Hello, this is Lalita and I’m from India, but for the last 14 years I’m lived in Dubai where I work for a school. I earned my master degree in drawing and painting. Earlier, I used to work in mix medium, then I worked in dry pastel. I have done solo and group exhibitions in India and Dubai.
In my family, my uncle used to paint and I saw my elder sister also painting. From there, I picked up this beautiful hobby and I adopted it as my profession. I am a big admirer of nature and create misty weather in my paintings. In my childhood, and even now, I like winter the most. When the fog comes around in the weather, everything looks peaceful and calm. There’s no movement and, in that time, it’s only you and nature is with you.
Northern lights are the most fascinating topic to me. I love this, and the colour we see in northern lights, we can’t even imagine. It’s a wonderful creation of god. I have made many paintings of these lights, when the colour takes place on the watercolour sheet and the effect gets started. It’s really wonderful.
These days, we are living in the age of computer and animation media where we see quick results of work. Life is running and we don’t have time to look back. So, from my point of view, watercolour is a medium we get quick results.
The day I started watercolour painting, I never went back to mix medium. Watercolour is a challenging terminology in the art field. It’s really an addiction to paint in watercolour.
The way I handle watercolour, I don’t try to control colours while working.
Instead, you will see a free flow of colours in my work that gives you breathing space in paintings. You don’t face any block within them, and sometimes, I use liquid watercolour that create really amazing results, with a smooth and very soft texture. I love to play with watercolour by using salt, normally artists use masking fluid for highlights, but I don’t.
Today, my theme for my work is reflection. I normally use a fan brush for trees and for details I use round and thin brushes. My favourite colour is purple, and I try to create a source of light out of dark. I play with the darker colour, and though it’s bit hard to control, I enjoy it when, out of the dark, we find a source of light. This, I think, works in our real life when we are in trouble and a little hope matters a lot. As I said, while working, I don’t try to control my painting but I go with the painting. Here’s a video of one of my works. I hope you will enjoy my work and technique as well.
I love nature because I feel the fragrance of flowers, the trees, the colour we see around us and the sounds of birds. Even when I find moonlight crossing through my window it’s just something great that feels very cozy. I tell my children also try to feel and smell it. To look at the moon, the birds, and just feel these are full of beauty.
In india, we have four seasons: summer, rainy, winter, and spring. And each season brings it’s own unique fragrance and it truly effects me a lot. And if I want to work on another topic, again, nature catches me and make me paint it.
Painting is a meditation for me. When I’m painting, it makes me feel that I have done something worthwhile in day. Art is food for our soul and it keeps you near the God.
Now, I’ve penned all of my words, but I will also say that today, we are surrounded by artificial objects. We often never notice the beauty of nature. These are beautiful words:
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
~ Frank Lloyd Wright
And, I strongly believe along these lines that, if you stay close to nature, it will help you be young and full of happiness. And I’m sure in my work you will find the reflection of true nature.Recommended7 recommendationsPublished in
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