Jun 30, 2010


Tyler School of Art kids are so creative!

While I was packing I got a chance to organize the cigar box. You can see how horribly the compartments are designed; speaking from an open mind I can say it has some personality. ^_^
Thanks to Palak's purple paint job on the cardboard, it looks a lot better.

Jun 26, 2010


Thank you to all who support my crazy ideas!!!

My coffee filter with the mandala on it just sold at Square Peg Artery and Salvage!


First income, where I have used my efficiency. This one is for you bhagvaan.

Jun 22, 2010

Art for appreciation

After spending a long day at Penn's library, I was biking home through the streets of Philadelphia filled with filth, reckless drivers, traffic, more bikers, and the normal hustle and bustle of city life. People trying to get away from work and towards home, the Sun was still shining bright in the sky. The heat was actually bad, real bad. It felt like it was 2pm, when it was 6pm in the evening. With black helmet on my head and book bag on the back, I was sweating ("sweating like a thousand rattle snakes" as a friend would call it)!!! Hungry and thirsty, I was biking. Could not wait to get home and be in the air conditioned environment. So as I biked through the "suburbs/project areas" of north Philadelphia, my speed was being reduced as I went further. I didn't understand why, I had already passed the hill and I was biking on a relative flatter part of 11th street. Then I thought about the bike giving me problems, as it had earlier. But no, the pedals were fine, and the front wheel was not rubbing against the brake to the extent to slow me down. Well it was a flat tire. =( Luckily I was only 4 blocks away from temple. Walking seems like the slowest thing to do in the world after one bikes for a while.
Even on campus, it felt like it took me an eternity to get to the campus library today which is only 2 blocks from my apartment. 
So as I was walking I put on my headphones to accompany me on my walk back home. I played Anoushka Shankar's album "Rise".  This whole idea of making art for Anoushka came from this walk home listening to her music. As soon as the piano in "prayer in passing" followed by bansuri and sitar hit my ears. Everything else around me blurs. The music just moves and drags me in its world. the depth in her music touch the emotional side and rhythms the creative side. Nothing else mattered. The street was non-existent, my bike's flat tire was non-existent. A state which every artist wants their audience or viewers to be in. To know and explore every strum, every beat, every sound of the bols, every brush stroke, every smudge mark. Artist wants their viewer to feel and have the same experience they had when they were creating. I am not saying this is every artists goal. This state where the artist was one with the process and completely immersed in creation. A state frequently experienced by artists, usually it is a motivation to create more. A type of craving in a sense, to dive in. Take a chance. To create beautiful things. This state is called Flow, described really well by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. Hardly to be experienced by viewers or audience, as it requires engagement and there is a process to how one gets to that state of flow. Also experienced by scientists, teachers, surgeons and any pretty much every field, but to be able to experience that in certain fields takes longer than other. As the time to acquire the skill is very long before the person can apply the skill. Usually this state preceded by little inspiration a ton of frustration. Even Edison had said "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." A lot of times frustration turns people away to not continue. But a sense of completeness is only attained if the threshold of frustration is passed. This is what makes an artist going with a disinterest in monetary gains.
Why am I telling you all this?
Well, while I was walking back, I was in no process of creation. I was tired and extremely frustrated with my bike and the heat. But when the beautiful sound hit my ears, I was in a different world. I don't know why and how but it has never happened before. I was immersed and joyful. It felt complete and content. And so I wanted to create something for her, I thought about it when I was walking back. Her music gets to me every time, no matter how many times I listen to it. I would not call it flow but it was something. The mellow tones, with the classical raagas, the bansuri, the piano, the drums, the tablas, the vocals and finally the Sitar make a beautiful piece of art.

If you have never heard her music, please do so NOW.  The album "Rise" is just spectacular.

The colors are not as bright as I would have liked them to be.
But still something, the gold in the background looks better in person.

Take a look at this Mihaly's video (I dont know how to pronounce his last name)
I had read his book few years ago called  
"Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention"


Jun 15, 2010

Coffee Filters on Sale!!!

Viva all things handmade!

My Coffee Filters are on sale at "Square Peg Artery and Salvage"
Do check them out!! $120 each, I get 50% and the shop keeps 50%
I had no clue what they were worth, I thought she was going to say like $15 and I had planned to argue and mark them at $30. But when she told me how much she was thinking, I was like....."haaaaa for realllzzz???"
Well I am not really sure if people are going to buy them at $120. But we'll see =) right now I have butterflies in my stomach from the fact that she thought my stuff can even be sold. ^_^

"Natraja"-pen and marker
"the arabic looking design"- i dont know what else to call it
"Lotus in watercolor"- recently made this while studying...or when I didnt want to study

All three of these are on sale there.

Definitely check out the shop, they have some really neat stuff. Its very close to Rittenhouse Square.
and how awesome is their Logo, a Heart and an artery. Art made straight from heart =)

I had no idea this place existed, one fine day Priya and I were going to the Fine Arts Festival at Rittenhouse square after usual Sunday kendra and we passed this funky art shop. Priya and I exchanged "yeah that looks cool, lets go in" looks and we walked in.

Jun 10, 2010

Stolen idea-NOT

So apparently the horse carriage idea is not original.
Coach already has a design on their bags with horse carriage on it. Well I did not know. I mean do I really look like a person who would know what goes on in designer world?
MY horse carriage looks better than this anyway. =P Coach!

Jun 9, 2010

Day 39

Adventures through South Street sometimes get you cigar boxes for a $1.
So what do you do with it?
Make a Jewelry case.
Or a portable palette. But for now its a Jewelry case.

Books that library throw out and I collect them

glued pages from the book

done with glueing
design with brown, green and gold permanent marker
glued ribbon for easy opening of the box
horse carriage drawn in gold and then sprayed with glazing spray paint
side view
The finished product

finally my jewelry can sit calmly in this organizer.
I have made cardboard compartments on the inside but they look pretty crappy, I need to trim and paint them.

Jun 7, 2010

Saanvi's Room!

Elmo and Monkey

Waiting for pictures of finished room!

Jun 6, 2010

Vincent 'Phillie Phanatic' Gogh

Starry Night painted on Phillies Mascot
Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts festival

Jun 3, 2010

We are one big family!!!

This one is just amazing. Watch it.

"Empathize means to Civilize"

Jun 1, 2010


Yeah yeah, I keep posting videos and no art. But this video is awesome, art and interesting facts at the same time. There are other videos by the same people about different topics, this one I thought was one of the neat ones. Another one called "The surprising truth about what motivates us" is also very interesting.

The Secret Power of Time

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