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Friday, November 12, 2010

Five Simple Tips to Overcome Artist's Block.

All artists during sometime or the other in their career face what is termed as an 'Artist's Block'. What is an Artist's Block? it is the feeling when however much you sit to make a painting you are not able to do it.Either the motivation level is low or the environment is very busy and other demands for the mind are more hence the artist is unable to focus on work and thus faced with a mental block. You sit for hours and think with the colours spread out and many images for ideas and a blank canvas but you don't get any ideas.
Tip one RELAX you are not out to win a race. It happens with all artists and after keeping away the materials for some time this relaxation helps. Tip two GET NEW EXPERIENCES go out to a garden, visit family, or just take a pleasant drive towards the seaside. I am sure your mind will be refreshed. Tip three SEARCH FOR NEW IDEAS shuffle and shuttle in your drawers, old magazines, pictures and greetings for inspiration. Tip Four CONTACT ARTIST FRIENDS yes being in company of like minded individuals helps to get new ideas and looking at their art and discussing about their works opens up your mind. Tip five JUST GET UP AND GET GOING well take the brush and attack the canvas!
Blue Dream the Young Guitarist Razarts

White Lillies in Glass vase Rizwana A

The Eye, razarts

This year had been the longest period of artists block in my whole career. I have literally shivering hands whenever I took hold of the brush. The blank canvas was removed , prepared all materials and arranged and many times went back to its place empty. And then the simple approach of attacking the canvas did the trick. Just do some abstract and fill the canvas , like this I got an under painting and base for another artwork and this also helped me to loosen up a bit!
All the Best from Rizwana!
www.razarts.com

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Artist - Care of brushes.

Cleaning of brushes has created a lot of problems for me. I have lost many good brushes due to not being able to clean them properly. After lots of trial and error methods and sacrificing a good number of beautiful brushes I have come up with some important tips for cleaning and maintenance of brushes.
1)Very very important always keep brushes for oil paints and water colour separate. Never use them alternatively as oil paint brushes have to be cleaned using turpentine or other solvent whereas water colours can be washed with plain water.
2) Store brushes with hair side up to keep the brush hair neat. Keeping the end part down in a box or container that is tall enough for the sizes of brushes you use takes care of the hair as well as it is easy to take out whichever brush is required.
3) Always wash brushes thoroughly after every use to remove all residues of colour. When colours remain on the brushes, whichever type of colour, water or oil it makes the bristles hard and is difficult to use later on. This may also result in your poor brush losing hair and being bald!
4) Keep clean soft clothes to wipe bristles of hair. Rough materials used may damage the hair and eventually death of the brush!
5) Keep brushes away from window where there is always heavy blast of air or wind blowing continuously as this will result in brush hair being scattered or turned in one direction with the pressure of the wind.
6) Wipe the tips of the brushes carefully. I have done this  and believe me till now all my brushes would become fat headed and would lose the tip due to pressure applied during wiping.
7) For water colour as well as oil paints sometimes give your brushes some pampering. Try cleaning them once in a while with soft liquid soap to remove all the dirt that is left over or stuck up on them. Dry them and keep them clean.
Brushes are the most important tool of an artist. Take care of them and love them.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How to promote art Online

The process of promoting ones art work never really occurred to me. How do I let the world know about my work. Is is possible to paint creatively and honestly without thinking about selling your artworks? I know it sounds strange but we all do feel the pinch of funds for continuing in this field of art. Many take to classes or teaching. I did not find it suitable to go in this direction. I will continue slowly and over the years let my art develop and mature.
I feel when the artist is ready the teacher appears. Having exposure and reading of various fields I have started writing for sharing my knowledge with everyone. Writing is a very good opportunity as there are various websites that help to promote your profession through writing. Ezine articles is one such site where I have been writing on topics like art investment, feng shui, paintings, home loans etc.
Whenever we search the internet we are so confused with the pages and information that is why I have decided to give simple tips and guidelines in my articles.Even feng shui tips and cures given by me are in very simple  forms and which can be understood by all.
There are also various free art websites or some take a nominal fee annually for putting up images of artworks. Some of the sites are given below where my works can be viewed.
http://www.theartcentre.in/rizwana-mundewadi.html
http://www.absolutearts.com/cgi-bin/portfolio/art/search-by-artist.cgi?searchwords=Rizwana_Mundewadi
http://www.artquid.com/artwork/56796/the-ascent.html
I had my works on many free internet sites and this is a great opportunity for global exposure without much investment for the emerging artists. There are also various social networking sites like http://www.indianartnews.com/ and others which help to connect various artists and also display their works. Critical appraisal of works is open to all and artists can get suggestions and comments on their works online.
With the Emirates Competition I also got global exposure and my works were viewed by people around the globe.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Different techniques for Painting at Home

Every artist develops their own style of painting. I am more comfortable to work with oil paints on canvas. Though whenever there is crunch for art materials I go in for works on paper. Sometimes I have also used water colours and crayons. There are many types and techniques artists use for producing master pieces. Even at home you can easily make a piece of art by using different techniques of painting.
Brush and paint style is the most universally accepted and usually all artists have works using paints and brushes. Strokes may vary and shapes of strokes may vary as well as layering of colours may also bring different results. The tip of the brush that is the other end is also very useful to produce art.
Sponge pieces, cutouts of vegetables and stencils can also be used to produce attractive art works. Textured paintings are also  hot selling in the art world.
Any artist must try different mediums and techniques in their early years of painting. This will help them to open up and make good artworks and also let then evolve as an artist. They will in later years develop their distinct style of painting which will be accepted by the viewers as their signature style.
Beautiful artworks can be made by using cloth and rags dipped in colours. Even the bottle tops and covers of containers when dipped in paint can give you wonderful abstracts. Stencil use is also a technique by which you can make paintings. This can be done by using a cut out of any pattern you wish to place on the canvas.Use brush or dropper and spray the area apart from the stencil to get beautiful artwork.
Another good technique with materials is to use jute or canvas which is thick material having ridges of threads. Paint when applied on this material can be stamped on the plain paper or canvas to create texture in your artworks.
By using different techniques and materials even new artists or lay people can make artworks. Scarfs, short Kurtis, T shirts, table top covers, upholstery and bed sheets all can be painted using techniques of painting and you can get a personalized unique artwork.

Art materials Online.

Different art materials are available from the internet. It has become very easy to order art materials online and many suppliers also provide concessions on the price of art materials. Even heavy discounts on oil paints and canvas is available. It has been quite a lot of help for me and I can order materials right from the comforts of my home. Online art material dealers advertise on different sites as well as some have websites of their own. One can go through availability of art materials as well as discount rates before going in for purchase of art materials.
Good quality art materials go a long way in making good art works. Every artist must pay special attention on selection of art materials. There are detailed websites that guide you about different art materials, their mode of use and painting techniques. Tips for better performance with the company colours are also mentioned as also combinations of different colours to get shades and hues.
With the internet being an easy medium to order art materials one must take care to buy from reputed stores who supply good quality art materials. Once I had a oil sketch paper with dark line son it and another time the canvas was cut off in wrong way due to which some part has to be wasted during cutting in straight line.
When you purchase art materials online take care to pay when you are satisfied with the art materials. You can arrange with the material supplying company to pay when you receive the goods, and this will keep many problems covered and also save precious time if you have to do a commissioned art work.
It is better to buy artworks directly as you get to see the materials and also judge their quality, but if the company is a standard company supplying art materials then it becomes much easier to avoid traveling all the way for a tube of paint.
Locally we have a Mango Stationary who supply art materials at home by just a phone call. But you have to purchase for a certain minimum amount for their delivery free. And I have seen many sites also have a minimum purchase order for them to supply art materials at your home. So you have to club art purchases together for getting your materials delivered by courier free of transport charges.

Internet art sites a boon

The internet has given me my share of limelight. It is the best mode to get world wide exposure. There are so many competitions and opportunities for artists around the globe. Vast audience and lots of viewership.  Critiques around the world can see your works and comment on them. One can get knowledge about various art techniques , art materials, art contacts, art galleries contacts as well as buyers contacts.
Regularly searching for various art sites sites one can get access of different websites that promote online art materials sale.
Many art sites are free for registering by artists around the world. Some of the art sites take a monthly maintenance fee. Others ask for registering for special features to promote art works by paying some annual charges.
Any artist can register on the free websites and display their artworks. There are also some art brokers who are willing to help sell your artworks , with a small amount of commission. 

Lines- a Painting Technique


Line paintings. I had this craze during beginning of career..even now I am attracted to do this style of painting. It gives very neat and defined art works. The first painting is named "Life' whereas the second work is called 'Beauty'. There is a beautiful work termed 'Third eye' I do not have the picture but I feel photograph will not be able to do justice for these works. The procedure is very difficult and use of certain sharp instruments and layering of different colours is done to produce this result.
It has to be done at one time with lots of precautions as the colours start getting together resulting in  a muddy painting.
There are beautiful artworks that can be created using this painting technique.One can begin by covering the canvas or paper with a dark colour paint. Be it red , black or blue or green. The darker the colour the better. If you use a lighter background then you can cover up with a darker shade and vice versa. After laying thick layer of paint let it dry for some time. Then apply another layer of contrasting colour on this. Now you can use any instrument and create lines or shapes over the painting. This will remove or scrape the paint on the above layer and give beautiful images left behind. This is a  wonderful art technique and can be done easily by anyone and even by children. You can use blunt knifes, back tip of brushes, pencil tips, pen tips, combs, geometrical instruments etc to use for this technique.
Care has to be taken to be gentle and also not very light as this technique is all a matter of the right pressure. Very light hand and you will not scrape enough paint to get the design and very hard pressure applied and there is fear of tearing the canvas or paper. Also avoid using very sharp objects as they will harm the material on which you are painting as well as you.

Small works of Oil on Paper - Advice For the Upcoming Artist

The new upcoming artist are fresh from the college of arts or self taught artists who have not exhibited their works in a gallery. Painting takes its own course and the artist struggles to prove their identity by expressing themselves with colour. Art materials and resources are costly and sometimes the new artist struggles with giving more works and the materials available.
The cost of art resources and no exposure may lead the artist to become demoralized as it is very difficult to enter into the art industry. Technical know how and expenditure incurred in putting up an exhibition is not easy and the artist is already in the process of establishing a style of painting and does not be able to focus on the marketing or selling aspect.
Here small works on paper come handy. People around you, your friends and relatives who are also your well wishers may end up buying smaller works to encourage you. Even in the public galleries the common crowd may go in  smaller works due to less space availability in their homes. I know the selling part of art is the bitter part for every artist. You have to give up on a part of you, like your baby...so much effort and liking develops during the process of painting a work. But also the bitter truth is unless you sell your works you will not be able to share them with the world.
1)Use less costly materials in the beginning.2)One can even purchase students paints in the beginning and synthetic brushes that are less costly. 3)Start with small works of art on oil sketch paper till you are confident and comfortable with the big canvas and artists paints.4)Water colours are also cheap but not all artists are comfortable with this medium.Select a medium that are less costly to purchase and take less maintenance. 5)Frames can be made using acrylic or glass with less costly moldings for smaller works.6)Storing paintings is a big issue with every artist and smaller works can be stored easily in a folder.7)Best part of smaller works is that you can carry them easily while traveling to any place for an exhibition.




Few of my small works on paper. Done with lots of care and loads of patience. Many people have suggested I make a collage out of them. Will see, till then let me keep admiring them often and on as I get time.

Spiritual Paintings and Their Benefits


Spirituality is emerging in every individual and people are trying to go in for spiritual art works to have peace and prosperity. Exercise and healthy food is good for the body as also spiritual paintings are the food for the soul. Displaying artworks having symbolic interpretations affects our mind positively and we are refreshed  by viewing such works.
The individual purchasing spiritual artwork may not be very spiritual but the artwork grabs the attention of the viewer and they like it. Spiritual artists are persons who like to make art on spiritual themes. These artworks may be symbolic or also simple abstracts without any images. Spirituality gives peace and its definition can be different for different individuals. An spiritual artist may go on making artworks using particular colours and also certain symbols. These may not be religious symbols but also things that are symbolic representations of something else. The spiritual artist may not be very religious and also they may not follow any religious symbols. Art is an expression of the artist and they put their thoughts on the canvas. This makes the symbols work. Usually ultramarine blue, purple and gold colours are associated with spirituality. Also lighter shades of many colours are more soothing but this depends on the artist as I have seen artists carry their art well even with reds and greens. Red colour indicates positive energy and green colour is used to represent prosperity and growth. 
It is good to display spiritual paintings to heal the environment. As we do daily exercise these paintings give us daily dose of positive energy. The viewer on purchasing such artworks gets to enjoy the healing daily and over the years as also the value of the artwork keeps increasing.In Feng Shui it is considered auspicious to display symbolic and spiritual paintings to ward off evil energies and bring positive energy int he environment.
It is important to remember that an spiritual painting need not always be a religious symbol painting
 It may have universal appeal. Also the colours used in the painting keep emitting rays which in turn give colour healing and this colour therapy leads to increased confidence, motivation and success in life.



                            The Spiritual Gateway. self explanatory painting . One of my older works.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Art and Online Art Competitions

  There are many art competitions taking place and such events help the artist to get exposure for their works. It is advisable for the new artist to take part in more art competitions and to showcase their art works to as many people as possible. The more your art gets exposure the better. Let the world go on assessing and criticizing your work. Encourage critiques to offer advice as and when you get the opportunity. It may sometimes be difficult to handle but as the years go by you will see the difference in your art if you take genuine advice.
Many art galleries have online art space available for free. They have regular competitions and submissions and this is a great opportunity for showcasing your artworks to a wider audience. Don't go in for people who are there just to make fun of your art. Be selective with whom you talk during an exhibition as some people may leave you with loads of negativity and for sometime you may doubt why did I become an artists? or am I an artist? Don't worry go with your gut feelings and progress in your art. That does not mean to avoid getting opinions. It helps to study and learn some new techniques and also dabble with new styles to see what comes out best.
There are many galleries who display works of art for free or with a nominal fee. Try to take part in as many art competitions as possible as this is the only way to get known. Though your works may not sell in the beginning a few lucky ones get started soon by this way. Some artists win the competitions and may get to display for free in the gallery for some period. Some others offer to purchase the work of the artist as a winning tip. whereas some gallery owners promote the works selected of an artist to much bigger galleries and clients. As also some prominent members of the society are invited to select art in these competitions so you get to know senior artists as well as well known personalities of the society.Online competitions are a best way to get publicity and exposure without much investment and also who knows you may also end up selling few of your works!
                                             I have not selected art...art has selected me!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Judging Art

I wonder how can people judge art? what is the criteria for selection? what art is good or bad? so many questions...... no answers. Judging art is very difficult as each individual has different opinions about the same works. Whenever you are in an gallery or looking at a friend's artwork please take care and think before judging art. Galleries have many competitions and judges have a hard time in selecting artworks. Mostly the selection is based on universal appeal and bright colours, fresh concepts or new techniques used during painting.But always the emotional aspect of an work takes it places and people go in for purchasing the artwork if they feel an emotional connection with the artwork.
Think before critiquing an artwork as the artist has made these with a lot of efforts and resources. It may be possible that one particular art work may not appeal to you. That does not mean that the artist is out of your list of viewing. Other artworks of the same artist may have some points whcih demand your attention. Always try to give suggestions rather than complete statements. It would be advisable to comment gracefully so that even you help the artist to learn and also avoid hurting their sentiments. Never make harsh statement and comments or final statements that the art is boring or does not have life. Try to respect the individual who has made the artwork as you cannot make this piece and if you try painting you will understand how difficult it is to paint any painting and also to go on for years doing the same thing.
 "Get up and get going" is the only way any artist can survive in the art world.. All the comments and the rejections in the beginning may demoralize anyone and the new artist needs to be strong and persistent in their works. "My art is my own ..I am responsible for my work and I love my paintings. I admire them ...I feed my soul by viewing them. Art is an self expression of who you are. There are no rules and no limitations. No explanations and descriptions. My art is self explanatory...I believe in leaving the world as a better place. My paintings will remain forever and with that a part of me".
                                             This positive self talk will help.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Focus a spiritual Abstract Painting Art to help focusing in life

Learn to focus on one thing. Energy spent on many activities will give diluted and average results. If you want to excel focus on one aspect and work towards it. Whether you are an artist or pursuing some other profession focusing on your task is very important.
(Focused. Image by Mrs.Rizwana A.Mundewadi)
Meditation and yoga help to keep the mind cool and relaxed. Professionals who are involved in creative work very strongly need to be focused to give good results. Most of the times our energy is drained and specially the artist tries very hard to produce some good works of art but it is not possible. Remember if the mind is going through an emotional turmoil then it becomes very difficult to make any art. For making good art one must be in the present moment. Keep all other thoughts aside and ..well 'just do it for the sake of doing'
Most of the times the artist is pressurized to produce works according to social demands and this is where the creativity goes down the drain. I know it is very difficult to not think about selling works but still more important is to preserve our identity. Because if this is lost the artist within dies and only what remains is a painter!!!
Purpple Cho Ku Rei Focus Energy
Zen I Am Bliss

Computer Art - The Latest Trend!

Computer art is going on since many years but now it has been lately taking the front seat. Images can be photoshopped to perfection and evn the flaws as well as lighting can be adjusted accordingly. Well also one can change the persons looks drastically and also add images. As there are negative points of imaging more are the positive ones.
Beautiful pictures can be created using the latest versions of Corel Draw and Photoshop. Gone are the days of manual printing and tedious processes. Nowadays the computer has all the stored images and printers are adjusted accordingly to print as many copies as required. Even people can make and print pictures, cards, visiting cards,calendars and diaries from the comforts of their homes.
There are various printers available in the market for printing colored or black and white images. Different types of printing papers are available according to the requirements of the customers. Inks for the printers are also some that are water soluble and fade away on contact with water. The other type of inks though costlier gives good printed images and specific colours according to the picture.
There are many soft wares available to make computer art. Mostly Graphic designers go in for DTP (Desk Top Publishing) course for learning this art. One can earn simultaneously by doing visiting cards, designs on textiles, tiles, marriage and other function cards , calenders, diaries and creative note books as well as keep some time for the creative spirit and create some art.
Computer art works can be displayed in art galleries to give a wider exposure to the artworks. Graphic designers can earn a good salary and even establish themselves as artists over the years.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Art of Framing

Frames form a very important part in the presentation and display of paintings. Be it home or office or even an art  gallery frames are an essential part in the aesthetics of the painting. As we consider paintings as  a form of art even framing is an art.
Many times when we see some works displayed we are forced to see the frames and how the artists has brought out the highlights of the paintings with appropriate frames. The paintings may be of landscape, symbolic,still life or portraits it doesn't matter, as frames are required fro every work. The most important skill of framing is to bring out the best from the painting. Many experienced framers have an eye for details and immediately guide the artist on which frames would be appropriate for their work.
Frames are available in many materials and so is the cost of framing. Wood, acrylic, plastic, metal, and even other natural materials can be used for framing. The most important aspect of framing is to see which part of the paintings to highlight and which can be let go of. The experienced framer selects the best presentable form of the work to the artists and also gives suggestions on how to preserve the frames to increase their shelf life.
Cost of frames varies upon the materials used and from which framer. Every framer has different quotations and an artist must inquire about the budget for framing as this also amounts to a substantial figure. The framers are also available online. having individual framing websites or attached to art galleries.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Artist and the celebration

festival time is very busy. Try to see various display and decorations around. Festival season gives many creative ideas. Never try to copy anything. losing your originality is very bad. Just take only a glint of idea and develop own concept. I know most of the times it is very difficult to create original art. I have seen artists who follow certain ideas and pictures for reference get great works but am not satisfied. I take the road less traveled. May not be able to produce the most beautiful artwork but have the confidence to own the work wholly. Originality never loses its shine!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Opportunities to Survive Your Artistic Career

Every artist is faced by this dilemma in their lives while painting. Even I go through these phases. Art materials are costly and artist get this itch of continuing to paint! Don't know how other people manage those who have to run their house on this income? also this career does not give any immediate returns.
Have seen many an artist work as something else and art takes a backseat in their lives. Some art graduates also do not pursue this field even after being qualified and gradually the art in them dies a slow death.
whenever I get monetary gifts or the savings from households ..i do not wish for any goodies. or food items or new clothes not even jewellery  all I want is some art materials and i am the most happy person!
and my magic genie knows this!
This is faced by all artists at some time or the other even more so when they are new artists struggling for recognition. At such times artists must find another source of income to survive. They can hold a job as an art teacher if they have a degree in fine arts. This will give them the regular monthly income and also support their artists career.
Many artists also begin art classes for children and adults who are interested in learning to paint. Some write books or work in advertising agencies where artists are required. You can also do as Short term course in graphic designing as I have done to understand colours.  Artists can get offers for assignments on free lance basis or full time graphic work. Some artists also work as cartoonists and fashion designers in magazines or with private concerns. Some work in designing t shirt prints or designs for tops. One can also make designs for tiles, upholstery and scarves by using your artistic skills.
The most important point here by mentioning all this is that it has been proved that artists have to struggle before getting established in the field of art and the bottom line here is to survive till you get your chance for fame!

Your best critique

Every artist grows under criticism  Critiques always encourage by giving critical appraisal about art works. . Over the years getting your paintings critically approved increases confidence about your art and as the years go by  you don't care about anyone's opinion 'I am as I am and I paint what I like and where my inspiration goes. There is no need to observe other works or others art... it just flows and lays itself on the canvasses'.
Every artist has to be open to criticism. If there is a desire to learn and progress in art then one must be willing to be able to listen and accept critiques opinions. I know it is very difficult when you have taken a lot of pains to make a work of art and some one just quotes 'so you paint, even my five year old niece is doing the same !' or even better! well just smile and accept the comment.People who know about art only they can respect art. Just don't let anybody demoralize you. Go ahead and accept their opinions. Remember they are not God and everyone has a right to express. But if you are the sensitive type or you realize that some people deliberately want to let you down please be away from such negative influences.
It will definitely help to find out your best critique because that will make your art grow. Opinions from family, friends or some fellow artist just find some one who helps to bring out the best in you.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Painting of Flowers

Painting flowers is the most easiest as well as the most difficult topic an artist can choose. Though it is the first and foremost topic every artist chooses as nature is the beginning of every learning process. There are plenty of models available for nature drawing but the most common ones selected are the sunflower, hibiscus flower and the rose flower.
After seeing many works it is understood that roses are the most difficult to paint. Nature is unique and it can never be copied. The successful painting of flowers of an artist is when the viewer is fascinated by the works and has most resemblance to nature. The captured moment and the colours selected can depend upon the artists mood while painting that particular work.
One can select a stem of flower and place it on a table at the correct position. Observe the colour, petals, leaves and also very importantly the lght coming from which direction. This gives the paintign a personalized look. Some artist even go that one step further and paint the eaten leaves and the dried edges of leaves! Correct colour mixing and application is important to get the nearest result resembling the original flower. Taking examples from nature is the best and many artists specialize in this theme of flowers and nature works.

Here is My First painting.
Hibiscus flowers.
Inspiration from a picture. (Mrs Rizwana A.Mundewadi,Year 2000). The picture had words 'outstanding' and this gave me inspiration to work on it. The background used in this painting is by mixing of many greens and browns!
(Painting by Mrs. Rizwana A. Mundewadi,year 2000) The photograph has not turned up well. This is an example of abstraction in flower. This painting is also done using a reference photo but the colours and backgrounds are done differently. Use of silver colour has made the painting unique.
The Yellow Champa flowers.  (Year 2000.Mrs. Rizwana A.Mundewadi)
Other flowers like canna, lotus,jasmine and lillies are also favorite among artists for paintings. Using reference photos is only a way to begin painting and an artist may not always require one. They can also paint by imagination according to their experiences.
Paintings of flowers are most common and the most selling artworks nowadays. Since these artworks are reasonably priced they come into the range of affordable art and also paintings of flowers have a universal appeal.

Death of an Artist!!!!!

working alone and enjoying painting. I like to be left alone with my paints and canvas, playing with colours ..smelling them (though I get frequent headaches and fever due to the fumes emitted by them!) i love to paint. over a decade and still going strong . No support whatso ever ..still going strong.
Till when i do not know...many time feel lost ...where will this lead me.I am not very social person and do not like the limelight. But this world has a different take. The person in limelight is a good artist and works demand a good price. When I try my hand and selling my works I feel losing my creativity, how can I sell a part of me! every painting is a special one..so many efforts..so much involvement..such a long journey..and one work is created.
WHY DID I BECOME AN ARTIST? WHY DID GOD GIVE ME THIS TALENT? no answer
I feel like giving up and try to lead a normal life but I can't. I feel dead without my art!
After a decade still want to paint. get so many ideas...my brain is bombarded with ideas..where is the energy to balance it and the resources! stacks of papers.pencil works , artworks .. have to stop and start moving these works.
Feng shui and Reiki both indicate that I have to move the earlier works to make place for the new. Not get attached to them and accept to part with them. Attachments are trouble..I have to be free.
Struggling with the past and the present sometimes I feel the artist within is dying a slow death. Maybe I may become normal and lead a normal life...just forget about art! Hussains and Razas are there no!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Buying Paintings from Emerging Artists

Every artist is on a journey. It is just when you meet them you realize at which step of the ladder they are on to. The process goes on even when they have not displayed their work to public art galleries. This is a creative progress and growth which cannot be changed or directed ..it has to go according to the flow.
The Red Pilgrim
When ever you visit an art gallery and view works hung on the walls you are wondering about the different themes and topics the artist has selected. Well this all depends upon the artist and their style of working. Some may be symbolic painters , some landscape artists and some abstract artists. Some only prefer to do portraits and some are comfortable with still life's. Judging their works will be injustice to the efforts put in by the artist as every artist is proud of their works.
Before going in for purchase one has to inquire about the history and past experiences of the artist. This helps in understanding their works. Every art gallery guides you with the purchase and also connects you with the artists. The paintings bought from emerging artists are comparatively less priced  than works of established artists. It is advisable to buy art from reputed galleries who give certified documents for the purchase. This authentication certificate is very essential as the prices of these artworks may shoot up and you may end up owning a heirloom! This is affordable art and also the new artists are encouraged in the beginning of their career. Even interior decorators can go in for purchase from emerging artists as they have fresh topics and colours used in their artworks that blend and contrast beautifully in the latest decor arrangements. Symbolic art is emerging as many people opt for symbols of religion creatively painted and also some prefer abstract artworks that blend with their decor.
All the Best from Rizwana!
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Art Materials.

Art materials are available at art stores and stationary shops. Even art stores have sites online where artists can view the gallery and catalogues of different art amterials. Paintings can be done using different materials like water colours, oil paints,wax crayons, pencil colours or even charcoal pencils.
Each artist has to find out which materials they are comfortable with. Over the years practicing different styles the artist develops their individual style of painting.Some artists can jump from material to materila na dare comfortable with any art materila where as other just cannot work in any other material than which they are comfortable with. This depends on the individual artist and their seniority. Some artists like to change styles and as doing water colour previously may turn to oil paints or vice versa.
Creative artists sometimes also dabble with collages and murals as the art field has unlimited dimensions. Each piece of art is unique and every artist brings out the best by using the same art materials. Brushes of different materilas are used and some artists may be selective of the size and types of brushes used by them.
Different paints using glitter, gloss or metallic are also available in the market. There are many options for the artist to let go of their creative juices and make beautiful artworks. Many oil paint companies supply art materials to the residence or studio of the artist for free. There are also concessions in percentage on the total amount used to purchse of art materials..

Care of Paintings

Paintings are the soul of artist . They need as much care as any other part in your life. People buy paintings for decorating as highlight in a room or for symbolic purposes. Many of us are not aware that only purchasing an expensive artwork does not guarantee its long life.
1)Care has to be taken to hang it at a comfortable level to avoid fingering by smalll children and pets.
2)Keep it clean by wiping oil paintings on canvas with a soft muslin cloth. Care has to be taken about the cloth material used for wiping as rough materials can damage the paint or other materials used in the paintings.
3) Hang it away from the window. Strong breeze and sunlight may fade the colours of your artworks.
4) Glass frames can be cleaned with wet sponge but take care to have corners inside the frame of good quality. This allows your paintings to breathe and avoids fungus growth on the artworks.
5)Keep paintings away from moisture and damp environment. They may show fungus growth and lead to long term damage to artworks and canvas.
6) It is advisable to ask the artist from whom you have purchased the artwork , especially in cae of collages and other media artworks as they need special care for cleaning and handling.
7) Paintings are an asset and they grow in value over the years so treat your artworks as special and they will reward you.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Symbolic Paintings

Symbolism is one of the categories of paintings. It has been followed by many artists over the years who come to be known as symbolic artists. Many artists use symbols and different icons to represent their thoughts and emotions. These symbols may be  any religious symbols or may be some representative symbols. 
Many religions have deities that are painted by symbolic artists and these artworks are also sold on emotional basis as they have the market always. Some people prefer buying other symbols representing some concepts.  Like a ladder symbolizes success and upward progress, a lamp symbolizes hope whereas a lotus symbolizes enlightenment. Birds are representative of freedom and waterfalls in a painting represent financial growth. Green pictures of plants and flowers indicate prosperity.
Understanding symbolic artworks also depends upon each individuals experiences and cultural preferences. Colours also are used differently by symbolic artists to represent different themes.Some countries symbolize white colour for mourning whereas some represent it for purity. Every artist has their own choice of colours and colour meanings.
Before going in for purchase of symbolic art one has to first think about our own experiences and likes and dislikes. Some people are not comfortable with religious symbols hung on their walls and may prefer other representative symbols in artworks. It is also possible to get a commissioned painting from the symbolic artist according to our tastes if the artist is also a commissioned painter. Talking over and meeting the artist personally and understanding the artworks helps in making the right purchase of symbolic artworks.



(THE RED PILGRIM -Mrs Rizwana A. Mundewadi.This is my self portrait..my description of a spiritual person who does not have to renounce the world and all relations and materialistic things to be a pilgrim. Any person can be very enlightened and spiritual as well as religious and also balance the worldly desires. One does not need to garb a white cloth and leave all  materialistic things and enjoyment to prove that they are spiritual and religious.
The red pilgrim is on a spiritual  journey , having the glow outside as well as within.
This painting is done in one sitting)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Process of Painting Abstracts


Abstract painting is one of the most difficult to make. Landscapes and other art has certain reference and guidance but abstraction is a sign of evolved artist. Here I discuss about
one of my very early paintings. It was a wonderful feeling. 'Possessions'. Abstract painting I felt that it was like a journey. The layers came over one another and the whole process was very enlightening. The original painting concept, is taken as the thought of the artist and later  working and reworking over it brings out an unique work. I was surprised with the result
First and formost the artist has to be free of any thoughts . Just the discovery of an abstract art is wonderful. This painting has a soothing and serene look and the viewer is forced to come closer to think about the images and colours. This painting evokes a special response from the viewer and even I got very good comments on display in an exhibition..
This is again one of my favourites!
'DESIRES"
Wow what colours and evokes a special response. This is not a totally abstract work and it is symbolic and representative of what the artist wishes to communicate to the viewer. The title is apt and appropriate for the painting.
Over a decade I have been painting and still these works have a very special place in my heart. The process begins with feelings and emotions of the artist. Selection of colours are definitely influenced by the emotions of the artist. Every artist has different techniques and processes to achieve an abstract. Some do sketching and later go into abstraction by using colour filling techniques whereas some artists just load the brush and let their emotions play with the paints and canvas. And lo! the rhythm and feelings give an excellent work. Usually an abstract painting cannot be planned and it is a flow which cannot be guided or controlled. Hence abstracts are unique works and mostly the viewer has to connect with it to buy the abstract works. This has also led to lesser sales of abstracts but now due to awareness about abstracts people are opening up to the concept of abstract art and also the uniqueness is the plus point of abstract art. No two works will be the same even if done by the same artist.