Monday, June 18, 2007

IF: Twist (Biggest Painting so far)


This is a 48 X 60 inches acrylic on canvas that I completed recently. I am submitting this for Illustration Friday (topic of the week is Twist). I saw a beautiful village well in Tamil Nadu, India and was fascinated by the twists and turns I could incorporate in the painting were I to base the work on the well.


Also, I wrote a poem on this well:

The Village Well with its concentric steps
Just enough to put one foot down
Jutting out inches from the brick wall
that is green -
and red as the dragonfly
that darts about the banyan
that already has a prop root or two
As it grows on the moss-green wall
of the village well.

You will see that the poem is just about the immediate visual effect that the well had on me. There is more to the painting than meets the eye - I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

I shall also write about the experience of working on this 4 feet by 5 feet canvas shortly.

27 comments:

roopesh said...

machi, its come out very well da. looks really like the well. i appreciate u, especially for the depth effect u could achieve. however, the steps doesn't look like real, n the steps are the ones which is affecting the overall painting.

Suji said...

Wow, great. The walls and the water look really very real. How do you get that rippling/reflecting effect of water? As roopesh said the steps look a little out of place...the reason may be that whr the is moss on the wall of the well, the steps don't seem to have any moss at all.

suresh annangudi said...

Arvi, looks damn real ...some person with acrophobia may sue you -beware !

Also.. is there a dragon fly in the painting? it's hard to see!

Balaji S Rajan said...

Arvindh,

Good imagination! Well thought and drawn. Very creative. Thanks for your inspiration and check my recent post.

bess said...

Stunning! 4'x 5' is just how I'd want to experience this colorful, shimmering dream!

anitha shalini said...

Hi Arvind awesome work as usual. However I agree with the first two comments...something about the steps is slightly off...I love the color composition...especially the moss and the way the color changes with the light/ depth of the well...the detail of the bricks is very cool too...Would love to see it for real...4 ft by 5 ft huh? Thats a mammoth work. Kudos.

Nithya said...

Lovely painting, great use of color. I especially love the water. I see what is bothering everyone about the steps. Though you have done the steps as diminishing in size, they are all still proper rectangles. Thats why it looks out of place. To me it looks like a wire with some flags hanging, not like steps. Maybe a little more shading in the steps could give a better sense of depth.

Gorgeous work overall, that too in such a size!

Jo said...

Hey Aravind, I love the painting as usual! The water in the well looks sooo real! Keep up the good work man!

usha said...

wow! d water ripples luk brilliant!

harriett said...

Hi, I just found your blog - I really like the way "The Village Well" draws you in - very good color and composition.

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Wow, very nice!

Rrramone said...

Big is good!

Nicole said...

Wow, impressive illo!

Monica said...

This painting does draw you in, there's something almost hypnotic about it. Amazing scale, I tend to work rather small and I am always impressed by large pieces! Great colors too.

Davipalooza said...

thanks for the comments. I really like the perspective of this painting.

buep said...

Wonderful painting!

Focus_ret said...

I think that what is bothering people about the steps is that they are not inset into the brick wall; instead they are floating by it. If one looks at this as a realistic depiction, that is bothersome. But I tend to look at paintings more abstractly - and in the abstract view, those steps are just right. They really make the composition.

zari.ZHM said...

For me, it's the best representation of twist!..its a great image... i simply love it!

Nancy Bea said...

Very impressive! Lovely colors, especially, and I like the poem as well.

Emila Yusof said...

Wow Arvindh! This is beautiful!

imwithsully said...

I can't even imagine how cool this looks in person. I love to see substantial works like this. Excellent!

Crystal & Co. said...

Great perspective and very appropriate for the theme. I also really like the color!

the heartful blogger said...

Oh WOW!!!!! This is just wonderful, and the poem makes it all the more.

Uma Gowrishankar said...

Wonderful painting, very nostalgic of all the large wells that I peeped into.

princesstomato said...

wow, that is a large...HUGE painting! i bet it just draws you in when standing in front of it. beautiful poem, too.

teri

Aarthi said...

Hi...The art is awesome...as soon as I saw this I wanted to leave a comment but was happy at the same time shocked to c 25 comments already...so thought a lil bit whether my comment means anything to u...irrespective of all that I thought I shd appreciate good work...Good Work...Keep it up.

tech said...

This is simply brilliant. Great blog you have here.