We made it through the winding country roads in to Maldon and the wonderful little Hayletts Gallery on the High Street. Shanti's work was accompanied by Moira Goodall's beautiful ceramics. What a fantastic exhibition!
I cannot choose a favourite piece - I love them all for different reasons! The earthy colours bring a natural and spiritual element to the paintings, and although at a first glance they may seem two-dimensional and 'flat'...you soon become absorbed in the subtle tonal depths and drawn in to the characters: who are they? What is their situation? You feel like you are looking in through a window upon these people's lives; being a part of their moment.
If you can, then I really recommend going to see Shanti Panchal's wonderful exhibition. And if you can't make it this time, then keep a lookout - he is always exhibiting somewhere!
Our colourful evening ended with a scenic route back to Colchester (via a diversion) and a delicious Thai meal. Perfect!