Monday, 25 November 2013

LIGHT: Natural to Real

"Outdoor Study"
Watercolour and Mixed media

4 years ago....a week after my b'day, just as it was now this week (26th nov 2013)...I made this painting. It was the 2nd week of my college....... After all those waiting, ( See my previous post)  I'm finally in college,  with an enthusiasm full of fun and eagerness to exploit my creativity to a new level. This was my First painting in my college done in handmade paper - in half  imperial sheet...that's 15" X 22". It was a week for outdoor study and we were asked to make an outdoor study with #mixed media- we can use different mediums like #watercolor, pastel, pencil, crayons, poster color etc.

I was walking around my college campus and saw many of my classmates already engrossed with their painting. I couldn't find a place to paint that easily as I always wanted to try something very different from what others are doing.... Well!! This might not look very unique but for starters like us, the 1st year students,  all the lighting effect, the textured wall, the composition and the architectural renderings all were very challenging. When i saw this spot, I was very much embedded with it...Love the way the how the small red brick wall recedes into the background with streaks of sunlight falling on it through unseen foliage. The background green foliage make a perfect contrast of complimentary color with the red-bricked wall. This was a perfect spot for me as I was always interested in #chiaroscuro and always wanted to paint as such. Besides the compositional format, it was the light effect I was most interested it was very much evident in the outcome of the finish painting. I love the way light transform the way I perceive things, I always believe Light always have the capacity to evoke aesthetic difference on any thing. For instance, for me, this picture would be just a picture of a building without the work of the lighting effect ( although the drawing alone, composition, draftsmanship and execution all contribute to the essence of art and would still be a very good picture)... but moving further, where it takes to a new level, i would say, is where some real ART lies.

I was previously going through lots of things.....not able to get admission, language problem, health problem  ( Its said that typhoid is a welcome sickness for starters in New Delhi) and many others things. I was very happy that I could finally get into a college and study ART which I was always very fond of. Its like rays of sunshine has been shined upon my dark and gloomy-self. Just as the light falling on the strong and rigid building create something to offer the aesthetic essence necessary for Artist like me to create artworks and offering back that artwork for others to see and enjoy the pleasure of artistic creation and aesthetic emotions; I could remain strong and rigid in my Faith in Jesus Christ and reflecting back His ( Jesus) light to others so that others can benefit the good works so that our Father in heaven could be glorified. We all can.....

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."   
- Matthew 5:16

How do we  let our light shine before men, what is this Light we are talking about????  We can have the LIGHT of LIFE by believing in Jesus Christ and follow Him. 

" Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” "
- John 8:12

We find in Isaiah that The Light of the Lord is much more powerful and meaningful than the so-called most powerful source of light and energy- the Sun or the moon. We see things under the  sunlight, every energy is derived from the sun.....without Sun, Earth cannot even support life. And what other thing could be more powerful than the sun.. Its the Lord, our God. ( He is even the creator of the sun and everything else)

“The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory." 
- Isaiah 60:90 
Waiting for that day...we should remain strong in faith, keeping aside our deeds of darkness (evil deeds) but by doing good things with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 
"The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light."
- Romans 13:12 
For if we remain in the Lord, all our worries and hardship are to be enlightened and delivered...
"You, Lord, are my lamp;
    the Lord turns my darkness into light."
- II Samuel 22:29