Posts by Anu

A Peaceful Ride

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in Water Painting | 0 comments

A Peaceful Ride

A Peaceful RideI love the beautiful scenery created during sunset at a waterfront like the river or sea. This is my depiction of such a landscape in water color (on handmade sheet). Tried to create some drama by only choosing shades of yellow and green only for this one. What a lovely ride it would be on water at a lovely time of day like this!

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Motherhood

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Motherhood

Motherhood

This is a painting of a mother and child using acrylic paints on canvas. Here I have tried to show the constituents of a mother’s love for her child in different colors. A mother is loving, kind, patient and very calm while raising a kid. So the colorful background I painted, shows the following: her unconditional love is represented by pink color, her energy by yellow, her calmness is shown by blue and her patience is represented by the green color.

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Diwali Illustration

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Diwali Illustration

Diwali Illustration

Not sure what it was the other day, the smell in the air that reminded me of Diwali or was it just my fiery mood ;), but I got motivated by the thought of the colorful light of fire crackers against the black Diwali night. And that resulted in this abstract painting using Acrylic paints. Bright and Joyous!

This was done with acrylic paints on canvas.

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Calm Horses – Mother and Child

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Calm Horses - Mother and Child

Calm Horses – Mother and Child

I love horses a lot. I find them the calmest animal. This is my first painting in which I have tried to show the calmness of horses and the immense love between mother and child . Mother and child look calm and happy as they enjoy a gentle breeze and the beautiful nature around them.

This painting is done with acrylic paints on canvas.

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Elegance of a Yellow Rose

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Elegance of a Yellow Rose

Elegance of a Yellow Rose

Rose is my favorite flower and love painting roses. In this particular one, I wanted to display the elegance of this beautiful yellow rose.
Yellow roses are a symbol of friendship too. Dedicating this watercolor painting to all my wonderful friends :)!

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Ganesha’s Childhood

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Ganesha's Childhood

Ganesha’s Childhood

Here is one more painting of my favorite models, Lord Ganesha :). I have tried to depict a scene from Lord Ganesha’s childhood where he is enjoying swinging. I love swings a lot as well.

In this painting, I imagined and portrayed a fusion of two far apart eras – the golden age and our modern age. On one hand, Lord Ganesha is swinging in a swing in heaven above the sky with heaven’s snowy mountains in the backdrop and on the other hand, he is studying using our modern gadgets – the tablet :)!

This is an acrylic painting, done on canvas.

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Canvas Narratives’2016 – A Narration

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Blogging | 4 comments

This is a story of my art exhibition, “Canvas Narratives”, one of action, anxiety but of course, one that was full of fun.

The beginning…

It all began one summer day when my two-year-old wish came true. It was the day when I met Ms. Sudha Murthy who I greatly admire and respect. She is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, a social worker and a great author among other things. Mother and I became fans of hers because of her fabulously written story books and novels. We wrote to her stating our wish to meet her and got a reply within a day with an appointment! During our meeting I gifted her a portrait of hers I painted, and so she found out that I was an artist and arranged for me to work with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for organizing a solo art exhibition of mine. We discussed with Suresh Sir, the director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and fixed the dates for the exhibition and art workshops for kids at the BBMP school which is associated with the Bhavan.

The preparation…

Once the schedule was fixed, I, my brother and sister started working on things like coming up with the name of my exhibition, design the invitation cards, figuring out how to frame the paintings and other similar details. It was like working on a huge project :)! After doing lot of researching, thinking, analyzing, discussing, we closed on “Canvas Narratives: An Exhibition of artwork by Anu Jain” as the name for the exhibition.

Preparations continued and my brother got my paintings framed in an amazingly, beautiful dark brown frame with off white background.

In the long queue of works, next was designing and printing invitation cards of exhibition, adding a page about the exhibition on my website, creating the FB event, sending lots invites: emails, Facebook, paper based (yes those too :P), we and the Bhavan contacted many local (paper and online) newspapers to post this on their list of events. We also added this event to several local events’ sites. If you conduct an event like this, feel free to contact me, will be happy to give you the details and save you some time :).

Here’s the banner we created for the e-invitations etc.:

Banner - Canvas Narratives '2016

Banner – Canvas Narratives ‘2016

We also worked with a freelance designer from upwork for the “paper based” invitation cards:

Paper Invitation - Canvas Narratives'2016

Paper Invitation – Canvas Narratives’2016

We also designed and printed stickers for the art work, and beautiful business cards for distributing:

There was still a long “to do” list left for us. Thanks to my sister and brother’s determined team work we continued working on it feverishly and getting things done one by one. Next big thing for us was to figure out how to hang all the artwork (framed paintings as well as non-framed canvas boards) so that they don’t get damaged and also continue hanging for the duration of the exhibition at least. My sister and brother did a lot of research we chose to use a Vinyl coated stranded stainless steel picture wire and some mounting strips to achieve both the goals.

Meanwhile we also started preparations for the workshops for kids I was conducting as part of the exhibition. About the workshop, in a nutshell, I went to a school for the first time in my life – but as a teacher :). It was an amazing experience!

We went to the Bhavan a few days before the exhibition start date for setting up all the artwork. There my brother and sister worked tirelessly for several hours to hang the paintings and arrange painted pottery on a table for display. A guestbook was placed in a suitable location next to a bowl full of chocolates.

Beautiful Exhibition Hall

Beautiful Exhibition Hall

Here are the chosen paintings for the exhibition and a little bit about them: A virtual Tour – Canvas Narratives – 2016

I also want to mention that workers at the Bhavan cleaned and spruced up the exhibition hall beautifully, they did a really wonderful job in a very short amount of time.

Meanwhile I had my first unexpected interview with a team from Infosys foundation, it was first of many to come.

The inauguration…

At last the day for the “launch” of this big project came for which all of us had been working continuously for more than 2 months – the inauguration day of my Art exhibition.

A pleasant interview with TOI

A pleasant interview with TOI

We reached early because we had been told that Times of India would be there for taking my interview (as a result of my wonderful friend Ankur Singh’s reaching out to them). The interview with Times of India was very pleasant. There was a reporter and a photographer and together we had a pleasant, fun chat.

The day started calmly, but grew to be full of excitement soon.

At some point during our conversations, Mr Suresh had asked me what I liked to eat and since I am not shy, I had blurted out – “cake”! And so it was decided that we would inaugurate my art exhibition with cake cutting!

Arrangements continued and I was just lost looking at the guests coming in and the Bhavan workers and my family running here and there to get all the arrangements done. My only task of course was to welcome, greet people and chat with them, all of my favorites things :) ha ha…

Everything was finally set for the inauguration – the stage was decorated with flowers and banners, seating arrangements were done for the chief guest and for other guests, inauguration lamp was decorated with beautiful fresh marigold flowers and placed near the stage. Even the entrance door of the hall was decorated with a fresh flowers’ “toran”. It was grand!

Stage and Podium ready for the inauguration

Stage and Podium ready for the inauguration

 

Then from around 4:00 pm, all of the sudden a growing wave of people started coming into the exhibition hall, I did not have time to think! As far as I remember,  there would have been around 100-150 people in the hall. We definitely didn’t expect such a large crowd. Once the chief guest Dr. Vijaya, a senior film journalist and all my family, friends and other guests had arrived, the inauguration ceremony began, and was competed by Mr Pemmaiah. He gave a brief introduction of the event and then asked Mr. Suresh to welcome the guests. Mr. Suresh said some beautiful and kind words addressing the chief guest, me and talked about my exhibition.

Inauguration - A wonderful speech by the director of Bharatiya Vdya Bhavan, Mr. Suresh

Inauguration – A wonderful speech by the director of Bharatiya Vdya Bhavan, Mr. Suresh

Then it was my sister Abha’s turn, she gave the “artist intro”, which was very good and there was a lot of clapping during her artist intro speech :).

Inauguration - Artist intro by my sis

Inauguration – Artist intro by my sis

Then Dr. Vijaya who is a kindly old lady (well-known film journalist) spoke in Kannada, which I couldn’t understand of course. A funny thing that happened during this speech was that I was clapping for myself for things she said for me (I was told later by one of my aunties who understands Kannada) ;).

Inauguration - Chief Guest speech by Dr. Vijiya

Inauguration – Chief Guest speech by Dr. Vijiya

In the meantime, we were handed bouquets, were wrapped in shawl, given gifts and so on. Then the customary lamp lighting was done by Dr Vijaya and then I was asked to do the same.

Inauguration - Lamp lighting by Dr. Vijiya

Inauguration – Lamp lighting by Dr. Vijiya

At the end, it was my turn to give a vote of thanks, about which I was very nervous. I had prepared a lot, practiced in front of my brother and sister, mirror and even in front of a digital photo frame, which was really very funny. However, as is expected from me, I instead spoke about whatever was going at that moment in my mind not from that prepared note :D. I was very tensed, but whenever I was feeling nervous I looked at some of my loving friends in the family and their smiling faces reassured me that I was doing ok. I am happy to say that I didn’t disappointed anyone and especially my brother and sister as they said I did a good job :).

Inauguration - Now it is time for my speech

Inauguration – Now it is time for my speech

After all these speeches, there was the non-customary, yummy moment. Gayatri madam from Bhavan’s BBMP Public school got the cake and a pink (since pink is my favorite color) plastic knife to cut the cake. We all ate a bit of the cake and it was delicious! After the inauguration ceremony, I met a lot of new people – members of the Rotary, many super excited kids who were very curious and desperate to ask questions about some of my experimental paintings, other people with varied interests.

Inauguration - Cake cutting

Inauguration – Cake cutting

Questions and discussions

Questions and discussions

Finally, that hectic day came to an end and we came home around 9 pm. We were so tired and felt like we came home after a long travel, but all the excitement from the day kept us going for a few more hours before we went to sleep.

Photo time with family and friends

Photo time with family and friends

In the days to follow…

The 2nd day of the exhibition started with reading the article about me in Times of India at home and I must say they wrote a very nice one. We reached Bhavan around 10:30 am that day and met our family, friends and many other people.  As it was Sunday, many people visited and especially many kids. So, the exhibition hall became a playground! I enjoyed a lot with all the kids.

A piece I was working on during the exhibition

A piece I was working on during the exhibition

More visitors. It was wonderful talking to everyone

More visitors. It was wonderful talking to everyone

The next few days of the exhibitions went well. I got a lot of encouragement from those who visited and also useful feedback that I am incorporating in my work. Many people suggested collaborative projects and work ideas as well, those are very good avenues that I am following up on now.

Painted terracotta pots

Painted terracotta pots

Showing my paintings

Showing my paintings

There was a lot of media coverage as well – both newspapers (online and paper) and TV channel folks. Some of it was fun, but after some time it became rather difficult to repeat the same things over and over again and smiling and laughing and being a show piece (sort of)… sometimes they asked questions which I didn’t see a point to delve into with them and so we had to ask them to stop… anyways, part of the process and one needs to deal with that.

Two days during the exhibition, I conducted art workshops at the Bhawan’s BBMP Public school. Those were very enriching experiences, here’s the blog talking about those.

One of the days, my sister and I decided to do something and visited the nearby Chitrakala Parishad. We got to see a funky elephant made out of waste material  outside which I liked a lot.  We met some fine art students because there is a Fine arts college as well there. We also visited another exhibition and met the artist as well. He had created abstract art about women in society and some of his memories when he was growing up (like playing cricket on the streets). This was an interesting experience for me. Back at the Bhawan, we also met some MBA students who became my friends over the course of the week.

All smiles...

All smiles…

On Friday we met a lot of rotary club from all over the world. Rotary Club and Bhavan are working to start a Gurukul style art school, hence everyone was there.

Encouraging visitors

Encouraging visitors

The last day of the exhibition…

It was a Saturday and we got there early morning as this was the last day and a weekend and we were expecting more people to visit. Among other people, I met a software engineer who was also an artist with whom I had a lot of discussions and learnt about the state of art dealings in India… Throughout the day, people arrived in big groups at times, They were probably attending other events at the Bhavan and were sent to my exhibition as well. They stormed in the exhibition hall and were from different countries and some of the kids were colorfully dressed from the events they were participated in. It was so lively, exciting and delightful to see everyone.

Colorfully dressed...

Colorfully dressed…

We also met and heard some inspiring stories from a retired army person who visited with his family and gave me some ideas for projects.  Then at the end of the day as well as the end of my exhibition, and our friends came by to help us in taking down and packing up all my art work. This was also fun and it was very nice of them to help with this.

Wonderful friends

Wonderful friends

Wrapping up… and looking forward to what’s next!

On the average, I met more than 50 people every day and there were over 120 people present during the inauguration itself, and got 10 pages fill of encouraging feedback and comments in the Guest Book :). From all the exposure, I also have many new avenues to follow. I am working on those ideas now. Over 20 media coverages including TV Channels, Newspapers and Online Newspapers covered the events and wrote about me. All this was quite a response for us! I feel very encouraged and all the interactions helped me a lot. I think I have grown as an artist and as a person and at the same time humbled by the love and encouragement everyone showered. Thank you all!

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Healthy, Wealthy…

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Healthy, Wealthy...

Healthy, Wealthy…

There is an old idiom “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. So, here is my new painting of two yummy and healthy apples to make you healthy, wealthy and wise :)

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Autumn

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Autumn

Autumn

This is a painting of colorful leaves. Here I wanted to show the autumn season, a time of drying leaves… During this time, we can see a tremendous variety in leaf colors – green, yellow, brown etc. and that… I love to watch…

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Attending school – as a teacher!

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Blogging | 0 comments

This is the story of another good chapter in my life. I am sharing the experience of my first visit to a school and that too as a teacher! Believe it or not, this was my first visit to any school altogether, as I have been home-schooled and do not have any formal education due to lack of schools for special students where I grew up. So it was quite a unique experience to go to one as a teacher!
I conducted two art workshops at BBMP Public school, Shrirampuram, Bangalore. I got this opportunity because of the wonderful people at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore who not only helped me arrange an art exhibition at the Bhavan, but also arranged for the art workshops at this Bhavan affiliated school for underprivileged children. My sister suggested that I conduct such workshops at the school because I love creating and teaching art and craftwork as well as spending time with kids.

Day 1: For the first workshop, I selected to teach the art of (terracotta) pot painting and decorating.

Some samples of Terracotta Pot Painting done by meSome samples of Terracotta Pot Painting done by me

For pot painting, we need a terracotta pot (obviously :)), fabric paints, brushes, decorative things like satin ribbons, scissors, colorful kundan, beads, fabric glue etc. We started collecting all these things a week before the workshop and went from one shop and mall to another to make sure we had all the things and in enough numbers for all the students. After that, my mother helped me with preparing the mud pots. First, we did the base paint on the pots. This should be white or some other light shade. This is required because if we directly put any color except white or light colors like light-yellow or light-peach, then these other colors will look transparent and will not look good. We then put a second coat with the final base color and allowed these to dry.

Stuff needed for Pot Painting and Decorating

Stuff needed for Pot Painting and Decorating

The idea is to decorate these pots by making designs using dark color paints and sticking ribbons and chumkis etc. which give the pot a beautiful and artistic look. Such pots can be used just for a decorative display or as holders for pens/pencils/brushes etc. With all the prep work discussed, I am now very excited to share the experience of my first day at school. So here comes the day, 19th January’, 2016, my first art workshop in BBMP School. Once I reached the school with my sister, we were introduced to the teachers, other staff and the children who would participate in the workshop. We then divided all the art material into five parts and on the carpet we arranged everything in five areas (one for me and four for four groups of children).

After the setup was completed, teachers of the school called in 20 students from classes II and III and introduced me to them as their art teacher!  The children sat on the carpet in groups around the material for their group. I felt happy to see that the children looked super excited and eager to learn and work with all the bright and colorful stuff in front of them (no different from how I felt of course ;)) The workshop started by with me showing some samples and demonstrating what I was going to teach the children and then all children started their work.

Starting the workshop with demonstrations

Starting the workshop with demonstrations

I was so engrossed in the class that I didn’t even notice when the hour got over until my sister asked me to announce to the class that time was up and it was chocolate time :)  Note to self: need to keep better track of time in future workshops.

I was floating on cloud nine being with the children, forgot everything while teaching and guiding them. I must say I have never seen such a disciplined, quiet and eager to learn set of kids!

Engrossed in teaching

Engrossed in teaching!

Proud Teacher with thrilled children

Proud Teacher with thrilled children

After that I got several beautiful flower bouquets, gifts from the children and teachers. One more thing happened that touched my heart greatly, the kids read a sweet speech for me in their cute voice. For me, that moment was very special because it was the first time in my life that a student gave a speech for me, the teacher.

A sweet speech for me

A sweet speech for me

The happy group

The happy group

We then saw some of the classrooms including their art room which was very beautifully painted and looked like a room from a dream (from my perspective of course :)), After that the music teacher and we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the school and the music teacher, Gayatri Madam asked us to have lunch at school the next day as well. She insisted on cooking something for us and asked me what wanted to eat, and without much ado, I said ‘Bise bele bhath’. In Kannada, bisi means hot, bēle means lentil, and bhāt means a dish made of rice. This was the first thing that came to my mind because I just love it and can eat numerous times! So, my first day of the workshop at school as a teacher was really awesome, had a great experience and I enjoyed a lot.

Day 2: On the second day, I had decided to teach children how to make “pop-up greeting cards”. For making these, one needs chart paper, colorful craft paper, pencil, eraser, ruler, scissors, paper cut into various shapes, glue, pastel colors, sketch pens, colorful thermocol balls, colorful tape etc.

Material for making pop-up greeting cards

Material for making pop-up greeting cards

20 children from classes IV and V participated in this workshop. I was happy to see that once again, the children were disciplined and very excited and eager to learn. I started with showing them what a pop-up card and demonstrated how to make it. I showed them one or two steps at a time and the children followed.

Immersed in teaching and thoroughly enjoying it

Immersed in teaching and thoroughly enjoying it

To make this type of card, one needs to make some measured cuts, which after the class I realized was a little difficult for students, so in future I will find a better way of teaching this in the next class. Yet, the children had created some very beautiful greeting cards using their imagination. They went with various themes ranging from, Birthday, New Year, Diwali, Christmas, Republic Day, Pongal to Happy Garden, which I hadn’t heard of before! I was thrilled to see the enthusiasm and creativity.

Busy kids working on colorful creations

Busy kids working on colorful creations

After ending the workshop, we first visited an exhibit of some huge and beautiful paintings done by Mr. Suresh (Director of the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan), I then continued talking with the children who weren’t ready to leave me alone even after the workshop was over. They didn’t want to go for lunch or for their other classes ;). A group of kids expressed how happy they were about the class and gifted me a big “thank you” card they made, one child gifted me a hand-made bracelet and we took a lot of group photographs to preserve our precious memories of the two wonderful days.

Feeling proud - children of their creation and the teacher of the kids :)

Feeling proud – children of their creation and the teacher of the children :)

The jolly group after the class

The jolly group after the class

Collecting memories - lovely greeting card created by my lovely students

Collecting memories – lovely greeting card created by my lovely students

Can’t miss mentioning the fabulous lunch we had on the second day as well – yummy bise bele bhath, raita, sweet pongal and dahi bhath cooked by Gayathri Madam.

One really remarkable thing for me was that for the first time, children used “Ma’am” or “Madam” to call me for questions during the workshop. Prior to this, I was used to children addressing me as “Didi” (elder sister) in Kharagpur – this was quite significant for me. For the first time, I wasn’t at my home and was not teaching kids I knew, instead I was at a school as an art teacher among school students I just met.

This workshop had many heart touching and lucky moments for me and was overall a great experience for me. I am looking forward to conducting many more and better art workshops and classes in future.

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Ganesha on X-Ray

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Ganesha on X-Ray

Ganesha on X-Ray

This painting is another experimental paintings of mine. I have tried to make use of a waste x-ray sheet by painting Lord Ganesha in a new style..

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An Innovative Experiment

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

 

An Innovative Experiment

An Innovative Experiment

This painting is one of my experimental paintings. I have tried to make use of a waste x-ray sheet by painting beautiful Lily flowers on it.

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Sunup Tulips

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Sunup Tulips

Sunup Tulips

I have painted these Tulips as if it is morning  and they have just bloomed to blossom our morning…

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Moon on the Horizon

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Moon on the Horizon

Moon on the Horizon

I had made this painting by imagining that I am in the sea on that boat near the moon on the horizon…

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Mother’s Affection

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Mother's Affection

Mother’s Affection

This is a very special painting which is very close to my heart.

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Bright Tulips

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Bright Tulips

Bright Tulips

Tulips are very colorful flowers. In this painting, I decided to make the background black to give the Tulips a brighter look and more contrast against the background.

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Juvenile Ganesha

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Juvenile Ganesha

Juvenile Ganesha

In this painting, I have tried to show Lord Ganesha’s childhood time. Flowers are showering on him from heaven as a symbol of all the Gods being glad to see him enjoying eating his favorite Laddoos.

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Amalgam

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Amalgam

Amalgam

In this painting I have tried to show the fusion of beautiful music and the perfect moment. I feel that evening around sunset is the best time for enjoying playing music. So, while imagining that melodious moment, in my mind there came the image of Pied Piper – a pipe player and I decided to make him the hero in my painting.

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Deep Meditation

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Deep Meditation

Deep Meditation

Gautam Buddha is in his deep meditation. God/Goddess are pleased with his meditation so are showering flowers on him from heaven.

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The Blue Bloom

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

The Blue Bloom

The Blue Bloom

I fell in love with these pretty blue flowers that bloomed in my garden, then decided to capture them on my canvas.

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The Welkin Bunch

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

The Welkin Bunch

The Welkin Bunch

Just my depiction of an imaginary way of doing meetings in the sky.

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Hermit Avenue

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Hermit Avenue

Hermit Avenue

This painting is off of a photo I had clicked sometime back. This is a lone street shaded by Ashoka trees on both sides and one of my favorite streets of the IIT Campus (Kharagpur).

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Delicateness of Parched Roses

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Delicateness of Parched Roses

Delicateness of Parched Roses

In this painting I have tried to show the beauty of dry white Roses. I just want to say that Roses are always beautiful – whether they are fresh or dry :).
I painted these roses directly using paints (Acrylic) and brushes on canvas paper, without sketching with a pencil first. I was skeptical at first about how this would turn out to be and while I can definitely improve, am happy with the results.

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A Dahlia Family

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

A Dahlia Family

A Dahlia Family

This is another sample of my passion for painting Dahlias. Can’t help it, it is a beautiful flower :)!

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The Gracious Moon

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

The Gracious Moon

The Gracious Moon

I have always found the moon very charming and have tried to capture its grace in my photos and on my canvas. This collection of mine has many incarnations of the moon in various shapes and shades. This is one of my favorite captures.

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The Patna Chapter

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Blogging | 1 comment

This is the story of two days – 22nd and 23rd Sept when I had a new type of experience in life. It began sometime in July when I got a letter from Mrs. Shobha Koser, Registrar, Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. The letter was an invitation for me, a student of Pracheen Kala Kendra, to participate in an All India Fine Arts (Painting) workshop cum exhibition held in Patna, Bihar. At that time it wasn’t clear to me about what this would entail. I sent the necessary information e.g. my bio data, samples of my work etc. as requested by the organizers (which later made its way into the booklet published , see below):

Booklet with Artists Description

Booklet with Artists Description

 

Page from the Booklet  - about me

Page from the Booklet – about me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end of August, I inquired about the details and found out that this was going to be a workshop cum exhibition, where 25 artists were invited from all over India. All the artists would get a chance to display 5-6 of their paintings at the exhibition and would paint an Acrylic painting on a canvas of size of 3 feet by 2 and half feet along with the other artists. I mention the size specifically, because I had never painted something that big before – the painting was supposed to be taller than me ;)

I discussed some ideas with my painting teacher, Sharmila Roy to figure out what I should paint in a workshop like this and on a canvas that big! She gave me some good suggestions based on her assessment of my abilities. All of this – the size of the painting and the thought of working in the midst of many other artists, outside the comfort zone of my home, made me a little nervous. Apparently, that wasn’t enough, a very big and septic boil grew on my left hand about 3 weeks before the event and it continued to well… grow. My hand swelled up like a balloon and it was so painful that it even prevented me from doing my daily tasks. So at that point, it was very difficult for me to even imagine painting a piece that huge. But I still tried hard to practice painting something before going to Patna. Only half finished it though…
A day before exhibition, we flew from the Kolkata airport in a small plane to get to the Patna Airport. My mother and elder sister accompanied me. The next morning, after having breakfast and of course my medicines including a painkiller I went to the “Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir” where this workshop cum exhibition was going to be held.

Entrance of the Venue

Entrance to the Venue

We had been asked to be there by 11 am for the inauguration ceremony. Before the inauguration, the organizers arranged the paintings that the artists had got along for display.

Other Exhibits

Other Exhibits

My paintings on Display

My paintings on Display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then we waited… the ceremony began three hours late! This crossed the notion of “IST” as well we think :) The inauguration was done by Shri. Vinay Bihari – minister of Kala Sanskriti and Yuva Vibhag (Department of Culture & Youth), Bihar government and Shri. Patel – minister of Shiksha Vibhag (Department of Education), Bihar,  government. After that they called me on stage and gave me a memento and a bouquet of flowers. There were a surprising lot of press photographers and reporters and they took a lot of photographs.

Receiving a Memento

Receiving a Memento

Memento

Memento

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this ceremony was over, around 4:00 pm the organizers asked us to start our work. At first, I was a little nervous and felt some hesitation to work in front of so many people – professional artists, media folks and others as I had never done something like this before. But after some time I became normal but it was still difficult to enjoy working because of the tension to complete the work accompanied by the severe pain in my hand due to the boil. In addition, the reporters were creating some disturbance by asking questions, flashing cameras as they took pictures. I was mostly lost in work, I turned my head around just momentarily to see what’s going around and found that everyone else was also lost in working on their pieces. It was a nice scene!

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Everyone was hard at work

Everyone was hard at work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of day, by around 6:30 pm, I was able to push through to finish quite a bit. I was very exhausted, but satisfied with the progress. Everyone was asked to come at 10 am the next day in order to finish the remaining work.

At the end of Day1

I was tired by the end of the day

The next day, I reached the workshop area around 9:40 am, once again after breakfast, medicines and a painkiller. I worked hard and was finally able to finish my huge painting.

 

Hurrying to complete

Hurrying to complete

Posing during work

Posing during work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We heard from the exhibition organizers that 8 newspapers had published my photo and an article about me. My sister went and got as many newspapers as she could from the Railway Station :). See some clippings below:

Patna Exhibition - Hindustan Times Clipping

Clipping from Hindustan Times

Clipping from iNext, a Jagaran Initiative

Clipping from iNext, a Jagaran Initiative

 

 

 

 

 

Clipping from Prabhat Khabar

Clipping from Prabhat Khabar

 

Clipping from Dainik Bhaskar - they got my name wrong somehow ;)!

Clipping from Dainik Bhaskar – they got my name wrong somehow ;)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After everyone had completed their paintings, the organizers cleaned and decorated the hall and hung the paintings made by the artists as part of the workshop. This was the prep work for the exhibition that commenced next.

On the second day, the ceremony was inaugurated by two famous Indian artists Shri. Anandi Prasad Badal and Shri. Shyam Sharma. After that the local public and reporters started arriving for looking at the exhibits.

Exhibits

Workshop Exhibits

Exhibits

Workshop Exhibits – My painting on the left

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Painting - after it was done

My Painting – after it was done :)

At the end of the second day, Pracheen Kala Kendra had given participation certificates and a rather hefty booklet about the event to every artist. Towards the end, the artists, organizers, family had group photograph sessions, which was fun!

Artists - Group Photo

Artists – Group Photo

All the artists also signed a big canvas to commemorate the event and leave a message.

Signed by all of the artists

Signed by all of the artists

I consider this a successful event of my life because of all the new experiences I had. It was quite exhilarating to work in a public location and alongside professional artists, the best part was that I was able to complete the painting and everyone liked it! It was also good to look at various different types of paintings and see some new techniques at work. It was very nice to observe the creativity of various artists. Meeting and getting to know some new people was equally exciting. This was a platform which gave me chance of sitting as an artist between various famous painters of India and also working surrounded with camera and reporters, can’t complain!

The return journey was somewhat adventurous too. Because of the press coverage, many people seemed to recognize me at the Patna airport and came up to say Hello etc. Even the security lady recognized me from the newspaper photo and we had a nice chat :).

It will sound funny if I say – I feel like a mini star/celebrity when I recall those two days spent in the midst of camera lights, reporters and the crowd of Patna, but I sure felt that way! I feel really lucky to have attended this event and thankful to my family and teachers because I could not have done it without them.

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Sudha Murthy- An inspirational woman

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Blogging | 2 comments

20 June 2014 was a very special day for me. It was a day when my two year old wish came true. It was a day when I met my idol and teacher Ms. Sudha Murthy. She is a computer science engineer, chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, an Indian social worker, a great author and a member of public health care initiatives of the Gates Foundation, among many other things. My Mother and I became fan of her through her fabulously written story books and novels. I have mentioned her as my idol and a teacher because I have learnt from her books what life is, what is necessary in life to do and above all, her books helped me improve my English. Her books are written in simple English and in a way that everyone can read and understand. Every book and novel she has written is based on her life and experiences.

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With Sudha Murthy – the founder of Infosys Foundation, a brilliant author and much more

I took the first step towards fulfilling this wish of mine by writing an email to Ms. Murthy expressing my wish. She accepted it and gave me an appointment for 20th June. We went to the Infosys Foundation office to meet her. Before meeting her I was feeling nervous but when I first saw her and started the conversation, I found her a very simple, quiet and loving person. We did not feel like we were meeting an unknown person and instead it felt like we knew her for a long time. The way she talked with us it felt like she had a great treasure of life experiences and there will always be a lot to learn from her. I liked two of her lovely teachings  a lot, one is that it is not important in life how educated you are or how many degrees you have, what matters is how good a person you are and how many good things you have learnt from your own and others’ experiences. Second is that one should have a hardcore thirst and willingness of learning things and achieving what you want because without these two things one cannot get success in life. She said to me that I should always keep up my thirst of learning and meet more people and learn as much I can from their life experiences. She said that she liked my positivity and smiling nature. She also wrote to someone who conducts art exhibitions to setup one for me and that she would sponsor it! I will always remember those 45 minutes given by her to us. I had a great and unforgettable experience from this meeting with Ms. Sudha Murthy.

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A trip to Munnar

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Blogging | 0 comments

This is the story of my awesome family trip to Munnar, Kerala. Munnar is a lovely Hill Station in the district of Idukki, in the state of Kerala, India. In order to reach Munnar first we have to land in the Cochin International Airport or Cochin railway station because there is no airport or a railway station in Munnar. So, we reached Cochin by airplane from Bangalore. And our airplane was also something different from usual airplanes because it was a very small plane with a seating capacity of 72 passengers, it had two fans outside and it was flying at a maximum height of 18000 feet. We were able to see all the places and rivers etc. on our flight journey from the airplane window. So, we named it Pichku, meaning small :)

Munnar is 108 km from Cochin airport and by car it took us four hours to reach there. Munnar is famous for tea plantation, spices and cocoa, and also for waterfalls, dams, gardens and of course for mountain ranges.  zsdfg Our journey from Cochin to Munnar was adventurous, full of excitement and a little tough too. Because on the way we found our car going round and round on snake shaped roads. In some places roads were very steep and very high at places and this was going continuously throughout our journey. You will feel like you are going through a forest in a slow roller coaster and inside your stomach seems like a mixer This is because Munnar is not a plain land but it is a hill station and all the roads were made by cutting mountains.

All the way throughout our journey we saw fabulous and refreshing sceneries of green mountains filled with wild plants/trees, bushes, natural waterfalls, tea plants, coconut trees and Banana plants. On the way, roads were very narrow as well as scary because in many places there wasn’t much space on road, only one car could go at a time and also at one side of our car were mountains, trees but on the other side there were very deep trenches. Path between Kerala and Munnar was cool, full of greenery, non-crowded roads and with colorful thatched roofed houses

In the end, on 29th May at 2:30 pm finally after making our stomach shake we reached our cottage named Carpe Dime in a resort named Bird Valley Resorts. Reaching our cottage was also a fight for a walker and for our car driver because it was built very high from ground and way to that was of very steep without any boundary or support on their sides.
We stayed in a cottage which was 18.5 km away from main Munnar City and by car it took us more than 45 minutes to reach there from the city. jiop
At last, it was very relaxing and refreshing when we reached in our cottage’s balcony. The natural scenery of clouds touching the green mountains, foggy environment with cool climate and green scene of tremendous varieties of trees and tea plants and variety of colorful birds flying/twittering around our balcony relaxed our mind and body.

Next day, on 30th after having breakfast we went to see Mattupetty Dam which was 14 km away from our place. It is situated at a height of 1700 m. Mattupetty Dam is a storage concrete gravity dam built in the mountains of Kerala, India to conserve water for hydroelectricity. And is a wonderful place for nature lovers. One of the main attractions in Mattupetty is the beautiful lake, and the Mattupetty Dam, which is an ideal picnic spots for tourists like us. There the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) of Idukki provides slow speed boating and Motorboats facilities on hire and speed launch stalls of food and variety of stalls of handmade things for tourists to buy. There we also found horses for riding. Other nearby attractions at Mattupetty Dam includes Kundala tea plantations, the Kundala Lake and the dairy farm, run by the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project.
We also went to Munnar City for buying Kerala’s world famous spices and homemade chocolates. It was a small town but there you can find everything for living life and you can get restaurants of many cuisines.

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On 31st we went to see Tata Tea gardens, automated tea factory and Tea museum. There we went inside the Tea processing factory, where head of it personally showed us the processing units and how each machines works and how step by step Tea is made out of fresh green Tea leafs in it without adding any chemicals etc. It was a great experience for me as I always love to visit factories and am interested in knowing about machines. After this our driver suggested us to visit Blossom Hydel Park. So we went there, which is about 3 km away from Munnar town, is located near the banks of River Muthirappuzha and the misty Kannan Devan Hill Tea Estates and situated towards the old Munnar. The place has a vast stretch of landscaped mountains, gardens with exotic flowers, artificial waterfalls and lawns in its sprawling 16 acres of lush green land. According to the people it has a variety of facilities for adventure such as trails, boating, nature walks, bird watching, roller skating, badminton lawns etc. But due to some construction work all the inside roads were badly damaged and full of big and small stones, so for us it became a big hurdle to cross. And due to that it became very tough for us to reach even half way, then we came back. And that was our last tourist spot which we had enjoyed visiting in Munnar.

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Our trip of Munnar ended on 1st June. At the end of our trip I would like to say that we enjoyed a lot and had a good vacation in Munnar. I enjoyed capturing scenes of clouds touch the hills, cool and foggy environment, green trees/plants and various colorful birds in eyes and camera. And I would say everyone should visit Munnar once because it is a cool place for hanging out with friends and spending vacations with family.

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Madhubani – Aqua

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Fabric Painting | 0 comments

Madhubani - Aqua

Madhubani – Aqua

The Madhubani Art, practiced mainly in Bihar (India) is characterized by geometrical patterns and the attention to details that are given to the art work. The medium used for creating the paintings vary. For this painting, I have used fabric paints on cloth. With fishes on four symmetrical sides and leaves in between – this is my first attempt to add the Madhubani art to my shelf.

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My Visharad Finals – Convocation

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Blogging | 2 comments

This is the story of a day which brought me in the light of many people and witnessed me attending my first convocation (painting).
Story of this day started on 21st September,2013 when my teacher Prahlad Banerjee asked me to attend his musical program at Durga mandir campus in Golbazar,Kharagpur where the Registrar and Secretary of Pracheen Kala Kendra,Chandigarh were the chief guest and there they gave me a memento and announced that I got a good position in the Visharad exam in the eastern zone. After that day, my little story was covered by four Newspapers and two TV channels. This was my 1st stage experience in front of a good audience and family.
Then on 3rd of December,2013 I received an invitation letter from Pracheen Kala Kendra for attending convocation ceremony in Calcutta for clearing Visharad Final in Fine Arts and holding the 1st position in the eastern zone.
And finally that day also came into my life and it was the day of my convocation, which was held on 22nd December,2013 in Calcutta. We went Calcutta to a day before and stayed in a hotel. Next morning around 10am we started for the place named Maha Utkal Manch. As we entered that place, I saw a large room with soft instrumental music being played and organizers running here and there for finishing all arrangements for starting program as soon as they could. I looked around and found that it was not just a room but it a large two floor auditorium.
I think it had a capacity of around thousand people. The announcer asked all the media persons to sit in the front row, students in the remaining rows and family members on the 2nd floor. In the beginning I was feeling very awkward to sit in front of dignitaries (Secretary of Pracheen Kala Kendra, Mayor of Calcutta, Dwijen Mukherjee – internationally renowned Rabindra Sangeet Singer, Anirban Chowdhury- Deputy Resident Editor of Hindustan Times etc.) and in between thousand unknown people, but later I became more comfortable.
In the beginning of the program, the chief guests addressed all of us with nice words, then they started distributing prizes and mementoes to all the musicians. Then they gave prizes to the students of different streams of Arts and principals of different centers who deserved to be felicitated.

I, receiving the degree certificate and medal from Mrs. Shobha Koser and Sri Deijen Mukherjee

I, receiving the degree certificate and medal from Mrs. Shobha Koser of Pracheen Kala Kendra and singer Sri Dwijen Mukherjee

After waiting for quite some time, they announced my name and came my turn to go on a the stage. And on my way between my seat to and the stage a funny incident took place which I really want to share. All the people including me were thinking about how to take me to the stage because the path of the stage was little narrow and my chair wouldn’t go through it, all of a sudden (I don’t know when they decided),four persons lifted me along with my chair from ground to the stage a meter high. And after landing on the stage like an airplane I couldn’t do anything except laughing.
I received a degree and a medal on the stage from Mrs. Shobha Koser and Dwijen Mukherjee for achieving the 1st position in the eastern zone in the Fine Arts exam named Visharad Finals of Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh.
So, my 2nd stage experience was very beautiful which also got converted into an
unforgettable funny experience because of my speech full of laughter :)

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Wall Painting – reaching a new height, literally :)

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Blogging | 4 comments

Wall Painting

The wall Painting

This is my first wall painting and one of my biggest projects, so far.
I call it a big project because it was interesting, difficult and time taking. It almost took one month’s hard work for completion.
I decided doing this painting on the wall of my balcony because it was in bad shape due to some repair work that was done a couple of days back and I was not getting anyone who could repair and paint it again.
So, when I was not able to find an option to fix the wall, I decided to assign myself a project of doing a wall painting on that balcony wall.
In the beginning it wasn’t easy for me because of the large area to paint and height of the wall (which was beyond my reach). I needed to draw a large design, needed a tall chair or a table so that I could reach the necessary height, huge quantity of paints and importantly I needed to think how to paint the wall such that it looked good.
After analysing these things I started my work by painting the background wall by experimenting mixtures of different combinations of things. I tried a mixture of white color Fabric paint, white chalk, powder of Selkhadi(Alabaster/Soap rock) and Indigo and mixed them in an electric mixer. In the beginning, I had thought of painting background completely with white Fabric Paint but my bottles of paint broke and I couldn’t find more in the nearby market so I thought of trying this mixture.

How it actually looks on the wall

How it actually looks on the wall

After finishing the background by climbing on a tall chair and tying a brush to a long tree stick. Then it was time to draw the design on a the wall. For that, I drew the design on a tracing-paper and with the tracing technique traced it on the wall with a carbon-paper and also drew some parts with a pencil by climbing on a chair.
And at last I did the main part – painting it with acrylic and fabric paints of eleven colors – red, orange, leaf green, sky blue, purple, yellow, dark-brown, yellow ocher, deep green and crimson by sitting on ground, climbing on a wooden chair and table, as needed.
It was a great experience and fun way of utilizing time :) I was satisfied after completing my work.

It was gratifying to see an electrician (who had come for some electrical repairs) wait patiently until I completed my art before he could photograph it. I got some nice comments from people who saw it and four invites of doing wall painting in their houses.

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One of the best days ever

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Blogging | 6 comments

Date 21st September 2013 is now added in the list of days with some of my best moments of life. It was a great day which I can never forget. This was one of those days I would never have dreamt of. I am still so happy that I want to share this experience with everyone and would love to do that any number of times.

I am talking about my first stage experience which I had yesterday. It was the day when I attended a musical program, got my first memento on stage in front of a good crowd and a few notable persons (the memento was presented by the Registrar Mrs. Shobha Koser and Secretary Shri. Sejal Koser of Pracheen Kala Kendra), I was interviewed by a media person, got a huge applause and cheers and also I gave my first stage speech in English which was appreciated a lot by my family as well as everyone else who was there.

My memento

My memento

This was a day when for the first time I didn’t feel low or odd being part of a crowd of more than a hundred unknown people. I also had my first lucky experience of watching a live performance from famous musicians.

Me on Stage PKK

This pic was taken while I was speaking on the stage :)

This experience made me feel positive and gave me a lot of strength and the desire to work harder for achieving my dreams. First and foremost, I want to thank my family, then my teachers Sharmila Roy, Shri. Prahlad Banerjee, Mrs. Shobha Koser and Shri. Sejal Koser of Pracheen Kala Kendra who helped and encouraged me and because of all of them I had such a special day in my life!

[Update]

I recently got hold of the video of the program. Here’s when I was on the stage:

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Done with GED :)

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Blogging | 18 comments

Three exams were left and I had one month in hand. It was like a do or die situation. It was the first time in my life when I had little time but a big load. I am talking about my GED exams.

GED stands for General Education Development, which is administered by educational authorities in the USA. GED tests are a group of five subject tests namely Mathematics, Science, English Reading, Social Studies and English Writing. When students qualify, it certifies that they have American or Canadian high school-level academic skills.

In the queue of challenges of my life until the recent past, first were the three subjects of GED namely English Reading, Social Studies and English Writing; second was my desire of achieving an educational certificate and third one was receiving a certificate which must be equivalent of class ten and twelve standard that would enable me to appear in the 6th and 7th level of Pracheen Kala Kendra Art certification exams. These were the hurdles, which I needed to cross by the end of year 2013 as the pattern of GED was going to be changed and I would have to appear for all the five exams again.

Qualifying these three subjects was a big challenge for me because they were mainly based on American context and secondly I could not get any schooling or good teachers which greatly affected my way of studying and learning. If I would’nt have cleared any subject among those three then I would have only one more chance for appearing in GED this year. This was the first time I was going under great pressure. After forgetting everything, I fully concentrated on my studies and worked very hard continuously for six months and the most during last one month. My exams started on 3rd of June and ended on 17th June,2013. That did not bring an end to my tensions as I got the results of two exams but the result of last exam was left. That was the one, which was going to decide my future. At the end of last exam I was not sure about my result and I had set my mind to give one more exam in September. My result was supposed to come five days later, i.e. after 17th but it was very surprising that the result came just after three days. Moreover, the most surprising thing was that I successfully qualified GED and I got my highest marks in English writing. It was the most relaxing and surprising day of my life. For two days it was very difficult for me to convince myself to believe that I had successfully completed the GED.

GED Certificate

GED Certificate

Now I am happier because I got my official GED certificate from USA :) However, now after completing GED I am confused regarding what should I do next? Let’s see what is going to be my next story.

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Story of my largest painting so far

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Blogging | 5 comments

This is the story of my acrylic painting named “Halloween-esque“. As its name suggests, it is a painting of a castle in a haunted theme. I call this a story because it took me a long time to complete similar to writing a story book or making a movie which also has excitement, action and emotions involved. It was also a new experience of working on a big canvas, brought forth difficulties involved and helped me to know my abilities and weaknesses better.
It started on September 5, 2012 when one of my friends asked me to paint a Castle with Acrylic colors of a little mysterious kind, for her. At that time I didn’t know a lot of things – like how to draw this thing as I hadn’t ever tried to paint any building type stuff. It was all seeming as if art was all unknown to me. There were a few other issues like choosing the size of canvas, how many color tubes would I need and of which colors and above all I didn’t know how to draw on a big canvas!
Then one of my Uncles guided me and informed me about a website called www.himalayafineart.com for buying canvas and acrylic colors and my brother and sister gave suggestions related to the theme. After all the online shopping for paints and canvas, on October 17, 2012 I got everything set, my colors, brushes and yes a big canvas. Then in-front of me there came another problem – where should I set up my canvas and painting accessories? After a study of some places in my house, I decided to paint in the balcony of my house, as it is filled with beautiful daylight and cool breeze which I felt as the perfect location for painting. As the canvas was big I faced another problem – where to place the canvas – an Easel or just on the ground. After many experiments I decided to use the tea-table and two cardboard boxes as an Easel.

While painting the moon

While painting the moon

When all setup was done I started to draw a rough layout of the painting by drawing and erasing many times using different tools like colorful chalks, pencil, ruler, and also some kitchen items like steel plates and pots. Just drawing a rough sketch of the painting, it took me more than a week. It was quite experimental and challenging for me. After taking a little break, it was the coloring time or you can say it was the time for giving it a look of an actual picture. Extra care needs to be taken while painting in acrylic colors as the mixed colors need to be used within a short period of mixing before they dry up. I did the coloring in parts. Finally my big painting or you can say big project was completed on November 17, 2012. It was quite a happy and relaxing day when I showed it to my family and got really good comments from them. And finally on ‎February ‎08, ‎2013, I gave the painting to my friend and found a big smile on her face. My story had a great happy ending :)

The painting at it appears on my friends’ wall

Halloween-esque on Wall

Halloween-esque on Wall

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My new Website

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Blogging | 1 comment

Finally, my new website is up. Yay :)

If you know me already, perhaps you would have seen my previous website – Anu’s Terrene. For some reasons, that had to be closed down. But on the brighter side, here I have a new e-terrene. If you are meeting me (through my website) for the first time, here’s a little about me. Nevertheless, I hope you would enjoy browsing through my website. The menu on the top has links to my paintings, photography and some of the other things that I do. If you have any feedback or suggestions for me, please do let me know.

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A Long Shadowy Path

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Featured Slider, Water Painting | 4 comments

A Long Shadowy Path

A Long Shadowy Path

Kharagpur, India, where I live, is very green and beautiful. There are many such paths (like the one you see above) where people take dreamy morning or leaving walks, enjoying the breeze and the beautiful views of nature around. It is refreshing for both the body and soul. I go around one such path everyday in my wheelchair and was inspired to capture this on paper.

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The Arched Tree

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Water Painting | 2 comments

The Arched Tree

The Arched Tree

This is the picture of an old tree, slightly bent around that time of the day when it is going to get dark soon.

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Heading Home

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Heading Home

Heading Home

As the dusk sets, its the time to get back home.

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Dancing Flowers

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Dancing Flowers

Dancing Flowers

Not sure why, to me, these flowers look pretty and dressed-up like Indian dancers. And they were indeed dancing as the wind moved them :). I painted this bunch of vibrant colored flowers and leaves using water paint.

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Fresh bloomed Pink Rose

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Fresh Pink Rose

Fresh Pink Rose

Rose is my all-time favorite flower, but this one is more special. This is the painting of a real rose – that rose was the biggest rose that I have ever seen. It had a very sweet smell. The moment I saw it, I knew I had to paint it :)

 

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Pretty Bougainvillea

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Featured Slider, Water Painting | 6 comments

Pretty Bougainvillea

Pretty Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea flowers looking pretty in the wind. The petals of the flower seem like they are made of delicate, soft paper. This contrast of soft pink flowers and delicate green leaves was looking very pretty swaying in the breeze one evening, out came the hand-made paper and paints and here is the result :).

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A bond of friendship

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Acrylic Painting | 2 comments

Two Parrot friends

Two Parrot friends

Here is yet another painting of mine of parrots. I love to look at and paint parrots. So, this time I have painted these two parrots to dedicate it to my friends on Valentine’s Day. And as a matter of fact, it was also drawn on Valentine’s Day :)

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Mauve Flowers

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Water Painting | 2 comments

Mauve Flowers

Mauve Flowers

What can I say? I love flowers and nature. So here is yet another one – a flowers’ painting – Mauve and Beautiful. They look happy and hence make me feel happy. This is a still life painting made with water paints. Because it is a still life painting, we can see different shades and shadows which gives it an overall feel of life in general – which has various shades.

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Pink Dahlia

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Dahlia

Pink Dahlia

The vibrant Dahlia flower on golden amber leaves. It is a still life painting which shows different contrasts of two beautiful colors pink and yellow.

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Rabindranath Tagore

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was a great poet as well as the composer of the Indian National Anthem. He is still alive through his poems and Bengali music known as “Rabindra sangeet”.  This is my token of respect for him for his great works. This is also my first attempt of making a human portrait in Water color

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Endless shades of Dahlia

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

I was so amused by the beauty of Dahlia that I decided to make multiple versions of this flower applying combinations of different colors. With its in-numerous petals all beautifully placed together, it is hard not to appreciate the charm of the flower. So, no – it is not Photoshop because of which you are seeing multiple variants of this painting :)

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Purple Lilies

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Purple Lilies

Purple Lilies

Fresh purple lilies from the garden. No doubt, there are butterflies all over :)

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On the Table

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

On the Table

On the Table

A cute hippo next to a flower vase. Incidentally, in this painting I have portrayed the flower vase that I had decorated myself. So, it is my painting inside my painting :)

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Spring

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Water Painting | 2 comments

Spring

Spring

Spring is the time when everything seems happier. Trees get new leaves, beautiful flowers bloom and the birds are specially active. This painting is a snapshot of such an environment, three flowers seeing the world for the first time.

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Glowing Green

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Glowing Green

Glowing Green

Glowing green leaves bulging out of the vase.

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The Leafy Family

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

The Leafy Family

The Leafy Family

Two leaves and a leaf and nothing else to worry about.

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Reflection

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Water Painting | 2 comments

Reflection

Reflection

A lovely bird with its legs below water, cautiously checking out the world around it. The reflection of the flora around the pond is making the pond seem as if it has acquired the shades from the its guest.

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Bird in Snow

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Featured Slider, Water Painting | 7 comments

Bird in Snow

Bird in Snow

There is snow all around, the brown branches and this beautiful bird’s contrasting colors together make up a beautiful imagery. The bird seems to be contemplating about something in the midst of the wide expanse and peacefulness of the pure, white snow…

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A Proud Bird

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

A Proud Bird

A Proud Bird

Tiny in size, but tall in his own way… a proud bird. Very colorful as well. I painted this proud little bird sitting on a branch, beautiful leaves and delicate branches surround him as he looks at something in a very focused way and feels the breeze of Spring…

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Solitary and Sound

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Water Painting | 2 comments

Solitary and Sound

Solitary and Sound

A large rock, standing still and firm with water all around it.

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Meditation

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Guess Photography | 0 comments

Meditation

Meditation

This photo is one of my experimental photographs. It was shot one night when there was a power cut at my house and I was free at that time. I found this posture of the candle to be interesting. This posture looks cool, but it was difficult for me to capture it in my camera. It took me more than half an hour.  But finally I was able to capture – my source of Meditation :)

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Halloween-esque

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Acrylic Painting | 3 comments

Halloween-esque

Halloween-esque

Halloween-esque : My biggest (wrt dimensions) painting so far. Read the story behind it here.

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Four in a Row

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Fabric Painting | 0 comments

Four in a Row

Four in a Row

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White on Dark Chocolate

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Fabric Painting | 0 comments

White on Black

White on Black

I made this tablecloth by painting a design using white fabric paint on a dark chocolate brown colored cloth, then added a white boundary to match. Although this is a shift from my usually colorful self :), I enjoyed the contrast and simplicity of this work.

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Dazzling Lily

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Water Painting | 4 comments

Attiring the void

Dazzling Lily

In general, people think that black is not good color. This beautiful combination of a red Lily on black background shows that black in not a bad color at all, it is beautiful.

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Rose on Green Spread

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Rose on Green Spread

Rose on Green Spread

I made this painting on a canvas. I made it around the halloween day last year. The background of this painting is based on my imagination of halloween spirit – ghostly and mysterious. The red rose is making its presence felt on the various shades of halloween-ish green in the background.

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Flowers on a hankie

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Fabric Painting | 0 comments

Fresh flower and uprising buds on handkerchiefs.

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Vegetables Ready for Chopping

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Water Painting | 2 comments

Vegetables Ready for Chopping

Vegetables Ready for Chopping

This is a common scene in my home when my mother sits down to cut vegetables for preparing lunch. Fresh, Healthy and Beautiful vegetables in water paint!

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Energy Bowl

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Energetic Bowl

Energy Bowl

This is a painting of a bowl filled with fresh fruits showing that we should eat fruits to feel fresh and to get the energy that appears to be emanating from this bowl. So in realistic terms, its an energy bowl ;), and a natural one at that! This painting is done using water color on handmade paper.

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A Mother’s Devotion

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Water Painting | 0 comments

A Mother's Devotion

A Mother’s Devotion

In many story books, I have read of stories of Lord Krishna’s childhood acts. So, on the occasion of Lord Krishna’s  birthday, known as Krishna Janmashtami I felt like showing the beautiful relationship between Krishna and his mother on my canvas using the magic of my paint and brush.

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Beauty of Dry Flowers

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Featured Slider, Water Painting | 0 comments

Beauty of Dry Flowers

Beauty of Dry Flowers

Flowers always look beautiful, whether they have dried up or are fresh. This is a bouquet of such flowers. The mix of greens, browns and yellows looks elegant and pretty.  This is done in water color.

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Little Kids

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Pencil Sketch | 2 comments

Little kids in various moods :)

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Twigs in a glass

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Pencil Sketch | 2 comments

Twigs in a glass

Twigs in a glass

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Swami Vivekananda

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Pencil Sketch | 0 comments

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

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Rabindranath Tagore

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Pencil Sketch | 0 comments

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was a legend – I don’t even need to talk about that. I am fond of this sketch because I was able to do it in less than 15 minutes :)

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The Calm

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Pencil Sketch | 0 comments

Calm

Calm

Usually horses are associated with energy and activity. But have you seen a horse when it is all by itself, perhaps waiting to take instructions from its master? Doesn’t it look all calm and peaceful?

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Mother Teresa

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Pencil Sketch | 0 comments

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Mother Teresa

 

Mother Teresa sacrificed everything in her life to take care of others who needed her help. This is what gave her joy in life! Irrespective of whether she is officially awarded a sainthood or not, she was truly a saint from all her actions and behavior. As such, sometimes I wonder if she was even human, because are humans even capable of the strength she had and love that she bestowed on others?

This pencil sketch of hers is a tiny token of my respect and admiration for Mother Teresa.

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The Three of Us

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

The Three of Us

The Three of Us

This is my representation of the three of us – my brother, my sister and me. My sister, who cares for us and keeps checking on what we are doing, in the center, me on the right, with my arts and crafts that I love working on and my brother on the left, on his laptop, tapping away.

I know this picture is not accurate in many ways… as in how we look etc., but this is how I see us. Also, we are actually together in one place for only a few days every year, but we still feel as close as ever… and the above representation doesn’t change.

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Wings of Fire

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Glass Painting | 0 comments

 

Wings of Fire

Wings of Fire

Wings of Fire…

In this painting, I want to show that like this airplane is fighting with fire and flying out of it undefeated, we should also persistently fight every problem in life and come out victorious or at least try our best.

This is a glass painting – but instead of actual glass, I made this on a thick transparent cellophane. Depending on the light/hue behind, the painting looks slightly different in the areas that has translucent paint or a lighter coat of paint.

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Parrot on a Tile

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Glass Painting | 0 comments

Parrot On a Tile

Parrot On a Tile

Usually, the parrots that we find in our neighborhood are green. However, there does exist a variety of parrots which possess a multi-colored body. In this painting, I’ve drawn one such colorful parrot, in its typical pose. This is done using glass paints on a tile – a tile that is seen plastered on walls!

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Two Birds

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Glass Painting | 0 comments

Two Birds

Two Birds

Doesn’t it look sweet – a bird bringing a flower for its baby? I have tried to display the care, love and happiness between a mother and her child. Two birds – glass painting on a tile.

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In an Aquarium

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Glass Painting | 0 comments

In an Aquarium

In an Aquarium

A number of Nemos silently playing in an aquarium.

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An Experiment in Peepal Leaves

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Featured Slider, Water Painting | 0 comments

An Experiment in Peepal Leaves

An Experiment in Peepal Leaves

We have a huge Peepal  tree in our house. In the spring season, new, delicate and beautiful leaves spring up. In this painting I want to show the beauty of these new leaves of the Peepal tree. I have experimented with two different types of colors – water color pencils and glass paint (on canvas) here.

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Tea Pot

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Tea Pot

Tea Pot

When light falls on a vessel made of steel, there are a numerous patterns that can be observed. I made this painting while the tea-pot and the tumbler were posing for me. Various shades of dark and silver on the steel.

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Smiles, Happiness

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Smiles in the Sky!

Smiles in the Sky!

I used the smiles of some famous actresses whom I like, to show happiness everywhere – in the sky and in the air.
You can take some time to guess who these smiles belong to :)…

This painting is water painting on handmade paper.

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Rejuvenating the Day

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Rejuvenating the Day

Rejuvenating the Day

I have painted these pink Morning Glories to bring their freshness into everyone’s life. So pure, clean, pretty, fresh and yes pink :).

This is a water painting.

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Pink Rose

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Flower Photography | 1 comment

Pink Rose

Pink Rose

A freshly bloomed beautiful pink rose.

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Pink Roses on Brown

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Pink Roses on Brown

Pink Roses on Brown

I love Roses and pink is my favorite color. This painting shows a beautiful combination of the two. In order to add a (very) slight 3-D affect, I painted the roses and leaves first, then cut that out at the boundaries. Then I painted a brown background on another sheet of paper and then pasted the cut-out of the roses’ painting on it. This gives it a very slight 3-D affect.

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My Cogitation of Sea World, USA

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Dolphins

Dolphins

I just love going near a sea and watching the water, waves and animals. My love towards the world of sea reached a new high when I visited the Sea World in USA. After visiting the Sea world and watching the dolphin’s show, my desire of painting it became very strong. And now after 3 years, I have painted them on my canvas in acrylic colors.

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Enthroned

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

 

 Grasshopper on Zinnea

Grasshopper on Zinnea

One dusk, I assigned myself the task of capturing an insect from my garden using my camera. It took me more than an hour running here and there from one flower plant to other behind honey bees, spiders and other insects in my garden. In the end when it was almost night and after a good physical exercise and almost 100 shots I  got this :)

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Pink Roses with Ribbon

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Oil Pastels, Water Painting | 0 comments

Pink Roses with Ribbon

Pink Roses with Ribbon

Pink Roses, ribbon – luxurious, beautiful! This is another one in my series of roses. The background was done using oil pastels. The roses, leaves and ribbon was done in water paint.

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Orange Roses

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Orange Roses

Orange Roses

Another one in my series of roses – Orange roses on an almost orange background… This painting is done in watercolor on paper.

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Indoor Flowers Gazing Outdoors

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Indoor Flowers Gazing Outdoors

Indoor Flowers Gazing Outdoors

In this painting I want to show that even though flowers are sometimes kept indoors, they try to feel and gaze at nature outdoors – for they are part of nature and belong with it.  This is a painting that combined a picture with my imagination – on paper with water color.

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Colorful, beautiful Zinnias in Water Paint

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Water Painting | 0 comments

 

Beautiful, colorful Zinnias!

Beautiful, colorful Zinnias!

Colorful, beautiful Zinnias in Water Paint

I painted this looking at some colorful, beautiful zinnias growing in my garden. It was a beautiful day and the zinnias looked refreshing and beautiful, just ready to be captured using a paint and brush :)! This is done using water paint on paper.

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Pink Flowers – Lily, Rose and Orchids

Posted by on Nov 24, 2012 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Pink ! Rose, Lily, Orchid

Pink ! Rose, Lily, Orchid

Pink is my favorite color :). So here’s are a bunch of pretty pink flowers – a lily, a rose and some orchids. I painted this using water paint on paper. Besides the main subjects – the glorious pink flowers :), also  focused on the leaves and the background as well to enhance the beauty of the flowers.

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White Jungle

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Acrylic Painting, Featured Slider | 0 comments

White Jungle

White Jungle

White Jungle. That’s how I see it :). I have tried to portray late evening in a somewhat scary, mysterious jungle. This painting is acrylic on canvas.

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The Beauty of Nature

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

The Beauty of Nature

The Beauty of Nature

In this painting I have tried to show the beauty of nature during spring. The beautiful moon appears to be peeking from between the branches of a tree to stare at this beauty…

This painting is acrylic on canvas.

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Goddess Saraswati

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Goddess Saraswati

Goddess Saraswati

I am so fond of making paintings of Indian gods and goddesses. They have so much of art and imagination around their representation. I made this painting of Saraswati long time back – with acrylic on hand-made paper. I love to add details in my painting and so have I done in this painting.

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Lord Ganesha

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Acrylic Painting, Featured Slider | 0 comments

Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha

This is a painting of Lord Ganesha. This world of ours is thought to be created by the great Gods & Goddesses we believe in. So I made this painting of Lord Ganesha to show his greatness… Lord Ganesha seems very popular with artists :), I have personally made many paintings of his, this being one with acrylic paint on canvas.

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My First Ganesha

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Water Painting | 0 comments

My First Ganesha

My First Ganesha

I love making paintings of lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is such a good model :) This was the first Ganesha painting I ever did – it was a really long time ago. I remember that time, it was early spring and it just occurred to me – why not make a portrait of lord Ganesha. And he looks quite happy in this avatar of his.
Since then, I have not stopped making portraits of lord Ganesha.

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Watching

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Other Creatures Photography | 1 comment

Watching

Watching

A small bird – quiet staring at something. I wonder what is it that it is watching?

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Red Rose bud

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Flower Photography | 1 comment

Red Rose Bud

Red Rose Bud

A red rose, about to see its first ray of sunlight.

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Deflated Popcorns

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

Deflated Popcorns

Deflated Popcorns

Want to know how deflated popcorns look like :) This is how I think they would look like – beautifully presented by these pale yellow flowers.

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The Blue Trumpet

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

The Blue Trumpet

The Blue Trumpet

Doesn’t it look like a blue trumpet?

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Thousand Petals

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

Thousand Petals

Thousand Petals

An alluring Gerbera flower with thousands of petals. Some of them are big while the others are small.  I took this photo in the garden around my house which I lovingly tend to. There is so much beauty and serenity in nature. I have tried to capture a tiny droplet of that in this picture.

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Red Poppy

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

Red Poppy

Red Poppy

A red poppy. This poppy had paper like crumble marks as if it was made of paper :)

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Petunia

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

Petunia

Petunia

A petunia flower.

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A bouquet

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

A bouquet

A bouquet

A natural bouquet of pink flowers.

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A tender bowl

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

A tender bowl

A tender bowl

A purple poppy with its petals folded in the form of a tender bowl.

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Violet Petals

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

Violet Petals

Violet Petals

Flowers with serene violet petals.

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Pansy

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

Pany

Pansy

A magenta pink pansy flower.

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Assortment

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Flower Photography | 1 comment

Assortment

Assortment

An assortment of beautiful wild flowers.

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A Bright Welcome

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

A Bright Welcome

A Bright Welcome

In vibrant white, the Chrysanthemum flower extends a warm welcome!

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Spreading Its beauty

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

Spreading Its beauty

Spreading Its beauty

A fuchsia pink rose after it shed some of its petals. Rose petals, evenly spread around, make the place beautiful.

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Stunning Red

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

Stunning Red

Stunning Red

A red balsam – just stunning!

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The perfect one

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

The perfect one

The perfect one

I love roses :) This one from my garden, with its yellow, orange and red shades and three leaves in symmetry looked just perfect.

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Still there

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Nature Photography | 0 comments

Still there

Still there

Although it was dry, this leaf still stood out.

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Joyous baisakhi

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Water Painting | 0 comments

Beshakhi-festival_WaterColor

This water painting depicts the Indian festival Baisakhi. I thought of making this because I wanted to show the enthusiasm and joy of this colorful festival. Through this painting of mine, I also wanted to convey that Baisakhi is a harvest festival for Punjabis. According to the Punjabi calendar, it is also the Punjabi New Year and comes in the month of March-April. It is a very popular festival of Punjab, and is especially important for the Sikh community as it also marks the establishment of the Khalsa. People of Punjab celebrate this festival by wearing colorful clothes, dancing their folk dance Bhangra, singing and playing dholak in their fields while harvesting their crops. The whole environment looks very colorful and full of energy during this time.               

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Replica

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Nature Photography | 0 comments

Reflection

Replica

Often paintings are the reflection of real things. However, this photo seems to be portraying the opposite phenomenon. Reflection of a plant on water poured on floor, seems to make the whole thing look like a water painting!

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The white globe

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Nature Photography | 0 comments

The white globe

The white globe

This moment seemed so beautiful and so scary, all at once.

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Glowing rain

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Nature Photography | 0 comments

Glowing rain

Glowing rain

Glowing threads of rain.

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Flower Spread

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Nature Photography | 1 comment

Flower Spread

Flower Spread

I was under this spread of beautiful flowers at Lalbagh, Bangalore and I clicked :)

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Lalbagh lake

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Nature Photography | 0 comments

Lalbagh lake

Lalbagh lake

Clean and serene Lalbagh lake.

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Reaching for the clouds

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Nature Photography | 0 comments

Reaching for the clouds

Reaching for the clouds

Both the bushes and the clouds seem to be competing to leave the other behind.

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Soothing Green

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Nature Photography | 0 comments

Soothing Green

Soothing Green

Magnificent greenery near Nandi Hills, Bangalore.

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Fresh Leaves

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Nature Photography | 0 comments

Fresh Leaves

Fresh Leaves

Tender reddish-green leaves on the Peepal tree.

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Branches and Twigs

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Nature Photography | 0 comments

Branches and Twigs

Branches and Twigs

Spring is the season when fresh leaves start showing up on trees. There is a short 1-2 day period when all of the old leaves have shed and the new ones are yet to come. That is the time when each and every branch and twig on the trees are visible.

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Solitary

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Nature Photography | 0 comments

Solitary

Solitary

A solitary crow gazing into the skies on a dry summer evening.

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Mira – A True Devotee

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 in Acrylic Painting | 0 comments

Mira - A True Devotee

Mira – A True Devotee

This painting shows the worshiping done by Mira Bai for her beloved Lord Krishna.

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After a long day

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Plants Photography | 0 comments

After a long day

After a long day

Spring is the season when fresh leaves appear on trees. However, as the summers approach, even the trees feel the heat and seem to get tired. I took this picture in the evening around the time when it was still some time before the sunset. The leaves seem tired and exhausted – after a long sunny day.

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Tender Red Leaves

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Plants Photography | 0 comments

Tender Red Leaves

Tender Red Leaves

Fresh rose leaves seeing the face of the world for the first time.

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Hiding Away

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Plants Photography | 0 comments

Hiding Away

Hiding Away

See the yellow trumpet flower trying to hide behind the leaves.

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Yellow lit leaves

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Plants Photography | 0 comments

Yellow lit leaves

Yellow lit leaves

Leaves lit by soothing yellow light.

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Soft Thorns

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Plants Photography | 0 comments

Soft Thorns

Soft Thorns

Branch of a plant whose leaves resemble thorns, not that they actually are.

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Soft Thorns

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Plants Photography | 0 comments

Soft Thorns

Soft Thorns

A plant with leaves that resemble thorns.

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Medley of Leaves

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Plants Photography | 0 comments

Medley of Leaves

Medley of Leaves

A medley of green leaves, lightly touched by the sunlight.

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Green Twirl

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Plants Photography | 0 comments

Green Twirl

Green Twirl

Green leaves, wound together.

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Leaves – Red and White

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Plants Photography | 0 comments

Leaves - Red and White

Leaves – Red and White

Leaves with a variety of shades red, white, yellow and of course green.

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Beyond the border

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Other Creatures Photography | 0 comments

Beyond the horizon

Beyond the horizon

A large ant trying to reach beyond the border of a petal of the yellow flower.

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A Grassy Hopper

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Other Creatures Photography | 0 comments

A Grassy Hopper

A Grassy Hopper

This grasshopper was just about to jump off the flower! Shades of velvet – green, red and pink.

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Snoozed!

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Other Creatures Photography | 0 comments

Snoozed!

Snoozed!

Somebody hit a snooze on the little kitty! What else to do on a lazy afternoon after lunch?

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Nectar and Mosquito?

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Other Creatures Photography | 0 comments

Nectar and Mosquito?

Nectar and Mosquito?

Did you know that mosquitos survive on nectar more than blood? Evidence collected – mosquito feeding on a fresh balsam flower in the evening light.

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Spidy

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Other Creatures Photography | 0 comments

Spidy

Spidy

I’m usually scared of spiders. However, this mister was genuinely interested in posing for me on one of my flowers in the garden. So I thought, why not! Nevertheless, it still looks so scary, doesn’t it?

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My sweet Pihu

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in People Photography | 0 comments

Pihu

Pihu

Pihu – ‘Film Actress from good old times’ pose :). Love it!

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Papa

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in People Photography | 0 comments

Papa

Papa

Papa

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A Magnificent South Indian Temple

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Monuments Photography | 0 comments

A Magnificent South Indian Temple

A Magnificent South Indian Temple

A magnificent South Indian Temple – the Chamundi Temple on Chamundi Hills. The hills are themselves very beautiful and a popular tourist destination for those visiting Mysore and other nearby cities. The temple is simply very beautiful, grand and has very detailed, intricate work.

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The Rising Flames

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Guess Photography | 0 comments

The Rising Flames

The Rising Flames

I took this picture at one of my neighbor’s place. This ‘yagna’ setup was completely indoors! And guess what, it was daytime when I clicked it :).

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Ekagrata

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Guess Photography | 0 comments

Ekagrata

Ekagrata

Ekagrata – Standing tall and high against the dark. Silent, but determined. Clicked this one night when the power was out due to “load-shedding”

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Glowing Fibers

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Guess Photography | 0 comments

Glowing Fibres

Glowing Fibers

Glowing Fibers – Weightless fibers being illuminated by the evening sun.

These flowers grow in abundance during summer in Kharagpur, where I live. Light and airy, fragile and beautiful all at the same time.

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A Glimpse of Shravanabelagola

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Monuments Photography | 0 comments

A glimpse of Shravanabelagola

A glimpse of Shravanabelagola

A glimpse of Shravanabelagola – A burj on a Jain temple in Shravanabelagola.

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It Takes Two to Tango!

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Featured Slider, Pottery Painting | 0 comments

It Takes Two to Tango!

These are small terracotta pots painted and decorated with handmade painted clay flowers, glitter paint etc. The base paints were shimmering contrasting colors – green, blue, red and yellow. I made roses out of clay and painted them. These handmade clay flowers on the two pots are alternatively placed (pink and yellow are interchanged) to create a pair (it takes two to tango :)). Sequins of various shapes, rhomboid mirrors and designs with glitter paint also adorn these pots.

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Ornate Terracotta Pillar

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Ornate Pillar

Ornate Pillar

 

This looks like a cross between a decorated pillar from a palace from the past and a fabric with rich Indian traditional designs. Bright colors and vibrant, glittering designs all speak of this rich and beautiful mix :). I had a lot of fun working on this one and while I let creativity flow, I tried to keep the boundaries clean and crisp so that the contrasting colors could shine through. Couldn’t resist glittering gold paint to enhance the richness of the bold colors used.

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Black and White and Traditional

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Black and White and Traditional

Black and White and Traditional

 

The title speaks for itself :), I chose black as the base and white as a contrasting color for the designs on this one. The shape of this pot is like a very traditional “handiya”  that people used to keep butter and milk in, way in the past (even now you can see some shops keep sweets in such “handiyas”). So to keep with shape, the designs on this are also inspired by Indian traditional decorations seen around huts, small temples etc.

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Maroon and White

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Maroon and White

Maroon and White

 

Yup, does the name get more pictorial ;)? The base color I chose here is maroon and used white as a stark contrast to make the designs pop.   I chose to paint simple designs and let the beautiful contrast of colors to speak for itself :).

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Soothing Pink

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Soothing Pink

Soothing Pink

Soothing Pink

Pink is my favorite color and these days comes in a variety of shades with names occupying a whole range from  “Hot Pink”, “Shocking Pink”, “Tickle Me Pink” , “Baby Pink”  to the straight forward “Light Pink” or “Dark Pink”. I call this decoration a “Soothing Pink” as this pink seems soothing and also the shades used for the accompanying blues, greens etc. also seem soothing, quiet-ish but elegant. What you see here is one “Deeya” (earthen lamp) placed on top of an elongated terracotta pot. The base paint is of course “soothing” pink and the designs are done with other soothing colors and are traditionally inspired curves, dots, flowers and rhombi…

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Aquarium

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Aqua

Aquarium

 

The way the potter made this one, this pot had ripples on its own. So naturally, I thought of doing something related to water and then thought of making this as an inside-out aquarium. So I used a shade of blue for the base and added meandering silver-white lines to further accentuate the ripples. No aquarium is complete without the aquatic flora and fauna :), so I made some colorful fishes out of clay and some sea plant like clay objects and attached them to this inside-out aquarium. I especially like the pink fish on the left swimming away from view :).

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Avatar Inspired Garden

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Avatar Inspired Garden

Avatar Inspired Garden

Avatar Inspired Garden

Liking a movie or not is subjective. One might not like the story and the characters, while someone else might. I wasn’t fully enamored by the story or the characters in Avatar, but the creativity and detailed work that was displayed was simply superb! This one is inspired by Avatar. Blue! Naturally, the base color chosen is Blue. A purple ribbon of color which has golden boundaries and silver dots for decoration drapes it. I made flowers and leaves from clay and painted and decorated them in bright colors and put a touch of glitter to match the decorations on the base. This is my Avatar Inspired decorated Terracotta pot :).

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Royalty

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Royalty

Royalty

 

This is another small terracotta pot that I painted and decorated. I really like shimmering colors for the work on terracotta pots, reminds me of royal kings and queens from the yesteryears :). I used copper and yellow-gold like colors as base ones here and decorated with glittering green paint and put dots of different colors. I made roses, leaves and another flower using clay and attached them to the pot. A yellow satin ribbon with a green glittery line drawn on it is draped around to add to the “royal” look :).

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Rustic, Earthy

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Rustic, Earthy

As a kid we traveled long distances in Indian trains, which went through many villages with small huts in which people lived. While not big or fancy, these huts were decorated with love and traditional designs. That was the inspiration for the rustic designs and texture I painted on this terracotta pot.

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The Majestic One

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

The Majestic One

This is a small terracotta pot that I painted and decorated. I love these two base colors, had a lot of fun working on this base coat of majestic, light shimmering purple with a combination of shimmering yellow for the central part. I decorated it with flowers and leaves I made from clay. Also used sequins, decorative mirrors, glitter paint etc. to add more detailed designs.

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Pillar with Flowery Vine

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

 
 
 

Pillar with Flowery Vine

I used cream as the base for decorating this small terracotta pot, which makes the candy cane inspired vine wrapped around it and the brightly colored flowers and leaves really pop. I made the vine and flowers out of clay and painted pistachio shells as leaves.

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Roses on Black

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Roses on Black

I painted the base color on this small terracotta pot black and then painted delicate white lace like designs on it (with shimmering red and green dots). Made flowers out of clay and painted them. Made leaves by painting pistachio shells that way. I created the stalks for the flowers out by painting and cutting the stalks from a tree that way. Golden colored lace circles on the top and bottom outline the bunch of flowers and leaves between the beautifully. There are also some silver colored glitter used to create more designs on the top and a circle at the bottom to match the white lace like design overall.

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Rangoli

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

I painted and decorated this small terracotta pot with bright contrasting colors and some glitter paints. Then added a colorful flower and leaves I made out of clay. The design on this is inspired by the bright colors used in various forms during festivals in India. It has panels/sections of different base colors and similar but different design on each panel.

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Terracotta Dressed in Gray

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Terracotta Dressed in Gray

I must have worked on this one during one my dark moods or maybe it was just that there were dark gray clouds in the sky that day and oh boy it rained a lot that day! After I did the gray paint coating, I decorated it with petals/flowers I made out of clay and painted those with bright, somewhat glittery yellows, reds and greens for contrast. Also did some delicate lace like designs with glitter paint on the top and bottom.

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The Garden

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

The Garden

This is another small terracotta pot that I painted and decorated. The inspiration for this one was a layered black frock I once had. The layers had shimmering boundaries. So I painted this one with a black base and added parallel shimmering circles around the pot. Then I decorated it with colorful flowers, leaves and butterflies just like they would be in a garden. These I made out of clay and painted.

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Rose on Black

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

I like experimenting with putty, roses and terracotta – they are one of my favorites. This terracotta pot has a rose made out of putty on its side. Although, making a rose out of putty is always fun, it is not so easy to have one on a clay pot. I have to delicately hold the freshly made rose on the pot for a while with glue applied, so that it stays permanently. In addition to the black background, I applied some glitter to the pot to compliment the presence of the rose.

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Terracotta Copper (Leaning) Pillar

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Terracotta Copper (Leaning) Pillar

I used a copper color for the base paint for this small terracotta pot. Decorations were done using glitter paint, flowers made out of clay, painted pistachio shells etc. This reminds me of shiny, ornate pillars from palaces shown in Indian movies :), except that it is leaning (I like this quirkiness).

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Mini Pillar

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Mini Pillar

I used a copper color as the base paint for this small terracotta pot. Decorations were done using glitter paint, painted jute etc. . This reminds me of shiny, ornate pillars from palaces shown in old Indian movies :). I named it “mini” pillar because there is also a taller copper colored pillar: Terracotta Copper (Leaning) Pillar

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Maui – Decorative Terracotta Pot

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Maui – Decorative Terracotta Pot

I used a shimmering, pearl like mauve color as the base paint for this small terracotta pot. Decorations were done using glitter paint, designs painted on pistachio shells etc. . I call this piece “Maui” off of the base color Mauve and all the decorative elements and the colors somehow remind me of the fun elements of Hawaii as I have seen in pictures :).

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Tea Time

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Tea Time

Tea Time

This is a zari, glitter and acrylic color on a traditional tea cup! Shades of white on top and bottom over a layer of black mark the boundaries. I have used zari and glitter to decorate the area in between. Do you see pistachio shells? Yes, they are partially coated in read an blue over and below the zari strip. I have tried to portray the signature of tribal art through the special shading strokes of white.

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Delicate Petals

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

I painted the base of this small terracotta pot navy blue and decorated it with glitter paint and couple other things. The pink stripes you see are from the net like thing that apples and pears are individually packed in these days (rings any bells?:)). The main decoration though is the two flowers that I made out of clay. I made the petals really thin – as they are in reality for these types of flowers. This was the tricky part – making the petals that thin. They are so thin and delicate that even after the clay has hardened, the petals are malleable and I think in a little bit of a strong wind, the petals might move like that of real flowers! It was really fun working on this piece.

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Orange and Blue

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Orange n Blue

Orange n Blue

I thought of decorating this almost perfectly spherical terra-cotta pot with bright colors. Orange and deep blue instantaneously struck a chord. After setting the base colors, I added symmetric designs on opposite sides using clay and glitter.

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Lamps – with a Rosy Touch

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Pottery Painting | 0 comments

Lamps - with a Rosy Touch

Lamps – with a Rosy Touch

Earthen lamps are of great significance when it comes to worshiping in India.
This lamp stand which has two lamps is suitable for being lighted either for the purpose of worshiping or as a welcome lamp used during traditional occasions.

This piece is made up of a couple of things – the structure itself is made up of two kulhads (earthen glasses – typically used for having tea in rural areas) placed on top of each other. I have used clay to make the roses. The roses compliment the beauty of lighting the lamps.

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Cushion Cover with Fabric Painting

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Fabric Painting | 0 comments

 

Fabric Painting on a Cushion Cover

Fabric Painting on a Cushion Cover

Fabric Painting on a Cushion Cover

I like keeping my home tidy and beautiful. Using colorful and beautiful cushions around gives it a cozy and elegant look. So I made these cushion covers. I painted the designs on them using fabric paint and added a lace around the boundary to give it a pretty, delicate feel. They might look delicate, but are comfortable and make the home beautiful :).

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A Colorful Parrot in Oil Pastels

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Oil Pastels | 0 comments

Colorful Parrot

Colorful Parrot

A Colorful Parrot in Oil Pastels

I wanted to show all the beautiful colors of nature in this painting of a colorful Parrot sitting on a branch of a tree, enjoying nature. I have experimented with two types of colors in this painting – Made the background using water paint and the rest – the parrot, leaves and the branch the parrot is sitting on using oil pastel colors.

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Ganesh Ji, Modak and a Mouse in Clay

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Clay Works | 3 comments

The title says it all! I made these miniature statuettes of Ganesh Ji and a cute little mouse with clay. I then painted the finished statuettes and adjusted the mouse’s cute little tail. The tasty modak (the round ball like Indian sweet) in Ganesh Ji’s hand made me want to have one too ;).

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Ships Ahoy!

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Cross Stitch | 0 comments

Three ships in various shades of brown threads. These have been created using cross stitch. In cross stitch, intricate designs are created by stitching many, many tiny little x-shaped stitches on a special type of easily countable even-weave fabric. I enjoy cross stitch and how  the final picture comes alive from tiny little colored xs :).

 

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Clay Dolls and Tortoise

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Clay Works | 1 comment

 

I made these out of clay from scratch :).  Dolls are smiling and so is their friend, the tortoise.

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Royal Glass

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Clay Works | 1 comment

Royal Glass

Royal Glass

This is how this plain elegant glass was changed into one for the royals – Shapes made out of clay, painted and decorated were attached to it and it was decorated with colorful glass and fabric paints and glitter.  So this is a vibrant, colorful, royal glass :).

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Sunrise, Branches and Birds!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Nature Photography | 0 comments

Early Morning - Sunrise, Branches and Birds!

Early Morning – Sunrise, Branches and Birds!

I love taking pictures. I took this one from my house very early one morning. It is usually difficult to wake up this early to witness the sunrise, but the beauty of the sunrise and the essence of morning makes it so worth it! I have tried to capture a little bit of the peace and beauty of that early morning in this photo.

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Pink Zinnia!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Flower Photography | 0 comments

Pink Zinnia!

Pink Zinnia!

Pink Zinnia!

I love taking pictures! I took this photo in the garden around my house which I lovingly tend to. There is so much beauty and serenity in nature. I have tried to capture a tiny droplet of that in this picture of a pink Zinnia.

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