Je ne veux pas travailler

Flower Seller

We have many street vendors in Dhaka.  This flower seller’s expression caught my attention.  It’s turned out to be more aggressive mostly because of what I read into the situation and the stories that I built around him which kept me occupied when painting.

Using oils after a break.  The first painting is yet to be completed.  This one, I’m calling done.  It’s the first signed painting in 2009!

“Flower Seller”, 20″ X 22″, oil on canvas.

Published by Ujwala

I guess I would have to classify myself as a “self taught” artist not having an MFA or a BFA degree. I am a happy mix of self learning and a bit more formally from artists in workshops and institutions. And after over 15 years of figuring things out, I wouldn’t want it any other way! The journey of understanding and making art, for me, is a continuous learning process: Improving existing skills, learning new ones and most of all growing with the experience. Drawing and painting are an integral part of my life, something I am passionate about. The blogs, Maya & draw the line, document the road traveled thus far. People, their moods, interactions and emotions are an ongoing source of curiosity and interest. What I’m searching for is their inner personalities, their thoughts and there are stories I build around them as I work. I like portraying feelings of people when they are alone, lost in their thoughts, caught unawares. Those are the special moments that appeal to me most. I love to experiment and use a variety of medium ranging from oil, charcoal, printmaking, clay to the digital medium. Regardless, my focus remains fixed on the human form.

6 thoughts on “Je ne veux pas travailler

  1. hello Ujwala,
    what a fun post to start the day. I mean, it was fun to see that French title, to hear a French song with a lovely English accent ant to enjoy your art.
    To me, that vendor looks like a torreador, receiving flowers after the fight! no frontiers in that post
    beautiful painting!

  2. i couldnt resist the song 😛 it was “given” to me when i was learning french. i must confess that i failed quite miserably coz i was too embarassed to make mistakes!! but i didnt forget the songs they chose for me. my untrained ears missed the english accent 😛 And thanks, now that you mention it, he does remind me of a torreador.

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