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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!

LD2: charcoal, acrylic, and oil on canvas

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February 6th, 2008


This is my second in the Landscape of Dream series. I’m basically continuing in the vein of the first one – working with the body as a landscape.
I’m trying not to overwork these paintings and to focus on line and colour. This is a darker piece and reminded me more of sky, and night time. I didn’t like the pose very much, but I forced myself to work with it, and deal with what problems I felt it posed. I think I’m still scratching at the surface, but I think its going somewhere.
I wonder if it would have been better if her boobs were smaller!! Hee Hee Hee
Still working out issues to better work with the painting as one landscape..
Blue has been my constant in these paintings. I’m thinking of trying out a red.
Lastly, I’m making sure to treat these paintings as experimental – that way I find I can stop and not overwork the pieces or make them too precious. Comments Y’all!!

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  • Fantastic! Actually I like the big boobies…adds weight the painting. kinda like pendulous gravity in a floating space. well done. your new direction is a good one. i like that your obsession with the female nude is now gaining a new dimension – landscape.
    From what I have seen your process has been to explore one theme, naturally gathering layers to it. much like a person does to his own identity in his life.
    some basic q’s: why did you decide to go into landscapes? what emotions/meaning (if any) are trying to express for having taken this direction? and finally – why are you so interested in female nudes?

  • ha ha ha!!! your comment about the boobs cracks me up!! very on target though.
    my fascination with the nude..its the curves, the way we move.. the way we express ourselves as people really..to see the clothes we pick, the choices we make, and really to remove all that in one sense and to see what we are without all these cloaks. When you see someone naked..theres just such a beauty and vulnerability there.. something you cant hide and pretend to be.
    I think i moved onto landscape because its how i see the body. The lines and curves, the hills, the plains.. much like a landscape..i look at the body in the same way. We all have our individual landscapes, like different places.. some have deeper valleys and higher mountains than others!

  • And each landscape has a story to tell..each body has its history..

  • hey so i really liked this exhibition that I just saw of this girl meera george. shes 29 and super talented. have a peek at: meera george’s exhibition at sumukha
    Also have posted some images of her recent show in our scrapbook

    i think i understand your fascination with female nudes. i wonder if you might want to load up on the layers. perhaps even start experimenting with different medias. of course this may all seem a bit premature as far as advice goes, but keep it floating in the back of you mind.

    meera george is a good example of taking her fascination of a particular imagery and subject and meshing it in with a meaningful other, or others. I like also her experimentation with paint and impermanent mediums.

    There is no rush, but my advice is lay on the layers :)

  • thanks arch – its great advice. I was thinking that- i’m taking baby steps..i have to go to the store and buy some acrylics, which has been on my mind for the longest time!!

  • hey Poojie… I like this work. And yes, I too agree that the breasts give more perspective and roundness to te painting.
    When I first saw the painting, the feeling was that the form was a potrait. The tits the eyes. So I guess the body has a strong expression… nice work. I do feel if you work in the same lines, poses and colors with different backgrounds, it could be an interesting study