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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!

White Light, White Heat

December 19th, 2007

So here’s the thing – I took a while to complete this study. Though it felt good to return to basic pencil shading, I must admit that it began to feel over-worked towards the end.
The composition has a white ceramic oil jar and tea cups on a white cider table top with tungsten light overhead. My attempt was to try and get in multiple shades of white while still trying to hold to the warmth of the yellow light. I was particularly interested in following through with light and shade details as closely and as best I could, even if at times what I saw seemed almost unlikely, unnatural. I really did resist all temptation to ‘cheat’ or correct what looked to me like visual tricks. Did I succeed in getting a believable set of objects in the end?
By now I’m beginning to feel the itch to create free-form. But I’m going to try to hold off. Prolong the tension and suspense :) while I push towards more detailed studies like this one. I also feel oils calling.
In the following week I might sit down with a oil painted still life. Perhaps I will first do a pencil work and then re-do the same still-life with oils.


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  • hey arch, here again there is such a nice evidence of sensitivity in line. the work is very delicate looking. interesting that you chose such a delicate subject matter as well! the piece is really quite beautiful. I especially like the way you chose to balance the tea cups.
    I like (again), the way you outline the forms. If I look at the piece in terms of realism, the jar could be a bit more rounded in terms of rendering. This was a good drawing/rendering exercise. Very difficult subject matter. I like also your choice to minimize colour, yet have some colour. For drawing skills/exercise, I recommend blind contour drawings.
    I’m anxious as well to see what your works will look like in free form and in oil. Can you do this simultaneously with the drawing ex? Also, how about bigger still lifes. Rooms? Van Gogh’s bedroom in arles comes to mind. How about heavier, less delicate subjects?

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  • I love your idea to do a bigger still life. Im going to set off to do a room…yep much like the van gogh bedroom. perhaps this will be archana’s study room :)

    I think to begin with i’ll just do the study. but come the new year i’ll start off on some free-form work alongside the studies. yeah cant wait!

    now blind contour here i come…

  • awesome arch – cant wait to see what they look like. looks like this week we are all again a bit late with the weeks work – but its been a busy time with the holidays!

  • hey Arc, very nice work. U R good, I say…
    Just a couple of things, as Pooja mentioned about colour, I too feel there should be more use of colour. Though the work is intricately and well done, I feel its too delicate to give it the firmness of an object, even if its glass.
    For this, I feel if you create darker shadows it could help…