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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Monday, March 25, 2013

View from my Studio: Migration

Spring Visitor: Osprey_Photography
© Joyita Neerkaje
Yes! The much awaited Spring is here! I know the current temperatures say otherwise, but our surrounding is getting ready so the warmer days cannot be too much far behind. The best thing about the view from my studio is watching the seasons change, the birds coming in for hellos and goodbyes, until we meet again, next year.
Spring Visitor: Canada Goose_Photography
© Joyita Neerkaje
Bird Migration is a fascinating phenomenon. I recently learnt that around 1800 different species of birds migrate seasonally for nourishment. They navigate across countries, sometimes continents using simple celestial cues and slight changes in earths magnetic field! This mega adventure comes with its risks of predators and mortality. But still every year they flock together and embark on their journey. 
The flight in between (Mute Swans)_Photography
©Joyita Neerkaje
Artists are no different. 
We are a migratory species and our creative process feeds on explorations and new discoveries. We move materially, disciplinarily to find nourishment for our creative process. 
My switch back and forth between painting and photography or switching from abstract to representational, falling in and out of love with various materials are all signs of migration.
There are risks, but sometimes its important for the creative to get started on the journey, be lost for a while until we find our way again. 

Try it, you will be amazed! 

P.S- If you want to read more about Bird Migration and the birds in this post here are the Wikipedia Links for you:
Bird Migration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_migration
Osprey: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey
Canada Goose: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Goose
Mute Swans: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mute_Swan

Sunday, March 17, 2013

View from Studio Window: Spread your wings!

Taking the Leap of faith
© Joyita Neerkaje

“When you have come to the edge of all the light you have
And step into the darkness of the unknown
Believe that one of the two will happen to you
Either you'll find something solid to stand on
Or you'll be taught how to fly!”
- Richard Bach

It's all about just spreading your wings and stepping in the unknown, that where the fun happens. Sometimes creative process is as simple as dipping a paint brush in just about any color and making a bright mark on the pristine white canvas/paper. Try it, it works!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

View from Studio: Sunset

Light Shinning Through
© Joyita Neerkaje

Funny things about day and night, they are eternally connected, but never together. Except during sunrise and sunset. That's only time that they have a brief rendezvous as they touch each other, splash the sky with brilliance and then Poof! one of them disappears. 

Life is a sunset!

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Monday, March 11, 2013

View from Studio: Night Lights

Midnight at the Marina
© Joyita Neerkaje
Day light brings with it the chirping of the birds, flying around being busy. A clear blue sky, shapes of clouds, everything crisp and clear.

But sometimes the best images are that of the night. Because darkness brings with it its own romance, the stark contrast of the flirty flickering of light against a night sky, dance of the fireflies, a mystery.
Midnight Bokeh
© Joyita Neerkaje

I have always been inspired by that mystery. Cobble stone pavement, flickering street lights, glow of the full moon, shadows dancings... scary and romantic all at once.

I love working in the still of the night and it was time I posted a view that inspires me on most days.


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Friday, March 1, 2013

The Liebster Blog Award

I am not sure of 'Blog Award Acceptance' protocols, as this is the first one I have got.
But I want to start with thanking my friend, fellow artist and blogger Susan Ernst for the honor.
Her blogs provide an interesting insight into the creative process involved with paper making, printmaking and mixed media art.

Now you must be wondering what this award is all about?
I wish Wikipedia had an article about it in its library. But for now you have to just believe what I say:)

This Blog Award is given to the best blogger in all universe, including Alien Civilizations!
Don't believe me? Well I guess that was a bit of an exaggeration :)

Jokes apart, after a couple hours of google search this is all I could find about the award.
While its unclear how and when it started, I gathered that this award is of German Origin. Liebster meaning favorite in German. Its awarded to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.

It has pretty simple rules:

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award... don't forget to Link Back!
  2. Give the award to five bloggers who are your favorite (and with less than 200 followers)
  3. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know.

Here are my top 5 favorite blogs:

  1. Abhinash Padhi's amazing blog about his photographs! Although his new born baby has been keeping him away from blogosphere for the moment.
  2. Corina's Art Blog which she uses to update readers with all the cool workshops and art shows in the New Haven CT area.
  3. Dora Ficher's Blog which is all about her working table, her creative process, art workshops and more.
  4. Donna Iona Drozda's blog about Following the Moon and dancing like Luna-Tic :)
  5. And since I am a foodie here's one for all Foodies out there who are looking for healthy yet Delicious recipes 'Food Chirps'.
Hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I do!

P.S- Click on the names, they are all linked to the respective blogs.

Monday, February 25, 2013

View from Studio: Flight

© Joyita Neerkaje

“He spoke of very simple things- that it is right for a gull to fly, that freedom is the very nature of his being, that whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form.
"Set aside," came a voice from the multitude, "even if it be the Law of the Flock?"
"The only true law is that which leads to freedom," Jonathan said. "There is no other.”
― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Creative Process is no different! 

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Friday, February 22, 2013

View from Studio: Reflection

Is this the window to what really is?
© Joyita Neerkaje
Reflections are everywhere. In water, side of a building, glass, in our thoughts.
On a still (calm) day reflections are crisp and clear, mirroring the world. 

But on a slightly turbulent days things get murkier, shapes begin to form, abstraction of shapes begin to happen... colors mix into each other and nothing is exactly what it seems to be. 

Both hold its own beauty! 

When we get busy 'living' and wrapped up in daily chores, sometimes important things get neglected. Those times it okay to be lazy, get back into the coziness of the comforter and just re-group with self. While life must be lived in forward motion, to truly understand its meaning, and to right all the wrongs we need to stop every few steps and look backwards.

They say past cannot be changed, but I often catch myself asking.... CAN IT?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

View from my Studio: Rain

Little bird singing by my window
© Joyita Neerkaje

It's raining.
Some run for shelter,
Others just soak it in
Getting soaked alone is reflective
Soaked with a friend; adventure.
Sitting by the window,
Listening to this bird sing
I reflect
And dream about my future adventures.
- Joyita Neerkaje

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Monday, February 18, 2013

View from my Studio: Frost

Macro of some frost formed on my window
© Joyita Neerkaje

Frost on cold Wintery days grows on the window glass,

forming patterns of lovely translucent geometry.
Light shining through it.
It holds inside the flow of its past, the expanse of the entire sky.
Clear and Distinct.
I see mountains, rivers and entire cities;
children playing...
What do you see?

 - Joyita Neerkaje

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Friday, February 15, 2013

View from my Studio

View from my Studio: American Bald Eagle
© Joyita Neerkaje
I am one lucky artist!
The Best part of having a Studio converted from an old Mill is the History behind the house, the amazing small details of construction and the Gigantic Windows! A view to beauty, inspirations and possibilities.
And having a window that faces water is just perfect!

For this year I wanted to do a series of Blog Posts on what I see.
I hope these images inspire you as much as they inspire me.

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