Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
'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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
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
It is a great feeling of joy and pride whenever the newspaper media rcognises my work.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
A group show with a difference - Children's art works displayed along with accomplished arists' works
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.
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.
From 9th May to 13th May 2009
Inauguration time: Saturday 9th May at 11 a.m.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
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.
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.
Monday, April 20, 2009
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
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
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
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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.