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Thursday, December 2, 2010

THE MYSTERY OF LIFE


Life no doubt is a mystery. For some reason this enigma has always intrigued me and I have never understood where science comes in and where God steps out. The union of these two, and the conflict between the  two, have never quite been understood by mankind. When we look through the mirrors of religion...God appears.  Is this Super Power  what makes us ponder over issues such as health, kismet, fate, karma etc..??  Then there is the science aspect trying to explain why we are born, get sick, grow old and eventually die.


The God aspect is based much more on ' FAITH' (an illusion , fantasy or reality ? )  This drives us   to believe in hope, and makes us stronger as human beings. Only you  can embrace and relate to this faith. There is no doubt that the science aspect is based on facts and facts cannot be evaded, but understood like " black & white ".... with no shades of " gray " .  I believe at some point in our lives , its all up to the unknown that has strings on us like puppets, dictating to us like a story book, what is in our next chapter of life, which I call DESTINY! 



My painting above was done years ago...it's actually a sketch of my thoughts when my Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. .In the sketch you can see minarets, and architecture from the East. The 'havelis' (open terraced houses) represents the heavy heart.Without opening the door to your soul , you see and understand nothing. This is an inner awakening that takes years of practise and discipline to accomplish.One must leave anger, resentment, and guilt in order to feel free.This freedom always comes with a price.....perhaps that's why in all religions we have Saints to help us understand. In the center of the sketch is a man meditating and finding the inner peace he so longs for. Behind him are roots and trees that symbolize growth , aging life and pain where the limbs grow in all directions and cannot be straightened out.


We have the Hindu God  'Lord Ganesh' (the removal of all obstacles). I could have painted any other God, but GANESH is special. All the different symbols represent something on him. I happen to love him because he insists that Man's ego must be destroyed in order to achieve a path filled with love.Then there is Leonardo's 'VITRUVIAN MAN' which symbolises art and science, man to nature and the perfection of geometric proportions.(God or Science created?)


The couple represents human beings where it started..relationships, lust, jealousy, greed, anger, love, devotion and loyalty.The cave drawing is where we first found art .Without an emotional crutch such as art ,we begin to fail as humans and lose all emotions and sensitivity. Art keeps us grounded and in touch with our softer side.




We have an angel or some sort of Godly figure above ,showing us that there is hope in life and to follow your karmic duties in order to achieve fulfillment.The butterfly represents change. Change for all of us is inevitable. Without change ,we would not exist. Everything changes. Relationships, friendships, jobs, houses ..the list is endless.Whether it's for the good or bad..... change is inevitable.


Lastly there is a famous zig zag pattern which is found in many countries around the world.The up and down lines symbolise life and the  permanent dots between them represent us.


In conclusion.......Life is a mystery and no matter what , losing a sense of reality happens to us all the time. Finding the key to happiness is locked in Pandora's box. Do we ever find it?


Does 'GOD' know the secret? Meanwhile science will continue to age us till death arrives knocking and the  cycle  which we call life begins all over  again!


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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

OFF BALANCE

'EVERY DIRECTION'



Life is full of twists and turns. Somehow as kids we never felt it. As soon as responsibilities of life begin we get smacked in the face throwing every one of us off balance.

This inspired me to create 'EVERY DIRECTION' ..... the strange and abstract version of someone slip sliding away in every direction of life with her strange and twisted ways.
 
The colors are bright,which always makes me feel there is hope and the immense desire to live.There is no question, finding the right balance for the mind and body has always been a huge question mark in every one of our lives. We live in a rat race, striving for money, good health and relationships. But no matter what ....there will be plenty of times in our lives where we slip, fall, go out of balance and still end up landing on our feet , no matter what!
 
Like everything else.........As humans we will survive till the next journey waits and unfolds , regardless of any obstacles we may encounter!

As I always say.... Life goes on .....in every direction.....slip sliding away!

Monday, November 29, 2010

CAPTURING A SHANTY TOWN!


CITY OF GOLD


I have been extremely lucky as a child and as an adult to be able to travel to exotic places. Architecture has always intrigued me, from cathedrals in Europe to the minarets of the Middle East. This particular painting was inspired to me by the famous 'FAVELAS' of BRAZIL.It is painted in metallic colors and shows very simple detail in shades of blues,burgundies and gold.


A favela is basically a shanty town. When i was in Rio a few years back,the area of ROCHINHA  hosts about a quarter million people living on the hillsides of Rio with  homes that are made of inexpensive lumber and tin roof tops . There is a sense of compression to see these homes stacked on top of each other , with total lack of  space.Yet from a distance ,one can see a skyline of  absolutely absurd roof tops staring at you among the golden sunsets behind them.

These similarities of shanty homes can be found  in Africa and Asia.It never seizes to amaze me that while we live in the capitalistic West , we continuously ask for more and more.....yet millions of people around the world seem blessed  to have a 'TIN  ROOF' over their heads.

Their world is simple .....yet it seems ours is so complex.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

sanjaysarttitude: CREATIVITY IN MIXED MEDIA

sanjaysarttitude: CREATIVITY IN MIXED MEDIA: " TEMPLE WALL PERSIAN LOVE Often times mixed media is used very loosely in describing a certain style of art. Basically mixed media is using..."

CREATIVITY IN MIXED MEDIA

 TEMPLE WALL

PERSIAN LOVE


Often times mixed media is used very loosely in describing a certain style of art. Basically mixed media is using anything and everything on paper or canvas. It can be from thread to paper to loose paper clips. There is no right or wrong when it comes to mixed media.

I so happen to love highly structured paint and tend to use universal symbols like hearts,geometric and abstract formations with  certain alphabets of different languages. Pictured above you see two unusual paintings i have done.

The first one is called 'TEMPLE WALL' ...The overall painting is done with sharp contrasts of metallic colors such as gold,copper,and deep shades of gray. This painting was inspired by old indian temple walls .The writing is in hindi.....parts of it.On the left top side there is an abstract version of a person with his arm reaching out to the universe. The natural  cracks and colors are vital to this painting as it shows an antique look.

The second painting is called 'PERSIAN LOVE' ...This painting has sharp contrasts of copper,gold and metallic blue . The writing is part of the Farsi alphabet and the two figures represent a man and woman side by side  with a heart showing contrasts of color and emotion..The strong blue that I used represents the sky as love has no limits.