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Nakul Patel
Regrowth

watercolor, ink
7.25″ x 10.5″

@nakulp.art
United Kingdom

Lauryn Welch, Painter & Performance Artist

Lauryn Welch
Teaching Assistant
Painter & Performance Artist

Artist Statement
“I’m a 17 year old artist with a predominant experience in watercolour paints. In this piece, I tried to experiment with pattern and shapes associated with nature. I incorporated gold pigment to include a decorative factor to the fabric, which is both a garment for the character and a sacred foundation for the bonsai tree.”

Video Transcript
“This piece really hits home for me because you have such a great handle of so many different techniques, but you have such tight control over all of them, you don’t want to let them get too far. This is interesting to me because I always feel like watercolor is about letting go of control.

Right now, you kind of have a Gustav Klimt thing going on where the fabric is patterned and the face is highly rendered, and these two things are separate from each other.

What I want to see is, I kind of want to see them blend into each other. How can you create a transition from one to the next? And how does the bonsai tree, which are so separate right now, root and dictate that transition? Can you accentuate the texture connection between leaves in the background?

You have such a beautiful unification of palette right now, I want to know how the composition can follow that. This could be the start of something really exciting for you.”

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4 responses on "Nakul Patel"

  1. First of all, I am SO impressed by the rendering of the hair. The different directions of certain segments help keep the eye moving in that area and it’s realism is stunning. You clearly have put many hours into mastering watercolors and have an impressive amount of control over a very hard-to-control medium.

    Going forward, I would love to see you push other elements in the piece to balance the concentration of this very dark value in this bottom right corner. Pushing the saturation of the background could be an interesting way to experiment with finding an overall value balance. Additionally, the water splotches in the background feel a bit tight and planned. Fully allowing the watercolor to be loose in the background could be an excellent way to reach a darker value and to juxtapose with the masterful control you show in the face, hair, and textile pattern.

    Overall, awesome work! I can’t wait to see what else you create. You’ve definitely inspired me to try tackling watercolors again (it’s such a challenging medium, I usually give up before I get anywhere!).

  2. I think you handled the medium really well in this piece. I especially love the juxtaposition of the flat, patterned fabric and the realistically rendered face. I do, however, feel that the tree feels a little separate from the rest of the painting. Rather than just overlapping the figure over the tree, maybe you could have some of the roots going over the fabric to help unify the painting and make it seem less separate.

    I enjoy the texture that you have in the background, especially parts that look as though you added drops of water to it. Perhaps you can explore this technique further by incorporating some of the ‘water splash’ texture into the figure and tree as well. Overall, this is a great piece and I would love to see you go further with your watercolor paintings!

  3. I think this piece shows that you are able to do so many great techniques with ease. The realism in the face and hair is really captivating next to the bright colors in the patterned shirt. besides what everyone else has said, I find the background to be particularly flattening. I think if you added more of the water splashes or even messed with the palette a bit more it would help the piece loosen up, like what Lauryn and Jeffery suggested.

    Theres a lot of really great things going on in this piece! great job, especially with the face and the shirt!

  4. There’s plenty of interesting things going on in this piece. The vibrant colors are immediately captivating, and the contrast between the flat pattern of the shirt and the tightly rendered head and hair works so well, though I agree with Lauren when she says that the bonsai tree feels separate from the rest of the painting. I think the outline of the figure is a large part of that; it prevents the pattern and the face from feeling unified with the tree. Also, if you loosened up your marks and allowed the tree to get a little more organic and watery, like the background, it might be a more effective mediator between the face and the patterned shirt.

    Overall, this piece is gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see what else you make using these masterful watercolor techniques!

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