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Maya Shankla Breaks it Down

December 27, 2017

 Rouge (1 st one ever)
Initially, I started this painting after being annoyed at my mum- for some insignificant
reason of course.  It was a very therapeutic piece of painting where I focused my emotions
onto the canvas. A way of visually externalising my feelings and emotions. It ended up being
my first bigger painting, and the one I am most attached to as it stemmed from some
very strong emotions. It was the first one that I did my statement ‘drips’ on and I
loved the randomness created by them, and highlighting ones out in gold, silver and
copper to truly bring out the colours beneath.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transition 
Painting for myself is always the best fun. There are no expectations of what it has to look
like, and so I wanted to challenge myself to develop my style, and see if it worked. As my
most recent piece, ‘Transition’ is a painting where I used different techniques with palette
knives and sponges. The deep reds and purples crashing into the calm peach and whites
was a way to create a horizonal emphasis on the canvas, which revealed a juxtaposition of
my painting styles. This is one of my favourite painting I have done so far.
 

Ocean Blue (1 st commission)
After my first exhibition with the amazing PoptArt Gallery, I got asked to do ‘Ocean Blue’ for
somebody’s new home where she wanted ocean colours with golden highlights throughout.
It was a very enjoyable 2 months, manipulating and experimenting with tints, shades and
hues of blue and green. The blank canvas started with a layer of bold colour and then my
physical involvement with brushes and paint dictated what happened next, so the canvas
was ever changing. I never have an image of what it would look like in the end as enlivening
the canvas with dynamic colour is a spontaneous and creative process for me.

 

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