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Raison de l’art – Why art? (A Reflection on Contemporary Art)

Difficult questions must be asked. They may not always fetch an answer. Yet, it’s our responsibility to ask those questions. Why art? This is a question that all artists must ask themselves. Why must we draw, sketch and paint? Is… Continue Reading →

Art Exhibition at Palm Court, Narnia, and Hogwarts.

I had my solo art show at the Open Palm Court of the India Habitat Centre from 7th to 11th May 2022. Art shows (for me) are like Narnia or even Hogwarts – brimming with excitement, filled with unexpected surprises…places… Continue Reading →

Pen and Ink Drawings – Why I love this medium?

I love to do Pen and Ink drawings. It is my favorite medium, second only to oil painting, and there’s a reason for it. Actually, there’s more than one reason. It allows me to explore and enjoy what I call,… Continue Reading →

What was common between Leonardo Da Vinci and Claude Monet?

When we think of Leonardo Da Vinci and Claude Monet together, we see them as opposites. Here’s how the two artists were different. High Renaissance vs. Impressionism Carefree vs. Methodical Invisible brushstrokes vs. Highly visible brushstrokes Unmarried vs. Twice-married No… Continue Reading →

Empathy and Art – Portrait Artist Christian Hook & Actor Alan Cumming

Is there a connection between Empathy and Art? We speak about artists being emotional beings, but being emotional doesn’t exactly equal being emotionally intelligent, and empathy is the third skill in emotional intelligence. I think I was left speechless after… Continue Reading →

Portraits, Artists, and Portrait Artists

I am yet to read about a great artist who wasn’t good at portraiture. Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Eduard Manet, Frida Kahlo, MF Hussein…you name the top artists of the world or… Continue Reading →

Plein Air vs. Atelier Painting and The Artist

I am a “seule dans l’atelier” artist (that is, if I got the English to French translation right.) But I started as a Plein Air artist. As a child of five, I would sit under a tree, with my notebook… Continue Reading →

Monet in Mourning – The Ice-drift Series Paintings

The artist paints in a window of time and the character of those hours and days spills into his works. Claude Monet painted his Ice-drift series after losing his wife and muse companion Camille to childbirth. I feel his loss… Continue Reading →

Admiration of an Artist vs. Admiration of Art.

An artist admires other artists as much as everyone else does. I do too. I’ve got a long list of artists I’ve admired, and there’s an even longer list of paintings and sculptures that take my breath away. That begs… Continue Reading →

Art is Limbic.

Art is limbic. It arises out of feelings and spreads upon the canvas. The need to fit it into a structure it doesn’t exist. When we think of stuff like the rule of thirds, we try to game the creation… Continue Reading →

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