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Enso I

Enso II

Enso III
12" x12"
acrylic on gallery board
SOLD at the Brush Gallery member's show

"In  Zen, ensō ("circle") is a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.
 The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (the void). It is characterized by a minimalism born of Japanese aesthetics." - Wikipedia





The Seasons both paintings together
Before Winter

After Spring
Each Painting is approx 18"x 24" unframed - larger when framed
Acrylic on paper
$1,200 unframed each

These paintings are abstract works inspired by the work of Richard Diebenkorn. Over the course of more than 20 years, Richard Diebenkorn created 145 paintings for his Ocean Park series. They are remembered as "gentle portraits of California light.
My paintings reflect more of New England colors and New England light.
I used the colors that are native to where i live to create this abstract landscape.
Full circle
Acrylic on Paper
14" x 11"
$250 (unframed)
For prints please look here https://fineartamerica.com/featured/full-circle-priti-lathia.html?newartwork=true


I am happy with the variety of lines, flow, contrast, and depth/values achieved in this piece. I used painting. drawing, veiling, and pattern to create this. This is a very elegant, modern, black and white abstract painting.







Back to basics. Just black and white collage designs. Trying to brainstorm designs for abstract paintings.
Observe the negative spaces within the simple compositions creating dynamic tension.
Observe the repetition and placement of  similar shapes within the composition.

Black and white 1

Black and white 2

Black and white 3

Black and white 4
 
Remember how we made mixed media hearts from construction paper, glue, tissue, and glitter. Well, this is the grown-up version !!
Playing with the heart shape as any other shape - circle, square, etc. More than any other shape the heart shape has cliched feelings/ emotions attached to it and that makes it even more exciting to work with as an artist.

Hearts on a String
Good Vibes

Happy Valentine's Day


Love is In the Air
 
I have a tendency to organise shapes in simple thoughtful ways, so in the beginning i took simple cutout shapes and arranged them in a pleasing composition.


Attachment

Circle, Square, Triangle



This was done in Jean Carter's class - geometric, abstract collage




In 2017, the MFA Boston had a wonderful exhibition of Matisse's cutouts. When i saw the show i was immediately taken by the simplicity and childlike plafulness of the cutouts. I think a seed was sown in my mind.
Then in 2018, i started researching collage work and found a friend who does this type of work, So earlier this year  (2019) i went to visit her, took a class with her - Jennifer H. - she was very kind and wonderful and taught me a few basics to get me started. In January, this year i also took a class with Jean Carter at the Concord Art Assoc. she taught me more about how to be free with shapes and how they all go together.

Here are a few examples of my collages inspired by Matisse-

"After the Winter" - Black and white lattice with Matisse inspired organic shapes with fonts.

Matisse inspired shapes on his favorite blue paper

Anniversary Roses
Acrylic on Canvas
20" x 20"
$600

This painting has texture, color and a beautiful abstract cruciform composition. The texture is created with the use of molding paste and paper.
Although the artwork is not very large, the elements of color, texture and mark marking are bold and expressive. This painting has emotional power and is soft and energetic at the same time.



acrylic on paper
18"x 24"
$600

Continuing my current passion of painting contemporary flowers with abstraction. The painting starts with a mark – simple and straightforward. But then there is another and another, a splotch of color and some scraping. Parts of it are subtle and minimal, while others are bold, colorful and expansive.
--> -->The intention is to create a painting charged with emotional energy, movement, bold color and texture.I am happy to say that i mentioned to achieve those goals in this painting. My inspiration for this style of work is Joan Mitchell
Peony Abstraction
work in progress

18" x 24"
Acrylic on canvas
$800

Updated version:

This painting has evolved to a new version with more dynamic design and shapes that compliment each other.



Floral Arrangement



24" x 30" unframed size
acrylic on canvas
$1,200 - framed


This painting is a modern, abstraction of the old fashioned idea of a floral still life arrangement. The intention is to create a painting charged with energy, movement, color and texture.
Apple Tree Byam Farms
Large watercolor on paper
$800 Framed

Happy to mention that my watercolor painting - Apple Tree Byam Farm, won 2nd place at the Chelmsford Art Society July 4th 2018 - 50th annual show.
A big thank you to the wonderful judges Michele Boll, Mary Rose O'Connell and Bruce Lenore.

Abstraction II

Abstraction I
18" x 24" each
22" x 28" framed size each
$700 each

Recently i took a class to study the abstract work of Richard Diebenkorn, mainly his Ocean Park series. He lived in Berkeley, California, from 1955 to 1966.
From Wikipedia -
"The Henri Matisse paintings French Window at Collioure, and View of Notre-Dame[8] both from 1914 exerted tremendous influence on Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park paintings. According to art historian Jane Livingston, Diebenkorn saw both Matisse paintings in an exhibition in Los Angeles in 1966 and they had an enormous impact on him and his work.[9] Livingston says about the January 1966 Matisse exhibition that Diebenkorn saw in Los Angeles:
It is difficult not to ascribe enormous weight to this experience for the direction his work took from that time on. Two pictures he saw there reverberate in almost every Ocean Park canvas. View of Notre Dame and French Window at Collioure, both painted in 1914, were on view for the first time in the US.[9]"

These paintings are based on his grid method. His grid was inspired by the Fibonacci sequence.The colors i used remind the viewer of the iconic images of beautiful stain glass windows, colorful tapestries or mosaics.









American Landscape


28" x 22"
Acrylic on canvas

This painting started off  as an abstract but works better as an expressionistic painting. Still working on landscapes.

Abstract American Landscape
36" x 24"
acrylic on canvas

Planning to do a series of large American Landscapes - using abstraction
still life with pineapple
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
24" x 30"
$800

Here is the setup:

Here is the drawing:


Enjoyed painting this using a limited, toned down palette of earthy colors - browns, yellow ochre, naples yellow, black and white.






Backyard Landscape
Backyard Landscape
18" x 24"
$500

This painting was voted - most popular at the winter reception of The Andover Artists  Guild. It is still available for sale. Currently on exhibit at The Brush Gallery.
Dancing Ganesh
Acrylic on watercolor paper
9" x 12"
$250

SOLD - at the Kalakruti show at Regis College during the Learn Quest Music Festival
Sold to a wonderful family friend. She surprised me !!



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