You are never too old to learn something new, believes SAS-Nagar based artist Mintu Singh Azad, 42, a former teacher and content writer. Mintu is a self-taught painter who was always interested in art, but had to drop the subject of fine arts in Class 11 due to a clash in subjects.
“My art teacher was so angry with me then. She thought for me to not pursue my passion for something as minor as a subject clash was extremely foolish,” recalls Mintu whose exhibition, titled Nature at its Best, was inaugurated on Wednesday at the Alliance Française, Sector 36, Chandigarh.
Mostly dabbling in watercolour painting, Mintu also uses other media such as graphite pencil sketch, acrylic, soft pastels, poster colours and coloured pencils. “With watercolours, one can use beautiful light colours, and they dry easily too.
Most Indian painters are fond of oil paintings, but those can take up to a month to dry and look heavy,” she feels.
Evidently fond of watercolours, Mintu adds, “It is also the toughest medium to use since one mistake can ruin the entire painting. With acrylics and other media, you can still cover up a mistake.”Though she sketched and painted throughout college, it wasn’t until she quit her content writing job in 2012 that Mintu decided to pursue painting professionally.
“My job was getting fairly stressful and I was just churning out stuff in bulk. So, despite a raise in salary I decided to quit since I realised that we only have one life to pursue what we truly love to do,” she declares.
The painter’s favourite subjects include flora and fauna, gods and deities and landscapes, while her love for colour is evident in her works that present a riot of different shades merging together seamlessly. Another subject that she loves is nudes, though none are on display as Mintu feels that a majority in the city would not be ready to accept that subject.
One would think that all those colours would be impossible to get off the hands, especially when one looks at the artist’s. Mintu acknowledges this but says she prefers not to use gloves. “The feel of paint on your hand without any barrier is a different feeling altogether,” she smiles. As many as 180 paintings have been completed by her in the last year and over 30 have already been sold.
The exhibition, which is on till January 25, has paintings priced between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 65,000.