Saturday, March 24, 2012

Wax + Color = Lots of fun!

Drop-offs, pick-ups, meetings, gallery sitting, some more meetings, inventorying, accounting, taxes, more meetings, more drop-offs and pick-ups, rejection, acceptance, selling, inventorying, accounting, a few more meetings... Phew!!!
And 2.5 years back when I quit my job all I wanted to do was paint and blog. And these days I seem to be doing very little of both. May be its time to take a break from the break.

So I did just that! A friend of mine, who is a fabulous and famous artist of the area, Corina Alvarezdelugo was teaching a two day immersion with Encaustic. I jumped at the opportunity to try a new medium and have fun playing and Learning.

I was her only student, I know lucky me! So it turned out to be a weekend of fun, adventure, catching-up and ART. The best kind off weekend.

I learnt about the history of the medium, the versatility it provides, various techniques like fusing, scrapping, stamping, torching and much more!

Who knew Wax could be so much fun, until a few years back I thought all you could do with it is make candles.

The only thing I can say to sum-up the fun is... I AM IN LOVE AGAIN!!
Yes, that's how much I loved it.

And now I am looking forward to an awesome creatively fun weekend learning about Pulp, Paper, Pigment and Wax! Yes to that!
Stay tuned, more details coming soon.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

All that I do and don't

I know I let the ball drop on this one once again! I know, I had resolved to be more consistent but sometimes life just takes over... or may be I was being lazy. I will let you take a pick.
What was I doing? Having fun! A commission piece, Traveling, celebrating surviving the 7 year itch and being sick. 
They say a picture is worth a million words, so this blog post is going to have a few million words for you all to see/read.
© The Great Indian Ceremony, Mixed Media on Canvas, 18X24.
The first commission this year was a wedding gift from one friend to another. I love Love Stories and happily ever afters, so this painting was just double the fun. 
© Work in Progress, after about 4 layers.
I started off with first layering the canvas with some bits of party paper. And then I stained it with turmeric water, I absolutely love the rich yellow it leaves behind. And started building in layers of things synonymous to an Indian wedding. A palanquin in the background, layers of traditional patterns used in wedding cards, gold foil and more. I worked through around 7-8 layers, before I started painting the Bride and the Groom exchanging garlands in the Foreground. Finishing off with the names of the Bride and Groom the gift was meant for and a rich gold leaf border.

© The Gold Leaf Border
The timing of this painting was perfect, I was working on it as I was gearing up to celebrating our 7 year wedding anniversary. A fun event with friends and family and a week long of partying, home upgrades and more.
© Hari and Me, with our "Mini" Anniversary gift.
What next? The most exciting project of them all. Oil Drum Art! Yes, you got it my next canvas is a 55 Gallon oil drum and my inspiration is energy. 

Stay Tuned, I might be late but I am always back to post more. 

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