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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!

Painting 2, Dec 3

December 4th, 2007

This is the second painting I’ve been working on. Actually I haven’t worked on it since last week.

Its oil done on wood panel. I’m trying to work on cohesiveness of colour..also I’m working with the idea of two or more bodies in a space, and I’m also getting back to the idea of foreground, middleground and background – hence the horizontal lines..

My next step is to start glazing in colours and building on the ground, to develop depth.

I guess right now I’ve been working on one piece at a time unlike you two..I’m forcing myself to finish this piece before I can start playing with more ideas as a means of disciplining myself.

Does the ochre line at the bottom of the painting bother you? Eould you rather see the bodies completed?

Right now looking at all our works, the one great common factor i’m seeing is sensitivity with colour. Maybe we can play on this theme for our group show?? Thoughts?


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  • Hey girls,i know the image is small, but if you click on it and enlarge it, you can get a clear idea of what it looks like!

  • Hey, I took a new picture of my first painting, so you can see it better now. I’m slowly getting the hang of this!

  • hey Pooja, I like this work. It has an interesting narration., no the yellow orchre line does not disturb, in fact it gives a different effect to the painting as it creates a new demarcation creating a middle ground.
    Colours are very nice, neat…

  • here are my very first thoughts:
    Yes the cut-off at the bottom worries me, but perhaps that is what makes it interesting. The ocher is not the problem to me, its more the line that cuts the subjects and then cuts out of the frame.
    the composition is of course classic and I like it. Your greatest challenge in my mind is that how you will manage to maintain balance in colour especially when the forms are so symmetrical.

    keep chugging along! I like it for the fact that its very delicate and subtle…just like the subjects. I love the colour palette.

    And I agree..we all trip on colour :) its definitely a thought as a theme for the exhibition.

  • thanks for the comments ladies. yes, i wonder how i’m going to keep the colour balance going in the whole piece.

  • regarding colour balance…to me most of the time its a very intuitive process….like seeing a painting hanging a little skewed on the wall…you know, you keep adjusting till you ‘feel’ its ok. but perhaps there are more calculated ways to do this. colour wheels et al :)