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

Monday, December 28, 2009

Portrait of a Rose series -1 -- oil painting of a RED ROSE BUD


Portait of a rose series -1 
oil painting on canvas
size 6x8 inch   

Monday, December 14, 2009

Portrait of a rose series 8 - oil painting - PROFILE OF A RED ROSE


'Profile of a Red Rose' is an oil painting on canvas of size 6"x8". - Rose Series
Painting a rose is always a challenge, because no two roses are ever the same.

God had created this rose in such a vibrant red, that the temptation to try it on canvas was great.
I have applied thick oil paint in the 'impasto' style to give the textured effect, and chose different types of red to create the light and shadow effect.

This may take some time to dry in this cold weather of Bangalore but it was a pleasure painting this 'profile of red rose'.  

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Recently I hosted a competition on Fine Art America.com , in which 102 artists worldwide took part, and 106 artworks were submitted.

Today's post is dedicated to the 3 winners of the contest, and will be introduced to the Indian public.

The contest was called - HOW YOU LOOK AT YOURSELF - 'SELF PORTRAIT' contest. It was very interesting to see how the artists portrayed themselves, and expressed themselves in all mediuns, including digital photography. The members of Fine Art America voted 3 winners out of them.

1. The first prize went to artiist Deborah Macquarrie from Canada, who won with 8 votes for her artwork called 'ME'.

She loves art and photography,and donates proceeds to run homes for children in Africa and third world countries.

I interviewed her, and this is how it went.-

1. Who inspired you to paint. My father was an inspiration to me. He was an artist and had been featured in a big gallery since he was 12 yrs old. His talents were wonderful and he has blessed me by passing it on to me.
2.Can u brief on your work in Africa. I operate orphanages in Ghana, Uganda and also in India. I am planning on going to India with in the next year. I am not rich at all but what I have I give. It is my way of life.
3. Who is your favourite artist. I really do not have a favorite artist as my style differ so much. I just love the freedom to be me in my art work be it painting, photography or digital work.

Deborah Macquarrie

website: http://artworkbydeborah.shutterfly.com/

2. The second place was won by artist Lee Boyd from the United Kingdom, who won with 5 votes for his artwork called 'Face of Redundancy'

3. The third place was won by artist Lee Malvin Plate from the United States of America, who won with 4 votes for his artwork also called 'ME' . Lee M Plate is fascinated by the cultural aspects to India.

The contest has been a pleasant experience for me as I got to know so many artists worldwide. Click HERE to see all the artworks submitted for the self portrait contest.

Prints of my paintings can be purchased at Fine Art America.

Monday, November 23, 2009

White Gladiolli - oil painting on ebay auction - sold

WHITE GLADIOLI - flower arrangement in a glass vase

This painting is on auction on ebay.
To bid: http://cgi.ebay.in/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300370162950&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
White Gladiolli - is an oil painting on canvas of size 6"x8". I paint small paintings in a regular basis, and post them on my small paintings blog - Usha's Affordable paintings blog .

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Group Exhibition of paintings at - The Bangalore Club - Bengaluru

The members of 'The Bangalore club' were treated to an exciting 2 day event of an unusual display of collectibles and paintings on the 8th and 9th of November 2009.

We were pleasantly surprised to note that there were so many fine-artists amongst us. As a member, I too got to display my artworks, and had an exciting time meeting so many art lovers. I chose a niche for myself, and exhibted paintings from the 'Body Language' series, and was overwhelmed by the genuine compliments I received during the show.

I myself was very much happy to see the 'Mysore style' of paintings displayed by some of the members. The intricate gold leaf patters done with such precision, and exactment; revealing legendry incidents from our 'holy texts' were very eye catching and heart warming.

Here are some of the pictures I clicked during the show, and you can see me at the niche, near my paintings (taken by my husband Shantharam :) of course ).

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Painting of 'Lead Kindly Brother'


Blessed are those who have an older sibling to lead the way.
I was so very impressed at the confident smile on the younger sibling's face, leaving it all to his brother to lead him. I was equally impressed by the concern and love of the older sibling for his younger brother.
I had to put this on canvas.
This is an acrylic painting on canvas of size 12"x16".

Friday, October 23, 2009

Painting of - Plantain Plantation - trees


Plantation Trees - is a 'plein air' acrylic painting on canvas of a plantation of 'plantain' (banana) trees. size 12"x16. 
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Painting of The Park

Painting of
BTM layout park - Bengaluru

This is a painting of our local well maintained BTM park in Bangalore, that I did in the ' impressionist' style, a la Claude Monet ( pronounced as klod mow-neigh) .
Just short strokes and blobs of color were used to create the 'impression' of bright sunlight, and shadows, and to create a sense of depth in the painting.
This is an acrylic painting on canvas of size 12"x16".

Sunday, September 27, 2009

WHO IS MY FAVOURITE ARTIST/ART - Feature in the Sunday Issue of 'Bangalore Mirror'

featured in Bangalore Mirror

I was indeed very happy, when 'Bangalore Mirror' the leading daily newspaper of Bangalore asked me who my favourite artist / art is, and also why. They featured my answer in the 'Know it All' section of the Sunday read page, - Sunday issue, Sept 27th, 2009.
Here is the LINK to this feature. You need to click on page 8 to see the feature.
So what was my answer to the question - who is my faourite artist / art, and why. It goes like this ---
I love the works of so many aritists for their own unique styles of painting, including Leonardo da vinci for his draughtsmanship, Rembrandt for his Chiaroscuro style of realism, Salvador Dali for his surrealism, Piccaso for his cubism, Vincent Van Gogh for his Expressionism, Consataable and Turner for their landscapes, Raja Ravi Varma for his depiction of the Indian woman etc.
But my most favourite is the French painter Claude Monet for his 'impressionism' style of painting, which I incorporate in my own paintings.
I love his 'impressionist ' style because - as simple as it may seem, he created impressions of shimmering light and shadows, and illusions of depth; - by just using 'broken color and rapid brush strokes', with no clear cut line drawings.
One of his works that I like the most is, 'Bridge over the Water Lilly pond' - the weeping willows, the water lillies, the graceful arch of the bridge have all contributed to the immense beauty of this painting.
Here is the picture of the painting 'Bridge over the Water Lilly pond'.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Painting of - In the Shade of a Palm Tree


There was so much of sunlight and so much of shadows, and so much of reflected light; - giving me scope for using a whole lot of lovely colors for this 'plein air' painting.
'In The Shade' is an acrylic painting on canvas of sizw 12"x16".

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Painting of - 'The Giant Tree'


I painted the figure of a woman walking beside, just to express the sheer size of this giant tree, pitted against the vast blue-purple sky. 

This is an acrylic painting on canvas of size 14"x18".

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kankaambaram - pretty little orange flowers

Kankaambaram - These pretty little orange flowers were strewn on the floor getting ready to be woven into long strands along with some jasmine flowers.
They were looking very pretty with light making the petals transparent, and casting intereting shadows on the floor, . . . and became the inspiration for this still life painting, which I did in an impressionist style, deviating a little from my usual pure-realism.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Gopura Dharshana in temple town

'Gopura Dharshana' is an acrylic painting on canvas of size 12"x16". This is a panoramic view of a Temple Gopura in Virajpet town -Coorg -  adjoining the highway road.

The view is from atop hill, on a lazy sunny afternoon.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Teppa ride

'Teppa ride' is a an acrylic painting on canvas of size 12"x16".

The evening sunlight that is refecting on the river inbetween the two theppas inspired me into making this painting.

A 'teppa' is an organic boat made out of leaves and branches of trees, and round in shape. The boatmen can rotate the boat; making it a beautiful experience for the travellers.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Review in 'Bangalore Mirror'

It is a great feeling of joy and pride whenever the newspaper media rcognises my work.

The 'Bangalore Mirror' carried a write-up on the upcoming elite artists of Bangalore - in their 2nd anniversary issue dated June 8 2009. I was the only female artist featured in this article, that covered sculpture, photography and fine artists.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Painting of Sunny Road

'Sunny Road' is an acrylic painting of a near desolate road during a lazy mid- afternoon day. The sun is right over head, casting dark shadows just below the bike riders.

'Sunny afternoon' is an acrylic painting on canvas of size 12"x16".

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Painting of 'Fly Over' - Bannergatta Fly Over.

I have been quite busy for th past few months with the 'Body Language' solo exhibition in February; and the 'Prathibimba' group exhibition in May. (both 2009)

Now, I have switched back to the 'painting' mode; which is where I feel most comfortable!

Here is the latest. A view of the vehicular traffic at the Bannerughatta Flyover is most interesting. The beautiful curves of the flyover itself was inspiration enough for me.

After which I concentrated on the bright sunlight and the shadows cast by the vehiclular traffic. More challenging, was to paint the silhouttes of the bike riders, because the bright sunlight had made their bodies almost transluscent! I really enjoyed painting this cityscape.

This is an acrylic painting on canvas of size 12"x16". Please click HERE for purchase options.

Friday, May 22, 2009

media reports on 'Prathibimba' group art show

The Newspaper media has been very kind to our group show. Leading dailies Bangalore Mirror, The Indian Express, The Times of India, Andra Jyothi, Enaadu, Rajastan Patrika are some of the newspapers who had covered about us. To read media reviews, and to see paintings displayed, please click 'Prathibimba group art show'.

The review in Andra Jyothi was a pleasant surprise for me. This article written in simple and catchy Telugu, and is presented by an artist of great calibre called Akbar. Akbar is a Hyderabad based artist, who also writes articles on art in leading Telugu daily Andra Jyothi.

Akbar is a self taught artist and his artworks have been exhibited worldwide, in solo shows in New York -U.S.A, Hyderabad and participated in many Group shows. His works are in the private collection of celebrity personalities - Padamshri Mittal, Shri K.R. Narayan ( past-president of India), The Harward University - U.S.A and many more collectors in India and abroad. He has also contributed to Telugu Litereture with his Cover Paintings, Cover Designs to Poetry, Fiction and Nonfictions Books.
His paintings are at present displayed in a 'Group show of Hyderabad artists' and you can see them by clicking on 'Art Maestros' Art Gallery - New Delhi.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Paintings by APSA children

I was requested to distribute the prizes to the children who had taken part in the art workshop conducted by my friend and fellow aritst Sujata Tibrewala. Sujata (beside me) and M/s Shiela Devraj - Director APSA.
The APSA - ( association for promoting social action) Dream school children come from a deprived background like street children, rag pickers, newspaper boys, household servants, child labourors and generally children in distress. APSA gives them the education and opportunities that any normal child would have had at their age. The paintings were very expressive of their feelings.
Here is a well executed painting by Rajiv, an APSA child. He said that he wanted to see more birds like these flying in his neigbourhood of Vibhithipura lake, which is a sanctuary for rare migratory birds.
Click Pratibimba the Renaissance Group show to take a photo tour of the show, see more paintings by us and the APSA children.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Painting of 'Potfull of bounty'

Beautiful orange flowers sprouting out of a small mud pot is the subject matter of this painting. What was very interesting to me was the play of sunlight and shadows involved here.
'Potfull of (nature's) bounty is an acrylic painting on canvas of size 12"x 16".

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Friday, May 1, 2009

A group show with a difference - Children's art works displayed along with accomplished arists' works

My friend and fellow-artist Sujata Tibrewala came up with this idea of show casing children's art works with our own.

Why not? I thought at first- it is a novel idea. Age no bar in art! But when I came to know who these children were, I decided it was a noble idea as well.

Sujata has been conducting an art workshop for the APSA dream school children for the past couple of months; trying to bring out their latent talent.

These children are taken care of by the community development organisation called APSA ( Association for Promoting Social Action) which focuses on the development of urban slums. These children have once been street children, rag pickers, newspaper boys, household servants, child labourors and generally children in distress. APSA gives them the education and opportunities that any normal child would have had at their age.
Showcasing my artworks along with these children's artworks is indeed an honour for me.
An added social cause is - that a part of the sales proceeds will be given to 'Uthkarsh Residents Initiative'; a social organisation that works to reclaim the Vibhuthipura Lake Bangalore; which is a home for migratory birds.

Certainly this double noble cause is enough reason for my next show which will be a group show called 'Prathibimba' at the prestigious 'Renaissance Art Gallery' Bangalore.
If you happen to be in this part of the world, please do visit the show, to see a variety of artworks done by these children along with abstracts and realistcs from the seniors (Sujata and me).
INVITATION to 'PRATHIBIMBA'' group art exhibition, showcased in aid of the revival of 14 acres of Vibhutipura lake. Bangalore.

This art show will exhibit artworks done by the APSA DREAM SCHOOL children; artists SUJATA TIBREWALA and USHA SHANTHARAM.
13, Cunningham Road
Bangalore - 560052.
From 9th May to 13th May 2009
Timiings 11 a.m to 7 p.m
Sunday - 11 a.m to 3 p.m
By Chief Guest: Shri Nandiesh Reddy MLA
Inauguration time: Saturday 9th May at 11 a.m.
Guest of Honour: Maj Gen (Dr) Anju Manchanda
VSM C.A.O Vydehi Institute or Medical Sciences and Research Center. Lake Warden - Vibhuthipura Lake.
Host Dignitary: Ms Shiela Devraj - Director APSA


APSA DREAM SCHOOL CHILDREN- (Association for Promoting Social Action) is a grass roots community development organization that provides children in distress - like street children and child laborers; with proper education and exposure; to bring about awareness in them. Prathibimba conducted an art workshop for these children to bring out their latent talent. The resultant paintings will be displayed at the show, and the proceeds of which will go to APSA.

SUJATA TIBREWALA - Her artworks reflect the deep understanding of myriad emotions and feelings drawn from her own experiences, which are beautifully depicted in her paintings.
Ph 9845126951

USHA SHANTHARAM (thats me)! - She paints from contemporary real life, as she believes that it is the truest form of expression.

A part of the proceeds of this event will be used for the ‘Utkarsh Residents Initiative’ .to reclaim the Vibuthipura Lake, which is home to rare migratory birds, but off late has been encroached upon and used as dumping ground for debris from construction sites. Incidentally, it is also in the vicinity of APSA premises.
Please come with family and friends.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Luv Bagh - finished 'en plein air' painting done in Lal Bagh Bangalore

Here is the finished painting of 'Luv Bagh', the outcome of the 'en plein air' camp organised by Bangalore Art Forum at Lal Bagh (park) in Bangalore

Capturing the essence of the scene was my goal. The atmosphere here was so tranquil and peaceful with the sun peeping through the trees here and there and a gentle breeze in the air.

Perhaps this inspired the lovers seated on the bench, as they had become so lost in time.

I was quite unprepared of the fast travelling sun and the shadows caused by it, but managed to finish most of the painting, and later completed it in my studio back home.

This is an acrylic painting on canvas of size 12"x16".

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Monday, April 13, 2009

'Plein Air' Painting camp at Lal Bagh organised by - Bangalore Art Forum

March 27th was a very memorable day for me. Not only because it was our Telugu New Year - Ugadi, but also because I spent most of the day at Lal Bagh - Bangalore, doing what I like most in my life- namely painting.

We, the members of 'Bangalore Art Forum' met at Lal Bagh on this day and completed our first activity namely 'plein air painting' successfully; as scheduled.

It was a very pleasant day, as only Bangalore is blessed with such a wonderful climate; as far as I know. Painting the nature under the shadow of the trees with a gentle breeze blowing against the face, and with six other artiists for company was an exhilerating experience. Artists who painted along with me are senior aritist Jagdish Kadur, Jyothirmoy (founder), Subodh, Sankar and Prabha.

'Plein Air' painting as it is popularly called in French; actually means 'painting nature on location'. It is the ultimate challenge for artiists of the realistic school of art to do this. I am looking forward to many more activities that is going to make our 'Bangalore Art Forum' a grand success.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Paintings of the White Gladiolus flower

These white Gladioli were so beautiful, that I was tempted to capture their beauty on canvas.
Hence a couplet painting originated. These paintings are done in acrylics on canvas of size 8"x13" each.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Write up in 'Enaadu' Telugu newspaper

I am extremely thrilled about this write-up on me, published in the Bangalore edition of the Telugu newspaper 'Enaadu' on 26-02-2009.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Star painting of 'Body Language art show - 'Woman picking rice'

Star painting 'Woman picking rice' which was picked up by a collector within hours of putting up display on the first day.
Click HERE to see all the paintings displayed at the 'Body Language' art exhibition.

Reminiscing about the art show Body Language

Exhibiting artworks in a gallery is a great ecperience for an artist because there is a first hand feed back for the artworks.

I was very happy to see visitors spending tens of minutes on each painting, viewing in silence and peace, or engaged in discussion abt the painting with a partner, while some of them took photographs with permission. But what warmed me was the fact that quite a few of them were profuse in telling me how they were affected by the paintings.

I had set up a guest book at the show and many of the visitors have written their comments on it.
Some favourites of mine ---

---- 'Very nice work. Something different, which common people like us can understand, feel it personally. I felt that each and every piece of work has touched my life somewhere. Its a part of my eveyday life.'

---'Actually I am also an artist, but these paintings are amazing. I am surprized and very happy to see these paintings. Excellent body language is shown here. Hats off to Usha madam. I am ur fan.'

---'One of my sights on paintings led me thru' a 'journey of life' . I never knew that the normal ubiquitous postcards in life can be translated through the brushes, thanks to M/s Usha for giving us such beautiful paintings. I say - simply great.'

----'Very down to earth works. You have done something which most of the artists ignore to do. ie., day to day life events. Really appreciate it'.

----'With all the chaos that modern art brings.... its such a relief , pleasure to see that you have actually captured the essence of India in all its splendour.

----'It is an experience no words can explain.'

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Renowned senior fine-artist BKS Varma, and senior wild-life photographer Dr.Harinarayan Salunky gracing my show with blessings.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Painting of 'Reminiscing' - Body Language series

'Reminiscing' is an acrylic painting on canvas of size 20"x16". Popular painting at the 'Body Language' art show.

Painting of School boy - Body Language series

'School boy' is an acrylic painting on canvas of size 20"x20". Popular painting at the 'Body Language' art show.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Painting of 'Hot deals" body Language series

'Hot deals' is an acrylic painting of size 24"x30". A typical everyday scene of an Indian roadside market-place where all the deals take place in the hot sun (pun) hence the 'hot deals'.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Painting of 'Panche' - Body Language series.

'Panche'/white dhoti is a traditional attire of the South Indians even to day. Most comfortable dress -the men swear! Folding the panche whenever u want is a great advantage.

Whatever the case, one thing is for sure. It is certainly one of a kind dress. 'Panche' is an acrylic painting of a South Indian man wearing a white dhoti folded for convenience; in the hot sun represented by the bright orange color, and the direct shadow below in red, indicating that the sun is at noon.

Painting of the 'pensive' man. - Body Language series.

The body language of a man lost in thoughts is a very interesting sight. At such times, he gets oblivious to his surroundings, and sometimes does not even realise that people are talking to him. 'Pensive' is a painting of one such man wearing a transparent shirt, and hands in pockets, his body language showing his pensive mood.

Pensive is an acrylic painting on canvas of size 20"x16" belonging to the 'Body Language' series.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Potrait painting of 'The Golden Lady' - Body language series

I was mesmerized by the 'body languge of this lady in her 'Golden Years'. The smile on her face and the casual attitude of holding a steel tumbler (glass) in her hands made me feel that - here is one lady, who has finished all her duties of life, now settled down enjoying her life with a sip of hot coffee.
'The golden lady - 2' is an acrylic painting of size 20"x16", that will be on display at my art show in Chitra Kala Parishad Bangalore - from 1st to 8th Feb.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Painting of Indian women wearing sarees and flowers

Women in Sarees wearing flowers
I find that the Indian saree coupled with the strand of jasmine flowers worn by the Indian woman is the most unique attire in the world. It can only be carried off by the Indian ladies with such great ease of style.

Such a common sight in India, but how many of us have the time for a second look. It gave me great pleasure doing this painting.

'Indian women in sarees and flowers' is an acrylic painting of size 16"x20".
This painting will be on show from 1st to 8th Feb 2009 at Chitra Kala Parishad - Bangalore.