"Kerala Fisherman" is a painting that I created after living in the village of Kurakkanni, Kerala, in 2014-2015. This portrait of a local fisherman on Edava Beach, fixing his fishing net after his morning catch was put up for silent auction from August 25-September 9th 2018, so that 100% of proceeds could be donated to the Kerala Flood Relief Fund to help with the August 2018 devastation from the South Indian Monsoon.Read More
I like coming into the park and sitting with the elders as they practice their pranayama and morning prayers. The energy is quite potent, quite still in here. A certain type of quiet, even as the sounds of morning life still filter through the iron fence that circles the space.
I came upon these 'Everyday Yogis' quite accidentally while walking along a new route. They are an assorted group of people...Read More
If you really love the elephants here in India, don't ride them. Don't chain them up and take selfies... instead get artistically inspired and join in with a global campaign that is raising awareness of elephant cruelty and working towards elephant conservation.
Elephant Family is a registered charity that is committed to delivering effective conservation projects, changing government and corporate policy and generating mass support for elephant protection. Here in Jaipur, we've been working with them on the global Travels to my Elephant art project, whereby the organisation commissioned 101 elephant sculptures to be painted by renowned artists around the world, using art to raise awareness of elephant corridors and the importance of protecting these environments that are the species' habitat.Read More
The Art of the Line is another name for Indian Painting as the line work is the most essential characteristic of the art. It is a smooth, elegant, flowing line that becomes emotive as it takes on the characteristic of each form in the image. A balance of force and flow, applied with delicacy and deliberation. The most effective way of learning how to paint this way is to spend time with one who has already mastered the technique, and then do as they do in order to try and experience what they experience.Read More
The first secret of Indian Miniature Painting? A little of the magic comes directly from the rare gemstones and minerals that make up the paint in the image.
To fully appreciate this art-form, it is essential to understand the great care that goes into the preparation and creation of all components of the painting. Everything is sourced organically and made by hand, and each part of the process is of equal importance to the artist. Before any painting can commence, the rigorous and careful ritual of paint making must occur, and this is what we're looking at in some detail here.Read More
Welcome to the beauty that is Jaipur City Palace, a place that I am lucky enough to call my 'office' for the next couple of months. I arrived back in the city in mid September, and will be here for most of Autumn studying once again with Sri Ramu Ramdev and his crew of royal artists, learning the secrets of Indian Miniature Painting.Read More
"Characterised by intricate and delicate brushwork, these small and colourful paintings contain a sense of grace that comes from years of practice and devotion to the art... the technique requires a certain stillness because the elegance of the final images comes from a deeply rooted elegance of character."Read More