Smile Plz - is an oil painting on canvas of size-12"x16". During my recent visit to see my father who is staying in a beautiful village near Madurai in South India, I had equipped myself with a digital camera, to click some great shots of the beautiful sceneries there. But what really struck me was the people themselves rather than the sceneries. The life style there is very slow and leisuely. Nobody is in a hurry to finish their work, nor tensed to get anywhere. They always have a ready smile for visitors, and ever ready to pose for photograhs! I saw this grandma-grandson duo washing clothes, and casually asked for permission to click a photo. They immediately gave brilliant smiles which could match only the sunlight there! I did not have the heart to tell them to give me a natural pose, and so clicked them as they were--that is in their natural themselves! So I was lucky enough to click not just the beautiful sceneries in the village, but the essence and mood of the people there! I am really glad to paint this picture, because I was able to live through the smiles and happy mood of the people as long as I was painting them. I hope the smile has caught on to u too.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The bright short colored (two differnt hues of blue here) heavy silk Kanchi saree (hand woven in Kancheepuram) with real gold woven border is representative of our traditional South Indian wedding dresswear. The long string of woven jasmine flowers is worn on the hair along with lots of bangles for the hands. A South Indian bride is dressed very colorfully. I hope to paint a figurative version of the Indian bride- some time in the near future.
Enthused on seeing my painting of the 'Jogger's Path - spring time', my son-in -law clicked some photos of the same jogger's path scene covered with snow during winter, and sent me via email (I was back home in India). As I had already been in this same spot and had a feel of the place and atmosphere here, I was able to transform it into a painting. This paitning is for him.
Monday, November 12, 2007
The Grinding Stone - is an acrylic on canvas painting of size- 24"x30".
This is a grinding stone traditionally used in India to wet grind while cooking. With the invention of electric wet grinders, this stone is used less and less nowadays. But I can assure you, that 'chutneys' made by grinding with this stone tastes way better than if -ground in an electric grinder. I guess this is because, the food is press ground in this, unlike being cut by blades in an electric grinder.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Hampi is a beautiful historical place in Karnataka famous for its temple ruins left by Rajahs (Kings) of yester years. One such ruin can be seen here on the hill. Photographs were taken during a teppa (boat) ride on the River Tungabadra, and used as reference for this painting.