Thursday, March 28, 2019

March workshop - Lines and colour

March 14th 2019

The Study Group met at ABK AOTS Dosokai for their March workshop.  16 members attended, still reeling under the shock of the sudden and untimely demise of our member Janaki, sensei and friend.  A silent prayer was offered in her memory before the start of the demonstration and workshop.

The day's agenda was demonstrations by Sensei Prerana Mehta and Sensei Trishala Vaishnav. Both of them demonstrated two arrangements each.  There were two themes - Emphasising 'Line' or Colour.   Both of them demonstrated both these themes separately.

Sensei Prerana began with a composition to emphasise Line.

She started with the line of the brass container and the vertical line of the ceramic brown vase.  The dry bougainvillea branches were very stark lines.
"The single anthurium of course tells us that however empty and devoid life is of joy like the branches, still the colour red gives us hope and love. Life goes on with courage", she said as she completed her composition in brown.
The theme of her second composition was Colour which she used in abundance.  The colour of the vase and the base was olive.  She used orange, yellow and white lilies, green chrysanthemums and a dash of Gypsofilia.

"I filled the vase with lemons and water to give the strength to the heavy look of flowers.
And of course the red pomegranate added a bit of bright colour", she said.  

Sensei Trishala preferred a colourful start to her demonstration.  She used a translucent ceramic bowl as her vase.

The large green palms provided mass and colour and sandwiched the chrysanthemums of different colours.

The everlasting flowers complemented the designs on the vase and the Carnations provided
little dashes of colour to complete the composition.

For her composition emphasising Line, sensei Trishala tried a novel interpretation using wire netting material which she placed in different dimensional planes.  The green netting brought the colours of the vase alive, and were complemented by a touch of green asparagus fern.

Statice and a tall anthurium completed the arrangement.

Bhuvana created a moribana composition emphasising colour.

Chelvi used the beautiful curved lines  of the cannonball branch along with the fruit
in a Japanese ceramic vase.  'Like the sun being the life source of the universe,
the branches here look toward the cannonball", she said.

Sensei Dalley created a composition in pink, complementing the colours of the flowers with the tray.

Sensei Divya used cane for beautiful lines and garden leaves and
chrysthamums, in a ceramic container

Jyotsna - Showing lines using Palm leaves, Carnation, Gypsofilia in a
crescent-shaped Fibreglass container
Sensei Meenakshi displayed color - anthriums in a fibreglass container and
a few chrysanthemum plus asparagus fern.

Sensei Malathi created a colour composition emphasising white and blue.

Mohan  used umbrella palm for lines and  kalanchoe flowers
added some colour.

Sensei Molly used dry wild plant and alocasia  leaf to show lines. Chinese cap flower and the
ceramic container complimented each other.

Pushkala tried her hand at two compositions below in the same narrow container, one with jerboas, and the other with green lines of the Insuline plant.

Roopa used orchids and gypsofilia in a fiber glass container

Satya emphasised the bold lines of the Strelitsia in a triangular Sogetsu vase.  

Shylaja experimented with a fusion of kiwi and jasmine vines to show lines along with a large chrysanthemum
in a metal container.
The next meeting will be at Cholamandalam artist Village on April 9th.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

In memory of sensei Janaki

We have lost a dear friend this month.  Rest in Peace, dear Janaki.  What better way for us to remember you than through flowers, Ikebana and friendship.
Her demonstration in 2017. She loved anthuriums.

2018 exhibition at Focus Art Gallery Chennai

Her ode to spring during her demonstration

2017 - demonstration

And thats how we will remember you - a riot of colour and smiles.

Freestyle in February

February 14th 2019

Our February workshop was attended by Mrs Karen Uchiyama, the wife of the Consul General of Japan in Chennai.  It was a pleasure and honour for the Study Group to welcome her for our meeting.

14 members were present for the workshop.

Chairperson Mrs Malathi Pandurang welcomed and introduced her, and we were happy to hear that she was also a Sogetsu practitioner!
Chelvi presenting a bouquet

She shared with us her experiences with working with different kinds of material, across the world and how the art has given her so many friends as well.  

A bouquet of beautiful chrysanthemums seemed an appropriate way to welcome her!

Trishala handing her a hamper of jams and sauces from their
family factory

It was then time for sensei Dalley's freestyle demonstration.  Emphasizing naturalness and gaining inspiration from her beautiful garden,  Dalley created three large compositions.

The tree stump from her garden was the centrepiece in this tsubo pot. 

She complemented the browns of the vase and the tree trunk with Carnations, Asia Lily and
white Gyposfilia, with the Eranthimum leaves bringing a focal pointing the front.

Her second piece was a floor arrangement with a  very Japanese theme -
bamboo sticks forming a tripod stand, with bamboo leaves and rust coloured
chrysanthemums, matching beautifully with the brown nagiere vase.

Her third composition used material that she picked up on a  recent trip to the hills.

This dramatic composition was once again in brown
We got down to our own arrangements, and we were delighted that Ms Uchiyama readily agreed to also try her hand.  She worked with the vase and materials from Malathi's garden!

Given that it was Valentine's day, there was a lot of use of red by the members!

Bhuvana created a dramatic no-kenzan arrangement,
with jerberas, bleached branches in a wide black moribana

Sathya brought movement into her elegant composition of roses in a Sogetsu freestyle vase

Sensei Meenu created a wide spreading form in a tall vase

And this beautiful and dramatic composition was done by Mrs Uchiyama, with a beautiful display of water and tight placement of jushis..

Sensei Molly also had a Valentine theme

Chitra Thiagarajan created a tropical scene, with the berries of Sterculia foetida providing a mass, implemented by the lines of the branch and the colours of the heliconia.

This beautiful minimalistic composition was by sensei Padma with the vine accentuating the
shape of the container.

Chelvi conveyed the Valentine spirit, with a decoupage wine bottle and a basket of flowers,
complete with a heart! 

It was then time for fellowship, and Mrs Uchiyama had brought along this home-made basket
of delicious shortbread,  to add to the chocolates and nuts which were on offer.

We hope to see more of Mrs Uchiyama in our coming workshops, and hopefully even a demonstration!