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Painting in the rain

As monsoon lull sets in Mumbai's art galleries, celebrated artists discuss if the rainy season is the time to revitalise their art.

art and culture Updated: Jun 23, 2008 19:02 IST
Reema Gehi
Reema Gehi
Hindustan Times

There is a monsoon lull in the city's art galleries. The low sunlight and the clouds haven't affected the spirit of the artists though. Although, a few of them prefer the nippy winter, some regard the rainy season as the time to revitalise themselves.

Five celebrated artists discuss the weather, literally.

Akbar Padamsee
I fail to understand how a season can change one's perception on art. Art comes from within. It's an ongoing process. But yes, a change in climate always alters the state of mind which reflects on one's art. Personally, I prefer the cold climate.

Monsoon musings: Since my studio is located on one of the top floors of a building, the rains don't create havoc. It's well-lit, I do not face the problem of water clogging. But I have to take precautions to protect my oil paintings. I also cover my other equipment with silica gel. They generally catch fungus in the damp weather.

Lalitha Lajmi
Monsoon is a welcome change from the sweltering summer. However, winter is my favourite time to paint.

Monsoon art: When I think of the monsoons, I think of pahari paintings- these watercolours created centuries ago, have captured the finer nuances of the rain. To date, they serve as references.

Monsoon musings: The light is poor..and that discourages one from getting to the canvas.

Prabhakar Kolte
Of course, seasons do affect the mind..and therefore the canvas one creates.

Monsoon musings: When I was a professor at the JJ School of Art, I would tell my students to experience the rainy season- to go out, feel and observe the winds, the fresh water and smell the wet mud. Such an exercise is essential for art study. One must interpret nature on canvas, not merely represent it.

The rains can be a nuisance too. Like last year, my studio at Kandivli was severely affected. Fortunately, I had a solo show going on at there were only a few artworks at the studio.

Reena Saini-Kallat
I try to stay indoors with my notepad and sketches after the first showers. The fresh greenery is very inspiring. During the rains, the commuting is a big issue, so the temptation to go out is minimal. There are also fewer art exhibitions.. one can devote longer hours to work.

Monsoon art: I enjoy Claude Monet's impressions on monsoon. They have a misty feel. I created works on acrylic paper five years ago for a group show called Rain at the Sakshi Gallery.

Monsoon musings: My studio at Bandra is close to the sea, so my material is easily soiled.

Sunil Gawde
I don't view art as a seasonal fruit. Art is timeless.

Monsoon art: The art that I associate with this season is a sculpture, which I created five years ago for the group show Rain. It was a Maruti van windshield with a wipe.

Even though the monsoons can be gloomy, I must quote a verse from a poem I'd written: Black clouds…heavy rains…purani tapari….garam chai…old Hindi film songs..boiled egg..whisky ka peg…Asbestos chhappar…chhappar ke neeche chidiya kabootar is very inspiring.