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Flower motif

Ganesh- Elephant God

Leaf motif
watercolor, mixed media and maker on watercolor paper.
Just studies so NFS

Lately i have been enjoying the ancient folk art of Madhubani painting.Madhubani - I enjoy painting a mixed version,  the motifs are Indian/ethnic but the overall design sensibility is Western/ modern.
I think it is weird/ interesting like that because of my training in both styles.

 Mithila Painting (also called Madhubani art or Mithila painting)originated in the Mithala region of Bihar in India. Madhubani art has five distinctive styles, namely, Bharni, Katchni, Tantrik, godna and kohbar.

Characterized by catchy geometric patterns and religious motifs, Madhubani (Mithila) style of painting is soaked in mythology and romance.The myth is that, once upon a time there was a great King Janak of Mithla who was getting his beautiful daughter Sita married to Lord Ram. He asked the people of his kingdom to decorate their homes (walls and floors) with colorful designs that create a feeling of walking in a garden (Madhuban) to celebrate the marriage. 
 Madhubani is different from other forms of painting in many ways. The figures are two-dimensional in nature. The features usually include sharp noses with bulging eyes. Double lines are used to draw figures, flora and fauna. Also, the designs are filled with intricate lines and no shading is required. There is an extensive use of geometric designs. Typically, no empty spaces are left in this style and are usually filled with leaves and flowers. 

Traditionally natural dyes made at home, like red, green, orange, yellow, blue, brown and black were used. Today artists also use modern colors.
Some  Madhubani artist i like are  -
Bharti Dayal -
Malvika Raj -  beautiful paintings depicting the life of Buddha
Gauri Mishra -
Vidushini Prasad - paints simple motifs for use on everyday household items 
Manisha Jha -

Wikipedia link

Fruitlands Museum series 4
watercolor on paper
12" x 16"

This watercolor is a studio painting from several photographs taken on site at the Fruitlands Museum
The green barn is a community place for gatherings and classes. The small yellow house is the Shaker museum. This is a view of the property from the parking lot looking down at the barn and the Shaker house.
Fruitlands museum series 3
watercolor on paper
12" x 16"

This watercolor is a studio painting from several photographs taken on site at the Fruitlands Museum
This is a view of the barn from the parking area which is at  a lower eye level, looking up at the red barn which is near the entrance of the museum.

Fruitlands Museum series 1

Fruitlands Museum series 2
8" x 8"
Series 1
16" x 20"

Series 2
8" x 8"

Working on a series of Fruitlands Museum Got an annual pass so i plan to go there often.I begin the painting there and often finish it in my studio from photos. Thats the plan!!
Classic red barn painting with landscape inspired by the artist Fairfield Porter.

April 14th, 15th 16th 2017 the artists of Kalakruti are showing their work along with the annual musical event held by Learn Quest Academy at Regis College. My work is a part of the show.

Flower bouquet
5" x5"
Acrylic on canvas
Fundraiser for the Brush Gallery 35th birthday
Land of the Free
Mixed media and glass Bead gel medium on board
8" x 8"

Experimental painting
spring snow
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
12" x 16"

After the storm yesterday, i woke up and looked outside my kitchen window to see this lovely abstract expressionistic painting Had to paint it right away.

Yesterday we had an unseasonal winter snow storm in the spring. Snow was mixing with a wind-whipped, frigid rain on Tuesday afternoon in the area, as a dangerous nor’easter continued to pound the region, creating dangerous driving conditions.
This morning is a completely different story.

I used an old canvas with several layers of paint and collage work underneath.All that past work helps to add excitement to the current brushwork.
garden show
24" x 24"

Impressionistic painting inspired by photographs taken in Florida of flora at the Naples Botanical Garden.
lemon tea
acrylic on canvas
20" x 20"

By now i have done several paintings on the same subject - tea - with the same teapot that i own. This still life was done from a live setup in my home. I made up the background print, to give it more interest.
Here is a link to  a couple of other paintings on the same subject-;postID=704723995030100737;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=17;src=postname;postID=6730637491273785458;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=73;src=postname
Balancing Dreams
Mixed media on watercolor paper
12" x16"

"Let your dreams be bigger than your actions, and your actions louder than your words" Anonymous
"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." Oprah Winfrey
This painting is fourth in the "Balancing" series, inspired by my new love for modern/contemperory expression. To me the painting is about walking down the path of life and finding balance with your dreams and desires.  (Trying to incorporate the human figure in a painting with an inspiring message in a modern way.) The painting is open to interpretation by the viewer. 
American flag
Mixed media on paper
81"x 24"
Inspired by the historic events in our nation, i was moved to do a painting of the American flag while watching the inauguration ceremony of the 45th President of the United States.

The painting began as a watercolor, however it looked a bit dull the next day so i used several layers of acrylic, crayon and colored pencils to get the layered effect you can see specially in the stars.

Also excited to share with you a few other variations created in Photoshop.
cut out
poster edges
rough pastels


Portals of Discovery

summer garden #1
 Acrylic on printmaking paper
18: x 24"

Did not like this version so i cut it up and re- pasted it on a wooden board  and created a mixed media painting (below)- changing the layout, composition and color-

summer garden #2
Experimental painting for a bigger canvas on the summer garden theme.
mixed media on wood panel
12" x 16"
doorways and portals
acrylic on canvas
24" x 24"

Painted this for the portals show at the CCA but finished it after the submission date so was not able to enter. Another painting "Suspended/ Portals of Discovery" is in the show.
As we move from the past year through the gateway into 2017, The Gallery @ CCA celebrates with a new group show, PORTALS, a mixed media exploration of doorways featuring thirteen artists.
Opening Reception: Jan 6th 2017
Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 1-4pm or by appointment


original painting
 9" x 12"
acrylic on canvas

Having fun with Photoshop filters using my original paintings. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.
"New Year 2017 of the Fire Rooster will start on January 28, 2017 – the second New Moon after the Solstice.
I don’t know about you, but this Chinese astrologer is exhausted from the shenanigans of this past Monkey year! Surprise after surprise (both fabulous and panic-laden) swung most of our ways. Following 12 months of the wit and hyperactive Monkey, the New Year of the Fire Rooster  is going to bring fresh challenges requiring quick wit and practical solutions!
Get ready for the Year of the Rooster! Embrace opportunities and navigate challenges  We hope you have a healthy, prosperous year."

a midsummer dream

Happy New Year.
"A Midsummer Dream"
Alcohol ink on canvas
8" x 10"
11" x14" framed