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Why I do what I do

This website will give you a glimpse into my work as an artist,  community builder and activist. I have been negotiating the world through the lens of a creative entrepreneur for the last two decades. It's been a wonderful journey with a lot of learning and collaborating with people I deeply respect.
In the coming years, I believe that creative thinkers will be crucial to document, stitch, hold and present the world. We are at the very edge of collapse on one side, and of a future that can spin out into unimaginable wonders on the other. I believe we can get to the happier side by working together!

Pooja: Painting One, Nov 21

November 22nd, 2007

Ok, so heres the first one that I completed with my “new frame of mind”. Still evolving, still breaking through. My biggest concern is the space around the figure. I dont worry so much about execution of the body so much as what to do around it. Here, I TRIED not to think so much. Focused more on doing. My next work is working with two or more bodies in a space.

Sorry the image is kind of crappy – now that I look at it..I sent you girls some more images on your email. More detail stuff – before I thought we were putting images on the blog!


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  • Pooja, The painting is upright with its stark exposure, but yet languid…cool.
    Yeah if the photograph was sharper, I could make out the textures.
    I like the yellow shoes! :-)
    keep it up babe!

  • hey im curious about your process – do you have a live model that you work with?

    like the composition – yep the yeloow shoes rock. i think somehow the shoes really grab attention. my suggestion at this point is todo things to enhance that rather than take away from it.

  • hey archana
    yeah, i use a model. but, at this point i have her do a number of poses and i take pics, that i work from.
    thank you both for the comments!

  • pooj another thing that ive been thinking about regarding your work – and this may be the wrong way to look at it – but perhaps you can also make quick studies of your model when she comes in next? why? then you will get more understanding of the space that she occupies – negative/positive. essentially what i mean to say is that one thing that i think you might be facing obstacles with is – which part of the painting do you want to draw most attention too? at this point almost everything looks uniform. However, the way the model is composed seems to draw attn to her legs – her shoes. thats great – but now what can you do with her body (colour, brush-strokes) and the background (drapes, patterns, texture) that will enhance that?
    but first ask if this is where you’d like to see this work go in the first place??

  • good idea about studying the model when she comes in. though right now i wont be working from the model for sometime, but its something to think about even then. i’m really looking for a uniform space..sort off. although, i’m trying to get into starker backgrounds with hints of pattern and textiles..thanks for the suggestions!