Abstract Shoe Rack

Abstract Shoe Rack

I have never been one to appreciate abstract art, and I still consider it to be more or less a waste of time, paint and energy. But I realized that abstract art is truly abstract when it is spontaneous and that the abstract nature of art lives in everything that is created. It is an unconscious effort tha must not be subjected to planning or ideation.

When I first started painting my shoe rack, I decided to paint it in one color. I was thinking of either blue, green or brown. I settled on painting the various levels in different colors.

As I started painting the top most shelf with burnt sienna, I noticed how the color was projecting a reddish hue. I then thought of comparing this with scarlet lake, and as you can see with the second bar from the bottom on the top shelf, it was staggeringly red. I stuck with burnt sienna and continued below, and I thought of fading it into a mild Naples Yellow transitioning to Green. I decided to blend the green and the burnt sienna as if two colors were being pitted against each other.

I thought of painting the bottom most shelf, but then I decided against it. Instead, I simply painted a green ‘X’ that connected the legs of the rack. Finally when I beheld my improvised shoe rack, I felt that the reddish-brown color on top was too sharp. To reduce that, I added a white border which broke that harshness.

Once I was done, I examined it and I realized that in many ways, the painted shoe rack reflected my state of mind. I believe that unconsciously, I created a piece of abstract art.

The top level reflects my everyday state of mind. The transition of the middle level reflects the changes I have been going through with respect to the top level. The bottom level, starting with the interlinked green ‘X’ that travels up the rack reflects my inner determination and strength. The white border is the silver lining or the saving grace that is present in my life.

 

Bottom lineAbstract art ain’t all that bad.

 

 

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Artist 1496

Artist 1496

I have been trying to be regular at two things I am good at: Art and Writing. I realized I need to be really inspired to write something or paint something. I, until now, was a little hesitant to make more of my work public.

If you have Instagram, you can find me as  ‘Artist 1496 ‘

I hope this motivates me to write and paint more!

 

P.S.- Can you guess the famous person in the featured image?

Rewinding Time

Scientifically speaking it is impossible to rewind time. Time travel is, as we know it by our modern scientific theories, impossible. I look at time as an inspiration. Sure, it is a battle that everything and everyone has to fight. No one can cheat Time. Only Gravity can bend time to its will.

What I mean by ‘Rewinding Time’ is simply going back to doing something you would do in the past.

For me, I regret leaving my taekwondo after my 1st degree Black Belt. I also regret not studying hard enough to get better marks. I regret not taking the initiative to learn the violin when I was a young child and I regret not being consistent in my writings. A recent regret: I regret being ignorant about Art when I visited London in 2013. That story shall be told in another post.

Bottom line- everything happens for a reason, right? So I have been getting back to things I have been doing in the past. Starting with taekwondo and now blogging. I do not remember the last time I wrote, but it sure does feel good to be back!

What is that one thing for which you would ‘rewind your time’ ?

The One Amazing Creation Of Mankind

I believe that music is one thing which humanity has created that is beautiful beyond measure.

Everyone has a different taste in music. That includes me. If one were to ask me, ‘What kind of music do you like?’, I would perhaps reply saying: ‘The one that appeals to me’.

I don’t in particular listen to a definite genre. I do detest a few genres like dubstep and metal.

I listen to a lot of motion picture soundtracks from the likes of The Lord Of The Rings and anime soundtracks. Also, I listen to Beethoven, specifically the one produced by The London Symphony Orchestra.I consider the following ten songs to be the most soulful/appealing/harmonious that I have ever heard;

1. The Crooked Kind by Radical Face.

The song above is perhaps the most harmonious song I have ever listened to.

2. Winding Road by Porno Graffitti [Japanese]

I do not understand Japanese but due to watching so much of anime, I have come across some really good Japanese artists. I believe you don’t have to understand the lyrics to feel the essence of music.

3. I Will Wait by Mumford And Sons

Definitely one of the best I have ever heard. The cello version of the song by the duo 2Cellos is fantastic!

4. Khwaja Mere Khwaja by A.R. Rahman [Hindi]

The above song is from a very renowned movie of the Indian Cinemas.

5. American Pie by Don McLean

This song was one of the first English songs I listened to and one of the best to come out of the previous century.

6. Fall At Your Feet by Crowded House

There is something quite heartfelt about the way Neil Finn sings that song.

7. White Walls by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

When I listen to this song I feel sort of nostalgic. One of the coolest songs I have ever heard!

8. Free Falling by Tom Petty

Listen to this and forget your worries for 4 minutes of pure bliss!

9. Jubel by Klingande

This is my favorite song from the electronic genre.

10. Now We Are Free by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard

The most soulful song in the world. I almost feel spiritually enlightened when I listen to this in drop dead silence. If I die listening to this song, I will die a happy death.

Feel free to comment! 😀

Getting In Touch With Some Good Music

Like good literature, I appreciate good music. I like music that is in harmony.

Until recently, I had the firm belief that electronic and trance music can never have harmony and anything with beats can never be soothing.

If It Were You, We’d Never Leave  by Andrew Bayer changed my mind. 

I cannot quite enough appreciate that beautiful album. If I were to try my best to, I would describe it as a perfectly balanced work of art. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is nothing less than an artistic creation.

Mr. Bayer has guaranteed that listening to his works, everyone will feel something different and will be able to connect to it.

Art: What does it mean to you?

2014 has been a year of hurdles for me.                                                                                                                                               And to be frank, I was never really good at running hurdles even during High School. (I mean it!)

I had studied Science in High School with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology as my main subjects. After High School, I had decided that I am really not into Science, and was more into the Humanities and Arts. Unsure of which course to pursue for my Undergraduate studies, I decided that wasting a year would be meaningless and unproductive. Hence, I decided to do a year long foundation course in Art and Design. In my culture, such a step is considered to be equivalent of wasting an entire year and ridiculous even to switch from Science to Arts. But I had the support of my family and that was great!

My course has a lot to do with practical work and research and is very modernized to meet International standards. Plagiarism is forbidden and it is impossible to get away with it. The faculty are professionals in their respective fields. Cutting it short, it is a very intense and enriching course.

Since the past few months, I have taken to water colors and have been trying to get better at it. I never liked water colors and having painted using oil paints before, I disliked water colors entirely. One fine day as I was reading the short story Third Thought by E.V.Lucas, I came across the great romantic water-colorist  J.M.W. Turner. I looked him up on Google. His paintings awe inspired me. Reading up more about him and his works, as well as his artistic life and the artistic style that he used in his paintings motivated my mind to change my opinion about water colors. One of my mentors for this year long course is an accomplished water-colorist himself and I was encouraged to experiment.

I have been doing mainly human portraits since then, discovering a certain joy in being able to artistically portray human faces. I began to appreciate the human body better as I realized how difficult it was and the time consumed to paint a realistic portrait. I also realized that painting portraits sapped the energy out of me. I spoke to my mentor about this, and he said that he felt the same about portraits. I reckoned it has something to with human beings themselves being so energy draining that even portraits would naturally make you feel the same. And so for the time being I turned my mind away from portraits.

Here is where I got into a discussion with my mentor. The topic was the definition of art and the credibility of modern art. Abstract art and Expressionism was never my thing. I never considered art that did not affect your mood, emotions or your five senses as absolute rubbish. I am more attracted to art that is aesthetically pleasing and one that is beautiful. Romanticism and Impressionism are two art movements that I adore. Certain art like ready-made art and conceptual art is not in my favor in the least.

‘Everyone has a different opinion about Art, and I respect your opinion. I believe that art must be expressive and even abstract art can be expressive. I want you to find your identity as a fine artist’, said my mentor.

I agreed, but I still was of the firm opinion that Art must be beautiful and worthy of being called ‘a piece of art’, and it can only by worthy when considerable amount of skill and an original approach is directed towards it. Both of us agreed that the original Art that is, is the art found in nature and the natural environment around us. And a piece of art that is able to make us imagine the kind of stimulus it might have on our senses were we to witness it in reality, is good art.

I have reached the conclusion that anything that is beautiful and that affects us in some way or the other is art. Yet, I am open to other’s opinions and respect them.

There is this certain fellow who claimed a glass of water to be an oak tree. I do not remember his name, and certainly do not wish to recall. Nevertheless, his claim and his ‘art’ is quite famous and also controversial. I am sure by now you know what I might think of him and his ‘art’.

What according to you, is Art?

Do leave a comment below. 🙂