Every painting so far has been a journey of its own. Each with its own struggles, frustrations, ambitions and highs and lows. I can't seem to recollect a single artwork that hasn't put me through complete defeat and misery at some point, and perhaps its these countless battles that push me to create more. A more recent one was this last artwork I was working on. I had just returned from an island vacation - completely refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to work. Started working on a commission and was simultaneously trying to feed my soul with a painting titled 'Freezing Point'. (the title suggests the complete opposite of what I was attempting to bring to the canvas after my holiday). It started off as a diptych inspired by the seascapes and horizon I witnessed for 2 whole weeks but somewhere down the line, both canvases began to separate themselves from each other. No matter how hard I tried to keep them tied, they wouldn't listen or respond. This was the very first time that a diptych didn't work for me.
While one of the canvases was turning out to be a vibrant piece filled with joy, the other was sleepy, tired and boring. Murky colors and the lack of movement frustrated me until I decided to separate them. If I were to be completely honest, I did end up releasing a lot of the frustration on the painting during this fight but it ended up being something that stunned me at the end. I think what I took away from this month long journey was the lesson of flexibility. Many of us want our artworks to turn out a certain way. We follow our vision while learning from our journey to achieve it. The things we learn, however, don't always have to be technical. Here is Freezing Point along with an 'in situ' image.