'My personal philosophy is to open people's minds to the beauty of our times and the scenes of everyday life around us' - usha

Friday, March 3, 2017

Study of landscape painting in various styles has always been my love. Nature is so wonderful and full of bounty and gives me a free hand in trying her out, and helps me to keep discovering her again and again in various forms to my hearts content. 

Recently I did a study of some landscapes in an abstract point of view, trying to discover the hidden colors and natural designs in them.

9x12 inches
acrylic on canvas

Colors of nature
acrylic on canvas

acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Black and White paintings

My recent group art show at Venkatappa Art Gallery called 'Black and White' inspired me to paint a number of smaller paintings. The subject matter is the famed 'Lal Bagh Lake' of Bengaluru. Executed in the 'impasto' style, these paintings are not only visual, they can also be felt by running the fingers across the canvas.

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Lal Bagh Lake Reflections is Black and White 3
Size 8x10 inches
medium - acrylic on canvas board

Lal Bagh Lake Reflections is Black and White 2
Size 8x10 inches
medium - acrylic on canvas board

Lal Bagh Lake Reflections is Black and White1
Size 8x10 inches
medium - acrylic on canvas board

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fathomless - Black and White painting

acrylic painting on stretched canvas - gallery wrap
painted on the sides

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The beautiful and serene Lal Bagh Lake is the inspiration for this painting. For regular morning walkers at Lal Bagh, this is a familiar sight while walking on the jogger's path around the Lake. Loved capturing the reflections on canvas. This time made away with the brush, and used a palette knife to spread the buttery paints on the canvas. You can see the strokes, and even feel the raised surface by running your fingers on the canvas.

By the way, Lal Bagh is the famed park situated in the heart of Bengluru city- a breath of fresh air for the ever busy Bangaloreans. 
This painting was recently displayed at my group art show called 'Black and White', held at Venkatappa Art Gallery Bengaluru.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Infinity in Black and White - acrylic painitng

The Lal Bagh Park and the Lake has always been an inspiration for many of my paintings. But this time it is a visualization of this beautiful park in 'Black and White'. Is nature any less beautiful without its colors?  Never. We can still enjoy its hidden shapes and shades. 

I have executed this painting using the palette knife and large blobs of paint, forgetting for some time that the paint in the pot was disappearing fast. It was a large surface to cover - 28x34 inches in fact. But it was just an amazing experience painting this with palette knife.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Black and White - themed group art show at Venkatappa Art Gallery

I am really enjoying so much of love and camaraderie with so many fellow artists whom I keep meeting during this beautiful 'Black and White' themed group art show at Venkatappa Art Gallery - Bengaluru.

Here are some photos of the beautiful moments during the show. I hope to add some more photos during the week, as the show is still going on, and will end on 23rd Oct 2016, Sunday.

If you happen to be in Bangalore, don't miss the opportunity to visit this colorful (pun intended) show. :). Timings 11am to 7pm.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

BLACK AND WHITE - my upcoming group art show at Venkatappa Art Gallery Bengaluru

Up coming is my group art show called 'Black and White', organized by Akanksha, curated by artist Shyamala Ramanand, to be held at Venkatappa Art Gallery in Bengaluru. Below is the Invitation to the show, in which 50 artists will be taking part in two batches.

My contribution consists of 2 large paintings that I did of the Lal Bagh Lake with its reflections. As this is a themed art show, I was limited to using only the colors black and white for the paintings. I decided to use palette knives instead of brushes this time. Large blobs of paint applied with a palette knife tends to leave beautiful impasto impressions, that gives a raised effect, and the strokes can be felt by running the fingers on the canvas.  My paintings will be displayed in the second batch which starts on 19th October 2016 through 23rd October 2016.

My thoughts - The Lal Bagh park of Bengaluru continues to be a never ending source of inspiration for my paintings, and this time I had the opportunity to visualize the beautiful park in black and white. I learnt this time that colors are an extension of beauty, while the true essence of nature lies in the simplicity of its hidden shapes and designs.

If you happen to be at Bangalore, don't miss this opportunity to view  these beautiful black and white paintings by 50 artists.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Painting a Still Life from a real set up of Flowers and Vase - at Reves Art Gallery Bangalore

It was a cozy gathering at the workshop held at Reves Art Gallery, and the participants were a cheerful group ever so eager to grasp whatever I had to present. Gallery owner and artist Mrs Rajini Rekha set up a beautiful Flower arrangement for the participants to paint, which all of them painted with enthusiasm in an informal atmosphere, enjoying the strokes, the chatting and the lovely meal spread by the gallery. It was a beautiful experience. 

This workshop got extended by one more day and so I have added a few more photos where the participant paints 'Goddess Lakshmi' with a smiling face.