Aug 27, 2012

Homemade Yarn Needle

What do you do when you don't have a yarn needle and you are almost done with your knitting project?
I didn't want to drive to a shop to go buy one, so I thought about just making one from a paper clip.
Here are the steps.

you will need a paper clip and a handy tool that has mini pliers built in or real needle-nose pliers.

so you start by unfolding the paper clip.

I think these pics are self-explanatory, I will stop with my 'what to do' gibberish.

and there you have it, a yarn needle. You just saved $1.00 probably ( I dont know how much yarn needles cost )

It works perfectly

and so here is the final product =)


May 20, 2012

Krishna Paintings

I was blown away to see a Krishna painting in my Teacher's (Myron Barnstone) studio the other day. Then I found out it was done by an artist named Doug Ball who used to study with Myron 20 some years ago.
Well do you know this super duper famous painting of a scene of Mahabharata in which Krisha and Arjun are depicted in a chariot with the 5 horses?
Yes yes this is the one I am talking about. The one you see above. Yes exactly this one, you have seen it before I know. =)
 WELLL it was done by this artist Doug Ball!!! Who used to study with the same teacher I am studying with!!!!!! How freakin cool is that???!!!!!
Then my teacher told me that he worked for Disney and did background paintings for their animated films.

He did this one as well... where Arjun gets a glimpse of true form of Bhagvaan.

In all of his paintings you see intense emotion that is passed across to you as a viewer. They are all so beautiful and captivating. 

Doug studied the Golden section with Myron and applied it to his paintings. Especially this one...
it is based on one of the golden section rectangles. This is one of the paintings that is hanging in the studio with it are the small value studies that were done before the final piece was painted and some preliminary drawings.

So 20 some years ago a group of Hare Rama Hare Krishna members came to Myron all the way from California to this small town in the middle of nowhere. They came to learn and perfect their skills of design (painting, drawing, etc) so they could make devotional paintings. This was their Bhakti/devotion! They lived at the studio for few years and studied art like they used to in the tapovan system. It is so amazing to me that they devoted their time and energy in perfecting a skill for a purpose not centered around themselves. One of them was a 12 year old girl who my teacher talks about frequently. Her work was brilliant. 
Doug was one of the members who portrayed many parts of Krishna's life through painting.
I personally would like to thank Myron and the group of Hare Rama Hare Krishna painters who devoted their time to such kalaa (art). An art that is so pure and divine; it has helped millions of people feel the energy  , the brilliance,  the radiance and so much more that was experienced by Arjun when Krishna sang the Geeta.

These paintings are one of the first things I think of when I think of Kurukshetra and I am sure this is the case for a lot of people. The image that comes to mind is this!

Here are few links about Doug Ball.

Pariksit Dasa was another name that people knew him by. Here are all the paintings he had done for HRHK

and now he lives in Hawaii.

May 8, 2012

Kayuh Bicycles- Banner

A good friend of mine started a bicycle business during his undergrad years at Temple University. His unique business will now be running from this store at 1900 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia.
I am very excited for him and wish him best of luck =D
They will be launching a website soon and it looks awesome.
Kayuh Bicycles can be found here for now or here.

Kayuh Bicycles sell refurbished bicycles at a very reasonable price, their initiative to support the environment by recycling bicycles is unique. Their friendly service is the icing on the cake for this whole delicious deal.
If you are looking for a bike in Philadelphia go find KAYUH BICYCLES!
Kayuh Bicycles asked me to make their new temporary logo and design this banner. I was so excited to work for them. Even in this crazy life of 12-14 hour work/school days I wanted to work on it =) Well its rather simple for now, we will be working on a more personalized logo in the future.

here is the picture of the banner and the store

YAAAYY!!! I want to go bike now.

Feb 22, 2012

Day 71

 "Jigsaw Falling into Place" by Radiohead

Jigsaw Falling Into Place by Radiohead on Grooveshark

Jan 23, 2012

Day 70

For an active person, lying on bed all day is so difficult. I tried to watch tv, movies and read books but the medicine and pain were too distracting. I managed to re-read some of the book called "Sophies World", its a brilliant book for anyone who has no idea about the origins of western philosophy from Natural philosophers to Freud and everything is mentioned in a story from. In the beginning of the book there is a chapter called "What is Philosophy?".
An excerpt from the chapter:
"What is the most important thing in life? If we ask someone living on the edge of starvation, the answer is food. If we ask someone dying of cold, the answer if warmth. If we put the same question to someone who feels lonely and isolated, the answer will probably be the company of other people.
But when these basic needs have been satisfied--will there still be something that everybody needs? Philosophers think so. They believe that man cannot live by bread alone. Of course everyone needs food. And everyone needs love and care. But there is something else--apart from that--which everyone needs, and that is to figure out who we are any why we are here."
"To summarize briefly: A white rabbit is pulled out of a top hat. Because it is an extremely large rabbit, the trick takes many billions of years all mortals are born at the very tip of the rabbit's fine hairs, where they are in a position to wonder at the impossibility of the trick. But as they grow older they work themselves ever deeper into the fur. And there they stay. They become so comfortable they never risk crawling back up the fragile hairs again."

Well after 4 days of doing nothing. Today I had decided to something productive for sure. Make use of this wonderful Tablet =)

SO, in celebration of Vivekananda's birthday that passed on Jan 12th I created this desktop wallpaper. 
Its not as cool looking as I thought it was going to be, but I am learning to use more Photoshop and Illustrator. So I should be getting better soon.
I took inspiration from this..Tutorial

You are MORE than welcome to use it as a background for anything. I only hope, this inspires people.
If you have special request, I would love to work on them.
Let me know.

Jan 7, 2012

"There is no such thing as talent!"

As a child who is fairly above average in drawing skills or is able to color in crayons well hears all sorts of things from peers and adults. Things ranging from 'ohhh this is wonderful, can you make me something', 'this is great, keep working', or more commonly I have heard 'stop wasting your time and go study'. Or there are many who will say 'you have a great talent'. But is there such thing as talent?
All I have heard from my high school art teacher Ms. La Due is "there is no such thing as talent".
A quote used to hang in her classroom, "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration"- Edison, written in calligraphy by her high school art teacher Mr. Musselman. Ms. La Due has learned the mantra of 'practice practice practice' from this calligrapher himself,  who truly believes that talent does not exist.
Morning Call, the local newspaper has written an article about this great gentleman who inspired my art teacher, Ms. La Due; who inspires me.,0,2399520.story

Doodles I found drawn on a paper towel cardboard.  At Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

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