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30" x 36", acrylic on canvas.
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Thank you Balaji and Ishita for your inspiring comments, my gratitude to Rahul and Dvipa for the kind faves (and to all those who've been looking in)
Ishita - indeed is the sea :) although I only wanted it to provide a silent, background context, pulling minimal attention to itself.
Cranky-looking fellow :D. Really really like the brushwork on the body, and picking out the hairs on the head. And maybe it's not intended to be the sea behind, there, but I like that it looks that way to me...
Wow! This is superb! I particularly admire the way you have painted every aspect of the head.
Haha! Well, a Cheshire is preferable to a Schrodinger's any day... which would keep me wondering if its dead or alive :D
As regards epitomeS (shakes head),I seem to manage only because there are so many real 'epitomeS' of technical expertise in PJ - they inspire me to get better, and I tend to look good in their company :) The same is true regarding any perceived wit - I get to communicate with legendary beasts (like Cheshire cats :P), which puts a reflected shine on me. Richa, thank you SO much :)
'Cheshire Cat' ???((Blushes)). Turns out there is a metaphysical something. Of all the days I happened to visit this forum precisely within a few days you posted your new artwork.And that happens every single time. But before that, how do you manage such sharpness of wit and 'epitomes of technical expertise in art' ? Enlighten me. :P
P.S. 'Cheshire cat', I'll most certainly cherish this :)
Amit - it was my pleasure :) Thank you for looking back.
Aditi Modi - :) @ 'epitome of technical expertise in art' - you make me want to dig a hole and crawl in :P Not quite there yet (in fact, a loooong way off), but thank you so much!
Thanks Prosenjit for explaining the design decision... Very nice use of color to bring the head into focus.. :)
So very kind of you, Rajkumar and Amit :) - many thanks!
Amit - that's a pertinent point you've raised. To be truthful, I had to make a choice between what I could see (the warmer, yellow ocher-tinted white across more areas on the sunlit side) and what I could design... in order to put maximum focus on the 'face', because that's where the main action lies. The picture being composed in thirds (approx), with the head on the left-third... the huge body on the right 2/3rds was being a potentially dominant attention grabber, which I had to subdue. And there was such a strong, uniform sunlight across the scene that, in order to isolate the head from the neck I could not rely on value only (check this in grayscale and you'll understand), and had to use color tools (warm vs cool) as well. I'm happy that people are readily connecting with the expression :)
Having said that, the blue you see is not all that cool in real life, its more of a neutral gray. I have to acknowledge the deficiencies of electronic presentation, namely the filter which is the My camera ---> My monitor ---> Your monitor sequence :) Thanks again!
Brilliant work!! Very nice feel of warm light falling on the head and the leg extending towards us... Don't know the environment completely but perhaps the colors on the body could have gone a little warmer as well..
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