The still lake reflects cottony clouds billowing across the sky above. Dark vegetation flanks the lake,wild and untamed,framed by the misty rolling hills in the distant horizon. Theres not a soul in sight,nor are there any twinkling lights to disturb the serenity of the scene. I made this painting at Panshet Dam near Pune. It has everything that I love about the countryside greenery
and silence, says Anjali Hugay.
Hugays eye for the quiet beauty of country landscapes has caught the attention of curators at IMAGinE revue dArt,an online art review magazine based in Belgium. In December,Hugay received a letter from the magazine,asking whether they could feature four of her paintings,including the one made at Panshet Dam. Hugay is the only Indian to be featured on the international magazine so far. The other three paintings depict scenes from a Konkan village,Saswad and the Pune-Solapur route,all captured during her travels and treks in Maharashtra. Hugays art doesnt try to use exotic or foreign scenes to impress viewers. Instead,the 45-year-olds landscapes are comfortingly familiar and real.
I like the green and blue shades in nature; they give you such peace of mind, she says. I paint what I see. I travel a lot and go trekking too. I carry my camera and my paintbox everywhere. When I see something I like,I paint it right there,in broad strokes. Then I add the details in my studio over the next few days. I paint landscapes exactly as seen by the eye, she says.