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Nature has always been inspirational to everyone, especially artists. Be it the rustling of autumn leaves, changing patterns of floating clouds, restless waves longing for seashores or varied hues of flowers decorating the earth — all such elements stimulate the creative instincts of artists," reflects Neenu Vij, curator of "Divine Reflections", an exhibition of landscape paintings.

The exhibition showcases the work of eight artists in different mediums. The artwork features snow-capped mountains, rivers, valleys and gardens. "Abstraction in art and awareness attached to it has challenged the viewer's intellect, but the pure innocence and freshness attached to landscape is a treat to visual abilities," says Vij, glancing at the display that strives to retain the basic simplicity of landscape art. Every artist has portrayed his/her own distinct style, thus giving the viewers a chance to delve in the sheer joy of the creations. Ashwani Verma paints the snow and pine trees in watercolours. Pimi Khanna paints a garden in all its glory, with her paintings of an ancient Shiv temple in Nagar, bringing to light the colours when night is slowly turning into day. Bheem Malhotra's watercolour on paper depicts a boat on the river, with the evening sun filling the sky and water in orange hues. Pramod Arya's acrylic of the sky meeting the earth is spectacular, with the whites of the stones giving a new pace to the blues and greens of the work. Satwant Sumail paints the wilderness, while Pankaj Saroj's landscape of the hills is expansive in treatment, with the orange sky kissing the hills.

The exhibition is on till December 23 at Hotel Aquamarine

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