Friday, March 25, 2011

The squint and the wrinkle !

5X5 Oil on canvas
I like it hot 

6X6 Oil on canvas
Lemon from fool's garden

I want to create great art. I want people to see it, touch it and have an emotional response . As an artist it is vital that one has something to say, but it is equally important how one says it. And I sure want to say it beautifully :) 

In my pursuit to do so, I am training myself to see better, to see more, to see differently - to SQUINT. I would like to talk a little about squinting today - a technique where the artist brings the eyelids together and sees through the eyelashes to get an impression of the object. The idea is to catch the abstract image,  get rid of the details.With correct values, temperature and leaving out the details, the artist creates an illusion of the object. The more one can simplify the object the more one has mastered the technique. 

In my quest to leave out the details  I have started working on tiny pieces to train my eyes. Hours of squinting have left me with strained eyes, signs of a faint wrinkle on my nose and lost sleep over the wrinkle :( But then..what are a few wrinkles in the purusit of art ? I shall leave you with the thought.


  1. Lovely paintings Pragya! The squint in my experience is indeed difficult to master, but you seem to be doing it well. Someday I will get there too.
    Best wishes,

  2. Thanks for the encouraging words Vinayak :) I have a long way to go !
    You know what is funny..I squint at my painting more than the subject :D

  3. I really like these small paintings, they are simple, but elegant.

  4. Thank You Ran. I am really enjoying the painting experience with you guys:)

  5. You're getting it for sure!
    Nice work.