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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!

Landscape of Dreams in Red

March 5th, 2008

Here is the finished landscape in red. I quite like it, though I realize that its more “drawing-like” isn’t it? Its also more vivid in real life. Here the top part is a little faded out- probably because of the way the picture is taken. I like the work, but over all I dont know how I really feel about it. I think maybe I have some issues about it as it looks to me like a drawing, as opposed to a painting and I dont know if I like that.
Its going somewhere, I dont quite have any answers though. On to the next one!


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  • Hey nicely done! K here’s my two-bit:
    1. I love the composition. The angle and the way she is posed so talk to me. This playing with the way (the view point) we look at the body is a good direction for you to take.
    2. I really really like the way the painting looks. Its light – like a drawing. There is a certain level of spontaneity that is achieved by doing this, and something that if you like, you should pursue. I really don’t think its a bad thing at all.
    3. The palette is interesting. The reds with the the blues are very moody and go with the general pose of the nude and the land. Some q’s on that – do you necessarily have to stick to the same palette in the bg? What if you exaggerated one colour in the bg and another in the body even if you used the same palette. What about working on texture variations ? Tonal variations? Of course you can reject this line of thought and tell me that you like that things are more hide-and-seek. Interplay between bg and foreground. In such a case I would say blur the edges/boundary lines on the figure more and more over your next works.
    4. The thumb looks a bit off to me perspective-wise. This is a really difficult angle you have chosen to work with. Very challenging. Sometimes you might have to ‘cheat’ to make it look believable. Currently this finger looks like an additional index finger rather than a thumb.
    5. Way to go girl! I like the mood, theme and flow that you are in. Perhaps look at some landscape artists and see how elements that they use can be translated into what you are trying with your nudescapes…o and post your findings into our scrapbook :)
    6. The boobies on this still look a little firmer than the rest of the body. Intentional?

    On a different note girls – I think it might be good if we made a rule that the title of the post at the start of a painting and at the finish of a painting would contain:
    Name of Work | Medium | Size
    That would help us later when we want to search or simple browse through our posts.

    Also any work on the proposal to IFA. I know Shai expects us to have something to show by the 15th of this month.

    PS: I’m going to be in Italy end of May to attend an audio-video conference. Want to meet me so we can explore the art there :)

  • Italy! so cool! When are you going? For how long? That would be awesome to meet you there. Give me more info..
    thanks for the feedback. I agree with a lot of what you’re saying..its food for my brain, because like I said, I haven’t thought too much about these landscape works..One thing is that I do want to have the figure and bg read as one.. otherwise doesn’t it become a figure in a landscape?
    A lot of issues to work out..I want to yank my hair out!! Completely agree with the thumb. I saw it, and ignored it, because I didn’t want to obsess anymore. Kind of like I forced myself to walk away.
    I definitely feel that I am at the tip of the iceberg, and I’m so impatient to see the whole thing. It seems like the exploration is just starting, and I hope that I can chisel through and get to the bottom.
    Thanks for the comments!!

  • May 28 for the AVI 2008 conference at Napoli. Will keep you posted.
    yeah i know what you mean about obsessing and then just drawing the line and walking away…enough is enough like that :)
    yes you want to avoid the nude in a landscape, nut you might want to explore hue, tone and texture to work in and out of both. ..i read somewhere that lesser details and more blue-grays for very aerial views are the way to go. in which case your choice of reds (for the earth) and blues to show the heights and depths are a good thing. play with that more and more is all i underline.

    and err dont yank your hair out. its really kinda pretty :)

    its funny how off late everything i see around me i interpret as gender biased. i mean – i saw that micheal clayton film and i was sooo annoyed by the support actresses character depiction. why is it that a super successful corporate woman goofs up sooo annoyingly, and then faints in the end in a dizzy! why is it that everywhere i look women have to ‘prove’ themselves over and over. somehow the woman who does make it has to take on masculine traits like aggression to keep her place. annoying. and then here in india, god i cant begin to tell you how often a girl will not be taken seriously. i see it in the art circles, in the corporate circles, in the craft circles…just everywhere. sort for venting – but today was one such day. and then i wonder if im turning into a feminist without really intending too…
    the funny thing is the minute you bring this up you get labeled into being a raving, sykotic feminist. screwed if you do, screwed if you dont. grrrrr.

  • calm down you! i think its just a matter of people feeling threatened when a woman has a brain – especially a pretty one. I dont know why that is..its a shame. I will have to chat about that with Ben and our friend Paul over some wine, and see what they have to say about that.
    On one level I feel that people cant help but be gender biased. Aren’t you biased towards women? I’m just saying.
    Thanks for your ideas about colour. Definitely will keep that in mind for the next pieces.

  • Fair. Obviously I’m gender biased too. Why blame men for loving their own. Hahaha. The only way around it is that there are enough women in every sphere of activity so that we don’t constantly feel like outsiders looking in. And perhaps the West is achieving that sooner and sooner. Then in this perfect world where everything is equal,
    ‘Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
    Where knowledge is free;
    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow
    domestic walls;
    Where words come out from the depth of truth;
    Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
    Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the
    dreary desert sand of dead habit;
    Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought
    and action–
    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father (Mother), let my country awake.’ Its one of my favourites of Rabindranath Tagore.

  • Wow, it was good fun reading the conversations on Feminism and the painting.
    about your work Pooja, I really like the way the figure is posed. It puts the viewer in an awkward position and makes one want to go to the ‘other’ side to see the form…
    I like the way you have used similar colors for background and the form.
    Yes, I agree with arcna, that maybe you can give a more rounded finish to the form to remove the linearity…
    great stuff
    I love it!

    I don’t totally agree that women have it harder…
    I guess its about individuals.
    In my own personal scenario, I see how much more focused men are and how easily we women get distracted by feelings and fun.
    But sometimes, as i have seen its just through contacts that things get easier…
    I don’t think it so much that women have to prove. Maybe initially, but I guess there are differences. Like a women is capable of feeling more than men.
    And soceity is such. where in terms of career, more is expected from men, in the area of feeling or multi tasking, more is expected from women. So I guess, it balances.
    We 3 shall prove… that its as much as a women’s world as it is a man’s!
    Ha ha