Thursday, August 22, 2019

Star Star "Mega Star" Star...

ఈనాటి "మెగా స్టార్" ఆనాటి నా "స్టార్" బొమ్మల్లో
Pencil, Ballpoint Pen and Ink Pen on paper    

ఈనాటి "మెగా స్టార్" ఆనాటి నా "స్టార్" బొమ్మల్లో...
Those were the days, my favorite Star was also my Hero in my Arts (1984...85)

Happy Birthday to MegaStar Chiranjeevi!

Your growth is an inspiration for (m)any!!

Monday, August 19, 2019

ఎందరో మహానుభావులు...

Legend Singer - Padma Vibhooshan Dr. K.J.Yesudas
Watercolors on Paper (9" x 12") 

"సాహిత్యం వల్లనో లేదా సంగీతం వల్లనో
ప్రత్యేకతని సంతరించుకునే పాటలు కొన్ని...

"జేసుదాస్" పాడటం వల్లనే ప్రత్యేకత
సంతరించుకున్నవే ఆయన పాడినవన్నీ...

అంతటి మహనీయునికి సభక్తితో...
- గిరిధర్

Done for a special fund raising live music concert "Music for Vision" by the Legendary Singer, Padma Vibhooshan Dr. K.J.Yesudas. This painting will be part of this event and will go for auction with Dr.Yesudas's autograph on it. I am truly honored by this opportunity. Many thanks to my school and college senior, brother Reddy N. Urimindi.

"A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty."
- Nadia Boulanger
Happy Painting!

Details
Title: Portrait of Legendary Indian Playback Singer K.J.Yesudas
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Inspiration: A fund raising Music Live Concert event for Sankara Netralaya
Size: 9" x 12" (22.9 cm x 30.5 cm)
Surface: Canson Watercolor Paper, 140 lb 300g, Cold Press

Sunday, August 11, 2019

"బాపు" బొమ్మ...

"బాపు" బొమ్మ
Watercolors on Paper (11" x 13") 
  

తెలుగు అమ్మాయి అంటే
అప్పుడూ ఇప్పుడూ ఎప్పుడూ
"బాపు బొమ్మ" లానే ఉండాలి...
అదే నిండైన తెలుగుదనం
అదే తెలుగు కి తీరైన అందం...

Happy Painting!

Details
Title: "బాపు" బొమ్మ...
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Inspiration: Talented Dancer and Telugu Actress, Karronya Katrynn
Size: 8.5" x 11" (21.5 cm x 27.9 cm)
Surface: Canson Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Cold Press

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Let your smile show you the results...

Smile...
Watercolors on Paper (11" x 13")   

Let your smile show you the results of your efforts, and let your smile be the result of it. We all know that nothing can defeat a Smile. Yet, we forget to have it. Always start your work with a smile and end with a smile. The result will quietly be quite different.

Half way through it, I almost gave up on this Painting as the paper was very challenging. At one point, I  even thought of starting it over on a different paper. There came out a Smile on my face. I smiled and continued working on it to capture that stunning jewel, the Smile that the lady in the portrait is wearing. I finished it with a Smile.

My Smile gave me this result and I love it. I love my smile, I love the result it gives me.

This is certainly one of my best so far, and I myself have been staring at it several times ever since I created it. Makes me feel like I climbed one more step in Painting by this. It's all nothing but the magic in that Beautiful Smile ;)

"Never regret anything that made you smile."
- Mark Twain

Happy Painting!
Smile and let it's result make you smile even more!

Details
Title: Smile...
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Inspiration: A Smile
Size: 8.5" x 11" (21.5 cm x 27.9 cm)
Surface: Canson Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Cold Press

Friday, August 2, 2019

రంగులలో కలవో...

రంగులలో కలవో...
Watercolors on Paper (9" x 12")    

Details
Title: రంగులలో కలవో...
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Inspiration: A boring day.
Size: 9" x 12" (23 cm x 30.5 cm)
Surface: Canson Cold press, 140 lb/300 gm2 Watercolor Paper

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Quality comes by quantity...

Dancing with Colors...
Watercolors on Paper (8.5 " x 11")    

I missed many things in life. Along the way of busy/lazy life (my synonym for busy is lazy), I also missed my passion: Art for many years. Not anymore, I am back with it now. When we miss somebody or something for a longtime and meet again, we feel like catching up. That's what I am doing with my Art. Catching up with time, time that went way ahead of me. I have many years to catch up. The only way to do so is to be with it, more and more.

I strongly believe in work, hard-work rather. Success comes by quality, but quality comes by quantity. All successful Artists are the ones who did tonnes and tonnes of art works. The more we work, the better we get at anything.

Don't get trapped by misleading and very discouraging words, "it's quality not quantity that matters". In reality, both matter. After all, quality can never be achieved without quantity, especially in Arts. Just go and do it, whatever you feel like and whenever you feel like. Transform it into a habit, one day you will get there, where you want to.

There are two erased pencil outlines underneath this painting. I wanted to do this Indian classical dance pose very differently. Started by doing a simple line sketch, erased and started doing more realistic, erased again and started to do just shadows. Happy with the outcome.

When my brush dances on the paper, my soul dances in colors... ;)

Happy Painting!
Dance with your soul!!

"Quantity and persistence will get you the outcomes you need." - James Altucher

Details
Title: Dancing with colors...
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Reference: A photograph collected from Narthanam
Size: 8.5" x 11" (21.5 cm x 27.9 cm)
Surface: Artist's Loft Sketchbook, 75 lb/110 gm2 Acid-free Paper

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Just be yourself...

Just be yourself...
Ink and Watercolors on Paper (8.5" x 11")    

Much of the world moves on by imitation. A child born learns by imitating people around, starts developing a personality influenced by family and friends. Most of the times we try to be like others, and act for others.

The best of all is none other than you, nowhere else found better than within yourself. Bring out that YOU within you and just be yourself. Smile like you, be like you, live like you, do like you do, and just be yourself...

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde

Happy Painting!

Details
Title: Just be yourself...
Mediums: Ink and Watercolors on Paper
Reference: A photograph from my collection
Size: 8.5" x 11" (21.5 cm x 27.9 cm)
Surface: Artist's Loft Sketchbook, 75 lb/110 gm2 Acid-free Paper

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Magical Hands...

Hands of Magic...
Ink and Watercolors on Paper (8.5" x 11")  

Magic is nowhere but inside you, inside the work you do, inside the thoughts you have, inside the desire you have and inside the patience you have. All you need is to let it out and perform.

"All good work has magic in it, and addresses the mind in a subtle way." - Duane Michals

Happy Painting!

Details
Title: Magical Hands...
Mediums: Ink and Watercolors on Paper
Reference: Imagination
Size: 8.5" x 11" (21.5 cm x 27.9 cm)
Surface: Artist's Loft Sketchbook, 75 lb/110 gm2 Acid-free Paper

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Learn to be...

Nátyánjali - My tribute to Indian Classical Dance
Watercolors on Paper 16" x 20" (41 cm x 51 cm)   

Patience is one among many that passion teaches us, as long as we are open to learn. I like doing anything fast(er). I never used to like slow in (m)any thing(s) in life. My passion for Painting is my teacher these days. One of the best things I learned and am still learning from it is patience. When I do things patiently, the results are very different.

Indian Classical Dance is another form of Art that I admire most, I do not know why. The only way I can pay my tributes to this Art is through my Paintings. A dancer with Konark Temple backdrop has been there in my dream-list for a long time, since 2010. This is my attempt with watercolors, patience and hard work. I am happy with the outcome. I will repeat the same in Oil on a huge canvas for my new dream home.

"I've learned that anything in life worth having comes from patience and hard work."
- Greg Behrendt

Happy Painting!
Have patience!!

Details
Title: Nátyánjali - My tribute to Indian Classical Dance
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Reference: A Dancer photograph from my collection and Konark Temple pictures
Size: 16" x 20" (41 cm x 51 cm)
Surface: Arches Watercolor Paper

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Elegance of Saree...

Elegance of Saree ...
Ink and Watercolors on Paper (8 1/2" x 11")   

I painted many times and always enjoy painting Indian woman in Saree, the most elegant outfit for a woman. In my opinion it's a talent to wear Saree in a classy way and look elegant.

"Elegance is all in the mind of the wearer." - Philip Treacy

Happy Painting!
Give your own touch to make it look classy ;)

Details
Title: Elegance of Saree...
Mediums: Ink and Watercolors on Paper
Reference: A picture from my collection
Size: 8.5" x 11" (21.5 cm x 27.9 cm)
Surface: Artist's Loft Sketchbook, 75 lb/110 gm2 Acid-free Paper

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Real Artists practice...

Dancer  
Ink and Watercolors on Paper (8 1/2" x 11")

I do not know how practical the rule of 10,000 hours is, in order to master something. But I do know, and I do believe that one has to practice to master. The only path to belief is experience. I am not up to what I am today without practice. My practice keeps me moving, moving in the direction to master.

If you don't practice, you don't learn. If you don't learn, you don't progress. If you don't progress, you don't improve. If you don't improve, you don't become a master. All masters are practicers and learners once.

"Real Artists practice!" - Giridhar Pottepalem

Happy Painting!
Keep practicing ;)

Details
Title: Dancer...
Mediums: Ink and Watercolors on Paper
Reference: A picture from my collection
Size: 8.5" x 11" (21.5 cm x 27.9 cm)
Surface: Artist's Loft Sketchbook, 75 lb/110 gm2 Acid-free Paper

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Less is more and more is less...

With my beloved sister Indira Meka   
Walking in the campus, the Univ. of California San Diego

The trip that has been long overdue for almost two decades happened last weekend as I flew to San Francisco with my son Rithvik to visit my beloved sister Indira Meka and to attend the college graduation commencement of my niece Prathyusha. She is the first one of next generation kid from our family to graduate from the college. We had a very good time that I could never imagine to have in a 3-day short trip. This trip was so special and will remain a memorable one, forever.

Beginning my visit with a warm welcome and delicious home made dinner after 6-hour long flight from Boston to San Francisco.....my oil painting I carried with me finding a new corner place in the living room at the home where several of my original paintings are living including the one I did in 1988.....next day 8-hour drive to San Diego with nature's beautifully painted mountains along the way with an added experience of infamous LA traffic.....the following day, proud moments with my niece Prathyusha's college graduation commencement at the Univ. of California San Diego.....inspiring speech by the former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright at the event.....time well spent with Muktesh who made my day with my first and fantastic drive of Tesla Model 3 car, as I was sold on at that moment for my next car with his introduction to all it's features, thank you Muktesh.....the 8-hour drive back home with all good old Telugu music and childhood memory talks with Indu.....the last day's traditional home made delicious breakfast of Idli & Dosa with a touch of Nellore in a banana leaf-top plate.....short relaxing time in the beautiful backyard with several flowers, vegetables around and a tree swing hanging to the maple tree.....followed by a 4-hour tour of San Francisco city covering stunning views from the Bay bridge, downtown, her office, pier 14 and the Ferry Building, Mahatma Gandhi statue at the pier, the amazing Golden Gate bridge, and the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts.....concluding our trip with a nice dinner at the White Elephant Thai restaurant on the way to airport.....got back with loaded meories and some fresh home grown garden veggies including lemons, beans and Ponaganti koora.

With less number of days spent with you in this trip, and more number of memories to cherish forever....Dear Indu, as you say "less is more" and live by example of that phrase, I would like to say the opposite- MORE IS LESS. Yes, I mean it with my own quote:

"Less is more for living, but more is less for loving". - Giridhar Pottepalem

Thanks for all the affection and love. Sisters are born for it!

Check my Facebook post for the complete pictorial tour.  

Here is a glimpse of it:

Found it's new home

Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco

Mahatma at the Pier, San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

My painting done in 1988 living with Indu