Dec 27, 2010

Sheila Sheila...


There is one Sheila who wears her Saree properly and sings beautifully.
Sheila Chandra


And there is this Sheila who seems to have bought the wrong size saree. Is that even possible?!
Sheila ki Jawaani
With a horrible song that is stuck in my head.

Sheila is so lucky. My 100th post is about her.
Happy Blogging!!

Dec 26, 2010

Portfolio Day-6

Been procrastinating. =(
Watercolor and colored pencil on illustration board.
This is almost done, I just don't really want to keep looking at the same thing so I will move on. I will wait till I show it to Ms. La Due and she can help me fix this piece.
Next, a self-portrait. 

Dec 22, 2010

Portfolio Day-3

Finally finished the drawing I started yesterday, it took me soooo long.
Tonight I will start a watercolor piece of boots.

Dec 21, 2010

Portfolio Day-2

This morning I started a drawing of sardine cans, I am still not done. It is taking me so long, must finish it tomorrow morning.
This above is Dora, she agreed to meet me at Panera as my model for the night. I might work with her tomorrow also for an extensive drawing. I haven't seen Dora for more than 4 years now, it was good to see her again. =)

Dec 20, 2010

Portfolio Day-1

First day of drawing. I didn't think I could draw, I thought I had lost the ability. But some how I was able to create this.
Needed to take the rust off.

Dec 12, 2010

Art and Medicine

Few years ago when I was looking up information to write my personal statement to apply to medical schools, I had found this interview of Dr. Therese Southgate, Senior Contributing Editor of JAMA. I recently found it again and would like to share it...
Essentially I think every field is related to one another. Left and Right brain must be used equally. Society in early days worked to become more and more specialized to the extent that today a neurosurgeon has no idea what the orthopedic surgeon's job is. Specialization is needed for best performance, though it is also necessary to have people who are able to bring things together. Our job today has become to incorporate and merge all these fields that were separated so long ago such as Dentistry and Medicine. Same way looking at two extreme sides of the spectrum Art and Medicine are very much alike. Dr. Southgate was a journalist till 28, then decided to pursue medicine for the rest of her life. 
Here is what she has to say...
Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic) by: Thomas Eakins

The question I have been most frequently asked during my years with the JAMA covers is: "Why art on the cover of a medical journal? What has medicine to do with art?"
Let's look at what medicine and art have in common:
First, they share a common goal: to complete what nature has not.
Second, they have a common substrate, the physical, visible world of matter.
More significant, however, are the similar qualities of mind, body, and spirit demanded of the practitioners of each, painter and physician.
Chief among them is an eye: the ability not only to observe, but to observe keenly -- to ferret out the tiny detail from the jumble of facts, lines, colors -- the tiny detail that unlocks a painting or a patient's predicament.
Observation demands attention, and this is the key to both art and medicine. Attention is nothing more than a state of receptiveness toward its object, the artist to nature, the viewer to the work of art, the physician to the patient. It is no accident, I believe, that clinicians -- or treating physicians, as they are often called -- are referred to as "attending physicians." "Attention" and "attend" are both derived from the same Latin root meaning "to stretch toward."
Many more "affinities" exist between medicine and the visual arts, but I will close with just one: Medicine is itself an art. It is an art of doing, and if that is so, it must employ the finest tools available -- not just the finest in science and technology, but the finest in the knowledge, skills, and character of the physician. Truly, medicine, like art, is a calling.
And so I return to the question I asked at the beginning. What has medicine to do with art?
I answer: Everything.
That's my opinion. I am Dr. Therese Southgate, Senior Contributing Editor of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).

Nov 28, 2010

Day 53

Things I shouldn't have been doing during the break =/
Lopa taught me the pattern and helped me with the blue crotched part.

Nov 15, 2010

You always find people who think like you...

How cool is this??
Quote from
"The Art of Looking Sideways" by Alan Fletcher
The girl who made this is still an undergrad at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Very Inspirational.

Nov 8, 2010

Potential career

Tooth tattoos
Art on Teeth!

Might have figured out what I want to do for the rest of my life =D

or just a thought.

Nov 6, 2010

Day 52

Acrylic on canvas
Super late birthday gift!
Cartoon version of Devansh.

I had very few acrylic colors to work with. Red, brown/burnt sienna, teal green and yellow. No skin tones, no white, no black! I had to go wild, out of my boundaries to create this.
I was restricted as to, I could not paint the way I normally paint with neutral tones and and dark background. Skintones were impossible to create without white or beige. Yet, I think this piece turned out pretty alright (except for facial proportions, hence he looks like a cartoon).
I realized while painting that just like painting with restricted colors, life gives your restrictions to live with. These restrictions help us grow rather than set us back. If I had every color in the world to paint with, I might have created something that is very normal looking and might have followed norms. But with restriction I was able to explore and extend what the few colors were able to produce. Same way in life we are given certain limitations to live with and with those we work to make the best out whatever we are given. Rather than following the norm, true creativity only pours out in life and on canvas with limitations. Making the best out of the worst. When you have 100% freedom, there is just too much you can do and we might end up creating a chaos. Hence, there are laws of nature that we must follow, rules of society, family values and so on. My point is, one does not need 100% freedom to live life to its fullest. Free will can still be implemented with all the limitations that apply to our life or thinking positively, all the possibilities that are available to us through our options. Limitation is what creates our life interesting. Not having everything, but working to create beautiful things from what we have. Creativity is basically a unique way of solving problems/applying skills. It can best be seen when skills are applied to solve  set backs and from that a person grows more.

Something I was thinking when painting.

Oct 27, 2010

Day 51

This design was in my head since last year and never worked on it. Finally its out on paper, but needs more tweaking. Thinking of placing "SNMA" on the sleeve or back instead of the front side. Colors are not final yet. I have used this "I <3 NY" sign at SO many places. Its getting a little old now. 
Someone asked me yesterday, how do I find time to do random things like this which is essentially not beneficial to me in any way possible. Well, I really don't know how it works. Time and art finds me. But I say is why not do things for the sake of doing them, rather than thinking about what is going to happen. This is not going to help me get a better grade in any class, nor am I going to make my parents happy, nor is anyone ever going to remember I made this shirt. No monetary gain, no recognition/fame can ever replace the feeling of doing things you love to do. Just don't let your skills go to waste.
And there is no such thing as talent.
"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration" - Edison

Oct 24, 2010

Live the idea!

While most of us are struggling every moment to make trivial selfish decissions of life. Some have made it beyond this superficial facade of daily grind.
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”-Vivekananda
Some are breathing this sentence every day, not for themselves but for others. These are the ideas that flow against the norm. Devoting their life for a different purpose other than themselves.
I was touched when I read the story of a 19 year old going to Nepal to help orphanages independently from the money she had earned babysitting in high school.
People who see change is needed and are working towards it, need more acknowledgment.
This post is for the ones who bring light in other people's lives. I someday want to do the same with art, influence positively and implant possibilities of doing the impossible.
Something I have learned from a very special person, Dadaji, and will keep in my heart all my life. My head will always bow  for the time and effort he has put in to enlighten people's lives and personally my life.

Another interesting project
Neat video.

Oct 14, 2010

Day 50-USNDA Emblem

USNDA-Temple Chapter
T-shirt design, logo for newsletters etc.

Oct 11, 2010

Day 49

Finished. I can't believe Bayan actually trusted me with his macbook. 

Oct 4, 2010

Malgudi Days

I found the title song of the tv show Malgudi Days remade by a band named Nakshatra Uncorporated. I am liking it a lot, very melodic.

Oct 2, 2010

First Friday

Yesterday was First Friday and it was one of the best ones I have been to in the past 3 years. I did a program for my residents and took them to their first 'First Friday'.
At the end of the night we went to this old book store where they had random antique/vintage/trashy/old/rusty items including books, records, painting prints, boxes, and just random things. It is located right next to aka music. At the store I found old books from India such as first edition Vivekanda books from Ramkrishna mission from 1950s, old Indian art history book, first edition R.K. Nayaran 
story books/cartoons, couple of them were about Swami and friends. 'Malgudi Days' has been one of mine and my father's favorite t.v. shows of all times, introduced to me by my father as one his childhood memories. I started loving the show because I used to look at my father as a hero (still do) and wanted to do everything he did, even eat eggplants because they were his favorite. But when I saw the the original stories by Narayan which were then turned into the t.v. show my mouth dropped open. SUCH TREASURE IN PHILADELPHIA!!!!! so freakin random. Then I found this book called "The Tagore Stories" (big fan of Tagore) which has excerpts from his works, conversations and letters. Here is the bigger surprise, today happens to Mahatma Gandhi's 141st birthday and yesterday freakishly I found an article cutout in the Tagore book about Gandhi's 100th birthday being celebrated at University Of Pennsylvania's campus in 1969. How random!!!! It was such a wonderful day yesterday =) I bought all these books and a gorgeous vintage wooden box to keep jewelery. One of my residents found a Renoir charcoal drawing framed print for $10.
This shop is just amazing, messy and unorganized; filled with random collectible old things.
And we saw this old guy improvise 'eleanor rigby' on his acoustic electric guitar accompanied by another old guy playing the electric violin. It was beautiful! How can I forget the purpose of our visit, the art was breathtaking. 
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Happy Birthday to Gandhiji!

"Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well"

Sep 28, 2010

Day 48

One of my co-workers Bayan, is letting me free hand draw on his Mac-book pro.
Work in progress

Sep 23, 2010

Sep 16, 2010

More and more mehndi

I found more pics
3:00 am Mehndi on my hands for Amal's wedding

This one below is from spring break when we were bored.

More shaadi stuff

Lekhani's hand

Its like this blog is turning into a Mehndi blog.
Mehndi didn't turn out that good, because I made the hole too big and with thick mehndi it's hard to do detailing.
But the color looked awesome.

Sep 4, 2010

Day 47

For Lekhani's new house. Thanks for supplying the canvas and cheese.

Probably one of the fastest paintings I have done. 

I found out today my molecular bio professor who I will be doing research with this year is an artist and an art collector. Part of her Ph.D thesis was on histone structure (people still cite her, first one to figure out what the shape of it is) at Princeton. How freaking cool?! Only she knows how many hours she spent in lab but still pretty cool.
Art and Science. Yum!

Aug 23, 2010

Day 46

Existential love

What is it really that we are expected to do in life?
When you do something, no one notices. When you don't do it, the whole world is after you with a sword claiming the person has changed for worse. Maybe they just need a break.
If a man must think about how good is the person he is serving, then the man is not serving. Or if the person will ever remember this act, the man is not serving.
If I have to find good people to serve, what is the point?
Isn't it about selfless love for everyone. Doesn't matter who.
Apparently not. I am expected to find good people to serve.
Don't agree.

Aug 21, 2010

Day 45

Sometimes art is forced from us.

 Glad to be back. Cant wait to go biking again.

We had to do some kind of skit at the end of our training for the closing ceremony. Instead we did this ridonculous rap video. ( "A Milli" by Lil Wayne) Called "Peabody" by the fabulous Peabody Hall staff. (if you have never heard "a milli" go listen to it and then watch our video, Cody did an amazing job of creating the same sound effect)
This is called true creativity. After spending hours and hours at sessions during the day, we spent our night doing this and didn't sleep. It might just be the funniest rap video you have ever seen.
Kerry and I learned we weren't born to be rappers. So we just stood on the side and tried looking gangsta.
so G!

Aug 5, 2010

Day 43

Its been just a little over a year since I started Blogging and like Chai I am addicted to this thing.
Both are sad things.

Anjali-4 years old

Sandhya-2 years old

2 Sisters I baby sat couple of days ago. They asked me if I was Tinker Bell. sooo CUTE!!!!
except when Sandhya peed on the floor and I had to clean it.

I am not that type of person to 'like' things so much that I would go about saying "I want this" as Tyler Durden from Fight Club said, "The things you own end up owning you." 
Even when I saw these shoes on the shelf never thought they would look good. But when I put them on, my eyes popped and I was drooling...such beauty. It makes my ugly feet look attractive. Well this thing cant own me yet because I don't own a pair myself. The love story ends at this picture.
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