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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!

Sean’s Wall & Three Contd.

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February 27th, 2008

THREE (work-in-progress)

CLOSE-UP

This is as far as I have reached on this painting. I am excited about it. Three of me – one fondling the other’s breast while the third angrily bars the viewer from peeping. Im toying with the idea of having a white dove, or a kitten near the first 2 who seem more serene. The angry third will quite possibly have a snake entwined around her outstretched arm, while the background will be thick with heavy, gaudy lotuses. Or so I think now. Will make it happen and see if it works. What say?

SEANS WALL (work-in-progress)

SIDE VIEW

As a Sunday exercise I have started a wall painting at Sean Blagsvedt’s house. The idea is every weekend I’ll work on this wall and use it as a means to ‘stretch’ my hand and find away to tie up my sketches to my colour-play past. Will edit this post with examples of both these ‘styles’ soon.
I’m working with enamel paints and they have only the brightest primary shades imaginable. It’s going to be a challenge to make these colours work without looking too garish or kitschy you know. At this point it really looks like some ugly ‘dhaba’ graffiti.
The wall (its bigger than these pictures) is a long one in total about 35 feet wide and 12 feet high. It undulates and has corners that I am excited about. Has 2 doors set within it and I intend to cover the doors as well. The wall is part of his terrace deck and has some great light. It has a lovely view of the city too.
Its just a fun thing really…but perhaps something will come out of it.

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  • Hey,I really really like the way your threesome is coming along. The work reads nicely as one piece. The background green looks great. I like the way you’ve painted it.. looks like shes in front of these thick bushes. Very nice. I also love the way you paint yourself. I cant wait to see the finished work!!
    I think I would be a bit wary about making it too kitsch..I’m thinking of the dove..but go with your instinct on that.
    I like your wall piece as well. I like that it looks “dhaba-ish”. All these beautiful self portraits!
    It must be a great exercise to paint these two works at the same time.. you probably get a good perspective on the other piece while working on one.

  • Yeah…its been an interesting thing to do these works simultaneously. I think it also agrees to my schizophrenic mind :) In reality the challenge in the oils Three is really about making something that is steeped in the traditional imagery of paintings past – you know renaissance, shergil, kahlo. Then once the main subjects are treated, I want to distract from that with crazy modern almost kitschy imagery…I guess we have to wait and see on this one.
    The wall’s main challenge is to tie up my sketching style with my previous painting theme of colour and form play.
    Doing them simultaneously doenst seems to cause any difficulties or revalations…like I said I guess my schizophrenia is well suited to heeheehee

  • About your threesome… Arcna, I like the drama u have created. And also the aspect that you have included the viewer. That the three of them stare outside with different gazes…
    about the wall painting, I feel that maybe if you did small detailing on the clothes of the figures, it would balance with the sketching aspect.
    Though you have managed to retain the same sort of form as in your sketchbook, I feel that the portrait should change according to size. like instead of just two portraits, a clutter of them, as the surface is big.