Saturday, May 27, 2017


It's been a year since I took the test at the Loving Vincent studios in Gdansk, to work as a painter, animator on the film. I remember my first week in Poland, I was a bit nervous, and dint know anyone.. On my first day I spoke with a few people, I was thinking about the test and the work to finish..Ate my lunch alone.. And then on the second day, I was a bit more comfortable. Ate my lunch in the kitchen where I got to meet and talk to a few people. Andrey is one of the friends I made from the studio in the initial days. He is a painter, musician and likes doing film photography. He is my first Ukrainian friend. I wanted to draw a portrait of him in the style of Hans Holbein's studies, with architecture from the city of Gdansk.  It is very different than what I thought I'd make. But it is a work in progress photo!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Copy of Julien Dupre

I first saw Julien Dupre's original in Rehs Gallery in NewYork. I love his works and his technique of painting figures with thin paint and the backgrounds with heavy texture, like impasto. Was so happy to see an original Julien Dupre first time, I asked a friend to take pictures of me with the painting and seeing the excitement the owner even showed us his diary and sketchbook, even let us go through what he had written and doodled. This was in February 2016. I was really very happy that day.

So last year when I got a commission to do a master copy of my choice, I chose to do the one below. Here's the process to my attempt at copying a Julien Dupre's painting. I started out very loose and not very organized.. May be next time if I attempt a master copy, I will do it differently.
As I progress, I fix shapes and pay attention to the shifts in chroma, how form is created with changes in the value, How grey the color is. And fix shapes continuously.

A beautiful gift

And this is what arrived in the mail a couple of days ago. They are plein-air studies by Kadin, a dear friend and an amazing artist. I always saw his drawings and paintings in the photos and admired, now having them and seeing them up close, is so special.
A couple of months ago I saw his recent studies from the mountains in his hometown. They were beautiful and made me very happy to see such good work he was doing. I asked him if he could send a small study sketch to me, so I can look at it and get motivated to go outdoors and paint.
After that I went to Israel for about a month and when I was back, I saw an envelope with my name on it and it was from Montana :) and I was like.. really? He sent them so quick! I opened the envelope and there were two paintings! He couldn’t decide which one to send, so sent both :D
I was expecting just a tiny sketch, study- so this was a surprise and made me happier. It is the first time I received painting in a courier as a gift. Thank you Kadin, It is so very special. I feel lucky and thankful. And motivated to pick up the brush again.

Sunday, April 16, 2017


Hello hello! So I am in Israel since 4th April, floating in the dead sea and exhibiting in a group show at the old jaffa museum in Tel Aviv. Some of my old plasticine illustrations are on display at the 'Plasticine Art' show.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Claymation commercial

I have been thinking if I should continue to do freelance commissions or pursue fine art full time. I do learn from the commissions but sometimes it is exhausting and I wonder if it is time to change things.
Sharing a few images from the commercial we did this month. It was a collaboration with friends. Will share the video and more photos once they release it officially.

Still from the film:

Ajanta Caves

I was very young the first time we visited Ajanta caves, Buddhist site of worship with monasteries. It was 1997. I remember being amazed by the scale and magnitude of the work of art.. It was beautiful.
After coming back from Poland I joined IDC in December and got to work on Ajanta project for two months. The project was to develop a virtual reality app, where one can visit the caves virtually and read and follow the Jataka stories painted on the walls, depicting past lives and rebirths of Buddha. The paintings are 1000s of years old and most of them have either faded or completely destroyed over the years.  So in the app, we are trying to show the lost part that is digitally reconstructed for the viewer to make sense of the entire painting. It was nice to redraw the lines and interesting to recreate what was already gone or might fade away in a few decades- but we had to try and keep the visual style same. I was working on Cave number 16, Simhala story.
Here is the part of the wall I was working on:
After the reconstruction of lines it looked something like this:

Close-up of bottom right corner. Before and after the overlaid lines: 

It is inspiring when you realize that the work on the caves was started in 2nd century BC. Use of mirrors to reflect the sunlight onto the walls. Hundreds of artists carving and painting to create this beautiful, spiritual work of worship and art, cutting through the rock mountains.. Wondering how it would have all looked when they would have lit 100 lanterns illuminating these beautiful, delicate paintings and the carving. It would have been a delight for the eyes and the soul. Listening to the chanting, echoes and being surrounded by all things beautiful. The monks would enter the main door and then go to their rooms for meditation. We live in the world of copyrights and here is something so beautiful... created by thousands of artists, thousands of years ago all anonymous. Not just beautiful, but inspiring, and influential to the art that followed.

I love the color palette. Use of natural pigments gives limited but bright color range, resulting in a pleasing harmony. Blues were obtained from Afghanistan, from lapis lazuli. And green was made either by mixing the yellow ochres with blue or with Gluconite Sandstone.

This time when I went, I had better understanding of the stories, buddhism teachings, and I do understand what religion tries to say.. So things were quite relatable. And calming. You feel at peace when you enter through the main door. I was with colleagues and friends who knew quite a few about the Jataka stories, sculptures and the history, so it was nice to connect things. Prashant, who was visiting the caves for the third time, showed the pillar where John Smith, the British officer who discovered the caves in 1819 and inscribed his name on the mural to mark his dicovery. Good or bad, it was interesting.. How people want to be remembered and leave their mark. 
 It's been a month that we are back but every time I see the photos, it makes me happy. May be one day I will paint my wall with stories. Just one wall. I do want to. Will be a nice reminder to be good. I wonder where all the patrons have gone. If there will ever be a project of this scale and craftsmanship.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Portraits in Poland

Below are the portraits created for the show 'Diversity' from the time we were in Poland. Inspired by the nature, architecture and the people I met, and friends I made in Gdansk.

Sara, my roommate:

Can you find the Gdansk buildings and a boat and the crane?


 Self portrait:
Gdansk had beautiful variety in flowers. During summer i used to collect flowers on my way to work daily. And created a little sketch with flowers around, as a souvenir for myself from Poland.