Saturday, March 31, 2018

Create Interest...

Ink and Watercolors on Paper
Passion is something that you never lose interest for. Always create interest and profoundly be interested in it. Never lose, never give up your interests and passions in life!

Keep Painting and Create interest for yourself!
Happy Painting!!

"The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well."
- Horace Walpole

Title: Rangasthalam
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Inspiration: Passion for Arts...
Size: 8.5" x 11" (21.5 cm x 27.9 cm)
Surface: Artist's Loft Sketchbook, 75 lb/110 gm2 Acid-free Paper

Friday, March 23, 2018

"1 + 1 > 2" made possible...

Song dedicated to my Art by my classmate Kiran

What a pleasant surprise I had when I received this song on Telugu New Year's day Ugadi, from one of my closest classmates since my Engineering College days- Kiran Kakarlamudi.

Kiran is a Singer whose voice and presentation I admired most in my College days. He is also a multi-faceted Artist, but had passion for Music. I still remember a song-bit I learned from him on the Guitar instrument, a song-bit from the Hindi movie, Saagar, without even knowing on how to play notes on the Guitar. He was one of very few friends in my College who used to say encouraging words about my Arts.

After many years, I heard his voice couple of years ago when he shared with me an old Hindi song he sang. I had that song playing in repeat-mode while I was doing a painting for few hours. I did love it that much. And, now this special song compiled with my Paintings and dedicated to my Art brought "Tears of Joy" in my eyes. What a great honor my Art has received from my good friend, classmate and college-roommate. His voice gave life to each Painting he picked and compiled into this most beautiful presentation of my Art.

One of my classmates Raghunandan aptly coined this phrase by saying "1 + 1 > 2 made possible" when Kiran shared this with us. In Math, 1 + 1 > 2 is not possible. But with friends 1 + 1 > 2 is possible. Friends and friendship make it possible. In this song, it is thus made possible.

Whenever Art meets Art, it's a double-inspiration, double-treat and double-honor. I cherish this special song dedicated to my Art by Kiran forever!

Thank you Kiran!
Friends forever!!

"No friendship is an accident." - O. Henry, Heart of the West

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Happy Ugadi - an opportunity knocked my door...

Ugadi - Telugu New Year, an exclusive done for a
Telugu Magazine - TANA Patrika

When TANA Patrika's new in-charge Gorthi Sai Bramhanandam Garu approached me on Facebook messenger and asked me "Can you do a Painting for a special magazine issue we are bringing for Ugadi, Telugu New Year?", my immediate reply was "Yes, I will". He then went on saying, "You have 10 days of time". Art is not my full-time job, it's only a hobby. I said, "Then, I only have one weekend to work on it in the next 10 days, I will do it".

That's nothing but an opportunity knocked my door. If I had said, I don't have time, the opportunity would have gone and knocked another door, also would never come back to knock my door. Instead, I opened the door and welcomed it, set my time aside for it, and gave my best efforts. The result was this very satisfying Painting. When you build a door for opportunities, the opportunities find the door,  stop by, and knock it.

It was a great honor to have my Painting go on the cover page of this very special Telugu New Year's issue, Ugadi Sanchika. Many Legendary Telugu Artists like Sri Vaddadi Papaiah, Sri Bapu and many more Telugu Artists' Paintings took TANA magazines' cover pages. It's been a great feeling to have my Painting also made to that spot.

Many thanks to Gorthi Sai Bramhanandam Garu for the trust & belief in me and on my Art.

Here is the Link to the Magazine: Page 15 has brief details about me and my Art.

The cover page with my Painting:

About me and my Art in the Magazine:

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle

Title: Ugadi - Telugu New year...
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Inspiration: An opportunity knocked my door...
Size: 16" x 20" (40.6 cm x 50.8 cm)
Surface: Fabriano Extra White, Cold Press, 140lb/300 GSM Watercolor Paper

Accept Challenges in Life...

Watercolors on Paper - Live Painting in 30 minutes

What a great experience and challenge it was to do a Live Painting when different forms of Indian folk dances were going on back to back with no pause in between for 30 minutes. From start to finish all I had was just 30 minites to do a live painting in front of all. It was very intense, but the end it was an Art event done for a charity. Thanks to the buyer and the money raised 100% went to a charity! Enjoyed the event fully! Thanks to Ruma Neogy and Chitro Neogy from Calcutta Club USA for having me in this year's Live Painting challenge!

The most fulfilling memory was when the very first group of girls who started Garba Indian Folk dance and one of whose flash moments I had to capture in my mind in the very first minute and get going the rest of the 29 minute session, approached me at the end of the session and asked me "Who is the Girl among us you picked?". My answer was- "All of you, doesn't she look like each one of you?". The Girls were very happy to take a picture with me and the Painting.

I was also honored to share the stage with a humble and very talented young high school girl Meera Singh who accepted the challenge and performed Live Painting at the same time. The outcome was a fantastic painting. At her age, she is talented than many adult Artists around us.

A memorable experience to cherish!

"Success is due to our stretching to the challenge;lenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them." - John C. Maxwell

Title: Indian Folk Dance...
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Inspiration: A challenge accepted to do Live Painting...
Size: 16" x 20" (40.6 cm x 50.8 cm)
Surface: Fabriano Extra White, Cold Press, 140lb/300 GSM Watercolor Paper