Painting is a neglected career option. Most of the people today are so busy with life that they actually forget to live their life to the fullest. However, this is not the story of CA Gaurang Makhija.
“Many people are unaware of their passion and the creativeness they possess. However, at an early age of 4, I was creating sketches of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. This continued right through school and that’s when I realized PAINTING is what I absolutely LOVE,” says Gaurang Makhija who is a SELF TAUGHT ARTIST from the city of TAJ MAHAL, Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
“Firstly, I always wanted to pursue a well-reputed course, which would give me enough liberty to explore before entering the professional world, which articleship gives us in CA. Coming from a business family, I always knew that someday I would have to assist in it, so in my case, felt that pursuing CA would be an added benefit. Therefore, after grade 12, I started preparing for my CPT (1st level CA Exam).
I cleared CPT (1st level CA exam) in the 1st attempt. Of course, CA is not everyone’s cup of tea and whatever you do or no matter how intelligent you are, it’s not an easy task, as was the same with me. Although I cleared my IPCC (2nd level CA exam) in the 1st attempt, when it came to CA Final I really struggled with this course. I just gave another CA Final attempt in Nov’17 and cleared. I am a now a Chartered Accountant (CA).
The BEST OF ALL – These attempts did not stop me from pushing myself to the top. CA has made me more DETERMINED AND MENTALLY STRONGER than ever.
What it takes to pass CA Exams:
- From a CA STUDENT’S perspective, I realized that it takes a lot more than just intelligence, hard work, and luck.
- It needs your PASSION & INTEREST.
- It needs your WILLINGNESS to study.
- After seeing failure, I pushed myself into making the subjects interesting.
- I realized, that blaming luck and hard work is just going to waste my time.
My Passion for Painting:
Coming to my passion for painting – During my articleship days, I would continue with my painting post work. Sundays were mostly spent completing my artwork. I had decided that come what may I would WORK ON MY DREAM of being an EXCEPTIONAL ARTIST. To be honest, the painting journey has been awesome, but the truth is where there are thousands of people to appreciate your artworks and efforts, there is just a handful who are genuinely interested in buying and investing in such artworks.
Advice for Artists:
It is also a given that if you are an artist you have to struggle till you become super successful. But I chose a midway. Along with my CA, I continued painting and worked on projects on COMMISSION BASIS which I still do. Thus I have proved that if you are an artist you ‘NEED NOT BE UNEMPLOYED’ until super success reaches you.
From an ARTIST’S perspective, there have been times where I struggled for MOTIVATION, there have been situations where things just did not go right. I have spoiled artworks the first time and then rectified those the next time. There were times where I wasn’t willing to paint. There were times where I had started with a painting work and did not complete it for months.
I love watercolors, soft pastels, acrylics but struggled with oil paints and ultimately I realized the ones that took months were all the paintings with oil paints. Through all this, I have learned my strengths and now I work only on my STRENGTHS.
Further in past 6 months, I have been improving my service and have got involved with commissioned projects which deliver much more than just an artwork – I RECORD the making of my artworks thereby enabling my clients to see how their artwork is made.
Moreover, I pushed myself into creating an FB page Hues by Gaurang Makhija and Instagram account so that people can reach me with ease.
My biggest break was given to me at CA STUDENTS NATIONAL CONVENTION 2013, where my paintings where exhibited to thousands of people.
My suggestion to everyone is – KEEP PUSHING. BE OPTIMISTIC IN LIFE & EXPECT THE BEST,” he concluded.
P:S: GOOD NEWS!!! Gaurang Makhija is giving DISCOUNTS to the followers of The CA STORY. We have already requested for a customized painting, will post it shortly. LET’S SUPPORT HIS FAB WORK!!! Till then you can reach out to him on his page Hues by Gaurang Makhija.