December 13, 2020

Pathways into Future

Unknown are the 'Pathways into Future'. This abstract painting creates some mysterious pathways into the future. Imagine going through underwater caves, curved pathways leading into woods or a garden or leading you into uncharted directions. Therein lies the excitement of discovering the unknown future.

"There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doorways of perception." - Aldous Huxley

One of the most intimidating things is to stare at a blank piece of paper or a blank canvas and not know where to make your first mark.

When I work on an abstract painting, I don’t have anything preplanned. I like to play with the colours and patterns and let the painting come to life as it will dictated by the colours, shapes, lines and intermingling of colours. What exactly do I mean by that?

Here’s the very first step in the painting, ‘Pathways into Future’. I sprayed my paper with water and began to apply colours. I let the colours take the pathways and shapes they chose. At this point I don’t even know which way the painting will be oriented,portrait or landscape. I have nothing concrete in mind.

The challenge is to now think and figure out what colours and shapes to add in order to create a painting that adequately presents my thoughts and emotions. As I start applying more colours, the painting begins to emerge.

 From water colours, to acrylic ink, now I move on to acrylic paint. I add bold colours with a palette knife and start creating some drama and mystery.

It is fun to think of little underwater caves emerging and diving through those caves to explore and discover treasures. With that thought in mind, I add more details and define the shapes more to create ‘Pathways into Future’. Where will each pathway lead me? What will I discover? I tend to follow the light which leads me to endless possibilities hidden in the future.

April 26, 2022

Putting Down Roots

Featuring artwork by Melanie Craig-Hansford, Helga Lobb, Fabiola Martinez, and Indu Varma.

January 1, 2022

Highlights of 2021

Despite Covid-19 induced pandemic, the past year has been a good one in many respects. Having a studio, a space of my own to create art, exhibiting my work, people appreciating and buying my work have been some of the blessings of this year. Looking back on this year, it is clear that it was a fabulous year, a year in which I made progress on many fronts. I improved my skills in ceramics and painting. I created art non-stop because people loved what I was creating, particularly the art mugs and asked for them.