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August 20, 2007


I'm in awe, Ruchira! I love the way in which you have somehow made these paintings your own- I mean that even if they are very good copies of original photos,etc. the treatment has your artistic sensibility and techniques incorporated in it. I hope that you have found the time to start painting again- any other works on the easel?

Ruchira, thanks for sharing your paintings again. I especially liked the first one and am amazed how you can paint such a variety of subjects so well - like people and scenery. The horse looks so real. Have you participated in any art fairs in Texas? Please continue to let us see what else you have painted.


These are beautiful! I love all of them and particularly the lighthouse. I agree that you should participate in art shows. I also enjoyed your description of each piece.


It looks like home--it's the Maine coast!

I have to say, Lady Paul, that your works breathe and speak, they are really delightful. You are somehow able to create lines and shadows that have a great deal of character. It's a gift. Do you experience emotions when you paint, or is there an analytical mode that you switch into? My favorite is the women with the pottery/baskets upon their heads, for some reason that one is very alive.

*sigh* I love this blog.

Thanks everyone for visiting and for the enthusiastic words. I enjoy sharing the paintings on the blog with readers as much I do writing the review of a good book.

Joe: That might indeed be the Maine coast. I don't remember for sure.

Matt: I cannot accurately answer the question whether I react emotionally or analytically to art. A bit of both, I should think. When I begin a painting, the work is more analytical. Dividing the canvas, grouping and spacing the subject matter and making a good sketch are almost a geometric process. But once the color application begins, it starts to transform into a more visceral aesthetic exercise. You just "know" if something looks right or not. And I am fascinated by light and shadow. Which is why the two artists I absolutely love are Vermeer and Edward Hopper.

I do believe that I always react to colors, light and shadow more deeply and emotionally than I do to music. In my memories dating back to childhood, I associate places and experiences with my visual impressions (and smells). I seem to be able to recall colors much more vividly than sounds. Even after years, I tend to clearly remember the "yellow light" of a room or a hotel balcony, the "hypnotic purple shadow" on a street corner, the "wet blue light" in a courtyard or the "golden, speckled twighlight' of a long ago evening. So I guess I do react "emotionally" to colors. But I guess not enough to keep on painting!

Wow, I'm impressed! I wish I could do that! How long have you been painting, I wonder? You said you started working seriously in oils in 92, but of course that leaves open the question of the total amount of time it took you to get this good. I am wondering if I have time to learn, before I exit this Vale of Tears.

Thanks, Lester.

It's true that I started long before '92 - seriously, since my teens. But I have only painted sporadically a few years at a time. The '92 - '99 period was one such productive patch.

Sure you could start any time - remember Grandma Moses? No need to "exit" until you have tried. Unlike many other pursuits, to paint you only need to see. So age is not a factor. I have personally met several artists who began in their thirties, forties and even fifties. Two remarkable friends I made in Joanie's studio were in their seventies. They both began painting late in the sixth decade of their lives, after retirement.

Try charcoal / pencil sketches first. As for which medium you choose for color is entirely up to you. Everyone has a favorite. I find acrylic and oil easier to handle and more versatile than water color. Oil, though a bit daunting for beginners, is also a very forgiving medium. You can go back and make corrections many, many times. It always helps to take a few lessons ... unless you are a natural. :-)

I enjoyed your Virtual Exhibition Ruchira.I especially liked The Lighthouse..It has such a fairy tale quality about it..the roundness of the rocks, the doors,the lighthouse,the clouds..all contributes to this unreal feeling..
Is the emphasis yours or was it there originally...? Looking fwd to seeing more of your work.

Hi Jatinder. I love the Lighthouse too!

No, most of what you see here was in the original painting. Very little, except perhaps slight differences in the shades of color is my own innovation or emphasis. As I said, I attempted to make faithful copies and that's what they are. I remember that the picture of the Lighthouse in the magazine was quite small. I used a magnifying glass to examine the details.

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