Sunday, June 3, 2018

Rhythm Des Fleurs and Rosa

I am here after a long time. These two sets of paintings are travelling to far shores to be exhibited in a small show and am I excited! 

 Rhythme Des Fleurs
My connection with Indian Classical Music is known to most and it has largely crept into my artwork and way of living. When I was asked to exhibit what I think constitutes me, what more could I think than music and flowers! Each bouquet here is vying for space along with each piece of a set of Tablas ( Indian percussion instruments used for accompaniment in  Indian Classical Music). The tablas are a very important part in North Indian Classical music. They determine complex math which correspond to each note of a rendition and  are often responsible for making or marring a performance. I am lucky to have a set at home, belonging to my Guruji and this is not the first time I have made these serious set of instruments pose for my art! The tablas are a formidable set of instruments for every classical singer - a source of delight as well as fear for the possibility of missing a beat and spoiling the whole performance! All in all, they are the most sought after apparatus in music!      

Rosa 1 and 2
These abstract flowers represent the complexity of life. We exist among so many dynamics, but yet we make a beautiful presentation of it!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Beer Festival in Grand Place Brussels

Cafe Chaloupe d'Or
Grand Place de Bruxellas

Beer festival 
Grand Place de Bruxellas
Caught hurriedly on tissue paper I did these sketches a few months back when I was on a quick tour to Europe. Grand Place de Bruxellas was in the happy frenzy of an ongoing Beer Festival and the live energy amidst the beautiful and ornate architecture around brought out the artist in me. I was in the midst of sampling some delicious Belgium chocolate but I kept the confectionery aside to perch myself under a baroque lamp-post and capture these sketches! Unlike in India, people did not peer or gather around you when you sketched in the open. It seemed to be a done thing. Happy beer guzzlers bonding in camaraderie, stylish people wearing the latest fashion, parents with babies in strollies, selfie clickers straining their necks to get the perfect shot and introverted artists all comprised the mix of crowd milling around. I had a wonderful memory and the most beautiful experience sketching there!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Kasturi's Kuotes #kasturiskuotes

Finally I met up with Nick and he set the logo according to his satisfaction. This is it! So now am ready to use this officially and formally .Nick is from NID, the foremost design school in India, and has designed the logo for Kasturi's Kuotes. Now that my quotes are meshed with my art, I have decided to post them here from time to time instead of the other blog.

Am now quite amazed myself at where the journey of my quotes is going. I wrote my first quote in about 2010! Little did I know this will lead to something like this and I would have to worry about copyright and logos. All said and done, can't say that am unhappy!!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

Designs for Kasturi's Kuotes

This is a new design I am trying with the logo designed by Nicholas from NID.  Am not sure how it looks. Nick messaged me to say the logo should not be compressed. Will play around with a few more designs and see! That means I now not only have to paint and write but also work out a design for my quote with my art on it! I thought all I wanted was to rest after a hectic week at work! But then, creativity beckons!        


Oil on Canvas with palette knives
14" X 17"

I painted flowers after ages. I have been busy drawing figures and making trips to Art Society in between for figure work. However, I have also come to a flower block as many of you know! This is yet another of crowd sourced images of flowers sent by friends on my facebook.
This artwork is inspired by an image of poppies sent from a friend's beauteous garden and I hope I have done justice to their fierce beauty. I have so many more images to go!!

Another distraction to my art has been my house cleaning. I have been on a cleaning spree and have come to such a stage that I had to throw even brushes and few old paintings! THat's the price of living in  small apartments in big cities!

I have a few figure works to squeeze in before I work on the next floral, which will be hopefully soon!   

Monday, July 3, 2017

A logo for Kasturi's Kuotes

Nicholas, a student from National Institute of Design, India sent me some logo designs on his own and I used one of them on a template for my quotes.Am yet to check all his designs.
I had been careful about separating my quotes from my art but a logo is about art. Kasturi's Kuotes and Kasturi's Canvas seem to be converging!Meanwhile, I know that I should get back to drawing soon!