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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!

2 new paintings… and 1 Bigger

November 3rd, 2008

Butterfly Bursting Bubbles & Moondrops
This painting is 6 ft. x 6ft., one of the bigger sizes I have done. I am interested to experiment with big sizes, as I feel the whole body is involved. This painting has a lot of layers, and the layers are mainly done in emulsion, as emulsion is easy flowing and it drips, so I feel there is constant movement on the canvas. As if the canvas is also performing while I paint :-) I enjoy painting, when I don’t know the end, and eventually the work ironically turns out as if I knew how it will be. This painting is done using emulsion, acrylic paints, and ink. It was done free hand, and the next even bigger size work, which I am starting shall have more planning.
Moondrops is a smaller work, about 4 ft x 3ft. This painting did take alot of turns, in the sense I did experiment on it. As like most of my work, I got the initial textural quality using emulsion, and then instead of acrylic, I used oil. But I didnt like it… so I wanted to save it. So I decided to use a similar treatment as when I use acrylics, to get a flow, I used excess turpentine with oil and the white you see is that. I have realised that I enjoy working with acrylic more than oil. It is interesting that each medium has its own command…

These two paintings are done in my new house… as you guys know, I shifted about 2 months back. and today when I showed my work to a couple of close friends, I was told that there was more positive energy in these works. Its funny, as this house is much smaller and I am doing bigger works here :-)


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  • Wow! What a break through! Nirali – I am amazed and impressed at the paradigm shift in your style and approach. Looking back at your last couple of posts, I realise that it was coming – but still it’s just supa impressive.
    Love you handling of colour, texture and form. You seem to have an ease and maturity in this paint medium, and its exploration is the right direction to take.
    I also really like the fact that this work continues your fascination with the world of flora and and fauna. Of little butterflies, water and skies.
    Way to go girl – I am really looking forward to your next few months of work. Blog away :)

  • When I see new posts, I like to click on the art notes of each of us individually- in this case Nirali, and see the transition that is happening. You can really get a sense of how the person has evolved in their work.
    There is such a lightness, airiness to this new work. I love the translucense(how do you spell this damn word??!)in these two works and the atmosphere. The other pieces were also good, but the colour and application was thicker, denser.
    Here you can see the qualities of the objects that you are portraying. Very nice, almost etheral.