I’ve been a fan of Karin Jurick‘s paintings for a while now and have been lurking around her new blog Different Strokes from Different Folks since it started a few months ago. But it was a portrait challenge that gave me the push to jump in and also the fact that we had 3 weeks to complete it. With all the travelling that I’ve been doing this time frame was crucial for me.
It’s been a great opportunity participating in this portrait challenge and seeing all the fabulous work posted on her blog Different Strokes from Different Folks. It’s also been great putting faces to the names.
Painting and drawing have been going on since I last posted though at a slower pace than usual as I have been away from home for a while. Now that I’m finally back, I’ll be posting more regularly. Seeing all the fantastic artwork on DSfDFs has had me wanting to pull out my oils from where they’ve been lying neglected these last six months. This piece, though, has been made using acrylics on canvas and is approx 12″ X 16″. The paints were easier to travel with.
I’ve been attempting to paint more than a portrait for the last few months but there is something special about this lady that has had me breaking that self imposed rule. She’s been the subject of my paintings four times already in the last 3 months. And I know that I’m not done yet! You can see the others versions here, here and here.
She is the Tea Lady with a low open stall outside the entrance to a disused railway track. She was selling tea and some eats and had one customer at the time the photographs were taken. I like the fact that she is looking down and away as I find it easier to let my imagination run free when I’m painting.
The track later took us past a few shops and then a line of shanties on either side of the track leading to a dried fish market which is a popular addition to local dishes in Bangladesh. Further ahead was Karwan Bazaar, one of the biggest wet markets in the city.
Photograph copyright Anil Advani. Used with permission.
“No man is an island
No man stands alone”
In this swirling sea of colours as people were rushing purposefully to their destinations, one man caught my eye. It was the contrast in the clothes he wore compared to the people around him. The dullness of the colours. By the simple act of dressing differently was he trying to distance himself from the crowd around him? Sometimes we would like to believe that we can stand alone but the reality is that no man is an island.
12″ X 16″ Acrylic on canvas panel
My older sister has been waiting patiently, for a few years now, for me to paint her a piece. Her only request was that it be bright and colourful. Recently, she added that it also needed to be large as she planned to give it pride of place in her living room. Earlier, last month from a choice of two she selected the smaller version of this piece and things finally fell into place. It was fun working large again. She is happy with the results and I should soon have a photo of it hanging in her house.
“Flower Sellers”, 30″ X 36″ acrylic on canvas. Photo ref copyright Manu. Used with permission.
This is the kind of market I remember from my childhood. While I cant cope with the bargaining that shopping in such markets entails, its great to visit one once in a while. Recently went to Karwan Bazaar in Dhaka with two friends to take some photographs to capture the hustle and bustle, vivid colours and the vitality of such markets.
12″ X 16″ acrylics on Canvas Panel. Photo ref copyright Anil Advani. Used here with permission.
The words of Queens song by the same name have been playing in my head for a while now. I did want to break away from the way I was painting earlier. I didnt get to where I thought I wanted to be. Where I am now is more free (sometimes, like today) than before and I’ll be happy here for a while.
The title of this piece is “A woman’s work is never done”. I’m at my sisters for a months holiday. She has recently had a baby boy. She also has a toddler who also wants quality time with Mummy. I see her on her feet all day and it seems to be almost all night. Everyday. It’s feeding, pumping, changing diapers, playing with the two year old, working and the list goes on. And she has help! This one is for all the women who look after their children, homes and also work. Hats off to them!
12″ X 16″ on a canvas panel. Based on a Photo ref by Anil Advani. Used with permission.
I don’t normally post incomplete work here but I’m away on a longish holiday (back in Sep) starting today. Posts here might be irregular. Wanted to put up something that I’m excited about in case it is a longer break in between posts than usual. Hoping to finish this and do a few more in this series when I return. Will write more about “Running with the Bulls” with the post on the finished piece.
36″ X 30″ acrylic on canvas. This is based on one of the inspiring photo refs taken by Oochappan. Used with permission.
Update: Image updated with finished piece.
Everyone is looking for answers to life, its meaning, what lies ahead, who we are and the list goes on and on. Sadhus, Indian holy men, have given up domestic life, its responsibilities and pleasures to search for answers. Hoping to find the key that will unlock the door. Hoping that behind it will be answers to all those questions. Hoping that it will lead to Nirvana. Sadhus lead a very austere existence and even though he is colourfully dressed here and leaning against an equally colourful door that’s not what his life is all about.
20″ X 16″ acrylic on canvas. Photo ref copyright Sanzen used here with permission.
Planning is on for an exhibition with 4 other artists later this year and I’m looking forward to it. You’ll find the details here as soon as it is finalised. This project will have me working towards a deadline and it’s something I’m looking forward to right now. I hope when the pressure mounts I dont regret feeling this way!
Watermelons are one of the best fruits to have in summer. It quenches your thirst in a jiffy. In Dhaka, you find street vendors selling slices of the fruit near bus stops to thirsty travellers.
The Watermelon Boy 2 is digital and made with Art Rage. Based on a photo ref by Anil Advani, used with permission.
Jamal Ahmed is a successful Bangladeshi artist with 41 solo exhibitions to date. Pagla has been featuring in his work for many years now. With many artists you see a recurring subject, model or colour something they keep coming back to. Do you have one?
The reference for both these pieces have been taken by Anil Advani for his SoFoBoMo project and used with permission.
Below I’ve tried a close crop of the digital painting made of Pagla. I’m not sure if it is better or worse.
Jamal 12″ X 18″ charcoal in my sketchbook.
Pagla digitally made using Art Rage 2.