Valentina and the Stepwell (Night)

Inspired by the Stepwells and rich colours of magical India, Stepwells are architecturally beautiful pieces of art that were once used everywhere in Rajasthan where water was scarce.

Stepwells have been described as a vast sheet of water, covered with lotuses in flower, amid which thousands of aquatic birds are sporting at the shores and bathers are washing, surrounded by jungle greenery. One could think you are describing a lakeside scene or one of India's famous riverside ghats, but in fact an ancient well, as big as a large pond.

Water plays a special part in Hindu mythology, as a boundary between heaven and earth known as tirtha. As manmade tirtha, the Stepwells became not only sources of drinking water, but cool sanctuaries for bathing, prayer, and meditation.
Handmade Indian Cotton Rag with natural deckle edge
Gouche and Ink
Approx size A4 (220mm x 300mm)
More to come in the Stepwell Series xx