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Neat, meticulous canvases


AN ATTRIBUTE of watercolour is that the resultant painting is transparent, with the white of the surface giving out its own light. When rendered meticulously the elements in the composition assume a weightlessness; bequeathed with natural buoyancy which is pleasing and easy on the eye.

Sara Poulouse takes it a step ahead. She addresses her canvas methodically, draws with care, trimming away the superfluous line as she goes along. Colouring is her forte, which she does with panache. The uncluttered work of art is then given a neat rim before it's sent to the framers. And all this is done in less than thirty minutes!

Sara will hold a day long workshop where she will paint 24 pictures in front of an audience to prove this is no empty claim. This is slated for sometime in December says her teacher and mentor, Onyx Poulose.

As of now, however, Sara's debut exhibition is mounted on the walls of Café Palette, The Raymond Shop. Considering the speed with which she draws it is no surprise that her cache of paintings is large. However, what is surprising is that her pictures don't look hurried except an odd tree in the background whose handling is impressionistic and indistinct.


The sketches are detailed and fastidious. The Kashmiri woman is bedecked with indigenous jewellery and dress and the abstraction in the Kathakali dancer's headgear is not slapdash in treatment.

Watercolours lack the strength and vigour of oils, but Sara is able to imbue her dancing girl with an invigorating movement by her well-crafted drawing. Figures are delicately executed, primarily because her line drawing is fluid and sinuous. The line starts with a build up, enticing the viewer and then slowly blurs away. Again, even as she relentlessly pursues her chosen medium she imparts a textured background by crisscrossing different shades of diluted hues, as in The Fruit Vendor, accomplished in 20 minutes flat.

Her chosen themes include location paintings and pastoral village scenes; the ubiquitous Chinese nets that seem to woo all landscape artists. With ease she switches to the shanties that line the city roads. Sara who plans to specialise in the medium of watercolours says she has chosen it because of its lucidity, long lasting effect and low cost. No doubt a well thought out strategy, Sara Pulouse, a young twenty-something is a work in progress.

Her exhibition is on till the middle of December.

SUNANDA KHANNA

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