Wednesday, 30 May 2012

DRAGONS
 One of the subjects I am very fond of is dragons. I started drawing them about two years ago. At that time I started to work a lot with colour pencils, finding my own technique mixing them with watercolour and gouache.
22 cm X 12,5 cm. Colour pencils and gouache.

20,5 cm X 14 cm. Colour pencils, watercolour and collage for the mountains in the background.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

GANESH

Ganesh is one of my favourite Hindu gods.
As lord Shiva's first son he is considered a great protector and remover of obstacles. He is the Lord of Wisdom; a god for everyone big and small, rich and poor, educated and illiterate.
Ganesh's elephant head and figure portray different symbolic meanings.
One of his most striking features is his huge body which is symbolic of the cosmos, or the universe. Everything, from the heavens and the earth, including all the gods, mankind and all manifestations of nature are encompassed within it.
His elephant head symbolizes auspiciousness, great wisdom and strength, and all the qualities of the elephant are found in Ganesh. He is very strong, yet very gentle. He is also a vegetarian, which means he does not kill to eat.
His large ears represent continuous and intelligent listening.
His trunk represents OM, the sound from which the world was created.
His tusks represent dualities, right and wrong, good and bad, etc. One of his tusks is broken and symbolises one who has gone beyond the dualities, and has transcended balance and symmetry.
His big mouth represents a good appetite and this certainly Ganesh has, but it also means his endless appetite for life.
Ganesh's vehicle is the mouse.A mouse, though tiny, is able to create havoc if set loose, and needs to be trained to be kept under control. It is often shown at Ganesh's feet, constantly nibbling away, symbolising the petty desires of men who nibble away their own being.
Ganesh is well known all over Asia, and relics of his images have been found as far away as Mexico and as far back as 1200 BC. But it is in India that he is most cherished and worshipped.
Painting a Ganesh when aware of all the symbolism is a meditation, a profound experience, not just an artistic representation.

 Ganesh. Miniature on silk.
22 cm X 16,5 cm.
Private Collection.
                Detail. All the yellow in this picture is 24 carat gold.   










Detail.

Friday, 11 May 2012

 This is an example of a decorative panel done with watercolour, colour pencils and gouache, on paper.
17,5 X 12 cm.

Here I have modified it on the computer, changing the colours.

I added four flowers in the corners and a border, then modified the colours on the computer.
This is another version of the same image.
All of these can be recreated on wooden panels, on furniture, or made into greeting cards.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

To change from the Indian palaces and temples, I like to use the technique of miniature painting for non-Indian themes like this little village.You can still find banana tree leaves and lotuses which are often represented in Indian miniatures.
This painting is now in Canada at my friend Lynne's house.








Print: 14,5 cm X 10 cm

Here I printed a detail from that miniature, changed the colour and reworked it with colour pencils.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

One of the things I love to do is decorative work. I trained at L'atelier Guigue in Paris, a place which specialises in traditional painting on wood. (Wonderful painted furniture there.) www.atelier-guigue.fr
                                                        32cm x 28cm
                                                        Detail

Here is an example of my decorative work. This one is on paper. I used water colour, colour pencils and white gouache for the details. I was inspired by a traditional Russian pattern. I could see it as a design on a plate or on a piece of wooden furniture, or even as a template for embroidery.