Tuesday, September 22, 2015

"Dragonflies - Face the Sun" - Finished and Free to own!

 Dragonflies - Face the Sun
9 x 12

You receive this painted drawing as a thank you from me when you pledge to become a patron.
Plus, you will receive the other bonus artworks along the way.

If this one is claimed, I will make one just like this or one of your choice.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

"Burano in the Evening" / Venice - Finished and Ready to Own

"Burano in the Evening"/ Venice
Oil on Canvas
(Without Frame 16 x 20 Approx)

Burano is an island in the Northern Venetian Lagoon, located in  northeastern far from Murano and Venice, to which it is connected by the Canale Bisatto - Canale Carbonera.

Today in Burano there are around 3000 inhabitants, while the total number of people living in Venice and its islands is about 60000. This city is considered most  beautiful and colorful in the world.

The city has inspired multitude of artworks and I am no exception. Inspired by Thomas Hills work, I  have tried to capture the city's elegance complete with gondolas and the bridge.

About the Artwork

I have used artist grade oil paints to create this painting. It is sealed with varnish to maintain the luster and off-the-easel look. The edges are painted black in acrylic for the finished output.

The piece is ready to hang with unique shadowbox framing. Additional pictures can be requested before purchase. The painting is currently on display in design center gallery in Bay Area, California.

"Burano in the Evening"/ Venice (Details)

Additional Information
It is mailed with care instructions and certificate of authenticity. Buy at my Saatchi store.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

What You Don't See on My Facebook Wall

I had been meaning to share this for a while. Just didn't know where to start from or what would make a right set of words to express. Finally, I did what I usually do. Not wait for the 'perfect' note but pen down what I want to convey.
There may be typos, errors, some discontinuity, you name it but as long as it is meaningful, even for just one person, it will do.

What you do see

My facebook page is an outlet and a connection with outside world. I often post about the art, the paintings, the milestones, shows, awards etc etc. Its the joy, the excitement, and the above all, the sense of accomplishment that makes me want to share with all. Art has given me a direction, a purpose and a sense of usefulness. It helps me focus better on what I can contribute not just as a visual artist but also a responsible citizen. When I share my artwork or my love for artwork, I hope to make a positive impact on others' life.

My Audience

But all said and done, here is a fact - art is a thing of luxury and not the necessity of life. What it means to others is a choice. They may wish to bring it into their lives or may choose to ignore it altogether. Some might even get annoyed by the showcasing of paintings every now and then. Which is okay. I totally get it.

But as an artist, I cannot stop exhibiting art. It may serve no purpose to those who don't want art but I have a role for those who like art and welcome it. So, its something you would routinely see in your feed. Also expect it to get better in future. You, the viewer, deserve it.

Coming to the milestones. Anyone who trusts me enough to say a couple of encouraging words knows that sharing milestone news is my way to say thanks. An award is a tangible confirmation of the efforts and the sentiments that go into making that artwork. I share it with pictures and much gusto. It is in no way a means to undermine the other artworks that didn't win or got exhibited. Every piece has its own grace and a special place.

What I don't Post

I feel if you relate to me in any way, you would like to know what I don't share. It is not a pleasure to show everyone that behind many awards hide the multitude of rejections. Not all paintings make it to the juried shows. Not every entry wins.
In my studio, there are tons of failed paintings who never move beyond a certain level of mediocrity and hence never see the light of the day and subsequently gets painted over!
Behind successful commissioned art lie rejected proposals. Behind happily accepted painting-assignments lie unpaid works.

Yes, this is the stuff that never makes to the facebook wall of fame! Like it doesn't exist. But it very conspicuously does.

Its negative and powerful. So powerful that it routinely puts things into perspective and makes each success so much sweeter!

If you are an artist or not but sailing in the same boat - just know, this is how the life is. Enjoy what you do and keep a positive attitude. You will achieve what you are striving for!