Mindy Kaling Showed Off New Art that Features “Shimmering Waters”

published Jul 14, 2021
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Just last month, Mindy Kaling treated her followers to a viewing of her new favorite art piece by thread artist Cecile Davidovici. But even more recently, Kaling showed yet another gorgeous piece of art that she recently added to her growing collection. It’s a textured painting of water by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based artist Julia S. Powell, who has actually been a favorite of Kaling’s for quite some time.

“I’m obsessed with the shimmering waters of my new @juliaspowellart painting!” Kaling captioned a July 1 Instagram. “I have always loved how Julia paints water (check out her red cliffs series, they’re incredible!) and there’s something about looking at this painting that makes me feel calm and happy. I love how art can produce those emotions.”

Kaling, who also hails from Cambridge, has been following Powell’s career for years, and even features a piece from the artist in an episode of her television show, “The Mindy Project”. According to Powell, she aims to create “visual representations of the verse of Robert Frost and Mary Oliver.”

“Oliver’s work touches on mundane beauty, ordinary moments, and the importance of recognizing those moments and sitting with them,” Powell writes in her artist’s statement. “‘Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.’ Rays of sun through leaves, rays of light on the horizon, the wonder of colors in nature, ripples of water, drops of rain. Light and water eventually move or change or fade. But the moment they flicker or shine or shift — that one moment — is often majestic, even in its routineness.”

Powell paints water, landscapes, botanicals, and, on occasion, animals and boats. Her pieces are packed with color and texture and look as though you can feel the warmth or coolness radiating off the canvas. You can check out Powell’s body of work, and shop giclee prints, over on her website.