India Influence

These watercolors reflect how being a month in India–the province of Uttarakhand north of Delhi–as a result of an artist residency PECAH 2016. Many of them show how influential the traditional painting style called AIPAN has been. I did a blog post on Aipan and my art. If you wish to read this post, please go to: http://www.scottponemone.com/lessons-in-aipan/ Most of these paintings also are part of my sky series called PLANETS. To see the complete Planet series, please go to: http://www.scottponemone.com/portfolio/planets  These are presented in the order that they werre painted. The first seven were painted in India.  The rest were painted in my studio in Baltimore.

Manila 1Manila I

Watercolor, 18 Feb. 2016, 15″ x 10″

The top border was from the edge of a table, while the bottom border was from a carved wooden toolbox.

Manila II

Manila II

Watercolor, 24 Feb. 2016, 12″ round

In this painting I adopted the shape of my Planets. For the border I chose colored that reflect the Indian vibrant sense of color.

Aipen I

Aipen I

Watercolor, 26 Feb. 2016, 9 11/16″ round

My playful, first attempt to adopt Aipan-style painting.  Note that I included Greek-style anthemions.

Aipen II

Aipen II

Watercolor, 4 March 2016, 12″ round

Here I mostly adhered to traditonal Aipan design, even to the extent of included the (dreaded in the West) swatik.

Sky Aipen I

Sky Aipen I

Watercolor, 5 March 2016, 12″ round

This is my first use of aipan-derived design as a border for a sky roundel.

Sky Aipen II

Sky Aipen II

Watercolor, 6 March 2016, 12″ round

I got bolder here by choosing indigo as the border ground color instead of the traditional red ochre.

The feet represent Laxmi, the Hundu goddess of fortune.

Sky Aipen III

Sky Aipen III

Watercolor, 7 March 2016, 12″ round

SA1

Sky Aipen IV

Watercolor, 4 April 2016, 20″ round

My first at-home Sky Aipan has the diameter of my Planets paintings.

SA2

Sky Aipen V

Watercolor, 21 April 2016, 20″ round

SA3

Sky Aipen VI

Watercolor, 11 May 2016, 20″ round

Here I include the Hindu symbols of sun, moon, shell and bell in cartouches that break out of the circle.

Mughal Sky I

Mughal Sky I

Watercolor, 4 June 2016, 20 1/8″ x 20 1/8″

Border is adapted from a stone inlay along the platform of Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India

Mughal Sky II

Mughal Sky II

Watercolor, 14 July 2016, 21 3/8″ round

Border adapted from stone inlay pattern along the exterior of the Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Mughal Sky III

Mughal Sky III

Watercolor, 10 July 2016, 22 3/4″ x 21 3/4″

Octagon border adapted from a carved stone grill on the ceremonial gate to the Taj Mahal