Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Today's sketch--mischievous girl

This is my niece, Nandini, a chirpy 8 year old. I clicked her when I went to rishikesh this time.She is always ready with cute poses.I like the naughty expression here.
The paper is different so the shading did not come out very fine...still, i am sharing it here.. 7"x10" pencil on paper

Monday, March 30, 2009

Passion for Painting Award

I thank you fellow artists Anne Marie propst and Lesley Spanos for presenting me with this Passion for Painting award, created by Kim Ratigan. Needless to say, I am delighted and honoured.
Have a look at these artists’ blogs for some wonderful pet portraits and landscapes….
I have been asked to pass on this award to seven other artists. Now, this is the tricky part! How do I choose among all those gems? But I have to continue the chain, so here I am—with seven of the brilliant artists whom I have found in this wonderful world of blogger artists.
Now I have to write down seven things I love:

1. My son Arjun and my husband manik—the two guys of my life!
2. Painting and sketching…it perks me up anytime; even if it is for myself only!
3. I love morning walks in park and after-dinner strolls with my husband where we go on talking about just anything on earth!
4. Reading –i love to laze around with a book (fiction, mystry/short stories) whenever I feel tired or stressed..it relaxes me instantly.
5. A work completed...I love the feeling of elation when I complete a job, a painting, or anything!
6. Nature…always an inspiring and calming influence.
7. Company of fellow artists …my newest love ; blogging —It rejuvenates me.

Different Strokes From Different Folks

This was my entry for the Different Strokes from Different Folks challenge. Although I admit that this was not my best effort, but rather an experiment!......I tried my son's oil pastels on a drawing sheet and I was finished, it looked good enough to send....Anyway, I did it just to be a part of the challenge..and that purpose is solved!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

tying a shoelace

Finally i got back to painting...This is my son, in an older photo; trying to tie his shoelace! we were on a vacation and what you see here is a rocky terrain of Panchgani, Maharashtra.

watercolor on 7"X10" paper

Friday, March 27, 2009


A friend of mine sent me this link today...Its about a blind man who paints amazing pictures.Have a look ..you will be amazed too!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

This is a water color I had worked upon some days back.It was waiting to be finished. A great way to rejuvenate myself after a full day of work!

I felt great just doing it...hope you enjoy it as well!

On a 14''x11'' paper.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Rishikesh pics

This man was selling a stencil made of a plastic ring and some plastic disks.The disks have holes in them at strategic places.and one can put his pen through the holes and move the discs along in circuler movements to produce beautiful patterns!I used to love this toy a lot when I was Arjun's age....its a local favourite here....Now he is enjoying it! Mind you, its not easy!I made some really weird patterns while trying to teach it to my son!

This vendorselling spices on sidewalk...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Ganga

This place is called "Swargashram", meaning -"Heavenly Abode"...

Both banks of Ganga river are joined by a narrow hanging bridge that you can see at a distance here.

An old boat resting on the bank. Only other way to cross this river ....

People enjoying a boat ride in the deep waters of this holy river.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Back from Rishikesh

Hi everyone...I missed you all during these 5 days! I would have loved to stay for some more time-- the weather was so good and everything was so beautiful...but I had to come back sooner than I had planned due to some obligations of work! Anyway, I took full advantage of my trip and tried to take some good shots as I had promised.
First of all, the banks of Ganga river....

The flower sellers ...

The sadhus soaking in morning sun...

The flowers for devotees....

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A timeout

I will not be posting anything for coming few days as i am leaving for Rishikesh tomorrow,and I wont be having internet facility over there....i had high hopes on this trip but the dental surgery that I have gone through a couple of days ago is making me quite lethargic...all those medicines are making me a lazy slob..I dont know how will I find the energy to venture out and find some good shots.I just hope to get better in a couple of days!Till then, goodbye!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wise Old Sage

Today's sketch.Borrowed the subject from Mostafa again.He was too good here.The lighting and contrast were perfect.The photograph was a masterpiece in itself...check it out at -http://www.pbase.com/moftah/in_varanasi

yet I have tried to do justice to it in pencil. :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Here are the "Brothers" again, this time in acrylic on canvas board.It was a fairly difficult piece and I am still not satisfied with it.The pose was unusual and the big guy's face was the most challenging face I have done so far!...Still, here it is.

Colors of HOLI

Today we celebrate a festival of colors and fun...Holi. Holi is celebrated to welcome spring and it is marked by the spirit of pure fun and enjoyment.People go out and meet each other, sprinkle colors and put Gulal on each other, share sweets and have lots of fun on this day.
Arjun, drenched in colors, poses with a friend,who looked like an angel...she was named Angel,too!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

my new minibook

I got another of my minibook published onlie on sharing-books.com toady...its a story of a child who imagins seeing a green fox among the fur trees...
the link will take you to the page:
Happy reading!
And I am working on another of "brothers" painting...I think I will complete it today!:)

Sunday, March 8, 2009


As I said earlier, I found the "brothers" theme quite appealing. This is my first attempt here--in water colors....I have also used poster (opaque) colors from my son's color box at some places, besides the usual photo colors. Photo colors are very bright and transparent but i find them hard to control in places where detail is needed. Also, where i need to put darker shades in large areas...It was an attempt , after all!:)

Saturday, March 7, 2009


This is an extension of earlier post about spring. My nephew has been visiting so I took him and my son to the park with me...they look barely awake here! But the "brothers" theme looks cute to me. I am going to paint them soon....

Friday, March 6, 2009


Spring is here and flowers are in full bloom...these are the images I took in our local park where I go for a walk in the mornings...Today I went a little later ,when the sun was well up and everything looked bright. I am not a pro with recognising flowers but first one look like pansies, and last one is bottlebrush (this i know for sure as there are plenty of these in our locality) They bloom in March and look very beautiful!

Couldn't resist sharing them...

images of mybook

Thumbnails of the poems mentioned below.....


I got two minibooks published today on sharing-books.com! It was in collaboration with Jennifer Poulter who is a seasoned author of children's books.I met her recently on Jacketflap.com which is a very useful site and meeting ground of all literary people--authors,illustrators, publishers etc....
We got along pretty good and before I knew it, I was doing illustrations for her poems! It was pure fun...I converted my water color paintings into posters for her.Anyone can see them at
Happy viewing


Monday, March 2, 2009

today's sketch

This lady caught my eye when i was surfing and came across the portfolio of Mostafa Moftah at pbase....Iasked him if I could draw this and he generously agreed....his work is worth seeing...