Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Solstice!






I am a yoga bird! A few weeks ago at a yoga retreat at Arsha Vidya Gurukulum in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, as I was shake loose a few pine cones from a spruce tree, two yoginis mistook me for a bird! As they came around the tree and saw me they burst out laughing. I was dressed colorfully in my Indian dress. I decided to memorialize that very amusing incident using a painted bunting.

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A little late in the month but this is my submission for the Art Journal Journey Circles. This mixed media piece was created using crackle medium for the background, a vintage ad label and clear glass marbles with pieces of maps adhere on the back. The photo does not do justice to the glass marbles.

Summer has finally arrived here in New Jersey and the flowers are blooming joyfully.






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Friday, June 2, 2017

Painted Rocks



These are some of rock paintings I created to donate to the Spring Fair and Plant Sale at Trailside that took place two weeks ago. This was new for me: painting on such a small scale using acrylics. I bought a full bag of rocks from a local landscaping store and used Golden and FolkArt craft paints. It was challenging initially but got better as I did more. What is great about rock painting is that one can create really substantial art at very low cost.  I enjoyed doing them a lot and plan to do many more time permitting.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Spring Fair and Plant Sale at Trailside

Signage for the Arts and Crafts Booth

The Spring Fair and Plant Sale is a major fundraiser for the Demonstration Garden at Trailside (Watchung Reservation). The master gardeners and the interns in the Master Gardener program put in tremendous amount of time and physical work before and during the fair. This event is particularly useful for interns to pick up significant chunk of volunteer hours needed to complete the program.  I was asked to manage the Arts and Crafts section, which ended up being much fun. I made about three dozen catnip toys and half a dozen totes from re-purposed burlap rice bags. There were other items for sale also and we sold $150/ worth of craft items. It was a respectable amount given that the people were there for buying the plants. While at it, I taught a young girl how to make a catnip mouse and gave her a free sample of catnip too. I may have set her on a lifetime of crafty path!


Market Totes 



Catnip Toys
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Butterfly on Rocks





A little butterfly painted on a little rock nestling in a little wood box. I bought a whole bag of these Mexican beach pebbles from a local garden center for landscaping in my yard. But their nice oval shape and polished surface make for a tempting substrate to paint on.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nature's Rhythm





It is never truly spring till the birds come to take a bath. After a few late winter storms and freezing temperatures, finally this morning  there was this female cardinal luxuriating in a warm bath all fluffed up while the mate watched from the nearby forsythia bush. It was a comforting sight. Then in the afternoon I saw a handful of dark eyed juncos and a robin. Now I can say, spring is here.









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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Botanica


Enrolling in Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener program has made plants of all types an ever expanding source of inspiration for my art. As part of the program I will be completing some of the required sixty  hours of volunteer work in the herb garden. The herbs above and below were created using papercut techniques.





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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Is It Spring Yet?


The winter storm ten days ago not only caught the humans off-guard but also seemed to have confused the birds and the plants. Though the days are sunny and bright there is still snow on the ground. The birds are quiet and the early spring flowers are dormant. Everything seems to be in a holding pattern.The sketch above and the painting below were inspired by the uncertainty in the air.




In other news, I got me a new sewing machine Ever Sewn Sparrow 25. Using the new machine, I made two pairs of draperies for the bedroom. There was a little bit of learning curve especially in the threading of the bobbin. But once that was overcome, it was a smooth sailing. 




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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sundial



It was intended to be a simple project: alter a large plain canvas into something that could be hanged over the fireplace. My original plan was to apply a background paint in pink and then cover the entire canvas with doodles using a white puffy paint. In my mind's eye, I had imagined white doodles standing out  brightly against the pink background. Alas, it did not turn out that way. It actually looked depressingly vapid!


So, I glazed the whole painting with a wash of blue. 


It was an improvement from the previous one but still not satisfactory. Then I decided that if I am in for a penny, I might as well be in for a pound. So more layers of doodles and more layers of glazing followed
After all that,  it still looked like a nicely layered background lacking a focal point. I was reluctant to make it into a collage project since it was a large canvas (36"x 24") and would involve days of work. The idea of adding embroidery (or more like string art) came to me in sleep. The next morning, I started on it as soon as I got up.


After a couple of hours it looked like this. 


It finally felt complete and ready to take its place above the mantelpiece. 



It wasn't a complicated project involving complex techniques. What it needed was lots of creative thinking to bring it together.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

I is for Image


An image consecrated and enshrined inside a temple is divine and therefore cannot be photographed or videographed. The same image desacralized and placed inside a glass case in a museum building is a temporal object of interest to be gazed and endlessly captured on film.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Great Backyard Bird Count 2017












My original plan for the Great Backyard Bird Count which was held from Feb 17 to Feb 20 was to both count the birds that visited my backyard during this period and to paint as many of the birds that visit my backyard throughout the year. The plan started well. On the first day, I counted three dark-eyed juncos and one robin. I did a watercolor of a tufted titmouse (which I had seen the day before the count began). The next day, my husband and I decided on a spur-of-the moment visit to the Hindu Temple at Pittsburgh, which is about 5 1/2 hours drive from where we live. The backyard bird count went by the wayside. I managed to sketch two more birds at the hotel but did not do any watercolor. Coming home I got the flu and that pretty much ended my plan for the GBBC. Now that I am recovered I am hoping to create a few more watercolor birds. 

In other news, the March-April issue of Cloth Paper Scissors has featured two of my art projects: the wall mural I had done in my living room and a submission to the mixed-media studio accessory. Doing a happy dance!




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Monday, February 13, 2017

Freeze!


First there was snow and then there were icicles. Then the high winds that kept you awake at night. Supposed to warm up this week. Let us see.











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