A friend reflects on the work of her late artist friend

Late Milind Soman a self taught artist continues to inspire all through the art he has left behind
A friend reflects on the work of her late artist friend
Milind's art as a self-taught artist, who was a telecommunications engineerCourtesy: Janaki Soman. flick.com

Nature has mystical, beautiful ways of inspiring us all. Truer words cannot be said then, about how Milind was moved by a scenic display of a beautiful sunset over some hillocks on the drive back home from a business trip to Aurangabad, in the early 90’s.

Tinhi sanjela sagar kinari by Milind Soman
Tinhi sanjela sagar kinari by Milind SomanCourtesy: Janaki Soman. flick.com

It was a weekend morning the next day. He got hold of some basic paints at home and attempted to reproduce from memory, in a novice way, the sunset he had witnessed to be particularly enchanting in all its vibrant colours.

Aap tej aakash by Milind Soman
Aap tej aakash by Milind SomanCourtesy: Janaki Soman. flick.com

It was a revealing moment for him - that he wanted to paint his expressions, feelings about Mother Nature, to the best of his ability (that later grew by leaps and bounds).

Clouding Glory by Milind Soman
Clouding Glory by Milind SomanCourtesy: Janaki Soman. flick.com

Thus began his journey of painting, his unwavering promise to a beautiful Nature in all its glory.

Raga Kirwani by Milind Soman
Raga Kirwani by Milind SomanCourtesy: Janaki Soman. flick.com

Despite busy work schedules and pressures through the week, he grew into a dedicated painting hobbyist on the weekends, depicting scenes from nature, and seeking critique & corrections in his works from artist friends.

Modernity in Woods by Milind Soman
Modernity in Woods by Milind SomanCourtesy: Janaki Soman. flick.com

Later as he progressed in his art, he experimented with the pencil medium too, in addition to oil painting.

Brook and Woods  - pencil sketch by Milind Soman
Brook and Woods - pencil sketch by Milind SomanCourtesy: Janaki Soman. flick.com

He also successfully tried varied techniques & treatment to the medium of oil paints itself. These constituted the ‘leap’ in his artistic endeavors, and by now, he had held many successful painting exhibitions.

Village - pencil sketch by Milind Soman
Village - pencil sketch by Milind SomanCourtesy: Janaki Soman. flick.com

He felt blessed to meet and be influenced by great artists, and that reflected in part, in his expressions on canvas.

Pruthvi aap tej aakash by Milind Soman
Pruthvi aap tej aakash by Milind SomanCourtesy: Janaki Soman. flick.com

From the humble, yet all-important start in painting of reproducing from a photograph, he had moved on to paint spectacular renditions of Nature, from his own imagination.

Manohar by Milind Soman
Manohar by Milind SomanCourtesy: Janaki Soman. flick.com

Although untrained in art - at least not formally - he achieved a great skill and grasp on the technique of oil painting as an art form.

Navyachi navlayi by Milind Soman
Navyachi navlayi by Milind SomanCourtesy: Janaki Soman. flick.com

His works are of varied nature-inspired themes & colour schemes, stressing on the Elements of Nature.

Four Seasons by Milind Soman
Four Seasons by Milind SomanCourtesy: Janaki Soman. flick.com

He showed through his large collection of emotive paintings, that Nature takes on unfathomable beauty, in myriad colours & forms, and that she (Nature) always has a surprise for us that sweeps us off our feet... each time, every time.

This feature has been written by a close friend of the family and an artist herself, Sharmila.

Milind Soman was a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications and took to painting as a Sunday hobby artist who did several group and solo shows of his work. His paintings have been bought by many renowned individuals and corporates in India, US, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Netherlands. He passed away in August 2019. His wife Janaki has shared pictures of his paintings for all to enjoy and be inspired. You could reach out to her, at janakisoman@yahoo.com

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