How I Started My Art Journey

Have you ever had a childhood passion that got buried under the weight of life's responsibilities? I certainly did. Hi, I'm Alpana Rai, and I want to share my journey of rediscovering my love for art and how it became an integral part of my life.

Art has always been my silent companion, even from a young age. As a child, I found joy in sketching portraits of famous celebrities. Those moments of creation were not just about replicating their faces; they were about channeling my inner thoughts and emotions onto the canvas. However, as life unfolded, I got caught up in the whirlwind of education, work, marriage, and raising kids. My art took a backseat, and I began to believe it was something of the past.

In 2010, my family and I embarked on a new chapter by immigrating to Australia. Little did I know that this change in scenery would be the backdrop for a major turning point in my life.

In 2019, my sister, Anjana Rai, who is also a talented artist based in Sydney, encouraged me to start painting again. Being an introvert, I often found it challenging to express myself verbally. Painting became a way for me to unwind my emotions, a means of communicating without words. 

Initially, I took up painting as a pastime, never once thinking it would evolve into a passion, let alone a career. Doubts clouded my mind, and I questioned if I had the talent needed to be an artist. It was during this period that I discovered my deep love for abstract art.

Abstract art has a unique way of allowing viewers to interpret it in countless ways. This genre resonated with me deeply, as it reminded me of my childhood fascination with finding shapes and forms in the clouds. Artists like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko left an indelible mark on my creative spirit. 

A turning point in my journey came when I completed a certification in Postwar Abstract Painting with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The experience was eye-opening, and I soaked in knowledge and inspiration like a sponge.

I primarily work with Acrylic Paint on stretched Canvas. My choice of colors leans towards bold and bright, mirroring the vibrant Australian landscapes that have captured my heart. What I love most about my art is its ability to be different things to different people. Some may see forms and shapes, while others may find emotions and stories within my abstract landscapes.

 

Intriguingly, I occasionally incorporate partial man-made objects into my paintings—windows, house pathways, couples walking, or dogs strolling. These elements aren't rendered as fine art; instead, they blend seamlessly into the abstract, allowing viewers to perceive them in their unique ways.

Journey Through Landscape Acrylic on 150 X 120 cm

My artistic journey has been a process of continuous evolution. Sometimes, I start a painting with no initial plan, relying solely on my imagination and intuition. Each layer of paint adds depth and complexity, creating a multi-layered narrative that unfolds as the work progresses.

 

Looking back, I can't help but wonder what might have happened if I hadn't taken that chance to pick up the paintbrush and create during a time when I could. I am eternally grateful that I seized that opportunity.

 

My abstract art has become more than just a pastime; it's an integral part of my life and identity. It's a journey that has helped me grow, both as an artist and as a person. I'm thankful for the path that led me here, and I'm excited about what the future holds.

In sharing my art journey, I hope to inspire others who may have put their passions on hold. Remember that it's never too late to rediscover your creativity, no matter how long it's been dormant. Embrace the process, evolve your style, and be open to change. Who knows where your journey might lead you? It's been an amazing ride so far, and I'm eager to see where my abstract art takes me next.

 You can see/purchase my work here:

https://alpanaraiarts.com/

 

 

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