Friday, January 16, 2009

India painting for The Gallery at Duncan Yard

After a month of holidays and getting the kids back to school I have been dying to start my first painting of 2009.
Cecily at The Gallery at Duncan Yard invited me to take part in their group exhibition next month, just the inspiration I was looking for. The theme is "With love from India".
At first I was unsure where to start. I had all these weird and colourfull images in my head but after much thought and consideration I came up with the following painting.
This is going back to my roots as a crafter. I used gold leaf, decoupage and photo transfers as a base and then painted the lotus flowers in oils and aged the whole painting with burnt sienna.
I am very happy with the end result and think it does capture a romantic image of India.
With the creative juices flowing I am planning on doing 6 paintings for the exhibition which starts in 2 weeks!!

India 1
Original oil on board 30x30cm


Jannas said...

Wow! this is really a work of art. I'm impressed. Not using the typical 'screaming' Indian colours is a good idea if you go for the broader SA market. All the best with the exhibition.

God bless

Deirdre Botha said...

Hi Jannas. Thanks for the kind words. Always happy to see you visited. D

Sheila said...

I wish I had another word more expressive than "wow" but WOW! I love the lotus blossom and Indian dancing. This rocks! Beautiful.

Deirdre Botha said...

Hi Sheila. Thanks for the "wow" :)
I realy enjoyed creating this painting. I am almost finished with the next one and will post it shortly. Regards Deirdre

Thea said...

Ek kan ok net se wow.. dis beautifull.
Hoop die uitstalling is sommer n groot sukses.

Deirdre Botha said...

Hi Thea. Dankie, hierdie een was 'n eksperiment vir die res en het regtig my kop oopgemaak vir idees.

Anonymous said...

Ai, ek het 'n hoekie in my huis waar hierdie so mooi sou lyk! Baie baie mooi Dids!
Wanneer/waar is jou uitstalling?

Deirdre Botha said...

Hi TigerL
Ek stal uit by Duncan Yard in Pretoria van die 6de Feb. Die uitstalling duur die hele maand. Ons is 12 kunstenaars wat deelneem en daar is altyd exciting goed om te sien. Kyk of jy dit kan maak as jy in die pta omgewing is. Dids

Tom Pohlman said...

Hi Deirdre! Your India painting is lovely! I really enjoy your blog- thank you for sharing the photos of your vacation. This is a place some of us may never get to see in our lifetime! I look forward to seeing more of your work over on DSFDF. -Tom

Deirdre Botha said...

Hi Tom. Yes, South Africa is an amazing place to live with a such a diverse number of cultures. It is also very beautifull. Strange that we always want to travel overseas when we have it all right here, amazing coastline along 3/4 of our border, mountains, deserts, game reserves etc. Happy paiting on your side of the world. Will keep an eye on your blog.

Edward Burton said...

VERY beautiful and exotic!