I am sure you have figured out by now that I like painting leaves. This was a huge leaf that has turned completely yellow with hints of rust here and there but was still supple and soft. After I finished painting it, I felt that it needed something more but could not decide what. When I found out that this week's challenge at I am the Diva czt was Tripoli, I decided to surround the leaf with bits of Tripoli in combinations with other patterns. The mosaic patterned pot was entirely accidental.
Below are a couple of shots of my studio as it looked in the morning light.
I grew up in Delhi which is not only the capital of present day India and the capital during the later half of British rule, was also the seat of several Islamic empires, grand and small, during the medieval times. The neighborhood where I spent my childhood and early adulthood, I was surrounded by the monuments of that era from grand and small mosques to tombs of sultans and emperors. My awareness of the splendor of these historical remains grew into deep appreciation in college where I majored in Indian History at both undergraduate and graduate level. And I never lost that love. Next to Asian art, Islamic art is my most favorite section in any museum.
The challenge this week at I am the Diva is to tangle just a small part of a tile and to leave rest empty. Instead of using a real tile, I decided to do the tangle on this lovely autumn-colored leaf. I drew the tangles along the veins and covered just a third of the leaf. I like the overall effect of human-made design co-existing with gorgeous natural patterning.
You may know by now that I love creating pyrographic art. But, my approach is a little different from the traditional way of creating wood burned art. Mine is more like zen doodle art--dense patterns that are colored later. I spent a very busy time this week creating several pieces to put in my Etsy shop. I made them similar to adult coloring pages except that mine are on wood. I think it is cool because after it is colored it can actually be hung on a wall. Along with each wood piece, I printed a paper copy of it and colored it to give an idea of how to work it on the wood. You can see below what I did it.
Light and Dark. Color and absence of color. Shapes and absence of
shapes. Each of these together make a harmonious whole. The wood- burned
art on this wooden box depicts the Taoist principle of oneness of
opposites (yin yang). The mandala represents the oneness of Universe.
And a well known quote from Dao De Jing, "The journey of thousand miles
begins with a single step" is inscribed around the mandala.
This week was spent doing what I love best. Decorating boxes with art and with my favorite motifs. All of these are now available in my Etsy shop
In other news:
I am a big museum-goer and my favorite galleries in any museum are Asian and Islamic art. I never get tired of looking at Buddhist sculptures, elephant paintings, jade, porcelain and what have you. Here are a few of the East Asian art from various museums across the globe. Enjoy.
The theme for this week's challenge at I am the Diva is to be inspired by the season. I did a tangle last week on a beautiful russet colored fall leaf. So, for this week, the nature inspired theme is more spring-like.
This is a watercolor painting dressed up with a doodle. See below for the original. It is a good thing I like doodling hundreds or even thousands of bubbles. It fit perfectly on this particular painting. It looks like the duck is swimming in a pond coated with pollen. Actually, there is a pond outside my office that looked just like this in spring.
I scanned the original painting and printed it on a matte photo paper. I used gel pens to draw the doodles. I was worried that I might ruin the pen tips by drawing on an inkjet image. Luckily the pens held up well.
This a scan of actual fall leaves.
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This week's challenge at I am the Diva czt is to use the tangle called Munchin, demoed by Molly Hollibough using a black tile. I usually like this type of repetitive tangles and this was no exception. However, I did not have a black tile. This time of the year, my backyard is filled with colorful natural tiles in various shapes and sizes and I could not resist using one as my tile. I used white and black gel pens, both of which glided smoothly on the leaf.
I painted this kolam to celebrate the beginning of the navarathri season. I have written more about navarthri and the art of kolam here.