- Ask The Experts
- Ask The Expert - db Orthopedic Physical Therapy, PC
- Ask The Expert - Mathnasium® of Marlboro
- Ask The Expert - Joe Adelfio of Closettec NJ
- Bay Wellness
- Bay Wellness - How Can An Ultrasound Help?
- Bay Wellness - Health After Menopause
- Bay Wellness - Welcome to our newest issue
- Best Bets
- Best Bet - Maserati - The Key to an Extraordinary Life
- The Guide 2014 - Richmond Chandelier
- Best Bet - Renaissance Pilates Red Bank
- Daytripper: The Lakewood BlueClaws: Exciting Minor League Baseball at the Jersey Shore
- Medieval Times
- Day Tripper - FRENCHTOWN
- Featured Artist
- Featured Artist - Molly Gaston Johnson
- Featured Artist - Elyissia Chinchilla
- Featured Artist - Carol Bruno
- Health Talk
- Health Talk - Dawn Rockwell, DMD
- Health Talk - Marshall P. Allegra, M.D.
- Health Talk - Frank Borao, M.D.
- Health, Wellness & Beauty
- Physician Profile: Dr. Hiren Patel
- Health - Air Doctors, Inc.
- Health - Elevate Yoga
- Newsletter Articles
- The Home - Oasis Backyard Farms
- The Home - Red Bank FrameWorks
- The Home - Agostino Antiques Gallery
- Our Picks
- Our Pick - db Orthopedic Physical Therapy, PC
- Our Pick - Cabinet Logistics LLC
- Our Pick - Bear Brook Commons Dental Group
- People On The Move
- People On The Move: Anna Maria Mannarino
- Helping Our Youth Through The Hardest Times
- People On The Move - Peter Priolo
- Summer Guide
- Weigh In - My Favorite Jersey Beach
- Dish - Summer Guide 2014
- Summer Guide 2014 - Our Jersey Shore
- The Bay
- The Bay - Can The Weight Be Over?
- The Bay - Welcome to the Premiere
- The Bay - Healthier Heart
- The Guide
- The Guide 2013 - Terrazza Restaurant
- The Guide 2013 - Anna's Italian Kitchen
- The Guide 2014 - Ferrari of Central New Jersey
- The Home Guide
- The Home Guide - Rodman’s Building Inc.
- The Home - Decorating Den Interiors
- The Home Guide - Top Line Appliance Center
Featured Artist - Sangita Phadke
05/03/2012 - By A.J. Perna
Sangita Phadke: Pure Pastel
When first encountering the amazing works of self-taught, Colts Neck artist Sangita Phadke, it can be very easy to mistake them for photographs. Her paintings are dramatic and detailed, colorful and vibrant, and created with nothing but pure pastel. Phadke began her professional art career in 2007 after a discussion with her husband. At the time, she was working in consulting and finance, and when asked by her husband what she would most like to be doing for a living, she replied, “painting.” She had always been a talented artist, but had never seriously considered it to be a possible career. “Then, why don’t you just do it?” was his response. It was not long before she was gaining attention from private collectors and winning awards at art shows. In 2010, only three short years after Phadke took the plunge as a professional artist, she was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle, and was awarded the distinction of “Master Pastelist” by the Pastel Society of America a year later.
When first embarking on her artistic journey, Phadke gravitated toward colored pencils. With them, she explored her love of color and produced a level of realism that spoke to her personal desire for order, precision, and attention to detail in her completed work. But Phadke would soon discover pastels during a trip to a local arts and crafts store. She was enthralled with the vibrancy and richness of the colors, and knew that she could apply her recently honed skills to this medium to work in even more detail and on a larger scale.
Phadke’s approach to her work is quite minimalist. She works in her uncluttered Long Branch studio with just an easel holding paper waiting to receive the soft, pastel pigments. For each piece, Phadke chooses between 10 and15 colors of pastel for her palette and hides the rest away. She uses nothing more than the pastels and her finger to blend colors. The deep complexity in each work is achieved by adding layer upon layer of color, and as many as ten full layers of pastel may be underneath the finishing touches in her paintings. Phadke’s crisp lines and small details are accomplished by utilizing the corners of the pastel sticks; absolutely no pencils or pens are used. Once a piece is completed to her liking, Phadke taps the back to gently let any loose pigments fall, and then it is on to framing. No sprays or fixatives are ever applied.
Although quite adept at rendering portraits and landscapes, Phadke’s efforts have been concentrated on still lifes, and her latest collection has focused on dramatically presented, larger- than-life fruits, vegetables and, sometimes, flowers. From a single, spot-lit, exotic mangosteen fruit, to a symmetrical grouping of citrus, or a simple bowl of eggs, Phadke’s newest pieces are all inspired by the colors and beauty that can be found in a local farmers market or roadside fruit stand.
And, if being a well-respected, award-winning artist with pieces hanging in U.S. embassies, private collections, and fine galleries across the country isn’t enough, Phadke also finds the time to teach art classes and workshops, as well as give private lessons in her studio, or via the web or phone.
For more information, or to view a larger sampling of Sangita Phadke’s work, you can visit her website at www.sangitaphadke.com
Powered by eDirectory™