What’s wrong with that?

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You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs.

But I look around me and I see it isnt so.

Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs.

And whats wrong with that?

Silly Love Songs by Paul McCartney

Once, every few months or so it seems a song strikes a chord in me and becomes a favourite….. until the next one comes around.  But the old ones are not forgotten.  I’ve found that at first I dont hear the words and what creates that immediate impact is the melody.  It’s got to be that else why would I have favourites in languages I dont understand?  Familiarity is a factor but I think the key is the melody and the passion with which it is sung.   Does this happen to you too?

current favourite hindi song

Kabhi kabhi aditi zindagi mein yuhi koi apna lagta hai,
Kabhi kabhi aditi wo bichad jaaye to ek sapna lagta hai,
Aise mein koi kaise apne aasuon ko behne se roke?
Aur kaise koi soch le everything’s gonna be ok?

Kabhi kabhi to lage zindagi mein rahi naa khushi aur naa mazaa,
Kabhi kabhi to lage har din mushkil aur har pal ek sazaa,
Aise mein koi kaise muskuraye, kaise hass de khush hoke?
Aur kaise koi soch le everything gonna be ok?

Soch zara jaane jaa tujhko hum kitna chahte hai,
Rote hai hum bhi agar teri aankhon mein aasu aate hai,
Gaana to aata nahi hai magar phir bhi hum gaate hai,
Ki aditi maan kabhi , kabhi saare jahan mein andhera hota hai,
Lekin raat ke baad hi to savera hota hai..

and the one just before that

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Still Life with Kuhu – 1 & 2

Still Life at Kuhu's

I’m thrilled to be studying with Kuhu once more.  Her exhibition was a big hit.  And while she’s preparing for the next one in March she is giving us a few lessons gratis.  The plan is to learn to capture form and the use of colours using Still Life and a model.

A plaster of paris bust of a woman was set up on the table on a red cloth with a black backdrop.   On day 1, I added colours in quantities I would never have imagined to an object that is white.  I was aware of reflected colours and did notice some pinks here and there.  On my own I would’ve added a few strokes of pink to these areas towards the end.  We used a lot of red, blue, yellow and black.  We also learnt to use a viewfinder to compose.

I was pleasantly surprised to see it coming together today.  It needs a few more layers to make the it look like it’s been made of plaster of paris instead of concrete.  For a while it was looking human and so I’m excited that at the end of day 2 it is beginning to resemble the bust!  I hope you think it looks like one too.

KMP 10/100

KMP 9/100 was made in May last year and I had thought then that I’d do many many more. I’ve taken it up again this year. This is my first. I have to got back and refresh my memory as once again I’ve taken liberties while painting the lights, darks and shadows.

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There was this beautiful photograph of my friend standing with the afternoon sunlight streaming down on her to one side, probably through windows to one side or an open door. I cant remember. I’ve kept this reference aside to paint as there was something special in it.

In keeping with the requirements ( the ones that I remembered ) I made a rough sketch with a marker laying down the shadow / dark areas. The second piece was made with oils on illustration board which had previously been primed with leftover acrylic paints. I hope to come back someday to make that painting.


KMP’s are skill building exercises advised by Kevin Macpherson in his book Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color. I started these in 2007 and am continuing with it in 2010. If you want to know more about this set of exercises click here.

Mixed Media

When it is finished it’ll qualify for the title given to this post. So far it is in acrylics and today I plan to add oil paints to it. I’ve added a couple of layers of wash to the background and to the two male figures in it to make that part of the painting recede. Looks like a lot more of something is required before that happens. Any suggestions? Plan to add some texture to the woman in the middle to make sure that she is the focus of the painting.

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Update : Later in the day 😀 : one more wip. this time the layer with oil and two options using layers in art rage to make the background recede.

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Update : Feb 7, 2008 : This is the first piece in which I’ve used both acrylics and oil. Though I’d used acrylics to tone the canvas before starting in oil, it had never crossed my mind to make a more complete painting in acrylic and then add oil until Bob Martin suggested it. He helped me immensely by making a demo and posting a step-by-step to illustrate his process. I have to thank him for this piece. You can see the final version here.

Once more with feeling

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Update : November 23, 2007 : Worked some more on the portrait today.  Still very much a limited palette.  Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue ( used by mistake 😛 ) Yellow Ochre, Titanium White and a teeny weeny bit of Sap Green.  And oh I did use and equally tiny amount of cadmium red medium.

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November 21, 2007 : I am making very slow progress on the WetCanvas Annual Portrait swap project. Incredible portraits have been started, finished and are in the process of being mailed out. If you want a treat go and have a look.

I’m one of the few in the group still stuck in the early stages. The 10″ by 12″ canvas board proved to be too small. I was waiting for my husband to return with some larger canvas boards [ i always have an excuse 😛 ]. Giving it another go on one that is 12″ by 16″.

The first layer was drawn using burnt sienna thinned down with turpentine. Today, I added in some white and burnt umber to separate out the light and dark areas. I’ve managed to shorten the length of the face a bit today but it needs to be shortened some more and the features need to be reworked. Leaving that for tomorrow night. 😀

Annual Portrait Swap at WetCanvas!

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I forgot to add two more commitments for the month of November. Six and Seven. One was accepting an invitation for an exhibition, my first. And a second was helping a friend key in and sort out some text for her brochure.

The first casualty in this list of 7 activities has been 50,000 words for Nanowrimo. When the matter of the exhibition came up it took a backseat. I did write 6519 words and may add more to it when I find the time but it’s unlikely to be in November.

Here’s step one of the portrait for the Annual WetCanvas swap. 10″ X 12″ oil on canvas board.

A week of Nablopomo

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This is based on a photograph of a teenage girl. An attempt has been made to turn her into a young boy to see if I can play around with references instead of using them exactly as they are. Tried out a couple of variations for the background. For the first time I had a problem with the blending tool and gave up quickly. A visit to the Ambient forum for a solution is due. I’ll be working on this some more once the blending problem gets sorted out and hope to use it as a study for a larger piece either in oil or acrylics.
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Three, Four and Five

Self Portrait

In yesterdays post, I talked about the first two of my Going Nuts in November projects. This post expands on the other three 😀

The third project. While reading about Nanowrimo I can across Nablopomo, which is about blogging everyday for a month. Sounded like a good idea to me but when I went to sign up I realised that it was for the month of November. Did that stop me?? And now for everyday in November, I’ll be attempting to make a post a day.

The fourth project.

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And then came the realisation that last year, around this time, I’d taken part for the first time in the 3rd Annual Portrait swap being held at WetCanvas! How could I not participate again? And so I signed up for that too. 😀 ( The portraits above are from last years swap )

And the fifth acitivity is attending an art appreciation course with either Rokeya Sultana or Javed Jalil at the Art Club Gallery. I have to go over in the next couple of days to sign up.  I’d like to take sessions with both of them but then I think I’ll be asking for more trouble 😀

Now that you know the whole story – Wish me luck!

About the painting at the top of this post. One more wip. Started this self portrait several nights back. I’m hoping to progress it further before my hair grows back! There is a slight tilt to the head as I was peeping from behind the easel to look into the full length mirror on my cupboard. Oil on a 10″ X 12″ canvas.

Variety is the spice of life!

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Finally, I’ve decided to accept that in art I like to do different things all at the same time. I have not been able to stick with one medium though I tried hard. Instead of wasting energy I am going to allow myself to go with the flow. Though I continue to stay focussed on one subject – people, my experiments with various medium will continue unhindered. Makes me happy just typing it in. 😀

The piece above is 10″ X 12″ oil on canvas and the one below is acrylics on a 20″ X 30″ canvas. One is from an old b&w photograph and the second is my imagination. Both need work. The one above a little and the one below a lot more.

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Loosening up

September 16,2007 : The paint was wet on the first painting and I wasn’t ready to go back and finish the Ashulia Lady and so I decided to experiment some more. There was this beautiful, strong B&W photograph,taken by Anil, of a common friend. The thinking was that a monochrome painting would be different from what I’d been working on lately. I started off fine with a limited palette, mixing blacks and greys but one thing led to another and soon I was laying color over the black and white layers. It wasn’t an underpainting as I didn’t wait that long.

Getting a reasonable likeness was an important factor as I planned to gift it if it turned out well. My husband gave me good feedback both on likeness and the style I was employing. I had to stop as I was going out for dinner.

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I had initially planned on waiting till I got the colour reference from Anil. When we returned that night I couldnt resist taking a peek at it. The changes that needed to be made were shouting out at me and I couldn’t resist. Jumped right in and it was another very late night. 😀

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The first photograph was taken that night and the second yesterday evening. The actual piece is somewhere between the two. Closer to the second photo. I havent worked on it since Thursday. I’m quite happy with where it is now. Need to just fix a few of the features, like the ear, hair etc. and then I’m calling it done.

I would love to hear from you on whether you think this is looser than my earlier paintings? If you havent see any of the others, would you independently consider this to be painterly and “loose”? Whether you like colours to blend smoothly from one to another in a painting or prefer it to look painterly?

Comments and suggestions always welcome. I wanted to put in a poll to make things easier for you to give me some feedback but there doesnt seem to be an easy solution for a wordpress.com blog. If you know of one, do let me know.

Update : September 18, 2007 : I tried to do some major fixing and am now in a soup 😀 I did like it better at stage 2. Lucien Freud has been on my mind for a while and I think you can see his influence. I guess I’ll keep on going. The photographs below are from last night and this afternoon.

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Photo reference copyright Anil Advani used with permission.