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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Water Color Painting Price Issues and Simple Tips While Painting with water colors

Water color paintings price issues always come up. Why is a water color painting in less price as compared to oil paintings in the same size. With oils on canvas paintings always commanding a higher price water color works sometimes lag behind. There are enough reasons for this. A complex medium to work in needs very good hand control and knowledge about colors.
How to paint with water colors , the flowy thin water medium which looks so simple while viewing is one difficult task. The main ingredient added will give results accordingly,  amount of water to be added is the main ingredient as less will make the paint not flow well and more will give a very light painting.
Hand made paper is a good option and there are some simple rules people follow who love to paint in this medium. While I did get obsessed with this medium in year 2002 trying out different techniques and mediums during the self discovery process thee are some fine beautiful pieces of musical lines collection and lots of untitled works, which I have no words,except that they were made when i listened to music,  daily , listening to the five elements instrumental, great music by great masters it was The Times Group albums on elements.  it was a Reiki ritual to help relax heal the chakras so I call them musical lines.
Untitled by Rizwana Mundewadi Year 2002 Water Color on paper 7.5x10 Inches $150

Tip 1) Be prepared with rags! yes wherever there is water keep rough clothes handy.
Tip 2) Think, Think Think before beginning, usually there is no looking back, one stroke and the painting gets muddy and too much water used to clean the faulty part, risk of paper tear.
Tip 3) Always use a clean brush. This I can tell as most important. Brushes do have the tendency to store old paint from last work done which is not even visible to the eye. Always clean the brush before every use and after every use.
Tip 4) First better to have a simple sketch and then begin. Paint the insides first or the outline first as you wish but the rule of the thumb , paint light colors first and then move to darker ones.
Tip 5) The paintings dry sooner than expected so sometimes layering is necessary. Use a lighter color thin paint first and then add another layer of same color for best results in water color paintings. This i have found to work better than adding a darker color at first. Usually helps to build some drama with water colors, than having the flat works.  The biggest advantage in water color paintings, they do not soil the hands and the clothes and the sinuses!yes oils do emit fumes while painting and process of drying.
Water color paintings give an effect of lightness and delicate appeal to the eyes as compared to my first love oils, which are thicker and have a solid feel. Paintings in water color are usually found at less rates as compared to oils as the cost of mediums involved is different.

With due respect to all water color artists across the globe , Prices are very much different for other medium works and though famous artworks do get good prices there is always a difference.  Some simple reasons-
1) Cost involved in buying mediums is totally different . while a tube of color paint in oils costs much higher the water color one is bought at reasonable rates. 
2) Paper used as base for most artworks in water color is found to be cheaper as compared to canvas or oil sketch paper that comes at a much higher price.
3) The whole process of painting in oils requires more time and effort , energy and also space for drying. (with due respect to all water color artists)
4) The feel in water color works is light and it all depends upon personal choice of the buyers as they love a more colorful oil works.
Untitled 7.5x10 Inches Water Color on paper Year 2002 $150 By Rizwana Mundewadi
5) Now I am not very sure of this but canvas is thought to last longer than paper. There is always risk of paper getting musty, eaten by bugs and even the glue used while framing can spoil the artworks over years.

so, While on this spiritual journey of The Red Pilgrim, as I continue to paint healing art...I wish to make simple colorful understandable art, art that heals.
Check out  "Blue Birds", water color on paper.

Take Care and All the Best!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Website for Healing Symbolic Cubism Feng Shui Paintings

Finally a dream come true, little did I know where this journey would take me, while on this spiritual journey of The Red Pilgrim, as I continue to paint healing art...I wish to make simple colorful understandable art, art that heals.
More than a decade, as I began focussing more on my art since the year 2000,  obsessed over oils and canvasses and oil sketch papers, IDENTITY SELF EXPRESSION PASSION!
website is an very important part of any artists career as it is a direct connection with the whole world of art lovers, art collectors and art buyers.
 a small space under this universe, a space on the web, doing my little bit by sharing goodluck, great health, wealth, harmony, stability, mentor luck, marital luck, wisdom and knowledge and  spreading prosperity! showering love and happiness everywhere, it is contagious, you smile and you get back smiles, "Pink Petals Rainbow of Love"
Thank you Thank you Thank you!Life is magical, enjoying every bit of this spiritual journey....meanwhile staring at the healing painting on the wall, "Embracing the Chaos" think the magic is working and the painting is already inviting more curiosity and interesting complements form viewers.
Embracing the Chaos, work in progress from 31st December 2013 continuing hopefully to 31st December 2014
One stroke painting is what I am trying to focus on the stability and energy of each stroke, I really don't know how this will look at the end of 31st December 2014, but one thing is sure it creates an powerful statement till now with very few strokes and the empty canvas making a impressionable art statement by itself, sometimes silence speaks!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Exotic Birds and Trekking in this New 2014 New Painting in Progress Trekking Tips and guidelines

Wishing everyone a Great new 2014!
New year brings new excitement and  enjoying every bit of this journey of The Red Pilgrim as I continue to paint healing art...
Embracing the Chaos oil painting in progress on canvas
the painting of patience, Embracing the Chaos begun on 31st December 2013 and hope  to continue till end on this year 31st December 2014 is going on in very very patience, thoughtful simple strokes.
till date, there is a calculated selection of colors at the beginning, gold, red, green turquoise and orange! all strong colors that symbolize growth and happiness.
This is a healing symbolic painting to control the barging bombardment of  ideas, colors and paintings that come up in my mind, which never still.  So many ideas, so much to paint so much to write so little time!
Embracing the Chaos oil painting in progress on canvas
Trekking to Karnala Bird Sanctuary was a welcoming refreshing trip in the beginning of this 2014 year.
Climbing the fort is not an easy task and really not for simple trekkers. A birds paradise, Surrounded with thick growth the forest  has a uphill narrow man made path among rocks which trekkers enjoy. Rare Birds are really worth the trip and true bird lovers do visit the place before sunrise.
Not so much aware of bird names but I can identity the colors, blue , green and black red, exotic rare birds, its a haven for bird lovers. And with the series of exotic birds  paintings going in progress such trips make me wonder still, the paintings come first and then come the occasions, unlike where artists express that they were influenced by a trip or an image it is vice versa always with my art, I paint first by imagination and then things come forthe!
nature trails

sky view from forest

tree roots

huge tree trunks and tree roots

names of different birds

anthill in forest

monkey in the jungle

peacock bird

peacock bird close up of eyes

peacock close up of bird

labelled botanical names on trees
huge rocks forest trekking

peacock feeding

Peahen in bird santury

Some important practical tips for trekking-
1) Start early, trekking and climbing can be best enjoyed when you start early. And watching rare  birds in nature is  also only during the few early hours after sunrise. Winter seasons are good for such trips as there is less heat from the sun and climbing becomes easy, but also the days  are smaller, so be prepared for an early back trip.
 2) Shoes, very important, right soles, right fitting, right grip. Over the years we have come to understand the very importance of right shoes,  and heeled  sandals or slippers just wont do!Right size backpack to keep both hand free. Do not over load the back pack as this makes climbing and trekking difficult in small spaces of rocky areas.
3) Water and snacks, food, medicines in your backpack along with antiseptic cream, insect bites and dried tree scratches! immediately wash with clean water and apply cream for any scratches or insect bites.
Unless you are sweating do not drink much water. Take small sips only and do not gulp water in large quantities at one time.
4) Beware while walking and trekking in interiors of forest. creatures,  animals, birds, and creatures on the ground hidden among dried grass, unexpected falls while climbing and trekking, get the right firm grip. Look for footholds  first, shortest gaps among rocks, and then make small slow climb moves.
5) Inform your family or friends,  one who will look out for you when you go missing, when going on trekking trips. It is understood that most places in hilly and mountainous regions there is no mobile network.
Trekking brings you ultimate close to mountain strength, earth energy, grounding energy. Once there you are totally focused on which branch to catch or which rock to select as foothold. So when the basic instinct of survival comes up all negative energy is dissolved and mind becomes refreshed. It is very important for   every individual to be in close contact with earth and as today we are surrounded more with technology and electric vibrations it sure is worth to balance  energy, to have such contact with nature.
Go for trekking and climbing only when you are trained and fit, and have no major health problems, otherwise even walking is the best energiser.
So while we have still never completed the climb to the Panhalgad fort  , the top of the mountain peak we  know just when to stop and return  and call it a day!
The peacock bird sure was very happy to see us and truly showed his happiness! gave the best pose!
peacock dancing happily open feathers
King Fischer birds Near the terrace garden
As I write the green Bee Eater colorful birds are calling from our terrace garden.

While on this spiritual journey of The Red Pilgrim, as I continue to paint healing art...I wish to make simple colorful understandable art, art that heals.
All the Best!

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