Jan 31, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
As majestic as New Delhi is with its strong history and lovely architecture, there was always this softness and innocence in its air like the crape jasmine that grew outside almost all the houses I knew!
I used to treat it with just as much importance as the fragrant white jasmine. I couldn't understand why mom wouldn't want to place that in front of God, or why the phoolwalas wouldn't sell this flower..
Maybe it was my childhood, but I loved the city and all the small and big things it had with all my heart!
For I Remember You..
Jan 23, 2012
I Remember You as Tanush's First Friend
Jan 21, 2012
I remember the day Amma and Appa took Pras and me to one of Ruskin Bond's Book Signing functions. I had started reading his books since a few months ago.. and I had been talking about it all the while..
I love the way he wrote a scene. It used to feel very real; the scenes were more modern.. Ruskin Bond is of Anglo Indian descent and his stories were set around the post independence India in places where he had grown up.. I still love to think about his stories...
This was from a photograph that appeared in the Indian national daily, The Hindu
This is for the Sketchbook Project
Jan 19, 2012
We would be heading to India, and we would definitely miss you, little guy! I hope we are able to meet up sometime.. Tanush and Dwarakesh were always a treat to watch when they were together.. He'll call Tanush as Tan-anna!
.. for Sketchbook Project
Jan 17, 2012
They both have been friends from even before they could walk! Maybe even stand!! And thanks to them, we met some real lovely people who'll always stay warm in our thoughts!
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
But it matched the exact scene today.. white snow, pale white roofs, and pale white sky..
But I am glad it snowed finally.. Fresh snow floating and flying in the wind.. I like the night scenery when it snows. Everything looks bright and festive, thanks to the snow, which reflects any light around it!
I don't want to give this gift away! I don't want to sell my bed.. I don't want to sell my car.. I don't want to go anywhere! This is my home! This is where I made lot of memories..!
(I also dedicated the above statement to a dear friend of mine, who just lost her most loved one! May God be with her in all her moments.. Give her strength)
Jan 11, 2012
One day I decided that I am going to make use of the 45 min drive to our destination, as time for sketching.. I am glad I did, because we had a traffic jam too and we were stuck on the freeway for about 30 extra mins.. Didn't get a chance to trail different cars, as they hardly moved, but had enough time to sketch a few of them... Hubby was sad that he was behind the wheel!
Jan 9, 2012
A lousy plein air sketch - I had only 5 watercolor pencils.. No amount of touch ups with a bit of watercolor could rescue it...
BTW, they still haven't changed that flag :(
Jan 7, 2012
I loved how the raindrops had settled on the windows of the car here.. I was so happy about the 10 mins that we had before the appointment. Tanush didn't mind; he was also happy listening to a favorite song on the radio.. I asked him if I could take some time to draw, and he answered like a grown up - "Go on Amma!"
Jan 6, 2012
But I decided that I will pay my respects for the other song that you created history in Tamil Film industry with.. Manmatha Rasa! That started a whole string of electrifying dance sequences without which, now, no Tamil movie is complete! This started it all!
Now, the songs are sometimes faster than the dancers can handle! So they wear their costumes and dance their usual speeds and the post production fast forwards the scene so that it matches with the tempo of the song...
But Salute you for this one!
Here is adding ONE more for my sketchbook project!! Isn't it a wonderful study of Black and White composition!? Each frame was a 20 sec sketch! :)
Jan 5, 2012
Today, finally the sun came out.. and I could take a good picture of the painting, which I had completed some time ago.. I had taken a few photographs in good light previously too, but they had all come out slightly shaken.
This time, there was not much bright sunlight this Summer, in Michigan. I had been sketching other places in gloomy settings while this painting remained a work-in-progress for quite some time. I finally got a good sunny day and went to the library for finishing the painting. What was surprising was that, for the entire one hour that I sat there finishing the last session of the painting, there was beautiful bright sunlight. Then I left the painting on the car passenger seat and went to the library to pick up some holds. By the time I checked them out and came out, the weather had turned gloomy and we had our first Winter snow flurries! I was amazed! It was such a beauty! Now, some beautiful things, can NOT be captured by camera or sketch! It has to be felt and enjoyed!
If you were following, the WIP link is here.