Radiance of Life

A short meditation this morning, focused on breath, is making this day so much easier. Perhaps because I am able at the moment to separate my thinking mind and everything around me including myself from the gift of being able to breath and have life. Counting on this awareness to stick around for a while. As for the painting, well, its special to me or rather the object I painted is special. A gift from my neighbor Raymond Ercoli on a day I wasn't particularly myself. Sensing discontent in the air, he lifted the weight with a gift of blooms.


Claim Your Bicycle For a Free Print - Please share my blog!

Claim your bicycle for a free print of the painting!!! - Email me at bhavisha.h.patel@gmail.com

I am intrigued & want to know whose bicycles I am painting! here is the link to the "Bicycles In The Snow" paintings:  http://www.artandtheagelessgardens.com/artwork/#/carbon-foot-print/

Spending hours with "another's bicycle", I create stories about their owners and riders.  Where do they live? Where to they work? What is their commitment to riding? What do they look like? How much motivation does it take to get on a bike in sleet and snow? What is their commitment to this age old eco friendly mode of transportation? Do they ride for pleasure? Do they ride because they are eco conscious? Is this their only mode of transportation? ????? 

I want to learn more about the bicycles and their owners.  If this or any of the bicycles on my web page is yours, I want to know! 

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Painting Snow

I love snow. My "work" today was walking in snow, taking photos of "bicycles in snow". Yes, work. I was gathering reference materials for my next paintings, that will add to the series of bicycles in snow. Painting white, I am told, is not easy, whether its snow, a breaking wave, fabric on a beautiful dress, clouds, a myriad of things. It maybe that painting something that's just one color, or an absence of color, as white arguably can be described, to appear three dimensional can be a task. I love to paint snow, people love the snow I paint, and there is no absence of color in the white of my snow.  Yes, it is white, but it is also blue, pink, purple, even brown, where its been trodden on. Take a look at my winter scenes, and all the colors will pop. Better still, Monet's painting "The Magpie".  It is one of my favorite paintings of snow. Can you see and feel the warmth, see the snow shimmer? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magpie_(Monet) 


Perhaps, I paint white (or maybe just the white of snow) well because I love snow, and think its beautiful. Snow for me is fun and inviting. Snow shimmers when it falls from the sky that is often pink at that time, at least in the city. So much for talking about snow. Its time to go paint it. I wanted to share the snow with you, as its been snowing today and all I hear, feel and see is "paint snow". However, the day was filed with small welcome intrusions, that prevented me from making it to my studio. So instead, I decided to write about snow.  Stay warm. 


Scenes of India

Immersed in colors, in the state of Rajasthan, I soon realized that a lot of traditional Indian art, while very colorful has a limited palette.  Reds, golds, greens, yellows dominate the paintings. Many are limited to primary colors and the result is exquisite.  This year I  indulged in painting two scenes from India. The first was "walk of determination" and the second "meditation river". Both paintings were executed before my trip. Looking back at "Walk of Determination" I realize now how subconsciously I painted it in reds yellows and greens. Looking forward to making works in primary colors and limited palettes. 

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