My work space
I am inspired by nature, objects, sculptures, statues, colours and textures. Inspiration is also drawn from different traditions, and cultures. The contents of my work evolves but what attracts me more is the rural village lifestyle, different religions, people and their surrounding environment.
So my process is this, I look around expectantly - expecting that there will be an aesthetic insight and that curiosity will begin to develop into an image or an idea worthy of a metaphorical transformation. The idea or image is now ready for a rough sketch on a blank canvas. I choose the colour pallet as I go along.
Everything is done freehand. Sometimes using photos as a reference helps my process. Working on a larger scale is something I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate but also gives me an opportunity to show the minuet details in the painting. I have few projects that I work on at the same time but alternate them weekly.
Once the sketch is done, I decide on a colour pallet and start mixing paint but very thin layer of paint is applied for the first layer. Gradually as I work through the painting more details, textures, colours and layers are applied. The majority of the paintings have at least few layers of paint. A single painting may take few weeks or even months to complete depending on the size and detail of work. I try to capture mood and layers of emotions.
I use different techniques like scumbling, which involves brushing broken and/or thin layers of paint over another so that some of the paint beneath it shows through. Mixing, misting, glazing, blending and wet in wet and over dry to build texture.
On few pieces, I have experimented with decoupage. The process involves using mod podge, stencils, hot glue gun and combining acrylic to that.
The techniques that I have implemented over the years are basically what I feel works for me and produces a well refined end product and I am continually learning to better myself.