Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Peacock

This is my latest collage. A colourful peacock - the national bird of India.


Title : Peacock
Size : 19.5" x 29.5"

Monsoon Lilies

No other flower reminds me more of my childhood in Mumbai than the Spider Lily. It is truly an exquisite flower though its fragrance is very mild. 


It has a structure that is very intriguing; with a white translucent base cup on a longish light green hollow stem, six thin long white petals are attached to back of this cup with dark green stamen emerging from the front and rim of the cup aligned to these white petals. At the end of this stamen is the pod of pollen almost an inch long. The stigma stands out separately from the centre of the cup and is attached to the base of the long hollow stem. Perfectly round drops of water adhere to the surface of the base cup adding to the monsoon magic. When in full bloom each flower and every part of it stands out separately and the freshness and whiteness of bunches of these flowers is so pretty a sight that it is hard to forget.

Though it blooms abundantly in the monsoon in Mumbai it seems it can tolerate much harsher climes also. It is said that the harmonious design of this (desert!!) flower inspired the design of the Bruj Khalifa in Dubai which is the tallest tower in the world!!

In Mumbai, these plants are largely planted lining paths in gardens and flowerbeds around apartment buildings. The blooms are at just the right height for kids to reach out and pluck. The yellow pollen dust would readily stick to the hands and stain our clothes when we went picking these. The sticky gel oozing from the plucked stem of the flower did have an unpleasant smell but not enough to put us off. As kids we called these flowers Monsoon lilies and so I have named my collage the same.


– The monsoon Lilies. Size: 11.5"x8"

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Butterflies in the Garden

Here is another buttefly collage in post-impressionist stlye.
Title : Butterflies in the garden
Size : 11"x8"

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sri Venkateshwara collage and our trip to Tirupati

I have had a long break from this blog and my collage art for most of the year battling family health issues that by the grace of the Lord have now resolved. So I am back to collage making and life as I know it.


A few weeks ago we visited Tirupati and to pay obeisance to the Lord of the Seven Hills – Sri Venkateshwara and to give our thanks for getting us through a very difficult period. The temple is a Vaishnavite Shrine dating prior to the 9 AD and the diety is the God Vishnu. Tiru-mala the hill on which the temple stands means ‘sacred -hill’ and Ven-kat-eshwara in Sanskrit means “ven=link to one’s sins, kata = cut off (for those who surrender to ) , eswara = the Supreme God. He is the benevolent God and the granter of boons.

After a long time I was inspired to make a collage painting and that too one of the Lord, which miraculously I completed rather speedily.

Size : 8"x11.5". This artwork is not for sale.  I have donated it to the temple at Tirupati.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mentioned on Marion-Boddy Evan's About.com: Painting.


My Van Gogh sunflowers collage on Marion's  About.com: Painting website.    Click this link to take you there.

Marion Boddy-Evans, Painting Guide, says:

A beautiful example of collage as a medium, and of translating a famous artist's style/work into something that has an evident source of inspiration but is your own.

Wow.   Thank you Marion!      I do love Van Gogh's  brush strokes.  Here is the link to the original blog entry on this collage.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Celebrating the Festival of Ganesha

Mumbai is celebrating the festival of Ganesha with its usual pomp and splendour and I am reminded of one of my early collages - one of Lord Ganesha.  This one.
  
Size : 9.5"x 8"



Ganesha is a much loved diety of the Hindus.   He is depicted with the head of an elephant but with a human form.  Everything in Hinduism is symbolic and so it is with each body part of Lord Ganesha. 

He is called the 'remover of all obstacles' and is considered the epitome of wisdom.   It is customary to say a small prayer to Ganesha before commencing any activity that one wishes to accomplish well.