September 1, 2012

The bird and the fish..

An acrylic on canvas 10 by 12 inches, when I began with the empty canvas, textured a bit with gesso, though I did have this subject in mind, the intention was to play with lots of layers of diluted colors, allowing them to flow around to form  patterns of light and shade to establish the basic composition. Then the patterns led to the placement of the two subjects of focus. Here I go with my thoughts on this piece.

The bird can fly very high and the fish can swim very deep down, they follow their natural inclination and excel with their strengths. The key to excel and to make our lives more interesting is to look inside of ourselves, to find the strength we are blessed with, for each one of us are born unique.  It is best if the realization comes at the right time in one's life, when  one is young and has a whole life to explore but it is never too late I guess!

30 comments:

  1. This is beautiful Padjama... such great patterns and textures, suggested shapes. Love the story behind it too.

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  2. Ah, the textures, patterns and colors! very thoughtful and expressive, too.

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  3. I love your use of colour and the meaning behind your beautiful work.Living up to ones potential is surely the greatest gift you can give to yourself!

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  4. This is just breathtakingly beautiful!

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  5. Goodness, Padmaja! Your use of color and the added texture just make this piece even more stunning than usual! Have to admit that I just haven't found my strength. LOL

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  6. The meaning behind the work always enhances the viewing, especially with this painting. Unfortunately, I believe wisdom comes with age and life experience and many don't realize their full potential until they are older. But better late than never! The bold colors are beautiful.

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  7. Lovely composition of extremes, Padmaja!

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  8. A beautiful post and an outstanding painting, Padmaja!! I love the rich colors and texture.. Well done.!

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  9. A beautiful painting with beautiful thought. I wish more and more people would dare to follow their hearts, instead of doing the same old things again and again.
    If you want true happiness/ satisfaction in life you must be prepared to take the plunge.

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  10. a beautiful painting and the fish seems to be looking up at the bird :) so many colors


    Bikram's

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  11. wonderfully done padmaja...the composition has come out so well!

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  12. Beautiful piece and I love what you wrote . . .

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  13. What can I say except that I am greatly pleased with the outcome both in colours and words?
    Thank you Padmaja.

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  14. At last! Your new post. I am boiling with the wish to reply to your kindest words and emotions, but your posts are so rare))
    This one is so bold and strong. And so full with inner movement. I want to dive into it. The elements of water and air are moving and mixing. So good to see this painting and so inspiring. I wish your exploration brings you joy and easiness.

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  15. The key to excel is in our hands..... very true.
    And identifying our strength and weakness is the first key.
    Like that painting with lot of colours. I can make out many more forms in there, apart from the bird and the fish...... but then I always look for some sort of form in any cloud :-)

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  16. And our unique lives are really as bright and colorful as the beauty you created. Wonderful painting and words

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  17. Hi Padmaja,
    I am totally caught up by the swirls of color in this and the movement it creates reminding me of a cycle, like cycles of life. The swirl of blues in the middle between fish and bird seem to suggest possibility to me. Excellent!

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  18. nice combination of colors...

    beautiful painting....

    thanks for sharing

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  19. Wonderfully colorful and creative, beautiful piece. xx

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  20. This is sheer magic - I absolutely LOVE it!

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  21. Lovely work Padmaja, simply loved the colours and textures and your write up adds to the beauty of your work.

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  23. This is a beautiful tapestry of color, pattern and meaning...I have had several meaningful steps to my life. Each one necessary to achieve the next one, but it takes being able to look back to see how precious each tiny step was. Age has its advantages.
    Thanks for making me grateful.

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  24. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog since it led me to discover yours! This painting is so beautiful! I've thoroughly enjoyed exploring every bit of your blog and website. Your work is beautiful and meaningful, very thought provoking... so glad I discovered you. :)

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  25. beautifully done....
    and the story tagged with this really make us to think about.

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  26. I think I have found the queen of color and texture. Absolutely lovely!

    I'm here from Leslie. Congratulations on your award.

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  27. Awe-inspiring piece..the synergy of colors..the harmony of the space both dancing and colliding as one..and the magical energy that fills it..such gorgeous symbolic creatures..and the message of wisdom you shared is beautiful..wonderful to hear and reflect upon this today! Stunning piece!
    Victoria

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