Glimpses along the way

All And Everything

“It’s probably never been attempted before in the history of art,” reckons Wendel Field, Tiru’s artist-in-residence. “Or at lest, very rarely, as far as I know,” he adds as an afterthought. Not that it really matters, anyway. We’re looking at his work-in-progress of many years, a floor to ceiling canvas cut into the shape of a gigantic egg and mounted on plywood board, softly yet strongly lit by the skylight cut into the roof overhead.

From ocean to sky, mountain and rainforest, cellular to celestial, populated by one of each species, there’s enough to explore for even the expert viewer, though it takes no qualifications to simply delight in this straightforward depiction of God’s creation. The outcome of prodigious research, there’s so much fitted into such a limited space that some of the life forms are depicted with just a handful of fine brushstrokes.

Hopefully, it will be completed someday, as other commissions land on the front burner, whether entire wall murals or small portraits. Dazzling!

Wendell Field with his magnum opus

Wendell Field dwarfed by his floor-to-ceiling magnum opus

Detail of Wendell Field's work-in-progress

The artist points to a detail of his work-in-progress

Wendell Field's palette

The palette of a thousand faces -- 'secret' ingredients in plain view

Wendell Field's wall mural at Lucknow's Sadguru Mandir

The altar/wall mural at Sadguru Mandir, Brindavan Farm, Lucknow, India

'Ramana-Arunachala' painting by Wendel Field

'Ramana-Arunachala' painting by Wendel Field, at Rani Garden Art Show where the walls are trees

Wendel & Aron & Shirdi Sai Baba

Wendel and Aron (teacher at left, student at right) with master painter's portrait of Shirdi Sai Baba

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5 responses

  1. It’s nice to see the progress on that painting Wendel. Thanks for sharing Dev. I hope to see you both in Tiru soon!

    September 12, 2011 at 2:26 am

  2. Wendel Field

    Hey Dev, I’m back in Tiru after three months in Europe. Thanks for the photos. All and everything, Wendel

    September 12, 2011 at 5:22 am

  3. devgogoi

    Hey Wendel, you’re most welcome, and welcome back 🙂

    September 12, 2011 at 9:56 pm

  4. dee

    Hi Dev, nice post. I’ll be following your posts from now on and looking at your pics to make sure they’re not on the idiot button setting 🙂
    Danya ( guest photography from the tea stall in Chennai )

    September 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

  5. It is always nice to see Wendel’s paintings. I wish I could see them in person, but I am afraid we are a bit busy these days.
    How are you doing Dev? Love and light to you.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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