Warli painting is a tribal art-form from Maharashtra. The paintings usually depict scenes from daily life. The important aspect of these paintings is that the themes are never mythological and the figures are devoid of colours.
I had not tried my hand at warli-style painting until now. To start with, I thought of making something very simple like the warli procession. You might see a bit of color in this design as I like to add color to anything & everything in life. In this artwork, I have tried to make both ends meet – the East & the West. The frame that has been used for the painting is a typical north east handicraft , a coaster by itself. Usually, I do not miss any of the handicraft exhibitions that come up in the city and I make it a point to buy simple, yet nice and not so expensive stuff for my collection. This coaster was bought in one such expo and now I have totally changed its purpose, to hold my painting. I am sure that the coaster would be very delighted to hold some cool painting rather than a cup of hot tea
Jute bags are in fashion nowadays as they are eco-friendly, reusable, durable and of course elegant too. I have been sporting some for few years now. Recently, I had bought plain jute bags with the idea that I would make some nice embroidery designs on them but ended up painting my daughter’s and niece’s name. I am pretty sure that Akshara and Laya would grow up and love shopping the way I do and these bags will come in very handy then
Just like Newton’s third law “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”, Akshara has to come up with something similar to whatever craft I do. Before I start with my work I need to equip her with all the raw materials, else my projects would seldom survive. I post some of her work on my blog and some I don’t, for obvious reasons. Here is what she had painted on a canvas bag. Its a little incomplete owing to her level of patience
The onset of Spring just makes it perfect to indulge in flower art. If you ask Akshara as to what her favourite food is,her spontaneous reaction would be, Pasta! If the same pasta with some added colours were to be used in a craft activity ,that’s enough to keep her smiling the whole day I wanted to exhaust some old stock of pasta and food colours. This activity provided the right opportunity. Just started off with the idea of some flowers and leaves and Akshara did a good job of sticking them together.
To add on to the fun, we also made some colorful pasta necklaces that Akshara and I could flaunt
It has been quite some time since I had done some paper quilling. I decided to work on this “7 Ds” thought board which I plan to place in Akshara’s room. I am sure it will take at-least 7 more years for her to fully understand the meaning of the words on this board
The definition of Success varies from person to person and for me, these 7Ds pretty much define it. The words are self explanatory but one may wonder about some of them being synonyms. I would say that the minor difference does help in climbing the ladder without losing a single step.
As a child I have had many dreams, but had never taken them seriously enough until I got the chance to meet Dr.Abdul Kalam. He happens to be an alumnus of our college (From one of the earliest batches of aeronautical engineers at M.I.T Chennai) and I was from “the golden batch” (as we, the 50th graduating batch, were called). I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet him personally. The only thing that he went around asking the students was “What is your dream?” and I still cannot forget that day and will always treasure it as one of the best experiences of my life.
Destiny is something that we achieve after a struggle, but then dreams are beyond that. There is no end to one’s dreams. This is the reason the word “Dream” tops my rainbow spectrum, even above destiny. Dream BIG, they convert into thoughts and finally into results. Once that is done, go back to the start and re-live the infinite loop of the 7Ds!
I scream U scream which flavour do U want? “dulce de leche” !
Do you need a reason to have chocolates and ice creams ? I eat them whenever I feel happy , want to feel happy and of course, when I am hungry This week, as a treat to all the happy hearts I decided to bring together chocolate and ice cream in this yummy creation, which i have proudly christened “choccupice”- vanilla ice cream served in edible chocolate cups.
I have used cooking chocolate (white & dark) to make the chocolate cups. The method is quite simple ..
1. Heat together white and dark chocolate at a low flame until it melts and comes to a pourable consistency. Note: Use double boiling technique and do not heat the chocolate directly.
2. Allow the mixture to cool a bit and then pour it into the paper cups. The mixture should be thick enough that it will coat the paper cups with a thick layer of chocolate. Note: To get designs on your cup just play around with white and dark chocolate.
3. Refrigerate the cups coated with chocolate.
4. Once set, tear open the paper part of the cup.You should get a clean mould.
Now the chocolate cup is ready to hold your ice cream.
The hearts jutting out of the chopsticks are purely made of marie biscuit powder, milk powder and milkmaid. The choccupice came out so well that even the “hearts” wanted to have a bite of them! Akshara & Rajaram were totally delighted seeing the outcome of this dessert and I had to safeguard it before I could picture it for this post
Yet another canvas painting on my favourite theme “Krishna”. This time, the colours reflect the motherhood sentiment as Krishna bonds with his maiyya Yashodha. I was inspired to replicate this painting after seeing it at my doctor’s clinic.
It’s a known fact that Yashodha did not give birth to Krishna, but still we consider her to be the epitome of motherly affection. It need not be necessarily “motherhood”, but the compassion that every women has within herself which happens to be one of the best things that God has bestowed on her. This morning Rajaram suggested me to take 10 mins off from my so called busy time to see a short movie that seemed to be a tribute to motherhood. I, as a mother, was able to relate to every scene that appeared, but the end was something that took me by surprise. It was then that I realised the true intention of that movie. A must watch for the men to appreciate the beauty in women and for the women to realize how beautiful they are
“अतिथि देवो भवः“
which means guests are God and should be treated like one.
For some time now I have been thinking of putting some art work at the entrance of our house to welcome our guests . It ended up in this warm welcome frame that I made using the thermocol boards which are used for packaging. I believe that floral designs with inspiring words bring warmth to a soul and hence decided to picture it on this frame. I have used acrylic colors to paint the patterns. Initially, I had planned to put just a picture of us in this frame as they say “a picture speaks a thousand words” but then owing to privacy/publicity issues (if hung at the entrance) I changed it to include quotes based on a monthly theme.
After coming back from Cyprus we have always had guests coming to our home and every time I must say that our happiness has increased a dozen fold. These days, with the concept of nuclear families being so popular, a guest is usually not well understood by the younger generation. This reminds me of a soft & funny movie “Athithi tum kab jaoge ?” in which the emotions and the experiences of a young couple , when their distant uncle comes to their house unannounced, have been beautifully essayed. Do watch it to have a hearty laugh but again don’t miss to infer the subtle message that the movie has to offer.
The law of polarity states – “Everything in the universe has its opposite” – yin-yang, north-south, up-down, day-night, good-bad and the list goes on. So it’s quite obvious that there has to be a Mr.Right and Mrs.Always Right. This is of course with an arguable statement that men can be sometimes right too If one is active the other becomes passive and vice-versa, but women have a feeling (a right feeling?) that they are always right.
This is my second project using M-Seal (the first one here) where I have taken a clay vase as a base and built on top of that. I have used shilpakar craft M-seal to mould the designs. Finally, a dash of acrylic colours on top of the mseal would make it stand out. A small tip: Always apply a coat of white base below the solid colours to make the true colours prominent.
Oru poongavanam, pudhumanam,
adhil romaanjanam, dhinamdhinam
A beautiful song penned by lyricist Vaali. This line exactly explains the feeling I get when I go for my routine early morning walk in the nearby garden, with tall trees and a small pond with floating ducks and lilies on its surface. The picture becomes just perfect with the moon lighting up the scene.
I have always fancied pencil shading and developed this interest over the years while attending boring classroom lectures Well, came up with this sketch today while on my morning coffee. Won’t the ducks get bored spending their whole life in this pond? But then if U wake up to such a lovely sight everyday why should they get bored.
I have always wondered why the cow is considered sacred in India. In my quest to find the reason, I came across many funny stories on the internet and eventually found that the answer was as simple as “Cow gives us milk, that’s why!” , something that I have been teaching Akshara from day 1.
In south India, the third day of the Pongal celebrations is called “Maatu pongal” when cows are decorated and worshipped. Well, Rajaram would not buy me a real cow and hence I settled with decorating a terracota cow cart with beautiful colours. This work of mine is a dedication to the cutest and selfless herbivore on earth, “the holy cow”