I think I went a little overboard with green and messed up with this one. It doesn’t look like one integrated piece … What do you say???
With my new job and new challenges I am not able to take time out for painting. So I went looking for Van Gough in a box, not that I would endorse that idea very much but this is the best I could do in my current situation and came across this Manadala book – Coloring for Calm. So now a days I am trying to satisfy my artistic itch by filling in colors into the patterns hoping for peace and more free time.
I found this really a good way to meditate also as you have to stay very focused while filling in the finer details. So coloring away and hoping for peace of mind and time so that I can get back to my primitive ways of painting.
Untill then you gotta do what you gotta do!!!
Recently I was reading this book, “The One Thing” by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan; and got into thinking about priorities and choices. As adults when we have a choice and everything is at our discretion, is there a clear formula for making decisions so that we can make the best decisions for us and not trade them for just any decision?
I found my answer in PRIORITY, as long as we pause and think what really matters to us and let that drive our day/decisions we will have a sense of progress and can avoid getting trapped in busyness.
This painting was inspired by two thoughts –
It’s been a while I have painted something, one because of a relocation AGAIN… but more than that I have been overthinking a lot about what to paint and planning for a complicated project, but when I couldn’t come up with anything I just took the board and paint and did a simple art piece – which makes me happy 🙂
In this blog we will go to the beautiful, vibrant and culturally rich state of Gujarat, India. I have heard a lot about its growth and development models – which I did witness but apart from that I also witnessed the rich culture that they have held onto which I feel is missing in many other parts of India.
So coming back to the trip, it was a 2500 km drive.
Pune – Mumbai Expressway goes through the Western ghats, the winding roads which takes you through 4-5 tunnels was a very good start for the trip.
And then came Mumbai – one of the busiest cities in India, we hustled ourselves out of the crazy traffic of Mumbai, best thing about India – you can just honk your way out of the traffic 🙂
As we were on the border of 2 states – the traffic scene didn’t just end after Mumbai, but now the competitors we the huge trucks, now here you don’t want to piss off the big fellows so you just quietly and articulately make your way out.
Our first stop – Vadodara, it was Navratri festival that day so we had booked tickets for viewing the dance festival.
These are all local people who have dressed up for the occasion and not hired dancers.
And in no time the whole ground was filled with people dancing in sync and in full zeal to the mesmerizing live music.
taken from my shaky phone (I had no idea how the event would be else I would have at least freed up space in my phone).
Day2 – drive to Dwarika
Look at those horns, you better not mess with them
We share the road with everybody 🙂
The cows in India have the right to be anywhere they want and there is no debate on that 🙂
The point where the Gomati river joins Arabian Sea
The street hawker who has all the marketing and management skills she needed and the colorful market place.
And the journey continues
The bridge we were supposed to cross Vs The bridge we crossed
The local highway dhaba, this is a kathiyawadi gastronomical delight – all vegetarian (which makes me happy) and authentic taste which you will not get in any of those high priced imitation restaurants in the city and it is dead cheap plus served with smiles :), so I put all my manners aside and enjoyed my appetizing meal.
There is a small bunch of flamingos in there, Indian bustard – an endangered species, some pelicans, herons and ducks, not much of a bird watcher so just clicked a snap for the record 🙂
Phone and cameras are not allowed inside the temple so will have to do with the long shots. If you go to Somnath you should not miss the evening aarti, the music – the drums beats are so transcendental.
Gir National forest – 3 hours back breaking safari to see these and a few other of their relatives but no predators(lion or leopard). We saw some lion poop and on analyzing that our guide concluded that the lion had a deer for his lunch … so yeyyy, I wouldn’t have mind seeing the lion in action – even if it was pooping.
After a soul enriching trip we headed home.
I’ll miss Kathiawadi food and hope to see you soon.
Yeyy… I am back !!! …. after yet another relocation and a whole episode of searching for an apartment – shifting and settling in …
It feels good to back on the web …. and on wordpress… never thought I would miss wordpress so much… 🙂
So, I started this ambitious wall mural project back when I was home and getting bored ….
I was supposed to fill up only the vertical walls …. but I got too ambitious and crawled onto the ceiling too … 🙂
Maybe next time we will find a different place for the refrigerator and fill up that void too … 🙂
In today’s post I will share the mysterious universe I tried creating inside my home…. I am obsessed with the universe paintings these day 🙂 🙂
The ceiling view
The side view
The burning sun – it looks far better in real
The earth’s representative – the tree 🙂
“Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness” – Andre Gide
My first digital art, I have used Illustrator and Photoshop to accomplish this. As much as I am content with the outcome, I am also dissatisfied with the amount of time it took for me put this thing together in Illustrator because of its slow performance. I still don’t know if I am done with this artwork or did I just abandon it !!!
I think I’ll just stick to Photoshop and try Sketchbook for my next work.
I am not able to capture the true colors and life in the painting. I am going to try some photoshop techniques that I am learning. But in the meantime just wanted to share the painting as I am done with it.
The Guardian of our Galaxy… but all he cares about is his meaty bone. He been eating them like crazy these days. For now he is the muse for this painting.
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“Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t” –Margaret Thatcher
Learnt one thing about oil pastels – if you think you have done a mistake, its better to start afresh.
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