Image: Maya II: A Creation from Sparsha by Radhika. Image Credits: P N Radhika

As Creators, what we create and how largely stem from our ideas and interpretations of life.

What we observe and how we interpret the seen (as well as the unseen) determine the way we see life and our approach to creation.

Involvement of the Creator and contextual understanding by the Audience is where, ‘what we create and how we create’ come together; evoking reactions and responses to the created. What we create could either be a simultaneous process or a sequential mix of the observed and the interpreted.

‘What we observe’ is based on what we choose to see, while…

Image: Sparsha by Radhika

Colour can be extremely powerful!

Colours enhance, enable, empower, and empathize with human emotion and headspace — keeping us company, engaging us, and walking visual journeys with light, form, character, and spatial dialogue. Colours add magic to this world!

With their multiple ramifications across fields, colours play universal roles as carriers of moods and symbolisms too (red for ferocity, blue for calm and so on).

We can, therefore, use colours to express what we feel in the most profound ways, not just by following a symbolistic rulebook but by creating our own, to express and feel!

What we see as…

Image: ‘Entangled’- A creation by PN Radhika (Sparsha by Radhika)

Sensibility to a Creator is like oxygen to a human being. Yes! The urge to verify the ideas of presentation often lead to ruined inhibition and probable destructive qualities (invisible negative spirals).

The significance of the idea itself is lost when the outcome is driven by commercial or critical acclaim than authentic intent. This does not imply that responses don’t matter — but that the sensibility must not be diluted by the responses or critique, instead enhanced constructively.

As Creators what put in to our creations is all that would live after us. Therefore what we step into, is where…

Image: Sparsha by Radhika

Every creation has an exchange of its own with the Creator — taking place across multiple levels, tangible and intangible.

It is almost as if the Creators surrender a part of themselves to the creative process, devoting their everything to it. The painting too reflects to the Creator an inexplicable quantum.

This exchange in efforts and reflective learning facilitates aspiration and growth boundlessly.

What we as Creators perceive as the beginning and end of an exchange is only a limited version with blurred lines. The exchange is intrinsically endless, if we are willing.

As Creators, we tend to subconsciously thread…

A close up shot from ‘A Sea of Purple’, Image: Sparsha by Radhika

The very notion of layers in the context of art is essentially sensorial in nature — signifying thickness, coarseness, lightness, opacity, translucency, transparency, basic to complex overlapping and so on.

The nature of the seen, unseen, revealed, hidden, above, underneath, less or more — are all defined by the Creator.

As Creators, we explore possibilities with surfaces, mediums and tools. Alongside the liberties of tonal value, dimensionality, emotional projection, perception of color and spatial dialogue, layering offers immense possibilities for moving experiences.

The essence of layering lies not in the number of layers but in the nature of each of…

Image Credits: Sparsha by Radhika

Sources of inspiration for a creation can be vast, diverse.

Inspiration brings the idea home when a Creator feels a deep sense of resonance, a connect, to tap into specific sensibilities.

Inspiration could be a spontaneous streak, or a conscious usage as a backdrop or a springboard to craft the perspective into a Creation.

As a Creator, I experience that there is definitely something that inspires us to make. This could be conscious, subconscious, tangible or intangible. We could thus consciously craft what inspires us or what we inspire.

The nature of inspiration might run the sleek line of purpose…

Picture Credits: Sparsha by Radhika

Gesso is an amazing material! It is a boon for Artists and Art-lovers. It is the magic material that helps colours bind into the canvas seamlessly!

Possibly we have heard about different pigments that go in to making of a painting in the canvas — such as acrylic, oil, enamel, other mixed-media materials. Gesso is lesser known yet plays a significant role in canvas paintings.

As a preparatory process Gesso is applied as a staple primer on the canvas. Gesso is a binder that strengthens the binding qualities of the canvas with the pigment applied upon it.

Priming with Gesso…

PC: Steve Johnson (Pexels)

Are creative process and creative outcome different?

What happens when we see the creative process as the outcome or the outcome as the process itself?

As Creators, what we make of a creation could be different from what our Audience do. Content of creations are evolving and diversifying rapidly. The amplification of accepting cultures from across the world through arts is in a state of tempting proliferation.

Sensibilities in terms of perceiving a process in a certain way, and then the outcome in another way conventionally subsists in a compartmentalized manner. …

A Drawing by Pablo Picasso created in 1940s

“Don’t worry about how you ‘should’ draw it. Just draw it the way you see it.” said Tim Burton.

As artists, what we make of what we see is important; and becomes the most valuable aspect of our creations.

Depiction of the seen becomes unique and characteristic, when an ‘only’ tag is added to it by the audience — where they realize they never saw it that way; and they feel ‘only you’ as a Creator saw it that way — infusing a sense of novelty and freshness. …

‘Marguerite Gachet at The Piano’ — Vincent Van Gogh (1890)

“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul” said Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian painter.

As painters, the optic is what we heavily rely on. But, how often does one think of the creative process aurally?

Well, one could choose to create in the same conscious manner that one chooses to listen.

Limning out a skeleton of what we feel intensely about could help us build the flesh and muscle accordingly. Choosing which keys…

PN Radhika

Artist at Sparsha : Transforming Your Spaces with Customised Creations

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