Wednesday 17 February 2010

Knowing an Artist...RUKMINI KARLAPALEM chance

What can excite a blogger more ???? Somebody mailed me to say that she was very happy to see her paintings on my blog (the posts on chitrasante). It came to me as a surprise. It shows how small the world can get. At the same me a high to even think about that somebody who just happened to scroll through some blogs and when she just happened to see my blog..........she sees her works.........her works of art.......her passion. I am sure if I was in her place...I would have jumped allover with joy. On the other side of the gives me a sheer sense of pride or a deep thrill to know that it was my blog that is the cause of her happiness. Let me introduce you to Rukmini Karlapalem from Hyderabad. She is an artist who exhibited at Chitrasanthe. I admired her paintings a lot at Chitrasanthe...but unfortunately did not spot her there due to the crowd. She has a very different thought in every piece of her art. Her primary focus includes situations from the normal happenings in day-today lives of common people. Although the pictures depict a lot of emotions and feelings...her style of painting emotes the same in the form of happiness by the use of vibrant bold colours. Some pictures for you to see.

Can you spot the artworks of Rukmini in the posts on Chitra Santhe.......?????

Tuesday 16 February 2010

New to my Brass Collection.........A contemporary ganesha

Ganesha also spelled Ganesh and also known as Ganapati, Vinayaka, and Pillaiyar, is one of the best-known and most widely worshipped deity by the Hindus. His image is found throughout India and Nepal. Although he is known by many other attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles. For more, read here.
Because of his special appearance, every artist will carve out, paint or draw a Ganesha in their own style. I think most of the artists will agree with me when I say that Ganesha is the most flexible diety when it comes to an artists imagination.

I have one such Brass Ganesha Idol that I recently added to my collection. This is a very contemporary style ganesha and can add instant touch and gilded look to a contemporary setting. While the body of this Ganesha has a brass finish, the rest of it has a lovely blue-green oxidised effect. I bought this at the recently held cottage mela in Safina Plaza, Bangalore.

Do share some unsual Ganesha Pictures or some sculptures if you have any......


In this post on Chitrasanthe, I would like to introduce you to my sister Vedavathi who is also a blogger and has 2 blogs to her credit. One is where she blogs about her art and the other is where she blogs about various iyengar recipes. She exhibited her talent at the Chitrasanthe 2010 and here are a few pictures of her art. I am very proud of her success in the art fair. Wish you all the best Veda.

Some more pictures from various artists at the chitrasanthe 2010.....

Don't miss the Chitrasanthe next year !!!!!

Thursday 11 February 2010

CHITRASANTHE 2010.....ART FAIR in Bangalore

Chitrakala Parishath is an art institution and cultural organisation located in the city of Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka, India. Its main aim is the promotion of art and culture and it is well known for the various art exhibitions that it conducts both at the state and the National levels.

Chitra Santhe is an annual event organised by the Parishath that attracts artists from all over India who showcase their artwork for sale to the public. It is held along the footpaths of the Kumara Krupa Road which gets occupied by artists selling items like paintings, porcelain, sculptures and other art objects. Some artists even offer on-the-spot portrait sketches of people interested in them. To read more, click here.

Here are some pictures from the Chitra Santhe 2010. The beauty about this fair is that there are no fancies and whimps, all artists are treated the same way. and famous, novices and students, are under one roof for a day. Call it a treat to the eyes !!!!

This is a single piece carved out of a coconut and allowed to dry...

WAIT FOR CHITRA SANTHE - PART 2.............Have a great weekend !!!!

Wednesday 10 February 2010

MOSAIC Mural Execution

Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. This art which was traditonally seen in Roman Cathedrals has now become very popular in interior designing and can be seen in restaurants, hotels, residences, bathrooms etc., As a designer, I love this art and feel that any place can be instantly transformed to create a colourful and bright look. Suits all styles of decor.... be it country, dramatic or classic....

I am proud to feature a mosaic mural work by my students. They have designed and executed this work at the college premises. Here are a few pictures of the same.
This is a contemporary style Ganesh measuring 4' x 4'.

I must say, I am proud of my students for working on this for 2 whole days from start to finish. Hope you all liked it !!!!

Experience France in India.....PONDICHERRY

Pondicherry, is a Union Territory of India. It is a former French colony, consisting of four regions, and named after the largest region, Puducherry.

Take a close look at the names of all the streets...........they start with Rue De La ....
French influence
Pondicherry still retains much evidence of its history as a French colony. The design of the city was based on the French (originally Dutch, the plans of Pondicherry dating from the end of the seventeenth century (1693-1694) are preserved in the National Archives at The Hague) grid pattern and features neat sectors and perpendicular streets. The entire town is divided into two sections, the French Quarter ('Ville Blanche' or 'White town') and the Indian quarter ('Ville Noire' or 'Black Town').

I loved the use of colours. While you can see bright hues of yellow on one side, you will also see the subtle and subdues hues of grey and blue. The stone floored steets look truly french

Notice the shape of the windows with the close knit railings in blue. To read more on Pondicherry, please click here.