Mummy, pencil and acrylics on canvas paper, 7″ x 10″ , 2015.
“Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.”
– George Eliot.
“… When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Some of you say, ‘Joy is greater than sorrow’, and others say, ‘Nay, sorrow is the greater’.
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced…”
– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.
Pondering over, oils on paper, 2006.
It has been a while since I last wrote here (felt stagnant, so caught up with family and friends in India) but I am back now with a fresh outlook and brimming with new ideas- back to beautiful and cold England!
The new year is upon us all and this will be my last post for 2012. So, here are some pearls of wisdom that I came across, to cheer all those creative people who have been down in the dumps lately.
10 Things Artists Should Be Thankful For.
“Print this out, fold it up and put in your wallet. Send it to your artist friends. Read it whenever you feel all your work is for nothing and you are thinking maybe you should just stop making art and grow up. Post it in your studio when you are wondering what the heck you are going to do with all this work? But, most of all… believe it. Remember, it is impossible to feel thankful and be depressed at the same time.
1. I am thankful that I am not one of the majority of people in this world that wakes up every morning, goes to a job they hate, just to come home and do it all over again.
2. I am thankful that when I am away from my studio, my ideas come with me, they keep me company everywhere I go.
3. I am thankful for this passion that gives me so much joy (and angst) but mostly joy.
4. I am thankful that when I have left this earth, I will leave something meaningful behind.
5. I am thankful that I have a mind that cannot sleep, I will never be bored.
6. I am thankful that there is a part of my life that nobody can control, except me.
7. I am thankful that no one in the world can ever take this gift from me.
8. I am thankful that I am brave, it takes courage to pursue my gift.
9. I am thankful that I am never satisfied, it forces me to move forward and grow.
10. I am thankful I discovered this list! Pass it on.”
Cheers to new beginnings… wishing you all a Happy Christmas and New Year!
‘Tying loose ends’ exhibited at Cultivate, Vyner Street Gallery. I was meant to display three more works but they got sold before the exhibition so pretty happy on that front!
I have been working on a new painting since a month and I have now reached a point where I’ve got stuck and don’t know how to proceed further. I have had sleepless nights over it and I now think that I should start another work and leave the current one to rest till further notice. I need to bring fresh new ideas to new works so till that happens (!), I’ll probably do some good ol’ sketching and colourful portraits to keep the momentum going.
Recently, I volunteered for a mural project near Regents Canal at Haggerston. The project was run by City Arts, an American organization that runs community based art projects in different countries. It works in collaboration with artists, children and volunteers. So, this mural in London on ‘Peace’ (pictures below- work in progress) was designed by taking fragments of sketches done by children in the local community. Artists employed by the organization finally drew the full design on the wall and volunteers like me helped with the details and painting. I went for a couple of days and thoroughly enjoyed the process. The mural attracted lots of people passing by including teenagers who were curious about the work. I think the design was spot on to go with the multicultural ambiance of the area.
And so, with this mural, my art school specialization subject finally came into practice!
The wall is at Dunston Road (where it meets Kingsland Road) at Haggerston, London so anyone interested in seeing this piece is most welcome to pop by any time.
PS: What a dull and gloomy day today and before I start harping on about the weather, I need to get back to work. Looking forward to the Frieze Art Fair tomorrow at Regent’s Park. It will be a long day and I shall come home with aching bones. Ah, that rhymed!
My work will be displayed for the ‘Shoes’ group exhibition at Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street, London E2 9HE. The preview is on 20th Sept and the exhibition runs till 3rd Oct.
There will be paintings on shoes, photographs of shoes, performances in shoes… high heels shoes, great big boots, training shoes, work shoes, horse shoes, old shoes, new shoes…
So, hop along and grace the gallery with your presence!
Handle with care. Acrylics on canvas, 36″ x 18″ each (diptych).
“And a woman spoke, saying, Tell us of Pain.
And he said:
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.
Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burns your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.”
– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.