The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso
This quote by the great artist Pablo Picasso aptly sums up what you feel when you see a watercolor painting by Milind Mulick. Milind Mulick is a renowned watercolor artist from Pune, India. He started drawing at an early age of 5 and by the time he was 13 he was already painting watercolor landscapes. Even though he was awarded the National Talent Scholarship by the Indian Government, he majored in engineering. He returned to his artistic roots later in life and started pursuing his passion full time. Milind Mulick’s paintings are in the collection of many private individuals and a few corporate houses in India, USA, Europe, Japan, and Singapore. There are few things in this world as relaxing as watching him paint. As the paint leaves his brush, his fluidic strokes will take you into the world he is putting on paper. The bright pops of colors and their freshness are so addictive that you keep on wanting more. His brilliance lies in his simplistic style which is an extension of his personality. He has authored many books on sketching and watercolor painting. His books are simple to understand and concise. There are very few Indian artists who have done so much to impart the artistic knowledge that they have gathered over time, and all young artists will always be grateful for his contributions.
We at CrossborderCuckoos find ourselves extremely fortunate and humbled, that we were given an opportunity to showcase the works of such a great artist. We tried to ask him interesting questions in a short interview and gathered his thoughts for all you readers to enjoy.
- You have mentioned before that your father, Ravi Paranjpe and Shivaji Tupe have been your inspiration. What specific things from their style of painting have impressed you?
Largely, color, composition, drawing methods; and also, their dedication.
- You mentioned in an interview that you prefer using Camel colors and Indian Mongoose hair brushes which are comparable to some other international brands. Even your paintings are a depiction of India, it’s culture and surroundings. This shows you are very Indian at heart. How did you end up picking up a guitar as your choice of musical instrument when it comes to your other passion?
I always liked western music (not classical) when I was young. One of my father’s friends who was French, left his guitar as a gift to me when he visited our house. And that’s how I picked up a guitar instead of other instruments.
- Watercolors are said to be a less forgiving medium than oil. Even when most collectors over the world still prefer oil paintings over watercolor, what made you stick to this medium? How do you think we can change this age-old perception among collectors?
I chose watercolor because it is fast and easy to clean after painting. No big stress in cleaning brushes etc. This somehow matches my thinking. As far as the age-old perception among collectors, I don’t think we need to make an effort to change this perception. My job is to keep on painting. Maybe bloggers like you can make this effort. If someone asks me about lasting of a watercolor painting, I suggest; under UV protection, if a painting is tightly framed behind glass, it will last your lifetime, if that much is good for you!
- With the growing use of technology, digital art is gaining momentum. Almost 10% of total art collectors globally are digital art collectors. What do you think about digital art and its prospects? Do you think there is a good scope for watercolor digital art to be the next collector’s choice?
I like digital art but I prefer traditional art. I really don’t know about its prospects, scope and whether it will be the next collector’s choice.
- Many times when one is painting with watercolors, the colors appear dull when the painting is finished. How to retain the freshness and vibrancy of colors?
With sufficient contrast, the dull colors can get a fresher look. Sometimes I use photo inks if I want very bright shades. Some brands are more intense than others. Pure colors used with good density and soft (untampered) washes can also retain vibrancy.
- Could you elaborate for the readers about any advantages a self-taught artist would have over someone with a technical training?
I have been largely self-taught and do not have the experience of a college education so I cannot really say.
- Social media has become a huge platform for fine arts. Do you think every artist should spend some time to learn how to use social media to their advantage in this age where people do not find much time to attend all the exhibitions?
Surely. It is easy to use social media than going through the big pain of arranging and exhibiting if one wants to sell.
You can check out more of Mr. Mulick’s work at the following links:
Here are some useful links to buy art books authored by Milind Mulick: