Inspired Nails : Van Gough Painting 'Almond Blossoms'

February 22, 2018 Setu 2 Comments

Hi Girls, I am extremely thrilled to share today's nail art with you. It is not because I think in anyway that they are my best, no I think I may have done better. And I can do better.

But these are my first 'freehand' and 'inspired' nails after my 4 months of delivery break. I am not sure how I can put this to relate-able words; but after seeing my swollen shivering fingers & aching back during pregnancy, chopped nails after delivery ,ugly figure and being a mother before a girl life; the confidence to do the usual, dress the usual, look the usual subtly vanished. I had long spells of depression thinking ' Will I be ever able to do this, wear that, feel this, enjoy that and lastly but most importantly 'Will I ever be able to be ME'?A large part of being me comes from the way I dress me and my nails. Its a no-brainer that these are the hardest hit areas after pregnancy.

Nails Inspired by Van Gough Painting 'Almond Blossoms'

In sometime, I slowly started shedding weight without practically doing anything.I also started doing nails on my usual grown claws when Smayan was 4 months old. That gave me some relief and confidence that I am moving towards 'Me'. However, the kind of nails I was doing inspite of being pretty were not very me. I was more onto stamping that freehand.

Inspired Nails : Van Gough Painting 'Almond Blossoms'

Now stamping is equally creative and there is no harm doing stamping only nails. And as a new mommy we have acute shortage of time. I always paint and do art on both hands making it further challenging. So stamping seemed the right choice, actually the best choice. Atleast I was doing decent nails almost twice a week which is in self is a miracle.

Inspired Nails : Van Gough Painting 'Almond Blossoms'

What hurt me was the real reason of switching almost completely to stamping -The 'loss' of confidence doing freehand. The moment I would hold the brush my hands would shiver. I don't know why. I would keep it back every time and pull out my stamping kits. This kept on happening for a couple of months. I know, I shouldn't have worried so much because even if I could possibly paint freehand there was no time . The mere thought of shivering fingers and brushes not taking my command shrank my heart.

Inspired Nails : Van Gough Painting 'Almond Blossoms'

One day a friend of mine, Mithila from; shared picture of actual Van Gough painting from her visit to museum. I was intrigued by the painting, I knew it was out of my league but still I saved the image. Without making any self promises of being able to do this correctly, I sat down one night alone with my brushes and paints. I told my self, if I am not able to do this today, I would quietly sleep and forget about the failure next morning. No sobbing absolutely.

[caption id="attachment_8340" align="alignnone" width="1744"]Inspired Nails : Van Gough Painting 'Almond Blossoms' Matte Version[/caption]

Maybe the release of pressure and expectation made me go easy with the brushes. And though they do justice in no amount to the original painting or what potentially I could have drawn, I am happy the way they turned out. It was sufficient to help me progress in baby steps towards 'me'.

[caption id="attachment_8343" align="alignnone" width="1771"]Inspired Nails : Van Gough Painting 'Almond Blossoms' Matte Version[/caption]

PS: I know the post speaks much more about me than my nails; but I needed to get this out. Sometimes we beat ourselves by over expecting from us. I would love to hear your stories or any such experiences. It feels good to know - 'I am not the only one'.


  1. Stunning work, it is long time since I have done free hand too. With so many untried new brushes calling to me, I think it is time for me to try something :)

    Thanks for inspiring!

  2. Thanks for your sweet words always. Yes, do try out some freehand and share with me