August 21st 2019
It was close to a full house as we met for our August meeting. On the agenda were demonstrations by sensei Dalley on using branches in expression, and sensei Ambika on creating Ikebana to complement art. Chairperson Malathi made some announcements regarding our planned annual exhibition in 2020 January before the demonstrations. She welcomed new member Luna Bose, and also introduced two guests - Mrs Shashwathi Mukherjee and Ms Geetha - for the meeting.
Sensei Dalley began with a Nagiere composition with distinct branches in a earthen coloured vase. The dramatic lines were complemented with large jerberas and a stunning crab's claw.
|Sensei Dalley's composition with a beautful interplay of rust, brown and red, all |
wonderfully balanced and harmonised.
Emphasising the lines of the sculpture, while creating a scene at a pond, she aimed at including the art in a larger composition.
|By the pond - Ikebana complementing art - sensei Ambika|
|Sensei Dalley's second piece. The picture does not quite do justice to the depth, texture and drama of the composition.|
|Sensei Ambika's second composition used the metal art piece of the sun|
and attempted to create a radiating, energetic composition to
reflect the power of the sun.
It was then on to the workshop
|Chithra T - Complementing art - "Buddha's offerings", worked beautifully with the square lines of the vase complementing the picture frame, as also the colours of the composition.|
|Sensei Meenu displayed the strong lines of the driftwood, with the anthuriums for colour.|
|Pushkala incorporated beautiful movement of the candle bush flower and the branch material in this nagiere composition.|
|And she complemented an art photograph of the grains of the tree trunk, with this close imitation in real life. Pushkala|
|Sensei Mollyemphasised the driftwood with a single Cannonball branch.|
|Luna Bose our new entrant, complemented the tribal mask, with colours and movement.|
|Sensei Malathi titled her miniature composition as "Melancholy", as she complemented the mood of the lady on the vase.|
|Chithra Rajan's beautiful windswept arrangement with branches.|
|Mohan made use of a dead bonsai branch to create this autumn expression.|
|Jyotsna's upside down branch with large yellow jerberas reminded one of a Van Gogh painting.|
|Sensei Prerana created some autumn magic, with her own painting, and vase and branches so well harmonised. In fact, she combined the two themes into one!|
|Sensei Divya's powerful linear use of branches with strong colour accents.|
|Bhuvana used the branches of the Ficus, with the fruits providing a beautiful colour punctuation.|
|Chelvi harmonised brass and wood, complementing the artistic wooden alcove beautifully.|
It was a satisfying workshop, with so much varied expressions. And to top it all was the filling and delicious refreshments courtesy of senseis Meenu and Prerana.
The theme and dates for the next meeting will be announced soon.