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Post 6: Nebula (To-Paint list 2/5)

The two most notorious colors that have troubled me are white and black. I have remained frustrated for a very long time. They are so strong that they steal all the attention in a bad way.

I have been trying to tame white colour since a long time. This time I thought of challenging myself to use mostly white and black in the whole painting and still let some other colour steal the show. So here i am with the nebula as a practice work.

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Post 3: Finding your style

I have been restless these days. Lately I have started painting a lot. Sometimes I paint from photo references; sometimes I copy other art work. I have realized that only way to improve your art is to practise, practise and practise. In order to take the time out in weekends, I have started doing all weekend chores on the weekdays and that includes doing laundry daily after office.

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Even after painting so much I am not happy. I follow artists, sometimes try to replicate their style , sometimes I try to replicate nature but it drives me crazy to think that I don’t have any particular style which can be called my signature style. Then to keep all such negative feelings away I have decided to give myself some time. I need to work with colors as much as I can and maybe one day that style will just flow out of my brush.

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Making of wild Lily. Final painting will be uploaded soon.

While trying to stay positive, I would make a special mention of Lena Danya – a self-taught artist. I follow her on You tube and Instagram, her regular updates have kept me gripped and motivated. Along with her videos and time lapses she keeps talking about her experiences, experiments and techniques which give me a lot of guidance.So inspired by her and to keep myself moving ahead I have made a small to-paint list which I will be painting for practice purpose.

  1. Nebula
  2. Fish
  3. Glasses and candles
  4. Portrait of a Tibetan girl
  5. Bold stroke sea painting (replication of original art work)

All these will be made from reference photos except the last one which is just to try a new technique.

Let’s see how much I succeed.

Post 2: Replicating

I tried to replicate another artist. Not something to be proud of, but at least I got some output.

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Oil on canvas 18×20″


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WEEK 46-47:Sunset

Oil on canvas

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Completed over a period of two weeks (total 4 hours).

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Week 44-45: 2/4 of the Butterfly Series.

I am making these butterflies as a quick 20 minutes work which gives me a positive feeling of completing a painting in one day.

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However I have a big painting going on in parallel. Hope to finish it by next week.

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Week 41-43: Hibernation is over.

It was real cold here and I was hibernating the whole month, doing nothing but curiously watching what others are doing. I browsed a number of blogs and vlogs, mostly in field of art, food, lifestyle, and travel and started following  few bloggers and vloggers for their unique style and content. I will share the three people I loved.

  1. In oil painting space, I came across this beautiful girl  Lena Danya. It was not her beauty that struck me but her style of water series painting . I love the way she uses small brushes for detailing which is completely opposite to the way I do. She uses glass palette and bowls which are way lot easier to clean after the work. After following her for almost a month my favorite color is teal 🙂
  2. In travel and food section, I stumbled upon Mark Wiens and his blog https://migrationology.com. What caught my attention was his expressions, especially how he widened his eyes and swayed a little bit every time he tasted something good and this is exactly what I do when I eat good food :). I was actually researching about thai food and this guy is the champion of thai cuisine for obvious reasons. Apparently, he  came to South Asia in 2009 to start his journey of food and travel and married his love, a native to Thailand, and now they both travel and eat together :). Though his culture and food choices are totally different than mine but his videos are very much enjoyable.
  3. In lifestyle, I checked this girl Lucie Fink . Lucie makes 5 days series in which she takes challenges/projects and accomplish/continue it for 5 days (Monday-Friday). Her blog has inspired me a lot and I am also planning to do something similar and interesting :).

Finally, after peeping into other’s life I realized that the time has come to wake up and to do something with my ongoing monotonous life too. First thing i did, I put my plants in the sun, did a bit of weeding and watering to throw new vibe in them. Hopefully the petunias will  bloom by next week. I also took out my canvas, easel, colors, and brushes to show them some fresh air. The greenry and the mini studio in balcony now inspires me to finish my butterfly series. I have planned to make four abstract butterflies, an idea actually inspired (copied) from someone from net. I am taking these small painting projects to explore new ideas, new color combinations and detailing before I can get back to my true self and start doing something original of my own.

Oh! and how can the New-Year start without a resolution post. Don’t go by the things I mentioned above, this year, I haven’t made any health, travel or lifestyle resolutions.

Actually, a very big thought struck my mind and without giving it a second thought I declared it as my 2017 target. I don’t know how I will go about it and whether declaring it on a public forum will make it easier for me or embarrassing but…” By the end of 2017 I want to have an exhibition of my paintings

Week 29: International Artist Week (25.10.2016)

Abstract Butterfly in Oils 9×15″

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Week 28-Finally she became a sleeping beauty.

After 12 years I finally completed this painting. The old canvas as well as the base paint were very difficult to work on . Plus my toddler refused to take her afternoon nap this weekend. So I have no option but to be satisfied with the outcome.

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Week 26-27: Quick Look

This week I have not got a chance to sit down to either think, write or paint so here is a quick look at the week that was.:

These Navratras when I used to return from office my toddler used to eagerly wait for me to take her to see the Pandals.  I could manage to visit a nearby Durga Puja pandal organized by Bengalis , hosted by a Sardaar with UP kids dancing on Bhojpuri Bhajans -Perfect example of Harmony. However I was driven crazy by my toddler as she dragged me here and there and wouldn’t take no for an answer.

The toddler got about nine invitations for kanya puja this  navratri. As she eats only when the Chu Chu TV rhymes are played so her share of Prasad was packed and sent home for the family members to feast upon.

This week with an exceptional ‘Happy Monday’, (because of Tuesday holiday) was reserved for pre-Diwali cleaning. I spotted one of my half-finished paintings from 2004. It was all covered up with a white layer of mold or faded paint (I am not sure). So I cleaned it up and placed it on my easel. Let’s see what I can do with it.

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Week 17:Another Practice work.

Oil on canvas 8X6 ” . A quick work

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