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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, contd. Dec 18

December 18th, 2007

So, almost done with this painting. I like how its turning out. I still have to work on the right side of the painting- behind the right figure. And, adjust some of the colour by her elbow. Done with this piece after that. I’ve worked out some drawings for the next 3 pieces that I want to do. Continuing on the theme of figures relating to one another in fields of colour. I’m working toward abstracting the backgrounds, so that everything looks like time stilled..No references of real places.. just hints of where the viewer thinks it could be.
What do you think? Does this piece work?
Next week I’ll post the finished piece and maybe a couple of rough drawings – thumbnails really. I want to get back into drawing directly on the painting surface as opposed to drawing a finished piece on paper first, and then transferring to the canvas/wood. I think this will loosen my hand more, and give the painting more movement – well, I’m hoping. Comments ladies?
Also, Can you tell me what you think of the approach to this piece versus the first piece? Which ones more successful in your opinion and why? I’m trying to work more “maturely” with colour.
thanks for the feedback!


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  • babe, this is turning out rather superbly! love the skin tones on the women….there is a lot of naturalness, and thats well reflected in the background. the girls look like they are having a long, relaxed conversation by the woods…eves of a new age…and to be honest, time does stand still.

    i think your idea to further explore this theme is a good one. I’d experiment with +ve and +ve spaces created by multiple bodies, or even one …details of body parts showing the background in interesting ways.

    in comparison your earlier work looks a little incomplete, but in that itself lies its charm. there seems to be more spontaneity and a gestural mood in the previous that in this one is lacking. but then, i would argue that this one is a little more deliberate, and that was how you chose it to be?

  • thanks arch! very encouraging comments. definitely thinking about negative spaces. i guess i have to come to a happy medium between the first and second piece.

  • Hey Pooja,This work does show skill and maturity. But I like the previous work better… For me its more real and innocent (as you can see the treatment of color… revealing the underlying colors on the forms). In regard to background, why should it become abstract. Cant ‘realistic’ form exist in ‘realistic’ backgrounds? The difference can be created by playing with the perspective (foreground and background)… or like you have done, diffusing the background.

  • hey so thats one interesting statement – “can’t realistic form exist in realistic background”.
    my take is that there is really nothing that ‘cant’ be done as far as the painting medium goes. we are not fighting any real conventions – thats what all the ‘isms’ achieved for us.
    for me painting has really become more a place where the artist goes to learn, understand, comment on or simply exist in. a world of its own…perhaps a world that serves to mirror, oppose or re-enact the physical world that we find ourselves in.
    so if we have to answer the realistic vs abstract vs anything else, the artist chooses one over the other as the grammar with which she creates her world. its really up to her…technically/visually one might be more effective in a given situation…but then the work goes from being a manifestation of the artists world to a ‘study’ of the physical world we live in.
    perhaps this is really the debate between what is a work that is meant to ‘communicate’ (the artists view to another human being) versus a work that is part of the process of ‘dialog’ (between the artist and the world that she creates).
    for me personally this segregation is rather important. and its the latter that i chase after.