ARTmonday: Kishore Kumar’s Flora & Fauna Paintings

Oftentimes the best stuff comes through referrals by friends and friends of friends and the like. Earlier this month Anu Gulati, who works in alternative healing and is acquainted with Heidi Pribell, who is a designer I work with, emailed me about a social enterprise project she’s started to support Indian artists. Little did she know my graduate work was in Indian art. That said, I know almost nothing about contemporary Indian artists, but am eager to learn.

I fell instantly in love with pen and ink flower drawings by Kishore Kumar, and sent a link right over to David Webster at Webster & Company in the Boston Design Center for the Webster Art Project I’m helping to curate. He loves them too, and we can’t wait until the pieces arrive in the States. Meanwhile, I want to share Kishore Kumar’s colorful acrylic on canvas paintings of flowers and plants.

Kumar grew up in a small village in India, where he became very interested in plants, nature, and art. Despite economic pressures and the responsibility of being the only son, his parents supported his passions and Kishore joined Khairagarh Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Asia’s first university dedicated to the musical and performing arts, and from which he graduated six years ago. Today, Kishore Kumar lives and works in New Delhi and has exhibited his work in India, China, and the United Staes. 

Contemporary Indian Artist Kishore Kumar's Flower Paintings

Kishore Kumar, Spring Season 3

Contemporary Indian Artist Kishore Kumar's Flower Paintings

Kishore Kumar, Foliage 1

Contemporary Indian Artist Kishore Kumar's Flower Paintings

Kishore Kumar, Celebration

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Kishore Kumar, Foliage 4

Contemporary Indian Artist Kishore Kumar's Flower Paintings

Kishore Kumar, Moon Night

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Kishore Kumar, Hanging Memories of Summer

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Kishore Kumar, Early Spring

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Kishore Kumar, Patralata 3

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Kishore Kumar, Patralata 1

Contemporary Indian Artist Kishore Kumar's Flower Paintings

Kishore Kumar, Spring Season 4

Contemporary Indian Artist Kishore Kumar's Flower Paintings

Kishore Kumar, Spring Season

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Design Diary: Spa-Inspired Bath in Boston

I featured this spa-like bathroom designed by senior architect Barney Maier of Feinmann Inc., a Boston area design/build firm, as a  Room to Love in the Address section of The Boston Globe this past fall. I love the simplicity of the design, and would happily spend hours in that tub, which happens to be in the same neighborhood as my own condo (which is glaringly devoid of such luxury).

The project combined two units into one, and transformed the original kitchen and bath of one unit into this new master bathroom. A wall across the middle of the room separates the tub and shower area from the sink and toilet side of the space. A new, elegantly curved wall allows for breathing room so people can pass by. It’s hard to explain, so scroll down to the diagram at the end.

Zen Bathroom Design By Feinmnann In Boston

Maier designed the clean-lined, floating  shelves, which were manufactured by Showplace Cabinetry out of cherry wood and stained dark brown. The pair of stacked, minimalist towel bars in satin-nickel are Cinu by Ginger. The wall is clad in matte white tile. Recycled-glass mosaic tile by Kamet, in a blend of light green, black, white, and taupe covers the curved accent wall.

Zen Bathroom Design By Feinmnann In Boston

The shower wall, back wall and backsplash are done in Ferro White by Sant’Agostino 12-inch-by-24-inch tiles . Instead of bull nose tiles, stainless steel was used on the tile edges and shelving trim for a sleek, contemporary look. Matte black-porcelain Ceramica Sant’Agostino Ferro 12-inch-by-24-inch tiles ground the airy space. A wooden bath mat adds warmth and reinforces the overall spa feel.

Zen Bathroom Design By Feinmnann In Boston

The floating custom-made vanity is on the flip side of the shower wall.

Zen Bathroom Design By Feinmnann In Boston

 

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Saturday Say It: You And Me And The Cat

Affordable Art Print By Ashley Goldberg Etsy

You and Me and the Cat
Typography art print by Ashley Goldberg
$38 on Etsy

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Crafty: DIY Blush Sheepskin

Do you remember the model apartment I decorated in the Troy Boston last spring? I posted the artwork I curated (all by local female artists) and inspiration photos of charcoal & blush palettes.

I borrowed the main furniture from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (thank you Andrew Terrat) and filled in with IKEA, and added accessories from H&M Home, Target, and my own closet. There were a few DIY projects too, including dying an IKEA sheepskin rug.  I wanted a pale pink blush shade. You can see I ended up with a darker rose tone. Not the end of the world; you should have seen it initially. (And you will since there’s a photo below.)

I’m not at all a DIY-er. I could be if I had more time, but I don’t, which means I also lack the patience. However I really really wanted a blush sheepskin rug and the only ones I found online were in Australia and/or were too pricey. So I looked at a couple of DIY blog posts and figured it wouldn’t be hard to dye a sheepskin rug. Did I mention I’m short on patience? The Jenny Komenda’s DIY post on Little Green Notebook that I followed was simple and straightforward. And her results were really pretty.

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Here’s the finished product. Not bad, especially at a distance. Komenda used an acrylic sheepskin. I neglected to notice that. Of course I bought the real thing.

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Komenda recommended Rit liquid dye in Petal Pink and Lemon Yellow. (There’s also powder dye; not sure how that works.) Who knew Rit dye was hard to come by in the city? I had to trek out to Michael’s Arts & Crafts in Porter Square for these colors. I called the independent hardware store in Beacon Hill first, but they didn’t have these colors.

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After soaking the sheepskin in plain water, she used three parts pink to one part yellow to achieve the lovely pale pink. Since I wanted something a little stronger, I amped up the recipe. Too. Much. Probably I let it soak too long as well.

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I pulled it out of its bath. already you can see that the long outside strands are REALLY dark and hideously pink, while the underside is pale and even white. And yes, I stirred and swished it.

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Lovely! Not.

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Eventually I toned it down to this shade. I rinsed it incessantly, and bleached it. Yes, I bleached my sheep(skin rug). Twice. The result? frazzled, fried split ends. Yup. Ironically, I just this minute discovered Rit Color Remover. That would have been nice to know about.

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So then I gave it a trim. Not kidding. A blowdry and a trim. And a vigorous brushing.

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The final result is a sufficiently fluffy(ish) sheepskin rug in an uneven—but paler!—shade of pink.

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Yes, it shrunk. Here it is layered atop a large synthetic sheepskin rug, smartly untouched.

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ARTmonday: 18 Snowy Artworks

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Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape

Thomas Lamb  •  Pine Tree in Winter 

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape

Koen Lybaert  •  Snowfall

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Urban Photography

Joe Okwesa  •  Snow City

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Photo

Fabio Cappellini  •  Snow 2

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Drawing

Barbara Levittoux-Świderska  •  Winter Village Landscape

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Abstract

Iliad Sabchi  •  Sacred-Snow

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Collage

Medile Siaulytyte  •  Snow Butterflies

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Photo

Richard Johnson
 
Ice Hut # 159, Petrie Island, Orléans, Ontario, 2008

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Painting With Winter Tree

Songmi Heart  •  A Tree

Affordable Artwork Dreamy Portrait With Snow

Michael Vincent Manalo  •  A Moment’s Recluse from Society

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Photo Abstract

Eugene Soloviev  •  Brod

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Photo With Hot Air Balloons

Agnieszka Maria Zieba  •  Voyage #8 Winter

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Photo

Uwe Langmann  •  Blue 2

Affordable Artwork Snowy Abstract Landscape Painting

Rain Jordan  •  Above the Fray

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Painting With Winter Tree

Lenore Veliyaev  •  Snow

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Painting Abstract Cityscape

Peter Matyasi  •  Untitled 00339

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Painting Abstract

Rain Jordan  •  Above the Fray

Affordable Artwork Snowy Landscape Painting With Winter Tree

Romina Meric  •  Never Not

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