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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Creative Spot by Indra Anandasabapathy

Still life with Cherries, lying on a marble slab.



Landscape - Grand canal in Venice, Italy. Oil on canvas.

17 comments:

  1. Indra and Rani, thanks for more of these beautiful paintings- the scenery and the still life are both beautiful. You seem to have done a lot of classy paintings
    Just being curious- How many do you have in your collection ?
    Thanks for sharing them with us.

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    1. There are about thirty to forty in the collection, not all in one place though, because some were taken by our daughters, some were sold.

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    2. Thanks Indra-Great stuff. I also appreciate your skillful photography of these paintings-not easy to do
      well.

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  2. Are they from your imagination, from real subjects or from phtographs? Just curious. Beautifully done.

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  3. Real subjects , the arrangement of the subject & lighting requires imagination & skill acquired by training.She does not like to use photographs.

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  4. The true artist, unlike me who use photographs (for scenery, not still subjects).

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  5. The view of the Grand canal , Venice is as seen from the Danieli hotel top.

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  6. Although I myself don't comment often, it gives me great satisfaction watching from the sidelines how at least a few members of our batch (and their families) are able to showcase their hitherto hidden talents making use of the blog.

    Then there are people like Rohini Ana for instance, who is separated from most others by tens of thousands of miles and rarely if at all, gets a chance to meet med school colleagues. I can see that she enjoys these immensely, she herself being a connoisseur of art, literature, music etc.

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    1. Lucky and Indra,
      You've credited me with being more than Iam !
      I do write my 'two cents worth' in appreciation and in acknowledgement of the great contributions in the blog- only as a commenter- though almost becoming a commentator !! and regrettably not a contributor!
      True,I have been in this little corner of the earth for many years,isolated from my batchmates. Yet it is strange that we were in close proximity for 5 years in med school and still did not get to know the majority of our batchmates-specially those of the opposite gender owing to cultural restraints.
      I went through med school afraid to smile and with a permanent frown on my face,so as not to be thought flirtatious! (funnily ran into enough trouble without smiling!!).It is fantastic that through the blog, in my 70s,Iam now able to communicate freely with at least a few batchmates with no fear of being misunderstood!
      Here is something to be said for 'old age' and plenty to be said for the blog!
      As you say I enjoy the contributions to the blog immensely, and value the friendships it has made possible. Many thanks to Lucky and all my friends.

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    2. Rohini, you have voiced what most of us feel and you have put it beautifully. I too walked about with my head down most of the time during those years but yet now we feel this connection to our colleagues who we have hardly met since then. It is because those five years made a permanent impression on us more than any other period in our lives. Oh and your 'two cents' worth' as you put it, is absolutely great and well appreciated by all. So do keep throwing a few coins. It makes a great tinkle which we love very much!

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    3. Zita, I love your imagery- rings of a poet lurking in the background!
      I appreciate your comment as it confirms for me, that I was not alone in feeling the way I did.
      While in the western world there has been great emphasis on girls making themselves attractive and promoting themselves, in SL in our time, the expectation was for us to stay unseen and unheard as far as possible. I guess it was not a totally bad thing , as it gave us some protection and made life less complicated.

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  7. Very true Lucky. Yesterday I just randomly looked at past posts and what a wealth of information lurks inside it! If colleagues can spare a few moments just "flip" through and I guarantee you will be thoroughly entertained.

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  8. A photograph will give a two dimensional view of the subject - a still life, person or scene. Not that it is not helpful at all. It helps to define where things are like in a landscape which obviously cannot be completed in one session of painting. Obviously one cannot remember all those details of a landscape the very next day. If one takes a still life study like the one above with the cup, marble slab & the cherries, arrangement, placement of light source, proportions, depth , light & darkness or shadows are areas best dealt with in actual display. In some cases even TEXTURE comes into play, far better seen live than in a photograph.

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  9. Indra, thanks, thanks, thanks! This is seriously classy, true to life, exhibition-quality creations and you and Rani are up there with the Masters!
    My eyes remained fixated on the cherries near the earthenware mug on the marble slab. I feel I can touch them! The grand canal in Venice brings back memories of that beautiful, tranquil scene that we couldn't take our eyes off of while on a trip. And this creation takes me right back there in the same spirit. How does Rani do it? Thank you both! from Zita

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  10. The ceramic cup was with us until a few years ago, the last one , part of a set until it broke one day, in an accident. The black berries were from the garden, from a thriving bush, that would explain the beautiful leaves in the work & it too perished several years ago. Examples of the evanescence of life itself. We still have the slab of marble somewhere.

    The Grand canal was coming to life early morning with its boat traffic, a scene so pretty from the terrace restaurant of hotel Danieli, in Venice.
    So each picture has a little story to tell.

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  11. You've said it Indra. The black berries are gone, and the leaves withered, cup put away somewhere and the marble slab having done its artistic work is lying somewhere, so if not for Rani immortalising these things in art and you presenting it to us, the beauty would have been transient, like life itself.
    So it shows that humans can make things live forever even defying nature by art, literature and other creative ways. Thank you both for reminding us
    in this beautiful way.

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