Many years ago we came across this scene in Cochin old town – a makeshift tightrope with a young girl performing. The red of the flags and her costume was striking in the dusty street. I wanted (as usual) to be loose and confident in my washes of colour, but as usual mistakes meant I went over and over the original colours laid down. More practice necessary . . .

I found this Youtube film of a similar scene:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUo01BXCo5Y

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