Thursday, December 1, 2016

Illustrated Recipe: Lassi



Lassi is a old drink made with yogurt and water. It is a cooling drink when no spice is added. The addition of spices give it a restorative quality. I drew the illustration on a Kraft paper using black and white gel pens. The black pen worked well on the paper but the white pen only so so.

Last weekend, my husband and I did some bird watching at the Conowingo dam in Darlington, Maryland. It was a mild fall day with cloudless blue skies and much of the coppery foliage still intact. Lucky for us, the turbines at the dam ran for several hours. An interesting fact about the dam is that when the turbines run and as the water and the fish spew out, the fish float on the surface making them an easy prey for the birds.The dam is a popular hunting ground for piscivorous  birds. The star attraction is bald eagles but gulls, cormorants, herons and vultures are common. It is a popular spot for outdoor photographers looking for opportunities to take dramatic pictures of eagles diving down the water and sweeping up with a fish in its clutches. I caught a few moments like that myself. 

 






































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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!


To those who celebrate: Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam



Last weekend, my husband and I did some birdwatching at the Conowingo dam in Darlington, Maryland. It was a mild fall day with cloudless blue skies and much of the coppery foliage still intact. Lucky for us, the turbines at the dam ran for several hours. An interesting fact about the dam is that when the turbines run and as the water and the fish spew out, the fish float on the surface making them an easy prey for the birds.The dam is a popular hunting ground for piscivorous  birds. The star attraction is bald eagles but gulls, cormorants, herons and vultures are common. It is also a popular spot for outdoor photographers looking for opportunities to take dramatic pictures of eagles diving down the water and sweeping up with a fish in its clutches. I caught a few moments like that myself.












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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sketches


I am taking a course called Draw Like t is Hot on the Sketchbook Skool. This course teaches how to create illustrated recipes. This is one of the  sketches I did for a home work assignment. The other sketch I did is below where we had to fill up the page with kitchen related things. I did both sketches during the early part of the week. Since then  I have been wasting much time reading election news.




Last Sunday, I finished making this journal. The removable cover is made of canvas which I painted first with acrylic colors and then covered with doodles.


In the happy news department, I was featured in All About You, an e-mail newsletter from Uppercase Magazine.


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Friday, November 4, 2016

Tiny Art on Matchbox






My time this week was occupied by this fun project, something I had not planned to do at all. I had these empty matchboxes for quite sometime but was not inspired to do much with them till I saw a round up of decorative matchboxes on Design*Sponge recently.


Suddenly, I knew what I could do with the matchboxes. I decided to decorate mine with watercolor illustrations with a botanical theme. I created each label in watercolor using Fabriano coldpress 140 lb. paper. I hand stitched a frame around each little painting and glued it on top of the matchbox. It was a good exercise in small scale painting.



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Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween Chalk Art Inspired by PageFrights




 Halloween Chalk Art

This is the last of Halloween Chalk Art for this year (see others here). This one was inspired by Bio Diversity Heritage Library's Page Frights, a collaboration with Smithsonian Library where ghoulish images from old nature texts were published all this month for public use. This one of a great horned owl  silhouetted by the light of a full moon is spooky enough but not quiet astronomically correct for this year. As a matter of fact, Halloween is falling a day after the New Moon.


Yesterday was cold and rainy day here. But there was a lot of action in the backyard brought in by a flock of migrating starlings that dropped by for berries and water. The resident robins got all agitated and brought in their own flock from the neighborhood to stand guard over the honeysuckle tree. Here are a few pictures of the standoff.

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This little woodpecker decided to join in the fun!
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