Monday, March 12, 2012

I dont wish to work hard today !!

Pin It With absolutely no mood for any hardwork, I did this pretty simple glass painting. Materials used are very very common and were picked at shops round the corner. But to my surprise, I wanted to frame this and hang it right in my living room. :-)
I used a simple window glass pane bought at a store just two blocks away from my apartment. The design was picked from a bedsheet my mom had bought from a street vendor in 1997. And I grabbed it when she almost discarded it.

Fevicryl craft glass colours were used. The pack comes with a black liner.

The glass pane was placed neatly over the design and the design was traced out directly using the liner. After the liner dried out, the other glass colours were used to fill. This is how it looks.

I am sorry about the camera flash :-(

Right opposite to this painting, I plan to neatly fold the bedsheet to display the above pattern and nail it on the wall. I would call this set up ' The Sister Works'. I would love a couple of suggestions however. This plan is however still in progress and I will try to post pictures as soon as possible.

PS : Glass colours are water based. Colour blending can be done in glass colours using a wet brush.

Hope to see u around next time too !!

and ......this post is going to join 'The Weekly Story' party hosted by a fabulous blogger Patricia Torres. Do stop by her blog Colours Dekor to have a great experience. So, meet u at the party !!

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Monday, March 5, 2012

2012 - A new direction !!

Pin It Welcome back !!

2012 has been very different and I had an exciting start !!

Acrylics have taken preference over Oils. The randomness in my brush strokes has increased and I am enjoying the process of painting without thinking :-) !! More than that, I am enjoying the surprise that awaits at the end of my random work. Each day, I see a different perspective, a different image. And very surprisingly, even my viewers agree that they see a different image every time they look at the art.

And the more I work with Acrylics, the more I get inclined towards them. But that doesnt mean I am abandoning Oils. They have been my friends for some time now. So lets begin the tour with Oils first !!

Buddha :

I love painting him, as much as I love crafting him. It fills me with an amazing amount of Peace.

Its an Oil on Canvas. The writing on this Painting reads the Four Nobel Truths by Buddha. The script is Chinese. I donot know the script well enough. So any one who knows the script and thinks, there is a mistake somewhere, is welcome to give suggestions.

The Auspicious 8

Auspicious 8 buddhist symbols (a.k.a. Ashta-mangala) on a Mural background. Oil on Canvas.

Ashtamangala are a sacred suite of Eight Auspicious Signs endemic to a number of Dharmic Traditions such as Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The symbols or "symbolic attributes" are yidam and teaching tools. Not only do these attributes, these energetic signatures, point to qualities of enlightened mindstream, but they are the investiture that ornaments these enlightened "qualities". Many cultural enumerations and variations of the Ashtamangala are extant.

Groupings of eight auspicious symbols were originally used in India at ceremonies such as an investiture or coronation of a king. An early grouping of symbols included: throne, swastika, handprint, hooked knot, vase of jewels, water libation flask, pair of fishes, lidded bowl. In Buddhism, these eight symbols of good fortune represent the offerings made by the gods to Shakyamuni Buddha immediately after he gained enlightenment.

Love doesnot care about Time :

Hmm so this is what I was talking about couple of min back. An Acrylic on Canvas. I see new images everytime I look at it.

This is what Bala Manickanathan has to say :

I see a couple dancing in the living room on a snowy evening (with awesome window view) and they don't care about time - Pendulum infront of the fireplace (which symbolize that the clock is ticking). About the horizontal and vertical lines -  "The penetration of the vertical line, just a ray of light coming into your darkness of horizontal line, is the beginning of new life, a new beginning of living life.
PS : Bala is a SAP consultant by profession and a Photographer by choice. His amazing photographs can be seen on Facebook in his account.
This is what Pramod Behera has to say :

Portrait of a Woman, water view, someone working on a field or a carpet...may be more than one person...or may be sunrise n sunset.
Couple of days later, this is what he has to say :
Today in ur painting...i see a man and a woman sitting on a bench at a quiet place. The man is resting his hand on the bench rest and the lady's chunri* is falling behind the bench
*chunri is a part of an Indian attire for women.
PS : Pramod Behera is an MBA graduate and is also a Photographer by interest.
Sunset :

An Acrylic collage on Canvas. This painting is my effort to illustrate the impact of human activities on nature.

This is how Pramod Behera feels about this painting :

I feel blue when i see this painting, its like a fall of an age. There is light but it is not bright depicting dullness, heaviness in ones feelings. The human sapient is letting go of the nature's embrace, seeking relaxation in the artificial world. Nature - Questioning in with-in, where is all the love n kindness, why is all that i see is bloodshed, hatred, discomfort...I better rest(dark star).

 Bleeding SUN :

Another Acrylic on Canvas !! This painting is my effort to illustrate Global Warming. The Sun burning down Earth, slowly each day is illustrated by the use of geometrical shapes and appropriate colours.

I hope you have enjoyed taking this tour. Looking forward to seeing you again. I will be back soon with new paintings. Untill then have a nice time !!

PS : Please respect the Artist's efforts. Do not use my pictures without my knowledge. I will be glad to share, you just need to ask. Thankyou.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tanjore Art : A blissful experience !!

Pin It I wanted to do a post on Tanjore Paintings. The post however dint happen partly because I got lazy and partly because I forgot :-( .

A recent visit to the Lacquer Art Museum in M√ľnster made me really want to do this post. The classy and gorgeous relief work in some of the collections there made me recollect the exquisite relief work that goes in to the making of Tanjore Art. Unfortunately I have no pictures of the collections in Lacquer Art Museum to make a post on it :-( .

So moving on to Tanjore Painting, anyone from South India is sure to know tons about Tanjore (Tanjavur) Paintings. And a simple googling too will give tons and tons of information about this art work. I will however brief it here in my post for the convenience of my audience :-).

Tanjore Painting is a form of classical South Indian painting native to the town of Tanjavur (anglicized as Tanjore) in the state of Tamil Nadu. This art form dates back to about 1600 AD and most part of the process of making a Tanjore Painting is still preserved as heritage. The striking importance of these paintings is due to the use of high quality gold foils and semi-precious stones. The paintings mostly depict episodes from Hindu mythology and feature Hindu Gods and Goddesses extensively.

And for an Iyer artist Maatuponnu (thats the Tam word for Daughter in Law :-)), there can ofcourse be no excuse for not trying her hands in Tanjore Paintings. So in 2010, I set off to experience the making Tanjavur Paintings. And it was an absolute treat to my soul !!

Dhanya Laxmi

Hindu goddess MahaLaxmi is the giver of Wealth, Prosperity (both material and spiritual), light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage.

Hindu mythology believes in eight secondary manifestations of goddess MahaLaxmi, called AshtaLaxmi. DhanyaLaxmi is one of the eight manifestations. She bestows Agricultural prosperity. The picture shows a Sugarcane in her hand which symbolises Agricultural wealth.


He is a very popular God, known for being a food lover. His vahanam (vehicle he uses to travel) is a rat :-). He is also believed to destroy all troubles and hence called Vighnahari(vighna = trouble , hari = destroyer).

There is an interesting story of Ganesha and Kubera. Kubera is the God of Wealth. Intending to boast his riches, he once decided to host a grand fest for all gods and goddesses. Lord Shiva (father of Ganesha) unable to attend, politely declined the invitation and suggested that Ganesha cud attend instead of him. Load Shiva however cautioned Kubera about Ganesha's appetite. Since Kubera already wanted to boast his riches, he was very glad to get an appropriate opportunity. Ganesha, wishing to destroy Kubera's pride, ate so much that Kubera finally gave up and asked for forgiveness. He understood that Ganesha was teaching him a lesson for being proud. :-)

Indian children grow up listning to such stories from grandparents :-) .

Pic of the above painting while it was in progress

Child krishna with Yashoda and Nand. Krishna grew up in Vrindavan where his foster parents lived. There are many stories of Krisna's past times in Vrindavan. The butter pot clutched so tight in his arms cannot be missed !!

Pic of the above tanjore work while in progress.

The below pic is already posted earlier. The picture however was not very clear. I am reposting a better one :). Its a 3d work.

I am very glad you stopped by and hope you enjoyed the art works. I will be back soon with new posts and ofcourse new art works :-) .

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