Artsy women of  canvas

Seven city-based women will be presenting their works in watercolour on Nature, innocence and the several moods and struggles of a woman. Akhila Damodaran writes on ‘I Rise’. 

Published: 21st March 2017 10:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd March 2017 07:39 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Inspired by Son’s Innocence Prathibha Singh

About her work
My work is mainly based on my life and world at large. This series traces the innocence of a child. It portrays how curious a child is about everything around. Children are honest and trust easily. They live in a comforting world. My son reminds me of such a world. It is the interactions with him that have inspired my current series. 

Why did you choose watercolour?
I enjoy the transparency of colours in water colour. 

Water colour is known to be a tough medium to work with. Your take?
Art is not just about attaining perfection. If it is not tough, it is not art.

Celebrating Forest on Canvas
Spoorthy Murali

About her work
I celebrate the forest in this series. It is an attempt to pick a cue from Nature. Forests are vibrant and uninhibited. I show forests in different seasons. The colours that I have used in my work may be imaginative but it makes a colouful canvas.

What was the inspiration behind your work?
Nature. I live in an area which extends to a forest. The trees in the forest don’t follow rules. The branches in different directions. They do not compete like humans. Early morning, one may see a beautiful sight of the golden light seeping in through these branches. 

Why did you choose watercolour?
The medium is fragile. It helps me be spontaneous You work on it for about an hour and a half and after three hours, your work is complete.   

Shuffling Between Tumakuru and B’luru
Arpitha TP

About her work
Coming from a town in Tumkuru, mobile navigation app became my companion when I was new to this city. I was awed by the huge buildings, flyovers and under ground metro trains. My work has no human figures but speaks of the volume. I try to portray how one meets several people here, but no one is truly known to you.

What’s the technique you used to paint the route maps?
I try to trace the landmarks of the places that I have been to. I took a screenshot of the Google maps and used the photographs that I clicked, to paint the navigation route I took.

Why do you travel from Tumakuru to Bengaluru every day?
I wanted to stay at home to give a company to my mother. She has no one to speak to. My father is deaf and dumb. I used to leave home at 6.30 am and return home by 9 pm every day.

As I used to wake up early, I would doze off in the bus and miss my stops, in spite of keeping alarms. I would go to some other place and come back to my place walking.  

Romancing Eternal Love
Latha Kruthi

About her work
I had been to Hampi a few months ago. The place is so enchanting. So, I tried to capture the place in my work. There is another painting of an old couple named ‘Eternal Love’. I happened to see a picture of theirs and was fascinated by their expressions...the way they look at each other even at this age. I believe love is eternal. 

Why did you choose watercolour?
I mainly work on oil and acrylics. I started working on water colour recently and the experience is amazing. I thought to try this Hampi series in water colours as it is appealing. Every medium has its own beauty. In water colour, once you do a mistake, you cannot rectify it. 

Her Studio is in a Garden
Sunita Vasanth

About her work
I try to project the colours of flowers in my work and its shades. In my later collection, Wheelbarrow, I try to capture the bougainvillea in the garden of a house, I pass by during my morning walk. I portray bright magenta colour of the flowers.

What’s your inspiration?
Nature and my garden are my inspirations. My studio is in the middle of my garden. 

What challenges did you face with the series?
Water colour is a challenging medium. I mainly work on oil and acrylics. That medium is more comfortable for me and goes well with the kind of work I do. I use bright colours. So for me, water colour is a paler medium. 

Portryaing Moody Women
Swayamprabha Parida

About her work
The series about me, what I think and feel. I am sure many woman would feel the same way I do. Women have dreams and they want to be free. I try to portray different moods of women. They are happy sometimes and at other times, sad. 

Ode to Rain and Freedom
Sweatha Y

About her work
There are two series - one shows the daily life in which I try to portray dry land and how animals and birds find it difficult to quench their thirst due to less rainfall. The other is my dream. It talks about free life. 

What inspired you to work on this series?
My journey to villages inspired me. I saw that the birds do not find it too difficult to get water. The city people do not know about the situation of these species. 

Why did you choose watercolour?
It is my favourite medium. It makes me happy. Water colour can be challenging as you cannot patch up once you do a mistake, but it is these challenges that I enjoy the most.

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