Have you ever heard a song that gives you goosebumps? You know how you are in a trance and at least for a few moments, nothing exists in this world but you and that song.
Don’t know about you, but it sure did hypnotize me.
One year since the first time I saw her art, here I am interviewing her. Let’s take a peek into her mind and find out how she started, how she got so good and what advice she has for other aspiring artists.
Tell our readers a bit about yourself
Well, I am essentially a Madhubani Artist. I have been making Madhubani paintings since the past 8 years. I have participated in many art shows and even done a solo one. Two of my paintings — The Tree of Life and The Harmony were selected for the Traditional Group Art Exhibition of All India Arts and Crafts Society, Delhi in 2018.
That’s great! What got you into bottle art?
Well, as you already know, I was always a Madhubani artist. So, one fine day, about 2 years ago, I came across a quite unique bottle. It had a very different shape. On a whim, I thought of doing a Madhubani painting on the bottle. When I finished, I loved what I saw. I was really happy with how it turned out. From that day on, the bottles became my canvas!
Wow, that was a fascinating story. Was painting your first bottle challenging?
Oh, yes! It is very difficult to do intricate designs on bottles because the surface is so different, you know.
Hmm. So, let’s rewind things a bit. Where did you learn Madhubani painting from?
I am completely self-taught. I put in a lot of hard work. The thing is, if you enjoy doing it, it doesn’t seem like hard work. You enjoy the process. And as you keep practicing more and more, you keep getting better. The better you get, the more you enjoy doing it. It’s an upward spiral, you know? As they say, practice makes perfect.
True. Is there one specific bottle that you’ve painted that’s your favourite?
No, I can’t choose one. All of them are equally special to me.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
That’s simple. I complete one bottle, and that inspires me to paint the next bottle.
What one advice would you like to give to someone who wants to start with bottle art?
My advice to anyone looking to start out is that you can start learning at any age. The only thing you need is passion. You know, it’s like meditation to me. It gives you immense pleasure when you finish painting a bottle. It’s a great feeling knowing that you created something of value from waste.
How do you share your love for this form of art?
I have started bottle art workshops now. Many people have been inspired by them and created their own art work.
Has Bottle Art India played any role in your journey so far?
Bottle Art India is the great platform for artists who love painting bottles. You can showcase your work on it for free and reach more people than you currently are. People can get a ton of different ideas for painting bottles, they get to see a variety of designs and they get a ton of encouragement from Bottle Art India, so thank you for that. It also motivates an artist when their hard work and efforts, as well as ideas and creativity, are lauded by people.
Thank you for your kind words, Anuja
Thank you for having me.
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