Art of living

The lowdown


Painting is much more than applying paint on canvas to create a picture. Early paintings, including cave paintings, were often used as a form of communication. As mankind evolved, so did artists. Today painting is a mode of creative expression, and the forms are numerous. Drawing, composition or abstraction and other aesthetics may serve to manifest the expressive and conceptual intention of the practitioner. Paintings can be naturalistic and representational, photographic, abstract, be loaded with narrative content, symbolism, emotion or be political in nature. Some artists prefer to paint scenes, for instance, while others may prefer to paint portraits. Talented painters  have their finished works displayed in art galleries or museums. Some modern painters, on the other hand, may use entire buildings as canvases. These individuals are known as mural painters, and they are often commissioned by individuals, companies, or municipalities to create large painted scenes on interior or exterior walls.

Clockwork
6am: Wake up
6.30am: Go for walk and do yoga
8am: Sketching
9am: Breakfast
10am: Visit the studio
2.30pm: Lunch
6pm: Visit the exhibition
8pm: Read books
9pm: Check mail, news, etc
10pm: Dinner with family
11pm: Time to sleep

The payoff
Till a few years back, only two options were available to us — medical and engineering. But with changing times, artists are equally respected and paid well. A painting’s price has an undefined range. It starts from Rs. 10,000 but could be sold for crores — depending of course on the artist’s skills

Skills/TRAITS
* Creative bent of mind
* An eye for beauty and composition
* Confidence to try new ideas
* Technical skills — drawing, painting and sculpting
* Observe your subject and ‘see’ the details

Getting there
As with many fine arts careers, there are no strict education requirements to become a painter. In order to hone your painting skills and learn new techniques, however, you can choose to attend a school of fine arts at a traditional university or an art school. Besides the skills mentioned above, craftsmanship is also required to increase the range of medium and styles. You should be able to represent your thoughts by different mediums like pen, pencil, colours, etc. Also, practice, practice, practice — improve your drawing skills, keep a sketchbook and draw every day. Visiting exhibitions and studying well-known artists’ work and style helps you gain maturity in this field

Institutes and URLs
* Sir JJ Institute of Applied Art
     jjiaa.org/home.htm
* Government College of Art & Craft, Calcutta
    gcac.edu.in
* Delhi Collage of Art, New Delhi
    www.delhicollageofart.com
* Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
    jmi.ac.in
* Vishwa Bharati, Shantiniketan
    www.visva-bharati.ac.in
* The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
    www.msubaroda.ac.in
* International Institute of Fine Arts, New Delhi www.iifaindia.org

Pros and cons
* Well paying profession
*  It gives you inner satisfaction
*  You get a chance to influence others by your work
* Painting is a medium through which you can ignite the society

As an artist, it allows me to covert my views in forms of lines and colour -- Sudip Roy, the first Indian artist who created and painted the baby BMW for the German company

 

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