Thursday, January 4, 2018

DPW Spotlight Interview: Shweta Mahajan

Each week we will spotlight a different DPW artist who will give away one of their best paintings. To enter to win Shweta's painting, "Orange African Daisy" go to Daily Paintworks and click on the link at the top of the page announcing their interview.

From Shweta's DPW Gallery:

I'm a self taught artist from India. My work comprises mainly of watercolour, charcoal and pencil. (click to view gallery)

Tell us a bit about how you first started painting.

I started painting during my school days and became a full time artist in 2013.

Orange African Daisy
(click to view)

Enter to win by clicking on the link at the top of the DPW home page announcing Shweta's interview.

What mediums and genres have you experimented with? 

Graphite and watercolour are my prefered mediums. I love the unpredictability of watercolours. I also wish to work wiith oil colours and acrylics. I like to make paper sculptures as well.

Squirrel and the Red Berries
(click to view)

Who or what inspires you most?

My mother is an artist so I was drawn towards art quite early in my life. I'm fascinated by nature and try to capture the visual experience in my works. Trees excite me most and I've done around 100 drawings and paintings on trees.

(click to view)

What techniques work to ensure that you make time for your art?

I don't find it difficult to find time to paint. The hardest part is to let the brush go.

What does procrastination look like for you?

There is no stopping once I start working on a project.

Blue Footed Booby
(click to view)

How do you generally arrive at ideas for your paintings? 

Yoga and meditation helps me to get my creative juices flowing. Ideas are everywhere. I look through hundreds of photos to decide on the subject.

What do you feel you are learning about right now as an artist? 

I'm learning to talk about my work and be more articulate.

Whitaker Point Trail
(click to view)

What makes you happiest about your art? 

The most satisfying thing about creating art is that I get to express myself. I love the process that goes into making a painting. I like it when the work is appreciated.

Thanks, Shweta!

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