Thursday, December 12, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Agra. The Taj. 1874
The red and yellow Macaw (study)
I find the work of Edward Lear really inspiring. At the age of 16 he was earning a living by drawing birds, and then subsequently went on to be a landscape painter and travelled around the world. I have recently come across some of his watercolours that he did while travelling around India in 1873-74, and they are stunning! I will be heading back to India next month for my winter, landing in Delhi first on Jan 7th, then Benares on the 15th, Goa on the 29th and Bangalore on the 5th of February to finish my next children's book, and these watercolours have whet my appetite to paint more on my travels.
I love this quote of his, that is applicable to a lot of us artists who earn our living through our paintings, even in this day and age. He says ' ....tho' I have 400₤ of commissions, yet people don't pay their money till the pictures are done usually - not always then. So I have been obliged to write for an advance on two paintings./ I much wish I could get so far beforehand as to be out of that constant worry of "daily bread" wh. is a bore- but there is no remedy:- & one ought to think how many unknown artists have no bread at all.'
He is also known for his Nonsense verse, and his Book of Nonsense, where he bridges children's literature and humor. One of my favourite poems of his is "The Owl and the Pussycat".
Friday, December 06, 2013
Monday, December 02, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I will be showing my watercolours of my travels this year, for just one night at the Tranzac, Toronto on the 4th December. Watercolours from Kashmir, Andamans, Kerala, Switzerland, and also postcards and screen prints from my artists residency to help me on my next journey. Or simply come by for a pint!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
So I've been doing a watercolour of Lake Ontario from Wellington beach every day. I got to the beach just after the sun had set yesterday. There was still some gorgeous light, so I proceeded to work on my watercolour. I had to work really quickly as the light was changing rapidly. While laying down my washes, I realised that interesting patterns began to appear on my paper and paint, and then I figured that my painting was freezing over, while I was working on it! These are my first ice paintings ever!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Lake Ontario was gorgeous. I had to venture out twice to the beach in Wellington to document the raging madness that was unfolding in nature. There was such magnificent power and energy in the lake that I was moved to do 2 watercolours....one with just a band of yellow light above the horizon and later when the clouds cleared. The water was a constant barrage of continuous frenzy and now there is quite a storm brewing with wild winds and a full moon. All too inspiring!
Swati commissioned me to do 4 watercolours for her husband Anckur's 40th birthday. She wanted a watercolour to chronicle each decade of his life. The first one being his fascination with reading comics in his hometown Cochin, then going scuba diving in his teens which blew his mind! In his twenties Anckur got a Corvette which he drives on the sea link in Bombay, and now he practices Aikido and is quite a foodie! I incorporated all these points into these watercolours, that Anckur proudly sits in front of, in their study. Thank you for this exciting project!