Tuesday, September 30, 2014

First Juried Show

Sep 30: Day 44

With this day the month of September comes to a close. In October, we hope to see diversity experiment and the results thereafter. Here are some pics from the weekend :

The show was well attended

The work of artists were unique

The acknowledgement

The food

Monday, September 29, 2014

Call for Models for Series Friends is now closed


I would like to thank you all for showing support and participating in the series Friends. The call is now closed.

 Niles Park

If you wanted to participate but could not, please feel free to contact me. I will surely be able to use the help for the future projects.

In the meantime, its all on me. Thank you again and I look forward to the progress!


Sep 29 (Plus week of 22 - 26): Day 43rd today

Status Update

I have some progress during this week. Its about time I had some pics of the work available here. But I think, it is better to hold off for now.

If you are one of the models, please feel free to mail me for the pictures. I will be happy to send you yours WIP picture log.

To do

As I look at the numbers, I feel this project has slowed down quite a bit. The reasons are many but I have to focus on what's been accomplished. So, here are some guidelines for self:

  • By the end of the week, have one piece ready from start to finish.
  • Organize the to-do list datewise.
  • Mail out the drafts.
  • Update FB group on closing of call

Other Stuff

Last week, I had the opportunity to met with many artists during an exhibition reception. Some were new but most were quite experienced. They work in different media.

Its amazing to encounter so many creative people who use interesting ways to express themrselves. We shared lots of ideas and I was offered some great pieces of advice.

As I get back to the regular workday, I think about the event and the inspiring crowd.

America: States United

America: States United
8 x 11
Mixed media/ digital
Its second painting in the series of America. 

This painting is inspired by the first one, focusing on the history, this time.
To highlight past, the flag is shown in toned down hues. The wheels, the essential - states of the times - project harmony, diversity and interconnection.
The machinery somehow shows an upward tilt, which was unintentional yet intuitive gelling with the overtones of progress and growth of the nation.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sep 18 - 19 : Day 37 Today

There are some changes underway. I have to get back to the drawing board (literally!) to make the changes in the series.

This means a slight delay as far as the weekly progress is concerned but Its within the scheduled deadline.

I have sent the new set of pics for printing and I await the pickup.

America - The Super Machine

America: The Super Machine
8 x 11
Mixed media/ digital

Its a wonder and relief that we are all different. Its this difference that make us beautiful. We come from different places, backgrounds, countries, and beliefs but its our acceptance and a sincere smile that lets us open up our hearts. When we learn to embrace the differences and seek the joy in the smiles of others, we enrich. Not just ourselves but others around us.

As the world becomes smaller, we all contribute to the global homeland and hope to leave it a better place than we found it.

About the painting: Shows a place by its flag where each and everyone contributes their part.  Role of some parts is less, for some it may be big - more visible, but every single one's, irrespective of their size, is necessary.  Along the way, parts wear out, get replaced with newer ones but the machine only works when it all moves together!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sep 15 -17 : Day 35 Today

I am happy to report that I have only a few of the under sketches to do this week. If everything goes by the book. I should have 2 more finished pieces ready to show.

I have to admit, I am not quite regular on posting pictures. Its seems like a commitment to transfer the pics from cam to com! Its comforting to know that its all there and will be posted and thus gets ignored in the light of work-at-hand and creating art.

Last week was special for I participated in a well attended artists' reception to the HTLT exhibition that opened last week. Loved to meet so many established artists at one place. Attending it with family was a dream come true. I would like to thank all my friends who support me and came down to the gallery.

If you are planning to go, please make sure to check the main hall of the gallery where my work is on display until Oct 11.

Sep 8 - 12 : Day 30 Reached

This week was super special in terms of personal and familial milestones. So, it was no wonder that the blog was somewhat sidelined. But there was a lot of activity in the studio-space.

This is what was done:
  • Underpaintings for the selected pictures. 
  • Some passed others didn't.
I am happy that the work is paying off. It takes time to weigh in all the options by making a sketch out of the selected headshots and then selecting the one that looks better, but its rewarding to give each option a try and then making a final cut. What I mean is the order of steps as follows:

  1. I select  5 - 7 headshots out of 25 - 40 model shots.
  2. Try to thin it down to final 3 - 4
  3. Draw a charcoal study sketch for all 3 or 4
  4. Pick 1 out of the last bunch
  5. Paint the selected study
  6. If its not what I planned, back to step 1

Its tedious but worthy of efforts.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sep 3 - 5 : Day 25 to 27

I could finish what I planned and more.

I finished the underpainting and later retouched it.
Its not what I had in mind, so I ma going to change it one more time.

Or, pick a different ref photo. I took some pics of the work but when I am too occupied, taking pictures is simply forgotten.

Also, there is good news to share. Remember, I mentioned a deadline earlier. That resulted in an acceptance. I would look forward to see the exhibited piece in the gallery.

In this past week, I met some amazing people. Talented, smart, kind and helpful. Its nice to learn something new from others.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sep 2 : Day 24

By the end of the day I hope to get a few things covered:

Underpainting done
Pictures taken of the work
Make the phone calls

Day 22 and 23 (Aug 28 - 29) : Weblog Update

I had some rough sketches and charcoal studies on what will work on what. I guess I will be using a size 12 x 16 or larger for most.

A long weekend and finally a chance to get back to work!

Rough under sketch for a model: