November 15, 2017

Wilderness Sojourn







I havent posted here for a long time! But I am in touch with all the blogs I enjoy. I had a great vacation to Masai Mara recently and I wanted to do a few landscapes from the trip. Including  people or animals in to my landscapes is not my forte. But I still went ahead doing it.
Maasai Mara National Reserve is an area of preserved savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya,. Its animals include lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos. Wildebeest traverse its plains during their annual migration. The landscape has grassy plains and rolling hills, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers. The area nearby is dotted with villages of Maasai people.

August 5, 2017

Some Seaside stories

Zen, 8 by 10 inches oil
"The ocean waters is still.. so is her mind, And the soul enriched a bit more.!"
Spent quite some time at the sea recently and could not keep myself away from trying some stories! I took a few photos and changed the characters , keeping the backgrounds as they were.  Switching over to figurative did rejuvenate me and I cant wait to be back doing landscapes again!

Feeling the Unfathomable, 8 by 10 inches oil
"Yes, at least feel it if not be able to measure it!"
Looking Within , 8 by 10 inches oil
"When the what is in front gets unfathomable, looking within is possible!"
Treasure Hunt, 8 by 10 inches oil
"Only when we explore, shall we come across the treasures of life!"

Together we stand, oil, 8 by 10 inches
"Together they stand for a photograph, but that very moment could be relived later at any stage of their lives, the memory stands the test of time"





July 19, 2017

My Artfinder Gem/ Andrii Bilonozhko

This blog post is not about my own paintings for a change! And it still feels excited two reasons! Because it is for a competition announced by ARTFINDER that I want to participate in and because I get to write about one of my favorite artists!

I havent written about any artist"s works so far though I have made some strong connections with so many of them..One such strong connection happened with the beautiful works of the artist from Ukraine  Andrii Bilonozhko
I am a person of vibrant colors and I still can not understand why his black and white works touched my soul! The law of Physics?  May be I truly saw some 'colors" there in my mind"s eye. His compositions are very unique. Each one is so different from the other and stand with its own solid story. I am so fond of stories and who is not! I seem to travel in to his creations surrealistically and my imagination runs wild with my own stories, exploring the nooks and corners, sometimes making me nostalgic with my own past experiences, sometimes with my future goals and desires to be fulfilled and of course sometimes the most precious present. I think spontaneity is the prominent element I find in every subject he deals with and which I am attracted to. Moreover the technically sound aspects of his photography which I am not aware of, but which I feel intuitively make his works faultless!
I would love to talk about a few of his works at least though I could write pages about everything else he has created. The few works that got really deep in to me.

The Ladder in the old house
His new work " The ladder in the old house" took me straight to my childhood. I had several cousins that I grew up with and all of us together used to visit our grand father's house during summer. His old house had a a very similar ladder that ended up to an wooden attic.This attic was our favorite place to play hide and seek, god knows how many times I have slipped down that ladder, yet, the ladder played a big role for my summer vacations! See, this is how I could immediately connect to the above work.
 
The CourtYard

Some times the abstractness he brings in with his subjects so well known to us is intriguing like in the above work "Courtyard. 

The steps

Countless times might I have walked up and down the steps in my home but never once paused to admire its structure and perspective! I did exactly that with his awe inspiring work "Steps", the light and shade he has achieved accentuates the form so well!

The Drainpipe

The drain pipe in my balcony clogs so often and each time after the rain I need to unclog it from the falling leaves from the tree above .I almost hate it as lifeless and mundane. The same Drainpipe becomes a hero through his lenses! How can I not admire it! I dont hate my drainpipe anymore!
In awe that I am with his works, my senses work over time and introduce me to a new experience each time I visit his profile.
I hope you take a look at his masterpieces and hope you enjoy as much as I do! Feel free to enjoy the other artworks as well, some of them are mind blowing!


 

July 4, 2017

The Pigeon Stories

''You are mine", 8 by 10 inches oil
"Wedding wishes" 8 by 10 inches oil


 "Secret Talk " 8 by 10 inches oil

You are not alone, 8 by 10 inches oil
Took a temporary departure from landscapes to figurative to avoid stagnation that I was beginning to feel! My existence in Oman is very much connected to the pigeons that visit me everyday at the window. First I spent hours looking at them and later on began to converse with them, these conversations became a habit! Trying to say a story with just two characters, the lady and the pigeon. The story is also left to the viewers imagination to elaborate further!

March 15, 2017

Hovering over the Marigolds

Hovering over the Marigolds, 12 by 16 inches oil
I have been a story teller  and it feels like I was in my previous birth! Somewhere down my artistic journey I focused more on developing a style and the story telling took a back seat. But yes, basically I love to tell stories with my art and that passion is still inside though dormant! The inspiration behind this work was  both the sky and the earth. I can spend hours looking at the clouds, some times hovering and some other times moving so fast that they challenge my brain to come up with stories, each shape becoming a new character! But I lost interest in the sky when I talked to the farmers working in this marigolds fields. I saw crates of marigolds just thrown all the way along the road that were obviously not sold. I could not come to terms with the idea of throwing them. I mean, how could you throw! But, yes, the farmers were beyond emotions, they sounded more practical and did not stop their relentless work. They displayed a lot of wisdom that stressed the need to go along the flow in life, this wisdom I think probably was gained by their experience. I did offer to buy the thrown ones, but it seemed against their principles to sell withered ones and my offer was promptly refused!