Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Some water colour paintings

When I first started doing a picture using water colour, I faced a lot of problems because my usual methods of doing acrylic painting was conflicting with that of water colour. Gradually I came to know that in water colour painting we begin from lighter shade to heavier shade instead of the heavier to lighter shade in acrylic colour method. I go through several water colour sites on internet and get surprised oh, how can people make such beautiful paintings on earth? Those seem so real like! So wonderful.... If artists make such wonders with their brush and colours what wonder the ultimate artist (God) could have done! I will try to learn water colouring efficiently.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Abstract painting phase-1

I was fascinated with a bizarre interest of one of my friends in appreciating freaky abstract paintings. How could people able to extract any meaning from those strange type figure-less, shape-less and unnatural paintings? And the greatest amazement is that how people create those! I got to know that, some type of visualization one has to create either to understand or to paint a modern(abstract) art. I thought, it must be something very smart, something very aristocratic to have interest in modern art. So I tried to find out the meanings of different abstract paintings searched on internet; but all the meanings I derived came out very funny. Of course those revealed the level of perception in me. ha ha. Anyhow, I decided to start doing an abstract art just thinking nothing. Then I closed my eyes and tried drawing figures on paper..different bizarre shapes came out .. finally when I opened my eye, drew a shape on a paper which I liked very much and also put bright acrylic colours on that figure. And when I was all done I really was so happy...! That was a real success for me. I made up my mind that, If I would ever paint a picture, I would paint only an abstract, because that's very easy and we need not get worried for rules associated with painting..... That painting when was ready, I showed to everybody I came across and also got appreciations. And people asked for the meaning of my painting, then I became aware that those who paint an abstract painting must get ready to explain a befitting meaning of their creations. So I asked its meaning with a couple others to the very friend who liked abstract paintings. His suggestion was great. I tried mine too just quite similar to his suggested meaning which I told others as the meaning of my first abstract painting. The painting also got a very good reward finally. When my husband was awarded with PHD, with his affirmation I framed that painting and gave his guide who also happened to be my teacher once upon a time, as a gift- a token of respect. That was indeed a great feeling. Subsequently I tried doing a couple others too.

                               My first ever Abstract painting


The meaning I derived for the picture

As inside a mother's womb a life is well-protected and nourished by motherly and fatherly elementary graces, life everywhere is protected by the embraces of the almighty father and mother nature....Which makes everybody eat, see, walk, talk and live with ample freedom and happiness.


The meaning of the above painting I derived is that there are two aspects of everything, a very clear and pure identity.... and another is dubious and impure. It all depends is which one is chosen to show up.


The above painting which I made just abruptly putting bright colors here and there in the paper certainly could make my mind very cool at that time. It's because perhaps in a low mood some crazy deed is only able to make one get back proper frame of mind. When I tried to find out the meaning of the picture, it came out still crazier. A lonely boat floats amidst the exotic celebration of colours. The soul also travels alone in a path of divine bliss all around it. But it is untouched by it for being coloured with the black of illusion. As the reflexion of sky falls on water, reflexion of the divine being falls on receptive souls. 

Interplay of Attributes

The above painting for me is representation of several human traits that interact with and mingle with one another and still those are distinct in their special way. Love is one among the human attributes that is quite distinct and untouched by other mundane human traits making the earth feel the touch of divine. 

Trackless Prayer

The above painting says the modes of my prayer. I pray to God for so many things and mostly for happiness and peace. But its only my ignorance that make me pray the almighty for such petty desires. It is my blindness only that prevents me from recognizing the objects of my desire which are gifted to me profusely. 

 Guru Shishya

Without a Guru (teacher) and without Guru's blessings nothing remarkable is achieved. Guru purifies mind and makes the disciple ready for truth. The tree of Guru- Shishya spreads its branches whereas the ultimate Guru- the God almighty remains at the apex.

The Revolving Souls

The universe is full of souls- "Atmamaya biswa"... All the souls rotate around the Super-soul may be just equaling with the principle of solar family and those tend to merge with the super-soul. (Its only my imagination..... God forgive me for my ignorance..)


During my graduation days I used to make several paintings on Lord Ganesha. He was too merciful towards me to make me cross the violent river of exams very smoothly. The above painting in fact was done half by my daughter few months ago. When both of us started doing something on paper, we never thought it would be Lord Ganesha's image. Firstly we put colours here and there and then sprinkled some colour. Finally I gave a shape to it making Lord Ganesha.  I know the painting is not worth what Lord Ganesha's image should be. But it was an effort my daughter and me put together (a play time activity) so it's very much memorable for me.:)


A home- a family is the safest and dearest place on earth where one gets all the happiness of life. A family is the root of every society and maker of its future.

Life Cycle

The above picture may depict the three phases of human life.... One is very young and bright, the middle one the coloured and straight; where as the last one is yellow and bend depicting old age. The very juvenile stage of life makes man joyous, bright and flexible, the youth stage of man makes him confident, dynamic, highly productive a bit arrogant and argumentative. The final stage of life makes man humble and yielding adorned with knowledge and experience 


In the above painting I discovered the meaning as "a seed carries the secret of the Universe". How mysterious creation is! How life came to existence? All these questions often baffle mind. Life is everywhere and the secret truth about life and creation is also present everywhere but beyond the cognition of our mortal brains. It seems as if there is an universal rule of creation that applies to every living and non-living things. Even a tiny seed may carry the secret of whole universe.... So scientists and philosophers, from now do start a new research on the topic I have provided ..... :D   


Life is an aspiration to attend at the eternal call. It is a journey walked alone and toiled alone on the snaky path. The eternal song is heard deep within heart and each step on the path falls matching to the tune until one reaches at the apex of the gratification of flaming aspiration. 


The sensual world is but a vortex which pulls life into it violently until it immerses deep into the world of illusory sense pleasure. The outer appearance of the sensual world is very lustrous but as soon as life comes under it's mighty grip, it takes away everything including life. Soul becomes helpless just like a drowning creature in a mighty vortex of a river.


Motion is the basis of life. Life is in motion and everything pertaining to life is also in motion. Those visible and invisible objects are in motion, may be its  beyond our cognition. Nature accepts it naturally. Mountains change, seas change, forests change...everything in world is subject to change due to the impalpable law of motion. The whole Universe is also moving constantly.... May be due to the eternal rule of motion we are moving constantly, and we are in the process of constant evolution. Denying the rule may prove very fatal.... as you can think yourself desiring to go out from a moving vehicle....  Its change that is constant and we creatures must always be ready to accept the speed of motion and scale of change.                                                            

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

How I started painting ...

This world is damn beautiful yarr.... often I murmur while standing alone at some relaxing place or while on a journey to somewhere. I peep outside the glass window, gazing at whatever comes across my way and goes back like a wave. I see the blue sky and sometimes the changing mood of the sky depending upon the movement of sun... How those scenes come so beautiful ! sometimes the very usual paths, the grass grown up wildly on two sides of those paths, the people working in fields, markets, shops, and visible objects all around seem so picturesque that is beyond explanation. 

Especially the sky, has been attracting me since my very childhood; as if there were something dwelling in the sky that drags my gaze all the time upward,...ha ha.. Its true, sky has always been my rescuer. In my childhood when home tutor was instructing me to indulge myself in solving some difficult maths; to get escape from the hardship I usually asked for a break to drink some water or go to bathroom. When I had the permission, I would go swiftly to terrace and would place myself on a couch gazing at the sky as if the stars were going to solve my mathematics problem.. I would continue to gaze at the stars until a loud call or a person had come from inside ...

But its true, sky gazing has been my favorite pastime activity. During night, the most beautiful, big and dazzling star (that could be the nearest most planet) often attracts me as if a diamond attracts a woman.. that she had the opportunity to immediately grab the most precious diamond for her necklace at once... But that is not only a diamond for me, that is something more than that, I could imagine the star to be one of my best friends. I could imagine a feeling of tenderness, an intent feeling of soothing love that my very star friend was creating in me. As if it was telling me- "gaze at me and feel me within you".... My star friend also visits my sky during day time somewhere beneath the horizon... while spreading its magical wings carrying full of eonian colours it fills up my heart with fervor happiness.... And what to tell about the moon !!! Who else can be as lovable and darling than my juvenile moon? Every moonlit night brings forth new aspirations, new maddening crave deep inside heart.... Just looking at it removes all the ill feelings, all the grieves, have you ever felt? 

I amaze how madly I am in love with the earth, the sea, the mountain, the trees, creepers, the chirping birds,  flowers, the clouds, the rain, the sky and my dearest star friend....! I won't mind to take several rebirths to fill my heart with such earthly beauty over and again... I won't mind to take rebirth to experience the tender feelings of love and compassion that I am continuing to get from the people (family and friends) around me since very childhood...  It too amaze me how comes the beautiful shapes, sizes and colours around me so created? Where is he hiding himself who created all these....! If I could imprison all that I see inside my eye balls for ever..! If I could paint pictures of the things what I see and appreciate... But Alas... That much of talent probably I have not borne with. I failed several times painting a good picture.... at what my heart would say... Wow, what wonder you did ....! What a picture you have made....!

When I was a student of standard 5 or 6, I used to peep at the entrance of the room of our art/Odia literature teacher (Upendra Sir) who at recess period used to engage himself in preparing small but cute greetings cards which probably was giving him some extra income. Instead of playing with my friends, I was spending the 45 minutes only standing at a corner of the entrance and watched the movements of hands of my art teacher. A burning desire arose, inside my heart to paint a picture like my teacher. I then decided to paint a picture of Radha Krishana, (my all time favorite Love-pair). I started painting Radha Krishna by watching a painting somewhere. I coloured the drawing with camel water color which was meant for our drawing class in school. I was really fascinated with my achievement. I showed the picture to everyone in my family including my mother (who praised high of my first ever figure painting), I showed that to our neighborer and friends and at last to my Upendra Sir who took the picture in his hand and circulated all over the class. I was so embarrassed that felt like covering my face with my folded palms.. That was an embarrassment of overt joy that I was feeling at that moment. But that very beginning inspired me whispering in my ears "Yes you would be an artist"...although I don't know when that whispering will aloud be spoken "You really are an artist". I tried afterwards to draw and paint but gradually I discovered that my drawings were like somebody has created something while being punished with a hunter... In the figures I drew, the hands and legs were appearing as if those were leprosy stricken... And my father's warning not to waste time in painting vague pictures and rather to study made me continue and adjust with my passion just making some odd creations of fairies, saree clad woman and Radha-Krishna in rough papers only. During matriculation all my painting related equipments were hidden away from my vision as I had then developed a peculiar interest in doing Pattachitra (the traditional art of Orissa) instead of studying my curricula. But how could I control my mind... that was very difficult on my part. So somehow I managed to get few bottles of acrylic colour from my friend but she did not have a brush with her. Taking advantage of the absence of my father who had gone for a tour, I started to do those unfinished paintings with small chosen threads/sticks of coconut leaf. And some how managed to finish those taking much longer time. During vacations my full time work would be preparing odd pictures.... of course because I could not make a perfect one. Gradually when the pressure of my studies became more and more, I preferred not to paint. And when vacation came I started doing again. I use to give those very odd (immaturely painted) pictures to my friends and relatives as gift who loved to take those not because I was going to present wonderful art works for their living rooms but because the feeling of love for them as my labour and time invested was there in those pictures... They remember me, love me, nothing can be the greatest gifts than that ,they gave in turn. Once I gave a picture to a lecturer in Economics Tarun Ojha Sir who really was an awarded artist... He appreciated me and blessed me giving me a book of Van Ruisdael, a great Dutch artist which I love so much and have read several times. My teacher told me never to give up the habit of painting pictures. But all of a sudden I stopped doing pictures being mingled with studies to make a career, and all of a sudden got married and raised family...

But I find some sort of craving within me alive even now to express the beauty that I behold and to express the whispers of my star friend through my palette and paper...

                            The Water Colour Radha- Krishna I have made recently