‘Armin van Buuren’

'Armin van Buuren'

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“The best new TRANCE and PROGRESSIVE in a 2 hour Mix — Th-This is a state of Trance-Trance-Trance”

These words kick-off the most famous music show world-wide, a session from Armin-Van-Buuren’s ‘A State of Trance’.

Trance genre and I go way back. Been in love with this genre of music ever since I listened to ‘In and Out of Love’, before that I listened mostly to Techno and other Electronica sub-genres.

To the newbies out there, trance and progressive music is very euphoric, melodic and even hypnotic! It induces strong emotion (as classical music did, maybe due to its tempo between 125 and 160 bpm). Hence, in an art-block, am I? Let’s listen to some Trance (and maybe Bach’s Preludium in C Major too).

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Pencils: 2H 1B 4B 6B 9B EE (super dark) charcoals

I find much of the art in these side-effects of creating art in itself. I would not use the eraser when most necessary. The rather polluted negative-space has created an aura of dream-like qualities- has as it not?

[Analysis] Terril Welch – FARM IN FOG

[Analysis] Terril Welch - FARM IN FOG

This is part analysis and part assessment.

This painting, fittingly titled the ‘Farm in Fog’, created on a 16×20″ gesso-board with a wood cradle, is quite a rousing piece of Impressionism.
The brush work is very reminiscent of Monet’s ‘The Summer, Poppy Field’ and ‘ Boy Fishing’ by Roy C. Nuse.

The painting describes a scene from a rural area. Free from the urban distortions of nature. We see only a single rooftop surrounded in trees, mist and grass with noticeable frozen dewdrops. The far background in hidden is mist – the contents hidden inside – undefined.

There is heavy fog, and hence low values of contrast. The color palette here seems very limited, I can remark on Burnt Umber, Olive Green, Prussian Green, Titanium White and Venetian Red. An expanse of ‘space’ is created by having a sparse foreground, with only the grass in proper focus and the rest of the trees and that one lone house out-of- focus ( although, paintings are meant to have everything in focus, and not photographic, with focus in the center and blurring out at the edges); hence, the use of ‘Impressionism’ for this has a dual effect, the scene and if interpreted with more ‘reality’, the background receding out of focus.
The use of rough dry brushes, has given it an aged look. As if, it is a painting from one’s vintage collection. The distortions and the ‘age’- make this painting ever more beautiful and sophisticated.

The vibrancy here is not created with color complements, but with the scene itself – regardless of the matte paints. The scene itself is fresh and alive with foliage – and nature. The blades of the grass flutter in the icy cold wind – even in this chill, ‘life’ and ‘nature’ is effervescent.

I recommend anyone who want to bring a splash of freshness into their living-room, to view it in detail ( and consider ordering it at: http://www.artsyhome.com/product/Farm-in-Fog )

The Realization

The Realization

I don’t know, but whenever I see this photograph ( from Pinterest), I hear an inner voice chanting ‘The Realization’.
I woke up this evening after quite a ‘dream’ – a lucid one. The vividness of it baffles me, but a immense break from this Reality is was – like a free ground to experiment with Art and Emotion. A training ground a lucid dream is to me.
I place the background, the foreground – balance the abstract qualities in it as I please.

And then – commit it to memory and hope to show it to others with my trusty paints and the canvas. Just eager to bridge the gap – the gap between reality and my mind.

New Facebook Page!

New Facebook Page!

I didn’t really get the need for Facebook pages for individual Artists. As Profiles seemed to do the job just as well But after due persuasion by my other friends with Artistic talents; I finally have now created a Facebook page to showcase latest and some old art. 
Do check that out!
Ciao. 

The Forgotten One..

I’m knife painting again! and this time, I’m doing it differently, and improving on my own technique, I can now quickly make the right consistency of paint (on knife tip) for this kinda of painting:

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Looks pretty doesn’t it? Well I made a few more, forming a series which I’ll upload in future blog posts..

So the highlights are here:-

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I stumbled on this style by accident, I must say; a few days ago I was feeling quite low and annoyed on something. So I started to paint this quite crudely, didn’t care much about the blending… Well just a little bit blending.. The next day, I noticed: Holy Sh*t, this is fucking amazing! and so here it is….   For full details and critiques, see my Google+ at https://plus.google.com/110691827763571631843

Ciao!

The Aging Cracks.

Yesterday, I found this amazing image by Neelma Mumtaz on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/114737827344994308501

Yesterday #MacroMonday was trending on Google+, and although I found many amazing shots of nature, flora and fauna. But this one captured me the most, as the person who shared it considered it just another amateur shot. But I feel that a very strong message  is being conveyed via this image.. Not exactly a message but an observation. 

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 I feel that the aging, dried bark in focus relates to aging process as a whole. As that, all things natural do get old and never say in their same original state— things do change…

So, Tell me that what do you think when you look at this image/

Swampy Puddle?

Hi all! it’s Sunday, and darn, my eyes are just becoming sore from sitting in front of the computer way too long. So, anyways, here’s a painting that I wanted to share with you. Created on a hard paper; I initially wanted the scene of a watch dropped in a puddle and a reflection of a person staring into it. Just coping with a leaky black paint tube, I ended up darkening the painting too much. So no reflections, sorry. Cuz, what ever color I added to lighten the dark parts, so that I can add reflective properties, the color just merged with black… Darn! 

So here it is, my ‘Master Piece’ -______-

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Yup as you can see up there, there’s a watch, in a puddle… Well below is the rest of it:

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So yeah, I used light green and white to ‘Save‘ the painting. I should’ve just started creating something else if it wasn’t working out.. But I’m like, once I pick up a brush I finish it… And here’s the result.

It may be too dark, but I do like the slight bluish color in the lower part of the painting. It gives some sort of reflective properties…

That’s all for now. I’ll return with a ‘real’ painting!  (^_^)

P.S.

Paper is a bad surface for oil painting! A bad bad surface! So absorbent..