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Sep 30, 2011

Baby Ninja (Injured)


Baby Ninja (when she was looking fynee)


Baby Ninja (after she got hit by a drunk driver, no human body parts were injured)

When I get a chance I am going to draw her.

But listen to these ridiculous bicycle songs..




Bute the best of all is this last one...



hahahaha
=D

Sep 22, 2011

Day 66


Photograph by Saleem Ahmed

Always wanted to paint this photograph, taken in India by Saleem.









Ok I tried, the drawing isn't so good and watercolor is sooo hard to work with.
No justice done to the original photograph.
You think painting requires patience? Watercolor requires even more patience!!
around 2.5-3 hours of work...
I am learning to get better at watercolor
Ahh hope I create something better in my Friday class.
I will try this in Oils someday.

Watercolors remind me of a beautiful mess like this song...
messy yet vibrant, coordinated yet unexpected
"Beautiful Mess" by Jason Mraz


Sep 18, 2011

Artist Statement!


My life has greatly been influenced by the Vedic way of life that originated in southern Asia. Indian classical music, festivals, values and so on are all a part of this rich culture. It is reflected in the art that I create, from the painting of ‘Diwali’ to the ‘Girl inside the temple’ and even my doodles on used coffee filters. My artwork and vision has been highly influenced by my Indian cultural upbringing with close ties to family.
Essentially artists are mere imitators of nature, the surrounding within and outside. It is the artist who decides what aspect of this greatest creation of all, nature, to illustrate. I desire to portray beauty that is found in simple things and send a positive message about life.
For example, the idea to use used coffee filters as a medium was inspired from the natural pattern created on the coffee filters from coffee brewing.  Some parts were stained, and some were not, in a very random manner, sort of like the different life experiences we all go through. Our life is never plain like a new coffee filter, but always like a used one: stained, used here and there, torn here and every one of them is unique only after it is used. My motive was to make this used coffee filter even more attractive and beautiful, like the way it is our job to make this life beautiful regardless of the stains we are given.

My art, many times is observed and brought to life in oil, water color, pen, sharpie, acrylic, on canvas, paper or used coffee filters. A lot of the work shown here is few years old; recently I completed my Bachelors degree in Biology from Temple University and have been working on improving my skills of drawing from life as I am aspiring to pursue a career in medical illustration.
yataḥ pravṛttir bhūtānāḿ

Chapter 18th of Bhagvad Gita, Verse 46
“The perfection of self-realization is only obtained in perfection from worshipping the Supreme Lord and offering everything one possesses to Him”
I offer my efficiency to him, my art.

Sep 15, 2011

ACL ACL ACL

wake up early, bike, class, bike, eat, bike, class, bike more... is what I do all day everyday!
I have been biking a ridiculous amount lately, but can't tell you how much I enjoy it.

Few months till have to go under the knife to get this ACL of mine fixed. So far I dont feel any pain (in terms of it coming in my way of daily life), but my knee is very weak.

So I am trying to soak in all the physical things I can do for the next few month, after december I will be  a little sedentary (hopefully not in my thinking).
Till then trying to take it slow.


What does my ACL have to do with a blog that is about art! Well, look at this gorgeous animation about ACL reconstruction. 


Sep 9, 2011

Day 65




This is the most I have biked in one route! 

and we return after a long break from blogging. 
Blogging is such a good way to keep track of my artistic progress, and a log of all the things I have done.
Introspection is important . To check once in a while where I am, and where do I want to go. 
Artistically I do that by looking at what things have come naturally to me, things that initially used to take frustration and intense thought about what exactly I am doing. 
May people think, painting or drawing is a passive act. To some it can be, if it is reflecting the inner nature and they are using no technique and its all emotion. Such as the random doddles and patterns are I create in class, or when a Buddhist monk creates mandala (though he is in a  100% concentrated stage, opposite of  passive, yet relaxed). But for the most part, drawing and painting from life is all attention requiring and frustrating process. Its about observing, thinking about what you see, then putting that brush stroke down. No random brush stoke will not get you life like work. Even though there is so much frustration involved, the process is extremely rewarding. The feeling of getting a glimpse of what 
 its like to create. The little power of creation that we have is amazing, cant even imagine how the world was created.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up"-Pablo Picasso
Most people cant get past this frustration and stop creating.

Its good to think about where you are at, but at the same time can't get stuck. 
Api chet su-duracharo

I am super duper pumped for all my classes. Watercolor, charcoal, oil, pen and ink and graphite is all that I will be using!
In my computer imaging class we started with this project, where we had to create a pattern from 1'x1' square on a 8'x8' work space.  We are working on Illustrator for now. These are all the patterns I came up with.
Surprised no paisely?









This whole month of  September, my art will be showing at Metropolitan Bakery 
Its a nice-small-cute, place to have my first public exposure.
=D
Artist reception is on the 23rd.
from 6-8:30pm. Stop by!

I have been thinking about my ba a lot recently, I wish she was here.
and at the same time my family in India. Miss you all sooo mucchh!!!


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