Thursday, October 23, 2014

Newly Wed

I kicked off this painting with absolutely no vision in my mind, striking large brush stokes throughout the canvas. Then as I outlined a face with lighter skin color , it struck in my mind to portray a Bengali woman with big and bright eyes. Interestingly as a Bengali, whenever you think of  big bright eyes, the very first thing that clicks in your mind are Kalighat and Jamini Roy's unique style of Paintings. Kalighat paintings and Vishnupur temple's terracotta inspired Jamini Roy and he blended this heritage with his signature bold use of line & sweeping brush stokes. Undoubtedly he is one of the most influencial and respected Indian artist of the 20th century.

Constantly having Jamini Roy's " Maiden" at the back of my mind, I knew I was going to  portray "Maiden" in my own way as soon as I finished the face with large eyes. How does a real woman look like in her "Maiden" form ? What if she is no more a maiden but gets transformed into a newly married woman with all the blushes of her pristine happiness? Her first Durga puja after marriage when she is dolled up to go to the temple with the fresh fragrance of shiuli flower is all I could think of as the quintessential "Newly Wed" Bengali woman...... my answer to all these  questions !

     Photo taken from a article by Alok Deshwal

 " Newly Wed"
         Acrylic on Canvas ( 16" x 20" )

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sunset Landscape

Water and reflections on it kind of attract me more and more these days although  I haven't been painting anything of late because of my crazy schedule. However I wanted to gift one of my originals to a very important person in my life on his birthday. It had to be quick and something that I would love to paint. So I tried my hands on this imaginary sunset landscape with my signature use of bright colors.
 I enjoyed the most doing the sky.

                                                                      "Sunset at lake"
                                                              Acrylic on Canvas ( 18" x 24" )

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tatwa in Bengali Marriage

 I went to India for a month to attend my sister's marriage. As you all know, when it comes to marriages, it is the biggest event for Indian family. It's all about celebrations, gifts and endless enjoyment. The rituals slightly vary and are unique to the region depending on the community you belong to. West Bengal, the state from where I am is mainly resided by Bengalis. Bengali marriage is typically of three days of celebrations following month long preparations. There can be a book long discussion with every ritual and every preparation for it.I'm not going in every detail of it but focusing mainly in one ritual in which my Artist heart took part.

As a custom, both the bride and groom's family exchange gifts. On the day of the marriage, groom's family send gifts to bride as a blessings which is called "Gatraharidra Tatwa" which includes Sarees, cosmetics and accessories along with a fish and sweets. However, on the third day of marriage bride's family send gifts to the groom's family as a blessings to the newly married couple.The idea behind this "Fulosajja tatwa" is to contribute something to the newly married ones to start their journey together.

As we were from the bride's side we were supposed to send the gifts for "Fulsajjar Tatwa". With the evolution of marriage one custom started that is to wrap the gifts in  decorative ways.  My guess is that it started with some creative mind in some family and everybody liked the idea so much that finally it was included as a custom. Now-a-days, with our busy lifestyle and lack of time most of the time it becomes a burden. There are some professionals or expert creative people just to help you wrap the gifts. And I must admit that's a great help and they do a real good job.

I went home two weeks before marriage and decided to wrap all the gifts by my own  with  the help of my dad in a simple way so that I can help in other preparation without investing lot of time in it. As a craft loving person it was an opportunity for me to do  what I enjoy  the most.

 I made designs on some strip of papers to use these as borders on the gift box. It was fun as my dad even my sister was providing new ideas. 

                                        Strip of papers which I used as borders of the gift boxes.

Final product 

Other than wrapping the gifts  we need to prepare a list of gifts which is called "tatwasuchi"  we decided to make a palanquin which is generally known as "palki" in Bengal. In ancient India it was the mode of transportation specially for women. With the introduction and evolution of  automobile the use of palki declined and mainly was used for the marriage to carry the bride to the groom's house. I used a box to make the structure. My dad made the poles with paper and the curtain. Curtain was the hardest part as we were struggling to glue it to the box.

                                                            My Niece with the 'Palki"

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Featured in "Indian talent Magazine"

Wow! good news to share. I'm featured in Indian Talent Magazine February, 2014 Edition. Read about me. Thank you for all your love and support.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Adora Art Project

Hanan Levin is a single dad from Corona, CA who has cute, little, adorable daughter named Adora He recently requested me to contribute to his on growing and unique Adora Art Project . I was very touched with his innovative way of expressing love and affection to her daughter.  Check this out and I bet you'll feel the same like me.  Other than his affectionate mind, he has also provided a great platform for various artists to showcase their work. Here's a Write Up of this cool initiative.

Here's my painting, I used this photo as a reference.