Thursday, July 30, 2009

Magnet Makeover

Had a tooth-shaped fridge magnet around for ages. It said "Smile! Keep your bite bright." Obviously, it came from a dentist.... and so had his contact details on it. Not much use when you have moved houses, and countries! :)

So I decided on a makeover. At least the message on it remained relevant even otherwise; a smile never hurt, did it! So I added some artwork, and gave it a new look.

The kids loved it, identifying each of the food items I'd drawn. And the fridge looked a tad brighter for the splash of colour on the white magnet.

p.s. - Sorry about the picture quality; I know they are hopelessly hazy but I used my cellphone camera as the digital ran out of battery. Lazy ol' me! :)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Flowing Brook

Yippee! I can't believe I finished my second painting in two hours flat. No exaggerations, I swear.... I worked on it like a woman possessed, and so enjoyed the experience!

This is my rendition of the English countryside in Cotswold, UK. It has been inspired by the photographs of a very dear friend who visited the area a few years back.

So what do your think of this one?

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Lotus Ganesha

Here's introducing you all to The Lotus Ganesha, my very first acrylic on paper. As I said in my last post, I carried around a sketch of this for months, and am so relieved to have finally done some justice to it. Reactions, comments, suggestions?

Though I do have a confession to make. I slipped on my target of 'one painting in a week' with my very first painting! tch, tch... :(

From the sketching stage right upto the final layers of paint, it took me two whole weeks to finish The Lotus Ganesha. Somehow I got so entagled in household chores, kids' homework, weekend travel and so on, that the poor painting had to take a backseat.

But the good news is, it is finally complete. And I am already working on the next one!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Addicted To Acrylics, Again!

Seems like my ceramic paints phase is over for a bit. I’m back with my old love, the box of acrylic paints and am enjoying using them on paper.

What I love most about them are the vibrant colours, and the umpteen luscious shades one can come up with. Yes, some of the mix-n-match shades look downright yummy and edible!

I have also promised myself to take my acrylic-on-paper phase more seriously. My target is one painting per week. Lets see if I can keep up the resolve!

Am currently working on the first one, and hope to share it soon. This sketch has been lying with me for perhaps six months now…. am so glad to finally see it getting done.

The monsoons sure inspire my creative juices! Hope you all are having an inspired phase too.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Fun Kiddy Projects

We did some fun projects last month, me and the kids.

Started with some finger-painting…

Then moved on to ladyfinger printing!

Don’t these turtles give the Olive Ridley’s some serious competition? :)

Made an octopus out of a paper plate and cut-up straws…

And used the remaining part of the paper plate to create an African-style neckpiece! That, incidentally, is my three year old daughter posing so gleefully with the neckpiece.

Finally we did some palm prints to make the scorching sun (as if we needed any more of its heat…. Phew!!)
What did you all do to keep the kids busy during their summer vacations?


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