Mixed media

Coral blue

Coral blue

A dab of Yellow

A dab of Yellow



I had a very pleasant walk yesterday. I went out after a long time as I felt my bones were crying out for a good stretch. Luckily I took a camera with me and it wasn’t until I began to look up that I realised the array of patterns strewn all around me.  A rather lank looking tree, with braches sticking out, but when I looked at it for a while, I realised it had fabulous lines, patterns and design that I could incorporate in my painting. So, with this third eye open, I kept walking and collected images of interesting patterns along the way.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. What brings me back is my true passion for drawing.

After a fabulous workshop with a north east based artist Jenny Purrett, I rediscovered the joy of making marks, doodling, playing with ink, pencils and now discovering new ways of ‘drawing’..

Here are some of my first attempts.

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By June this year, I felt that the wind has changed its direction.  Things were beginning to look up and the  studio has finally come together.  For the first time, since ArtsConnect was set up, there was a shift in the tide.  Was it sign of things to come, I could only hope so.

Then I heard from a good friend and artist Ilango Av in Chennai that he would like to visit the North East, and while here, he would like to give a demo of his work in collaboration with an Odissi dancer.  We set a date – Saturday,10th August.  Elena Catalano mesmerised the public with her superfluous performance and Ilango with his dexterous impromptu interpretation through the painting. And the rest is history.

With the help of many well wishers, supporters and friends, ArtsConnect UK is firmly on the scene now and aims to play a crucial role taking arts to the people in a manner that makes sense to them.

Meanwhile, let’s enjoy the moment when it all happened..

Autumn abstract

I’ve been working on this for the past one week. It’s beginning to take some shape now in an abstract sort of way. The autumnal red is a mixture of:  Cadmium orange (hue), cadmium yellow and indian yellow with a hint of crimson red. I also made the blocks of green a bit more pronounced. I would work on the patch of red on the right hand side tomorrow. I’m not sure it’s sitting comfortably from a composition point of view.

IThe photograph looks somewhat greener – a kind of emerald green, but the original is slightly warmer. However, my real challenge is bringing this painting together. The ochres, oranges and the yellows ought to balance out with the other colours, but I’m not able to capture the mood of this painting. I’m loving this challenge though and frankly, I don’t know what the finished painting would look like.