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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!

Singled Colored Themes

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November 28th, 2007

These leaves are done in oil. My strength lies in using alot of ‘diverse’ colours on a single canvas. Thus, I am practicing creating single colored themes, using many colours. I am also very impatient when I work. Impatient to render exactly the way, I see… to concentrate and capture the exact. This impatience helps me to imagine and create without controlling.


GREEN LEAVES

RED LEAVES

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  • well done! supa interesting. I love the red leaves. There is a lot to be said about rspid, spontaneous work.

    My suggestion is somewhat counter to what you are attempting – but would you consider a return to basics – like a pencil work. This might be tedious, but might teach the eyes to natuarally start picking out the subtleties of light and texture?

    Perhaps I will pick on your idea of monochrome still-lifes too for my next study.

    Great going girl!!

  • i think you have to consider whether your impatience is a hinderence or an asset.. seems like you consider it an asset..
    i like the treatment of the surfaces, working the painting as a whole. very nice. red leaves speak to me more. i think that green leaves is lacking some interest. red leaves have more colour study, and surface interest. In green leaves I am more interested in the background and negative spaces.
    My suggestion is to give some thought toward the end of the work possibly as you like to create with “no thought”.

  • Well said pooj, and at the risk of echoing – nirali your study could continue. in your case – you have instinctively picked out the essentials of the composition in terms of light and texture. the question to ask is – what is the next level of detailing that you can pick out while remaining honest to your instinct of staying spontaneous. some delicate hues and tones? some detailed patterns?
    girl – do you remember the still life drawings that we did in foundation :) im beginning to think that we might all benefit from some of the back-to-school stuff. re-enact the entire progress…
    The composition is very interesting by the way. i like the way the frame is crowded in with the leaves, its almost like a jungle at close quarters – in your face!

  • hey gurls, Thanks for your comments. Yes, I do consider the spontaneity an asset ( I guess I have to, as thats the way I work!)
    About concentrating on detailing, I have figured out that when, I try to do that, my work turns out too stylised.
    As I have been painting for quite sometime… I guess a style is developed… and its very strenous to get back to basics, but yes, I shall work on some charcoal still lifes.