Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer Break - Time for Conceptualisation and Art Exploration

There has been a break. Summer break and some other things which I am going to talk about later. Art has been on my mind in spite of the break. Creating, painting, drawing, visiting art galleries and museums, and of course, reading - all these have been happening. 

More updates have been on my Facebook page lately than on blog. Also on Instagram @seemakumar9 and Twitter @seemakumar9

Art Exloration during Summer Vacation 2016 
©Seema Kumar
There are thoughts and ideas from the visits, art shows, museums, etc. Also ideas from my own explorations, and feedback from senior artists and my art professors - that I would like to work on. Overall, a lot has been happening during the break, in terms of conceptualisation, exploration and though process. As the summer vacation comes to an end, I am looking forward to put those ideas to work and enjoy more art exploration :D

Friday, May 06, 2016

Exploring Life - and the Painting Mediums

Life takes us to unknown and unfamiliar territory. But I do have an optimistic outlook and look for the good side or the brighter side of life while acknowledging the realities.

A year ago, I was in Chennai, teaching as Associate Professor, and had no inkling that life was going to take a sudden turn. It was more than 15 years of passing out from NIFT in the year 2000 and I had been in full time jobs without a break. A year later, now I am in US, and pursuing full time art and writing. I don't know what life has in store for me next. However, I am trying to make the best out of the present time. Drawing, painting, photography, and writing (so far my PhD dissertation) has been keeping me busy.

Exploring acrylic on burlap canvas

These days the process of exploration is on again, like when I started as a fine art student way back in 1995. Am working with watercolour, acrylic, mixed media, pen and paper. Also exploring watercolour canvas, burlap canvas, and other bases for different results in painting. Abstracts, and geometric non-objective art has been fascinating me and that's what I am exploring these days. Combined with that, the folk art tradition of my native place that is seeking my attention, the Mithila art or the Madhubani painting. It is a folk art that I have watched my grandmother and aunts paint during marriage ceremonies in my family and community. It is fascinating to see and more fascinating is the process of exploring it in the context of contemporary art.

Work in progress - Watercolor on Watercolor Canvas

A sketch of Fish in the folk style of Mithila Art

Explorations have no end. Hope to post more photographs soon on my blog. Also going to update my website soon. Do let me know your feedback and comments.Will be happy to hear from you.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Along the Walking Trail

Going for a walk is something I prefer compared to using a treadmill. Walking outside gives an opportunity to enjoy nature with all your senses. If the walk is amidst nature, it is a visual delight. I enjoy listening to the sounds and the chirping of birds. And sometimes it also turns into an unplanned adventure trail :).

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Happy New Year (Indian)

Happy Baisakhi, Rongali Bihu, Vishu, Pohela Boishakh, Jude Sheetal, Maithili New Year, Tamil New Year, New Year in many parts of India and all Indian festivals that fall between 13th to 15th April.

Happy New Year. Have a wonderful year ahead. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy Holi

Wish you a very happy Holi. May this festival of spring, the festival of colours, fill your life with beautiful colours. 

Enjoy smile emoticon

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

My Hindi Poetry Collection "Parag Aur Pankhudiyan"- Book Release at NIFT, Chennai

Book cover of "Parag Aur Pankhudiyan"- Hindi Poetry Collection by Seema Kumar

As this book, and this post, is about my collection of Hindi poems Parag Aur Pankhudiyan, it was posted on my Hindi blog earlier. This post comes in late on my English Blog (has been in my "draft" for quite some time now). The related links on my Hindi blog have been given at the bottom of this post.

"Parag Aur Pankhudiyan" book released at NIFT, Chennai, during Hindi Pakhwada 2015

This book was released during the Valedictory function of Hindi Pakhwada (Hindi Fortnight), at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai. This book was released by Dr. Anitha Manohar, Director, NIFT, Chennai, jointly with my parents, who happened be in Chennai during that time. The book is dedicated to my husband, who was also present there, along with Mr. Shailesh Bharatwasi of Hindi Yugm Publication and the faculty, staff and students of NIFT, Chennai. 

Dr. Anitha Manohar, Director, NIFT, Chennai welcomes
Mr. Shailesh Bharatwasi, Hind Yugm Publication

Dr. Anitha Manohar, Director, NIFT, Chennai welcomes
parents of Ms. Seema Kumar for book release

Seema Kumar's book "Parag Aur Pankhudiyan" released 

Hindi Poetry Collection "Parag Aur Pankhudiyan" by Seema Kumar released

Hindi Pakhwada at NIFT Chennai from 10-23 September 2015

Invitation for Valedictory Function of Hindi Pakhwada 2015, NIFT, Chennai

Hindi Poetry Collection "Parag Aur Pankhudiyan" - Book by Seema Kumar

Valedictory Function of Hindi Pakhwada, NIFT, Chennai, on 23rd September 2015

Valedictory Function and Book release at Thiruvalluvar Auditorium, NIFT, Chennai

About the Book
This book is about many unspoken words, questions and conflicts about values, tradition, modernity, love, sacrifice, rebellion, patience, ambition, etc., that she had in her mind being the eldest daughter of a middle-class family. She expresses these complex emotions and questions in simple words through her poems. She also takes up simple, seemingly mudane events and emotions and expresses them in depth in her poetry. Selections from a range of emotions expressed by her from her early ages have been compiled as Parag aur Pankhudiyaan, which the readers often feel as an expression of their own.

About the Author
Seema Kumar is professionally a designer and design faculty, with a passion for art and writing. She is a graduate (B.A.) with Drawing and Painting (Honours), Master of Design (M.Des.) with Knitwear Design, and pursuing Ph.D. (Design). Her poems have been published in poetry collections, magazines, and blogs.
According to Leonardo da Vinci, 'Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.' Art, in different forms, is her passion since childhood. She likes to draw and paint, design, juggle with words and write, giving shape to imagination in different forms and cannot imagine her existence without being a part of all these, actively or passively.

SpecificationTitle        : Parag Aur Pankhudiyan (Hindi)
Publisher: Hind Yugm
Author    : Seema Kumar
Edition    : 1
Edition Number: 1
Language: Hindi
ISBN      : 9384419168
EAN       : 9789384419165
No. of Pages: 96
Publication year : 2015
Binding        : Hardcover 

The book can be purchased from the following links: 

Though my poems have earlier been published as group collection and websites, this book Parag Aur Pankhudiyan is my first book as single author. For those who read the book and gave me the feedback, I am very thankful. For those who are yet to read, do let me know your feedback after you read the book :).

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