'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 22, 2014

Reves Art Workshop on 'How to paint a still life in acrylics'

I was thrilled when fellow artist and good friend Mrs Rajini Rekha - the proud owner of her own new Art Gallery --'Reve's Art Gallery', requested me to conduct an art workshop, that would be the first activity at her premises. I agreed gladly, and the art workshop on 'Learn to paint a still life in acrylics' took place on the 13th and 14th Dec 2014 at Reves Art Galley.

It was a first time for me too, as I was conducting a workshop for the first time. My previous experience in having conducted regular weekend art class was greatly helpful. What would have taken place in an eight class session had to be imparted in just 2 days, and that was a great challenge to me.

I was pleasantly surprised at the 10 cheerful participants (limited), who were ever so eager and highly absorbent of what ever was imparted, in such a short time. It was a mixed group including IT professionals, doctor, professor, home maker, architect and a even a couple of students from the 7th and 9th grade. They were indeed happy to take back home a self-done, and fully completed still life painting ready to be framed and displayed in their homes. 

Thanks to Mrs Rajini Rekha garu for the lovely experience and the wonderful arrangements including the nourishment that was provided to all, which I enjoyed along with all the participants. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Actor Sridevi shares my painting 'Sridevi' on National TV - ETV Telugu channel

I feel very elated and happy to share the ETV Telugu episode of 'Soundarya Lahiri' show wherein Actor Sridevi shares fer favourite 3 paintings. One amongst them is a  painting I did of her inspired by the very popular scene in the movie Mr. India.The scene shows a song number called 'I Love You' in which Sridevi  performs a scintillating dance wearing a translucent blue saree which has left many a heart fluttering. The other 2 paintings she has shared being - one of her own creation, and another done by actor Salman Khan which was presented to her. Wow!!! To be one amongst them!

Although my name is not mentioned anywhere (because they don't know me) it is heartwarming to know that  Actor Sridevi has liked it enough to share it on the popular ETV Telugu channel. During the show, my painting is shown a second time, when popular director Ram Gopal Varma comments on my painting saying that he likes the 'photo of the girl better' -  he thought my painting was a photo !!!! :))

A short clip of the program Soundarya Lahiri where actor Sridevi shares my painting on ETV Telugu channel

To watch the whole episode copy and pastie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YDrLJ8RCPg       in your browser and watch this clip from 17.5 mn onwards. 

acrylic painting on canvas
size: 16x12 inches
Click on image to purchase a print of this painting.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Reves Art Workshop

Good friend and fellow artist Mrs Rajini Rekha is organizing a weekend workshop at her newly opened  'Reves Art Gallery', wherein I will be sharing some easy steps for creating a beautiful, still-life acrylic painting with 10 participants. The participants will not be required to bring any materials, as all is provided at the gallery, and will be carrying home a beautiful still life painting done by them, ready to be framed and displayed in their Drawing room or dining room.

If you happen to be at Bengaluru during that weekend and also wish to learn some acrylic painting techniques, then this is for you. For registration contact Mrs Rajini Rekha (details given below).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Money Plant - Still Life Oil Painting

I've been doodling with a digital pen for too long. An occasional acrylic painting kept me sane. But getting back to the traditional oil painting was a different experience after a long time. Thankfully I love to alternate between mediums all the time.

I did this still life painting of a 'Money Plant in a terra cota pot' using oil paints. Loved the long forgotten feel of mixing and applying buttery oils paints on to a canvas with a sable brush.

Money Plant
Oil painting on canvas
size- 16x12 inches

Purchase a print of this painting HERE

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mandevilla Flower - digital painting

Mandevilla Flower
digital painting

These flowers grow in my garden and are an easy-to-reach, as well as a pleasurable inspiration to many a painting for me.

You could shop for a print of this painting HERE.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Yellow Mandevilla Flower

This beautiful yellow flower grows in my garden. It took some time to identify the name of the flower, as I had to search in the net. I wish I knew the local name.

Yellow Mandevilla
Digital Painting
Click HERE to purchase a print of this painting.
Click HERE to buy products with this artwork printed on them.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Anthurium Bunch - Digital Art

Anthurium Bunch
Digital Art
Click HERE to purchase T shirts, laptop covers and mobile cases and more - with this artwork printed on it. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pink Anthurium - digital art

Pink Anthurium
Digital Painting

Click HERE to purchase a print of this painting.

Alternating between Acrylic painting and Digital Painting, both have become my favorites now. Everyday I get up with new ideas to paint and choosing the medium is the first step to creating my artwork of the day.

Here is the recent digital artwork I did using pastel shades and tints to create my favorite flower - The Anthurium.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How to paint an Apple - Demo video

A simple demo video I made on 'How to paint an apple'.  Watch me paint a simple apple using acrylic paints on canvas with a single brush.  Simple and easy,  good for beginners and children.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Red Rose and Yellow Rose

Red Rose
oil painting on canvas
size: 6x8 inches

Yellow Rose with Purple Asters
oil painting on canvas
size: 6x8 inches

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ooty Landscape painting

Ooty Lake
acrylic painting on acrylic coated paper
size: 9x13

The Hill Station Ooty (Ootachamand) in Tamil Nadu is a welcome getaway during the summer. A boat ride in the Ooty lake is a must-do for tourists. This is a painting of the Ooty Landscape with its fall colors reflected on the Lake. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Featured on 'Indian Talent Magazine'- Usha Shantharam

Really so happy to share Indian Talent Magazine , where they have featured so many upcoming Indian contemporary artists. I thank them for their request to feature me in their January 2014 issue - pages 60-61 of the magazine.  Good feeling.  

Past issues of this magazine are no longer available online, but kept in their archives. Hence, click HERE to view my profile as a featured artist in the online archives of 'Indian Talent Magazine'.

The write up

Index page

Cover page

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Let us Count our Blessings of 2013
Welcome the New Year 2014
Happiness and Hope
Many more Blessings to come.