The Five Elements of Nature

24.00"W x 30.00"H x 0.7"D

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Seema Kumar


Medium: Collage

Subject Tags: interior design art, home interior colorful, nature art, symbolic, symbolism, colorful wall art, vibrant painting, cheerful, bright and colorful, bright colors, indian folk art, indian art, traditional art form, traditional art, handpainted, border, plants, birds, butterflies, yellow and green, pale yellow, freehand drawing, bold patterns, patterns, greenery, tendrils, red and green, red flowers, flowers, fishes, colorful wall decor, wall decor, contemporary folk art, acrylic on canvas, acrylic painting, nature painting, acrylic, beauty in nature, nature-based, nature inspired, madhubani painting, mithila art

Media: acrylic, marker on canvas

Size: 24"W x 30"H x 0.7"D

Year Created: 2017

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"The Five Elements of Nature" is acrylic on 24"(H) x 30"(W) stretched canvas; at some places in the circle, archival quality artist marker is used for drawing lines over the acrylic layer. "Mithila" or "Madhubani" painting style of India has been used for this painting. "The Five Elements" of nature or "Panchtatva are said to be the Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. It is believed that the entire universe and our body is made of these five basic elements, also relating to our five senses of smell, taste, hearing, touch and sight. Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space have been symbolically represented inside the circle, surrounded by nature. The sides of this gallery wrapped canvas are painted in single colour, a continuation of the colour of the border on the front. This painting can be hung either vertically or horizontally.

Traditionally, "Mithila" or "Madhubani" art was more of a mural art, now being done on paper, fabrics and other materials. I have grown up seeing my grandmother and aunts make those paintings during different occasions, and/or for decoration. Maybe, being a part of this cultural tradition, the bold colours and fine lines formed a part of my psyche and subconscious influence, even when I did not try to do it consciously. Some traditional styles used very bright and vibrant natural colours whereas some are drawn using monochromatic lines, like red or black. The figures drawn are flat, linear and without perspective. I like working with the Mithila/ Madhubani folk art in the traditional as well as contemporary context.

I draw and paint intuitively and spontaneously, moving from chaos and void to order, balance and rhythm. I go with the flow, painting only something that I connect to, or something that comes from deep within. For me, art is like meditation and music. It blocks out all negativities and pressures, putting me in a state of “flow” (as Mihaly stated).

I love to create using lines and bright, bold colours, often combining them as mixed media. Working as a Designer for many years, I frequently worked with lines and dots. I enjoy drawing and painting freehand, where every freehand action, every mark created, leads to the next one, and next, creating a poetry with lines, a story in rhythm. The bright, vibrant colours and free-flowing lines and figures of Mithila/Madhubani art of my native place also inspire me.

(Disclaimer: The image shown is a photograph taken using a digital camera. Colours may vary slightly from the actual artwork and may also vary from one computer screen to another).

I am professionally a Designer, an Artist at heart and Writer for the soul. Originally an Artist-Designer from India, I currently reside in Greater Atlanta Area, Georgia, USA. Graduate in Drawing and Painting (Honours) and postgraduate in design (Master of Design- M.Des.), a state level award winning art student, visual art remains my first and foremost passion. After completing M.Des. in the year 2000, I started working as a designer in fashion and apparel industry in India. After eight years in the industry, joined fashion/apparel design institutes and taught drawing, illustration, art and design related subjects at graduate and postgraduate level for about another eight years, while pursuing my passion for art. With over sixteen years of work experience in the field of fashion, design, art and academics, I am a full time artist now and accept commissions for art and design.

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