valuable than females?

Of course not.

However, there’s no judgement against a different belief system.

Just incredible curiosity.

Point 6. Curiosity fuels my creativity.

I love to understand people and their different beliefs.

Individuals are fascinating.

Their colourful personalities are beautiful.

Life is all about colour.

Maybe you’re thinking of commissioning an original painting ?

to bring more colour into your home or office.

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About Simon Brushfield

Simon Brushfield is an artist whose work has been described as ‘poetic, enigmatic and dreamlike’ (Michael Berry, "Selected Contemporary Artists of Australia" book). His paintings have been exhibited and sold across Australia and internationally. If you enjoyed this post, sign up to Simons VIP list and have posts sent directly to your inbox.


  1. Janette Mitchell says:

    Amazing words as always. I love reading your posts, they make me smile from the inside-out.
    Being weird is a great attribute in my opinion. Where there is light, there is colour. The brighter the better :-)
    Acceptance and understanding of cultural diversity is the fabric of peace, from Korea to Israel.
    Bring in the light.

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