Monday, February 23, 2015

Moon Shines on Picket Fence - Spring Inspired Abstract

"Moon Shines on Picket Fence"
11 x 14

An abstract inspired by the onset of Spring in the valley. Instead of Sun, I used moonlight to reflect through the spring blossoms.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Seasons: Abstract Art Series

Seasons seem like a popular choice among the emerging and experienced artists alike. The diversity and the singularity in theme attracts the creative minds of all genre and style with equal attraction. 

Here is the abstract series in oil. My first!

"Winter Night"
12 x 16

"Spring Garden"
16 x 20

 "Summer Afternoon"
11 x 14

 "Autumn Leaves"
11 x 14

Here are some of the details:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Portrait Series II : Support the Art

Do you like art, support art, or want to be part of art, please keep reading!

Call for Models

With her portrait from series Friends

For this project you are 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.
If you have already participated in an earlier series, you can again, too.

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 around July/ August and would continue until 12-20 portraits are ready.

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 have been painting portraits and other things for almost about a year now. Let me know if you'd like to see sample of my work.

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 will be proposed 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 this may change.

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 before/ after it's been exhibited.
It is a volunteering  opportunity for the art project.

For more information:

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

Transparency of Process: Bane or Boon

I have been creating art consistently for a while now. My art-making process is quite open mostly because I work from home-based studio and also because I like the feedback as much on the final piece as on the process. It has worked out fairly well for me.

I have friends, clients, guests coming over and letting me know what they think about it. It adds a layer of team effort to otherwise a single artist effort. But, I have come to realize, that's not how many others look at it. They like to keep a sense of secrecy until the piece is ready for the viewing. And, I understand this.

If you are an artist, which type are you?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hand Lettering, Language, and Art

 Dream Big!

Growing up, like most kids, I would doodle and draw all the time. The margins of the notebooks were filled with smiling faces, bright eyes, random shapes, spirals, cubes, and figures. Expressing through arts, as they call it, was a happy outlet.

It definitely helped me focus better and think clearly. Maths was my favorite. Having to write less and expressing more was best balance that my right and left brain made through maths and drawings.

Playing with words and letters was another favorite. Writing the alphabets in different possible ways was an exercise to explore how to convert a word into a picture. Adding a visual appeal to what's been written in plain and simple words seemed like a right thing to do. Many letter were quite prominent in getting the preference such as B.  There were more than a fifty different ways to write B. And I tell you, this was over the top fun. It pleases me to know there are training schools that teaches you this natural artform. (Check course Lettering 101)

 Have a pen, will draw!

Classmates would ask me to write their names in different letterings and I was more than happy to oblige. I remember one of my classmates, how she would insist on touching the surface of the paper to feel the letters written. I would laugh it off but she insisted that it felt different when its written well. Oh, how I would like to believe her! Looking back, I wanna tell her how right she was. To me, its very comforting to see something written well.

My Name
(Two Point Perspective)
Even without a training, we look at something, we know when its aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.  That's sometimes called to have an artistic eye.  We all have it. How much we relish it, is a personal choice. To gauge the artistic talent, many teachers find it a useful tool to check the hand-writing. Its not accurate, but its a good starting point.

Say it with a song!

I am triligual. I can read and write three languages. When using one, my mind automatically translates it into the rest of the two. I can read in one and speak in the other without breaking the flow. Long time ago, this got me a job of news reader, in broadcasting. But that was a different story. Here the point is, its a privilege to be able to express with the aid of words and pictures.

Speaking of languages, I often contemplate the idea of learning sign language but haven't yet. I hope I soon do.  

In the meantime, I ask you to try playing with your words. Make your words sing to you, doodle if you like, create a visual story. Give it a try.  You'll enjoy it, I am sure!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February 26 Fast Approaching

What's so special about February 26?

It's the anniversary of my artistic journey! I chose to become a full-time artist almost around this time of the year exactly one year ago. There were many things happening right here right inside me. Just too many ideas, too many push-pull instances, a creative chaos - that finally led me straight to the proverbial light bulb moment! It had to be.

I am honored to have people trusting me with my new decision, I understand it has affected many and has made impact at various levels, still believing in me and respecting me for who I am and what I am going for - is what makes me a better person.

With this, I hope I would be able to make a difference, no matter how little, in others' life and try to do everything better than before. If I could bring a smile on a face through my art, I would consider my life successful. With gratitude, I await to welcome the new year.