Thursday, November 18, 2010

Movie Collage Wallhanger

Pen-stand from old cassette covers

Using nine old cassette covers, i made a pen-stand. I have used oil paint, and varnish to paint the framework.

Didn't quiet like the loopy look.

Changed it to a bolder, smudged effect.

All Purpose Basket

I had lots of old plastic DVD covers, newspapers, cassettes, and two cylindrical carbon filters ( from the water purifier) , which i didn't use anymore. I put them together to make a basket to keep newspapers, magazines, rolled chart-paper, and posters.

I made the frame, by attaching the DVD covers to an old carton, using cello-tapes.

Then i applied a few layers of paper on the frame work, to make it smooth and sturdy.

I stitched this basket to the two cylindrical carbon filters, with rope. The basket was now easier to move, the had more support.

I let the basket dry for a day. Then I painted the outer surface with white enamel paint. Finally i decorated the basket with painted cassettes, and the cassette reel.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Getaway to Pondicherry

A small town on the eastern coast of India, Pondicherry is the perfect place for a getaway from the humdrum life. It does not have the hype that surrounds Goa or the inaccessibility of Gokarna ... it's easy on the senses and soothing to the spirit .

And as i discovered in my last trip , you can find some nice spirit there. I would recommend the local white wine, chocolate liquor and coffee liquor.

This is a rough sketch of a shack i has stayed in during one of my trips to Pondi.

You beckon me like the

Seductive pull of madness ...

To walk on and lose my

Persona in the crazy wild

splash of the waves.

When you reach Pondi, the first place to go to is the promenade and have a nice meal at La Cafe. Hear the sea roar behind you. Its the sea tamed, or so it seems from there, and all is calm and peace. The road is lined with eateries, souvenir shops , art and handicrafts and some Aurobindo Ashram outlets selling the most amazing hand made paper, soaps, oils , scents and all kinds of exotic stuff.

But no matter what you do , its the sea that dominates everything. Even when you cant see it, you can hear its roar or smell it in the balmy winds and feel it in the salty, humid air. 

Monday, August 2, 2010

Look Closer ...

I was surfing and i came across a concept called Zentangle ... it's detailed symmetrical doodling and once you begin it tends to take a life of its own !!

This one is based on thoughts of upcoming Water Film Festival by Bangalore Film Society. Brick and mortar, rain and people, sparse birds in a complex , confusing city ... and a hint of the water wars that are just gonna get worse ...

This one is also self evident and i call it entanglement !!

Jazz Up The Kitchen !!

Ive had lots of postcards lying around from travels and a few days back i thought why not jazz up the kitchen a bit with them. It's a collection on postcards from Cincinnati, Texas, Bangalore and Paris ... a few tissues (of course Starbucks included) , some tickets , a few paintings of mine ...

Some Doodles

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Free Falling

Some relationships by their very definition make you free fall could be rejuvenating or it could also be a bottom less pit of nausea . This image came to my mind while reading about psychoanalysis and this world of pretentious know it all's ... white halos of so called 'good judgment' , 'fully functional' and 'normalcy'

Fragmented Me

Open Space

This one is to portray the slightly giddy feeling i get when i look up at the sky, with open space and the clouds swirl around ...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bundled Up

I had been to an exhibition by Vishesh Sonwal, long back titled Women In Winter - and this painting is made from my memory of the paintings i had seen there. At that time i had not really used acrylic, but now that i have started using acrylic i realize it's a wonderful medium to dabble in ....

Monday, May 31, 2010

Summer Heat

I feel the heat pulse through the air , and scorch my skin as if in vengeance ... the dwindling water supplies , the changing weather patterns , the inconvenient truth that we all IGNORE ... the ravaged earth ...

Twenty Minute Challenge: Dennis Hopper R.I.P

Twenty minutes painting done in charcoal and oil pastel , from the morning newspaper.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

twenty minutes challenge - A lit candle inside my mind and color swirls

Sometimes imagination runs a riot, and senses take a leap ... it's wonderful stuff to be in ...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

twenty minutes challenge - Blood on the kitchen floor

I was sitting and contemplating my kitchen, yesterday evening ... the clean sanitised tiles ... and the many such spick and span kitchens i have seen ... i was reminded of so many indian housewives, the kitchen their only respite , their only means of self expression ... the mundane household chores, and i imagined blood on this prototypical kitchen floor ... a kitchen slab with a finger chopped and blood dripping down .... a hand cut off and lying bleeding on the floor ...

Nameless , uncknowledged horrors women face in India ...

By the time twenty mins were over i wanted to fill in more details, esp in the hand was a challenge not to fill them in ...

But i was able to convey what i felt, and thats in itself cathartic.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Bylakuppe & Kushalnagar

Kushalanagara is a town located in the east of Kodagu district, near the Kaveri river, in the state of Karnataka, India. The Bylakuppe settlement for Tibetan refugees is nearby in Mysore district. In pre-Independence times, it was known as Fraserpet after Colonel Fraser who was the Political Agent in Coorg around 1834.

A fish shop on way from Kushalnagar to Nisargadhama.

Few steps from Kushalnagara, you can sense the local flavour in the little farms and houses' architecture.

To appreciate the flavour more, you need to take walks inside the settlements, which present a strange yet visually appealing marriage of colors, traditions, and architecture.
These are just few of the sights of the ever-present flags looming over the quintessential brown hut-structured house sheds.

Few kilometers from Kushalnagar is Bylakuppe.

Bylakuppe is the Tibetitan Refugee resettlement, location of "Lugsum Samdupling" (established in 1961) and "Dickyi Larsoe" (established in 1969), in the west of Mysore district.

The Golden Temple in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, is a home for thousands of Tibetans living in exile and a center for Tibetan Buddhism in South India.

The Tibetian refugees make up a population of about 10,000. It consists of a number of small camps/agricultural settlements close to each other, and has a number of monasteries, nunneries and temples in all the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Most notable among them are the large educational monastic institution Sera, the smaller Tashilunpo monastery (both in the Gelukpa tradition) and Namdroling monastery (in the Nyingma tradition).

twenty minute challenge entry - washed meadow

this was a quick revisit of a characteristically anonymous meadow, very reminiscent of Scotland grasslands....that quality was the inspiration for the excessive use of water and the washed-out feeling.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

During loooong classes ...

I can day dream of better places to be in ...

But my evenings r spent in ...

Hmmmm the deaddiction talks .... left me with a strong whiskey craving !!

I look at the wall clock and those hands move oh so slow ...

Hmmmm heights i irritation ...

Judging by some discussions we seem in the midst of a professional identity crisis !!

What were we debating again !! Aint I interested :D

Hmmmm diff therapy scenarios :D ...

How does one survive - cig. and black coffee and long venting sessions ...

Friday, February 12, 2010

twenty minute challenge entry - Morning Smiles

I have started the practise of doing a painting on any subject within 20 mins ... i got the idea for this from Kathrine .


Some rough sketches of Madikeri - district headquarters of Coorg. I remember a rather muddy town, with frequent showers, a little overcrowded with tourists , a center of a beautiful district - but not that enchanting in itself ... And as i spent one rainy day walking around some sights caught my fancy ... I hummmed 'Hill Station' songs , got wet and bought coffee, cardamom, chocolate flavored tea, Lemon Oil and some wine ...

This is a place in the town called Raja's Tomb , where King Dodda Vira Raja, his wife and son Lingarajendra (not too sure) have been laid to rest. The tombs built are in the Islamic style.