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Friday, April 22, 2011

Down The Memory Lane

                                                               20X30 mixed media on canvas

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I grew up in a very protected home in a small Indian town. Occasionally, my friends and I would venture out to the outskirts of the gated community we lived in.

We would sneak out on our bicycles to enter narrow alleys lined by houses. The old cracking walls were  plastered with election pamphlets, movie posters, training ads for IIT/AIIMS (the quintessential dream of Indian middle class) and reams of local classifieds. I fondly remember the warm smiles, the smell of food being cooked on clay chulas (oven), multicolored saris drying in the open..and mostly those old walls.

In my last visit to India, I picked my camera, hopped on to my old bike and rushed to capture some memories for my paintings.Only to discover, the place had been wiped off to build new roads, buildings and resturants. My heart ached and I felt a deep sense of loss.

About six months back, I started piecing together fragments of my memory to paint this glimpse from my childhood. Finally, it is here..the yellow wall and the red door (I left out the posters..will have them in my next work)

I have a desire to travel and capture India before the old is wiped off by the new. I want to  pack my easel and hit the road ..paint what I see, what I feel, what I experience. It is a romantic thought, but who knows..someday?! :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The blue door

                                                                       11X14 Oil on panel

I love painting doors -old doors, bright doors, cracked doors,weathered doors, happy doors, sad doors. Each door has a story..I wonder what is the blue door's story ?

I painted this from a picture I took in Guanajuato, Mexico.The city is riot of colors..a painter's delight!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

My affair with orange

                                                                          Oil on canvas

Yes! I am in love with 'the orange'. It is my muse and will be so for a long time … maybe, till I have the perfect 'orange' painting  I am looking for :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

abstract figurative

                                                                       24X36 Oil on canvas

This painting is inspired by a beautiful photograph of smoke I had seen on the internet. Unfortunately, I do not have the photograph nor the name of the photographer . Would have loved to share !