Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What Should I Paint next?

The Green Door_Digital Photography
© Joyita Neerkaje
"For the artist, the issue of acceptance begins as one simple, haunting question: When your work is counted, will it be counted as Art?" - from the book Art & Fear.

Nothing kills the creative spirit more than asking yourself "What can I paint that people will buy?" It's almost like pretending to be someone you are not, or wear a mask every time you step out because people might not like how you look. Not that there is anything wrong with painting to please others... But my personal problem is making peace with something I created, but do not relate to.

The thing about seeking acceptance/ approval is that its a power held by others. Whether they be friends, potential buyers or curators at galleries. Do I really want to give that much power to someone I don't even know very well? People who will approach my work with their individual biases no matter what.

So I decide to have complete control, all the power, follow my heart and create honest art, risk exposing my deepest self. I am sure there will be a few passers by who will stop, notice and respond to my view of the world if I am persistent enough.
My only fear, I might not be around to experience it.

And it all comes back to the very same question once again "What do I paint Next?"

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Norwich, Until we meet again...

Norwich Harbor_Digital Photography
© Joyita Neerkaje
Last few months have been crazy! I moved from Connecticut to California. I never thought moving could amount to so much work and so much heart ache! I am always going to miss Norwich CT, a place which felt like home, a place I have learnt a lot about myself and not to forget the spectacular view I had from my home studio, my inspiration.

So on my very last day, I drove around the entire town for one last time and captured all things that I loved. A portrait of this beautiful New England town, through my eyes.

To see the rest of the series Click Here.

Friday, March 29, 2013

View from Studio: Clouds

© Joyita Neerkaje

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” 

- Ravindranath Tagore

No matter how many more words I write in this post, I can never top this quote by Tagore. As an artist I admire the depth, texture and interest that clouds bring to any landscape. 

Clouds, bring me some color
© Joyita Neerkaje

I always have and always will be absolutely fascinated by the sky and the beautiful fluffy clouds. Whether they are there as just white cotton against a blue sky or the grey layer bringing news of rain (and snow) with silver linings around them; they all look spectacular.
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