Friday, September 22, 2017

Winged Journeys - Call for Submissions

What do you think of WINGS?

Wings painted on one of the walls in Fort Kochi. Artist anon.

It is said:

"Until you spread your wings you will have no idea how far you can fly."

There are so many of us who like – love pictures where wings are portrayed. Probably that’s why we love fairies. There’s a certain element of magic to the whole theme of wings. Apart from that there’s this sense of freedom, courage, lightness that we connect with wings...that makes us often wonder at the sense of liberty birds enjoy...sometimes even the tiny forms of wings...butterflies, dragonflies, fireflies...evoke a sense of awe. There's always this wishful thinking..."If only I had wings..." 
Probably that's why I like the story of Icarus and his tragedy strikes a chord! 

So what about wings? Why am I talking about it today?

I am calling for submissions.

Of what, you mean?

If you have ever taken a picture of yourself in front of any wings – painted, assembled, carved, hand-made etc. etc. etc. I request you to email the picture with a pretty good resolution. This is to compile an assortment of pictures which will then be published in this blog. And if there’s some story behind that’s an added aura...rather an added feather!!! 

When I  grew wings in Dubai - Dubai Garden Glow

It was the first time I had been to 'Dubai Garden Glow' the last summer vacation. It wasn't open when we were residents of Dubai that was until 2013. Though we have visited Dubai after that on other occasions we couldn't make it then. I am usually not very fond of my pictures being clicked. This was the first time I was taking a picture, standing on the pedestal while others were watching! A small queue had formed for their pictures to be taken. Such are the power of 'Wings'!

So friends, what are you waiting for? Also need your permission to share the blogpost/story in Facebook as well. Share and spread the word dears. Remember to share the details below. You can use the hashtag #wingedjourneys #huesnshades in your post.

Email your pictures with stories to (Remember there is a DOT between MAIL and HUESNSHADES). Please check the email address before you hit the send button.

On a closing note:


Looking forward to your 'Winged Journeys'...

#wingedjourneys #huesnshades

ps: stay post will be about an artist who can awe and stir us with wings. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Girl with the Owl

Recently I was part of two exhibitions - 'Visions: Prosperity' held in Indriyam Art Gallery, Mattanchery and the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi's Annual State exhibition held in Durbar Hall Art Center, Ernakulam. There is an upcoming show, FineXT Award and National Exhibition of Mini-Artwork-2017 which is to be held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in October. I am deeply touched by the Universe's conspiracy in helping me they say. Since I had been busy with exhibitions, travelling between Palakkad and Kochi, writing, creating, managing homely affairs and everything in between that takes up an awful lot of time, I couldn't post last week.

Female forms, feminine psyche, our issues and our alter world is something I am totally interested in. Somehow I reach a zone I hadn't been looking just comes naturally but gradually. It's a subject I can't shake myself off for now anyway. Every woman carries a world within her and that is something her own whether that be one of happiness or otherwise. Sometimes one doesn't even know that it exists until a situation arises. Sometimes it doesn't make sense while at times that is all what is left. To explain such nuances and subtler emotions is also highly dissatisfying probably that's why we end up painting. There are some feelings where words lack. Mostly it is the news from different channels or newspapers regarding women and their condition that hurts leaves a gash somewhere and subconsciously starts invoking it. For this, I did have a reference photograph to draw from.

'Visions: Prosperity' had 21 artists; all it was basically about female perspective and it was quite fascinating to see them all. How our collective psyche works! There's this invisible thread that links us all...knowingly or unknowingly. And that's the beauty of such getting together. Thanks to Narayanan Mohanan,  Sreekanth Nettoor and Onyx Poulose, the bearers of Indriyam Art Gallery for this memorable opportunity. It was also wonderful as I made some new friends and strengthened some old bonds. Women prowess!

My work from 'Visions:Prosperity' (Indriyam Art Gallery)
Acrylics, 34x28in

In the quiet and
Still, my mind kept whispering
Hoot-a-hoot, all night.

(my haiku as title)

I will be publishing a really interesting interview of an absolutely wonderful artist soon. So stay tuned.