This is a portrait of my cousin Kanta. This one was long due but now is the apt time. Its her wedding next week and I'll present this then! Since the wedding is in another place I'll be gone for a week. So see you all after my trip :)
At times I feel nothing is happening in my art career.Though I'm developing as an artist, my career isn't! As I've no one in the family to guide me, its like I'm wandering blindly, lost and confused as to how to proceed, progress and develop my career further. Sometimes I doubt if I have enough talent? Does participating in contests (online ones too) help? And does exhibiting frequently, regardless of the galleries, help? So many questions???
Thanks to blogging, now I have so many friends, and much experienced and talented artists at that, to whom I could turn to for advice!
I was gone on a trip to Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore. I was fortunate enough to meet Milind Mulick in Pune and see him paint live. It was a visual treat! I am so thankful to him for guiding me and telling my strong and weak points. It was a truly learning experience. Also met Ajay in Mumbai and Prabal in Bangalore. It was nice seeing them face to face for the first time. Thank you so much guys! It was lovely meeting you both! Also visited a few galleries and did some enquiries while I was there. All in all it was a good trip, though the weather played the spoilsport everywhere!
Hopefully something good would come out of this trip :)
This is a scene of Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Most houses in the old part of the city are painted blue. But some people also choose to color their houses differently like this building, a beautiful green which was so attractive and to complement it, there was a bike parked against its wall!
Bullock carts are very common in my town.They are used for carrying goods from the shops to the transport offices.When I see them pulling such heavy loads ( sometimes upto 1.5 tonnes or maybe more! ) I feel pity for them. Times are changing, though. Now they are being replaced gradually by three wheeler pick ups. But there's a downside here too! Traffic congestions and increasedpollution!
Though soft pastels are easy to use, one drawback is that the finished work has to be immediately framed otherwise it could get smudged. And sometimes single matting is not enough while framing as I've experienced! Another problem is that while photographing, the vibrancy of some of the colors is not captured very well by the camera. Even after enhancing this image in photoshop, I'm not too happy with the result!
And here's a news! Two of my works have been selected for an upcoming 'Watercolor Festival', which is a group exhibition of watercolor paintings by artists all over India, at India Art Gallery, Pune. The show will be on view from the 1st of Sep. till the 19th. Works of each artist will be displayed for a period of one week and then will be replaced with another artist's works.
Those two works are already posted on my blog.Click on the following link to see them
I have been using mostly watercolor cakes for my paintings.Recently I bought a new set of good quality watercolor tubes.The old set had become rock hard as they weren't used for a long time.Do they have to be thrown away or is there still a way to use them?
This painting was done with the new set.I must say I was not very comfortable in using these but I guess with regular usage they will be easier to handle!
I'm back (No...not from Venice!Would love to ,though!Its a dream place for all artists to visit.Well...someday, hopefully).This was done from a reference photograph that I found on the internet a few years ago.
Anyway, my trip was a good one,except for the hot and humid weather in Rajasthan and Delhi.I took many photographs in Jodhpur.I met some artists and visited a few galleries in Delhi.But the art I saw there were mainly abstracts,which is the current trend.Though people still love realistic paintings, the galleries prefer abstracts, I feel.They suggested I paint in some contemporary/abstract style.But changing one's style is not that easy.We can not change our style overnight!It evolves with experience, gradually.I asked this question to some artists I knew who paint abstracts.They said that painting in realistic style is basic, which is absolutely necessary.If the foundation is good,then painting abstracts is not hard, although it will come with experience as we paint everyday.I've also seen some artists who say they can't paint realistic and thats why they chose abstract painting!Well...anyway, I'm trying to change my style a little bit, do some little experiments.Thats the reason I haven't painted anything lately except the one above which I did yesterday.Ccouldn't resist painting such a beautiful scene!
I have not painted anything yet after my exhibition.Wondering what to paint and should I really continue?I mean I still have forty plus paintings left with me of various subjects...figures,landscapes,still lifes.Which subject should I continue?Is it better to stick to a single subject?Those which were sold were of mixed themes.So definitely its not easy for me to settle on one. Anyway,I'm leaving on a tour to Rajasthan and Delhi and so will not be able to post for sometime.Posting some images of my sold works.See ya!
Watercolor on Paper (9" x 13.5") Sold
Color pencils on paper (11" x 15") Sold
Charcoal & Color Pencils on Paper (12" x 16") Sold
My first exhibition is over and it was a successful one.I wish to thank you all for your good wishes and encouragement which really helped me and gave me confidence.Nineteen of my works were sold and I made many new contacts with artists and art collectors there.Here are a few images from the show
Show inauguration by my parents and family members
Its been more than two weeks since I sat before my PC.It was another of my cousin's marriage last week,my brother and sister with their families came here on vacation and also to attend the wedding.Then there were the preparations for my show...packing, invitations etc.Oh it was so hectic!I was missing you all...how I wanted to see your new posts (It would take me quite some time to get myself updated).
Coming wednesday till Sunday(10th to 14th of June),my solo show would be in Coimbatore city,which is 100 kms. from my town.Since I won't have any access to internet there,I will not be able to post anything for the next 10 days(sigh...)
Anyway,I am very excited and I pray everything goes on well!And anyone in Coimbatore checking out my blog,you are cordially invited!