Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Project : Friends

Thank you friends!

As my prior ideas about arts generated a positive vibe I would like to announce the new and officially the first project of this kind where the paintings will be created as a part of series. For this series, I would like to have you as a model.

Its an enrichment project  and a learning opportunity for me as a new artist.

Call for models

For this project you are all invited to participate as a model.
Anyone in  the range of 14 - 50 can take part. 
The portraits will be painted from your photos that I will take. So, you don't have to sit for the paintings.

The photoshoot would be 20 to 40 minutes long, followed by a get-to-know session. It would include a small introduction and discussion about details of the process. We will discuss your likes, dislikes, favorite color, and stuff like that. A mini interview, if you like.
Based on this session, I will paint your portrait.

You don't have to be present for painting part. But you can always check on the progress. In fact, I will regularly update you on the progress.

This project will begin towards the end of July or beginning of August and would continue until around Christmas/ New Year.

I will hand out more information and other details as a followup and would be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

For the exhibition purposes, your personal information will not be revealed. 

About me:

I am a beginner artist trying to make a difference with my love of portraiture.
For my sample work please visit this post.

I work from my home-studio based out of Bay Area. So, if you are local  you can visit when you like!

Project Info:

This series Friends will be created for an exhibition.

It will be a collection of portrait paintings created around a theme.

The portraits will be painted from photographs selected from the ones that I would take. Model can bring  the pictures of their liking. If you are not available for the picture shoots but would like to participate, we can set up a phone call where we can discuss how you may have your own pictures taken and sent over for the painted portraits.

During photoshoot, I will try to capture the personality as a whole. Likes, dislikes, favorite color, special interests, hobbies, and any other information that you'd like to share. If we have already met, the photoshoot time would be really short.

I am planning to paint over 20 portraits but only 12- 14 will make the final cut for the exhibition.

The painted portraits will be used for the purpose of art enrichment such as exhibition and will be available for sale after that.


Any prints of the portraits will be made available to the model free of cost.
The model can buy their original portrait after it's been exhibited.
It is a volunteering  opportunity for the art project.

For more information:

Leave a comment below, or
comment or PM me at my facebook page or 
mail me at bhavnamisra@yahoo.com

Thanks for reading. I hope to hear from you soon!


Faces - Portraits of Women

Here are some of the samples I picked for the variety in the medium. Oil, pastel, canvas, paper, and their combination.

Woman in pink
Oil on canvas, 12" x 14"

Oil and hard pastel on canvas, 12" x 14"

Oil on canva paper, 12" x 15"

 Self Portrait
Pastel on paper, 18" X  24.5"

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Preparing for the trip

24 x 12 (Approx.) Oil on canvas
(Retouched with pastels)

Preparation is the key to everything done well. Be it the preparation of  upcoming exam, a show, a party or anything of that nature. Planning and preparing in a timely manner makes the big task break it into smaller ones and thus can be taken care of rather easily. It helps you see the whole project as a series of smaller assignments and help you further reprioritize the remaining tasks.

Does it guarantee success? Well, there are no guarantees in life, so, the simple answer is, no. But we can agree that it's one of the influential tool to tilt the chances in the favor of success.

So, having that in mind, I will like to share that, I have been busy preparing for the upcoming trips. I hope things will be as we plan and prepare for. But I have to admit the hovering anxiety of the unknown is somewhat daunting. These are two very different trips. One is of a real trip like trip. Where you pack your bags and leave. And the second one is more in the alleys of my mind.

Now that's where the hard part is. When the journey exist in the mind, planning becomes somewhat confusing. How, what, where, and when? After a long and hard thought, I chose to what I always like to do. Talk it out!

So here it is. This year, I am going back to work as a full time artist. Soon after my abovesaid trip.

Sunday, May 4, 2014


You are looking for some ideas. Have a vague sense of what you want but not with certainty.  There cannot be anything more torturous to your keep-everything-organized personality than this mish-mash of leaving and landing ideas.

But on the same note - when light shines on the right ones, like a spotlight following a series of dancers leading to the wholeness of the storytelling in a play - is a delightful, satisfying treat.

I thank to people who are smart and sharing. They have no idea how they help making this a better place.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Just Blogging Away

In our Physics class, we had a whole chapter dedicated to achieving perpetual machine. It is that dream thing that doesn't exist!

Basically, this is how the theory goes. You work on a machine and machine does something for you in return. Like a bike. You rotate the paddle and bike moves forward. Its this effort of yours that makes the machine work for you. Good enough. We should be happy about it. But are we? Ever?

We learnt that the machine always gives back lesser than we gave it. That's not right. We are humans, for crying out loud. We are never happy with what we have.

We want more. To get more is the aim. Wait, that's not it. The real aim is, to get everything without having to give. No, really.

And that's leads to our fantasy of a perpetual machine. A machine that keeps giving once you hit start button, without asking anything in return.

Pause. (A long one).

We humans want everything to be a perpetual machine. I think we need to take a moment to think about this arrogant attitude. "We oughtta have it 'cuz we deserve it!" won't help. It pops up everywhere. Respect, dedication, love, passion, compassion, and all of those intangible feelings that actually make things worthwhile cannot be imposed or asked back in return.

You just have to give. With an open heart. If not for yourself, for others. Just like that. Life is not a perpetual machine, its more than that, but you have to make the first move.