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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!

Basic Form and Colour Exercise

November 28th, 2007

My main intention is to get my eyes and hands re-trained to drawing and seeing form and colour. I chose pastels and charcoal to work this study. It is a series of 7 sketches where I attempt to capture the solid forms as well as get a grip on the colours.
The last 3 look at monochrome and simplification of form quickly and spontaneously. I have not started to look at texture beyond the very basic that follows the flow of the subjects. There is really no detailing – perhaps my next study should be about that?
I am actually now interested in taking similar basic form elements and introducing drapery for my next study. Am thinking that I will follow a similar assignment of rapid charcoal and pastel sketches. Post that, will do a more formal study with pencils and then, if I feel confident – move into paint. What say?


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  • Dear Arc,
    Nice work, I was thinking, maybe you could do a single subject using different media likecwater colours, oils etc.

  • nirali – yeah man, i think the idea of just experimenting with various mediums is a good one.
    There are so many directions to go! chase after the composition, chase after the medium, chase the form, the colours….ahhhh :) what happiness in knowing that there is no lack of interesting things to occupy the mind. And clearly its only upwards from here!

  • yeah babe… painting life is super fun!

  • hmmm..very very nice work. excellent line. great colour. very sensitive. really a natural you are! your work brings to mind lautrec studies, and perhaps degas..
    my suggestion is to look into some of their drawings..
    why do you want to study drapery? what are you looking/hoping to achieve by adding drapery to the work? Focusing on detail i would maybe not concentrate on so much right now, because you are able to capture essence without it. that is key. why be too tedious now, when you have a natural flow, and feel of what you’re depicting now? i can tell what the objects are, i dont need detail in the work. know what i mean? I would continue what you’re doing. its looking really great. different media is great, but i’m loving what you’re doing with pastel!

  • thanks pooj – that was very heartening to hear.
    im a bit confused…not clear which way to go. perhaps today i will keep the same composition but, move around it to get different perspectives of the same study? the reason i thought of adding in drapes is that i felt that i could introduce one ‘organic’ form. at this point this composition has very geometric forms (cuboid, ellipse, sphere) and the drapes would be a more complex form…

  • Arcs, I feel you should do something entirely different, a new study. As I feel when you concentrate too much on one form, it restricts when you attempt to do something else. as a beginning exercise, I think it will be interesting to do abrupt studies of various shapes, forms and textures. This would loosen the hand… remember CKP days. It does not have to be that basic, but on those lines, with different colors and shades, and different still lifes

  • nirali – your point is well taken. different objects it is then :)

    and since im off to goa from tmrw…perhaps some seascapes…

  • good idea about seascapes. theres alot to learn about colour from nature – the original source!
    love the degas and lautrec drawings. lautrec is one of my all time favourites. also, schiele. cant wait to see the new seascapes!