banyan leaves and henna patterns

i notice a pattern emerging - the more exotic/stimulating the environment, the more my response is to break it down - go simple, meditative and focused on the everyday. this was especially true in turkey, and now india. and, ironically, in the land of the color drenched sari, i am simply drawing in black and white. this is not what i would have expected but is my authentic response to the assault on the senses that is india. each morning i wake to the sweeping of the fallen leaves by the workers, and in particular it is the Banyan leaf that  has caught my eye and become the focus of the series i am working on here. and because this is a culture that loves to decorate everything - from the elephant to the henna patterns on the hands and feet,  i have incorporated those patterns into the leaf drawings to ground them in this time and place.