Thursday, November 30, 2017

Small Accessible Art

In the last post, I showed one photo with many of the rock art I had done in recent weeks. That photo elicited a lot of interest and questions and so I thought I would post some individual pieces of rock art and answer some of the questions:

First, as for rocks, I use a combination of found rocks from beaches and commercial rocks purchased from landscape shops. For creating art, I use a combination of inks, fluid acrylics and various types of  pens and brushes. Typically, each piece of art will take about 4-5 hours to complete. I use rocks of various sizes. The one below is about 3" x 2" and is placed in a deep square frame like a shadow box.

This one below was inspired by the cairns I saw at Cadillac mountain in Maine. I glued the painted rocks to create a stack and is about 4" tall.

Below are a few rocks painted with my favorite subject, birds.

 The ones below are rocks painted to emulate gems! These are smaller in size about (2.5") and to give them some heft, I mounted them on flat rock slabs. They make nice paperweights.

I love painting on these little substrates. The beauty of this art form is that you can make it as simple or as detailed as you want. They also make nice affordable art.

If you want to know more, please do not hesitate to contact me.

You can view more of these at my Etsy shop. Starting from December 1, I am offering free domestic (US) shipping on all items in the shop.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

November Updates

Although I have not posting much on the blog since the beginning of October, I have been making lot of art on variety of surfaces using several different media. The picture above and immediately below are chalk drawings on oil cloth.

The two below were drawn for the Inktober challenge using India ink on vintage music and map pages.

The one below is my current passion: painting on rocks. I think there are about two dozen here!

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Reading List

Though I spend a lot of time doing art, I also make time to read, fiction and non-fiction. Yesterday, I made a list of all the books I finished in the last 3-4 months. I have also rated them, five  stars being the highest. 

1. Perumal Murugan: Seasons of the Palm (English translation from Tamil)*****
2. Hari Kunzru: White Tears ****
3. Akhil Sharma: Family Life ***1/2
4. Stephen King: On Writing ***1/2 (non-fiction)
5. Walter Mosley: Charcoal Joe ****
6. Jesmyn Ward: Salvage the Bones ****1/2
7. Joe Ide: IQ ****1/2
8. Rahul Mehta: No Other World *** 1/2
9. Kathleen Collins: Whatever Happened to Interracial Marriage ****1/2
10. Rakesh Satyal: Nobody Can Pronounce My Name ***1/2
11. Lisa Congdon: Art Inc. **** (non-fiction)
12. Austin Kleon: Show Your Work ***1/2 (non-fiction)

On my desk: 
13. John Farrell: Richard Nixon (non-fiction)
14. Elizabeth Strout: Anything is Possible

As you can see, my taste in fiction runs towards either those written by non-white authors or about non-white lives. It was not always so. When I first started reading English fiction, there were only books written by whites and almost all men. Thankfully, in the last two decades, the world of book publication has expanded significantly to include Black, Asian, Latino and gay voices. More importantly, the local libraries are also stocking them in greater numbers. In the list above, all but three were borrowed from my local library. It is my guess that my town library relies on the New York Times Book Review and its best seller list to help determine its purchases and that works out fine for me.
What have you been reading in recent times? Any from my list? Please share in the comment section.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

August Artworks

I am presently in India visiting my sister in Chennai, Tamilnadu. I brought with me just a few select art supplies: watercolors and chalk pastels. Surprisingly, chalk has turned out to be easiest and most effective way to create art on the fly. With just a 9"x 11" reusable vinyl chalkboard cloth and a box of colored chalks and a few wet paper towels, I am able to capture the fleeting images of life here in Chennai. Chalk art, by definition, is ephemeral. My visit too is of short duration. Somehow, the medium and the subject seem to have found each other.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sights and Sounds of Chennai

I am presently visiting my sister in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. Chennai in August is a lovely place to be. The weather is pleasant with moderate temperatures. It is the beginning of the monsoon season and the trees and the flowers show off their best colors. The birds feel happy and sing. Even the gaunt strays that dot the landscape look more hopeful and move around with more energy. Below is a sample of the sights and sounds of Chennai in August

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Cats on Rocks!

I never had a pet in my entire life but if I ever got one it would be a cat. Several years ago, my daughter, on one of her visits, brought her cat with her. I greatly enjoyed having that little feline around. Cats I think, make a great subject for art. It is that blank, inscrutable face which lends itself to all kinds of anthropomorphic imagination.  An artist can project any kind of emotion (innocence, love, mischief, malice etc) on it and have lots of fun doing it. A cat, obviously, has no way of objecting it!

These two paintings were done on rocks using acrylic paints.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Etude in Blue

I have always loved blue in all its variations. My preference for blue show up not only in my artwork but also in the clothes I wear and in home decor (the color of the sofa, throw cushions, draperies). The only place where there is no use for blue is in the food I make!

Of late, I have been making art (in various forms) with lots of blue. It has been quiet intentional, a way of branding my art. I also feel that when I do something in blue it usually comes out better. The picture above and below are little gems created on river rocks. The third picture is a pattern on a blue background drawn on a cigar box inspired by indigo dyed Indian bed linens.

The last photo below is a pencil sketch I made last night. I leave it to you to guess who it is. In drawing this sketch I followed a tip given by a well known cartoonist which is to focus on the most distinguishing feature of the subject and to exaggerate it, like Carter's teeth, Bill Clinton's nose or Obama's ears. Here I focused on the hairdo. My daughter thinks it is the lips that is the giveaway. You be the judge :)

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