DOODLES · illustrations

Illustration Friday: Skill

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Illustration Friday: Skill

Illustration Friday is a fun filled weekly art challenge that comes on the Illustration Friday site which I recently came across. This is the first time and so I thought I would give it a try. This week’s topic was skill. So, I decided to go for an illustration of a mother – a role which requires a lot of skill of course!! She has to juggle between different chores right from cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, being a doctor to her kids, sweeper, attender, teacher – all blended into one and the list is endless. And if she is a working woman to top it all, it is a whirlwind of balancing acts; squirming to find some time alone as well. A woman surely is endowed with superhuman qualities by God!! I consider this a small dedication to all the wonderful mothers out there who sacrifice everything for their families’ welfare including my own!!

P.S: My mom herself is an artist and I will be posting some of her works in later posts!!

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DOODLES · illustrations · Sketches · Temple Illustrations

Temple Tales in Black : A series

Art and architecture go hand in hand since time immemorial. They share such close filial ties as is evident from prehistoric cave paintings – the people of yore recorded the scenes from their surroundings that they saw and as they perceived, on the walls of their humble dwellings and left their legacy for us to interpret.

Temple architecture or any temple for that matter is something of an obsession to me. The divine sounds of the bells, sweet smelling sandal paste, aroma of camphor, nivedyams and fragrance of flowers wafting in the air and even more heavenly is the sight of the Deity amidst the Divine aura and the golden lamps. The electric atmosphere charged with such positive vibrations, prayers streaming down the hallways…. Sometimes it is the sheer intricacy and detailing that catch one’s eyes. Truly, temples are poetry etched on stone. It is so flabbergasting to think that such marvelous engineering feats were accomplished at a time our ancestors apparently lacked modern technology or so we think!!

Illustration of Vadakkumnathan Temple is the first of this black ink series. Hope all of you will enjoy!! This is my maiden attempt on building illustrations inspite of being a civil engineer😃😃!! I hope to improve!!😆😆

 

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Temple Tales in Black #1 : Vadakkumnathan Temple, Thrissur, Kerala

My second attempt at yet another temple sketch with black pen is Brihadeeswara Temple , Thanjavur in Tamil nadu. This time it is one of the largest temple complexes in India. Temples have always held a fascination for me and continue to do so. Do they hold one in awe due to their sheer beauty, sprawling structure or the subliminal peace and subtle enlightenment they provide? Guess it differs from people to people..What do u think?? Let me know😊

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Temple Tales in Black #2 : Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

Flanked by the refreshing  Holy river Pampa and lush green paddy fields, Aranmula temple is dedicated to the Charioteer of Arjuna- ‘Parthasaradhi’ aspect of Lord Krishna. Located in a heavenly locale, this temple exudes tranquility and peace. Built in the traditional Kerala architecture, the temple is an aesthetically beautiful structure.

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Temple Tales in Black #3 : Aranmula Parthasaradhi Temple, Pathanamthitta, Kerala

I think this is going to be an infinite series due to the large number of temples that dot our country!!

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My paintings · ganesha · Kerala Murals

Double Ganesha: Kerala Mural Style

After posting a few ink drawings, I thought it would be a break to post two of my earlier Kerala mural style inspired Ganesha paintings. Both are the same Ganesha but I have done each in a different colour palette, viz. yellow and the second one in an orangeish tinge. The yellow Ganesha was my first Kerala mural style painting ever and the second one was done for my aunt, in whose house it now hangs, much to my pride and happiness!! Two other Ganesha paintings of mine now reside in two other relatives’ houses as well!!

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Kerala mural inspired Ganeshas

Hope you all liked this post! Do comment and your valuable feedback is expected 🙂 .

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DOODLES · Goddesses · Sketches

Inktober Mania

As October continues to edge forward, so does my obsession for ink and all things monochrome!!! It is the Inktober month after all. So in this post too I will be posting the other ink drawings that I have made.

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Doodles in order: Devi Lakshmi, Mohini and Forest Nymph

Devi Lakshmi is one of the most satisfying drawings I have done so far and I am quite happy with the result. 🙂

The second one is titled Mohini the Enchantress – she is the most beautiful lady in the whole of the universe. The Divine incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the pot of elixir. She is as dazzling as a million stars put together!!

The third one is the Forest Nymph surrounded by the denizens of the forest. In this I have tried a technique called stippling for the first time which involves shading with differently spaced dots. I am totally in love with this technique and intend to pursue it in detail.

Thank you guys for bearing with my rants n ramblings. Do comment if you liked this post. And wait for more!

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DOODLES · Sketches

Stepping into the world of Inktober

Inktober, originally started by Jake Parker, an artist as a challenge to improve his inking skills, has been taken up by artists all over the world and it has become a phenomenon. So, this time I have decided to foray into the world of Inktober and some of my future posts also will include inktober pictures. Though I am not following the original prompts, I have chosen WOMEN as the subject and given it a traditional cum mythological treatment.

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Goddess Saraswathi doodle

The first ink doodle is of Goddess Saraswathi who is the presiding deity of knowledge and wisdom. She enlightens the intellect like a lamp dispelling darkness.

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Maiden on a boat doodle

The second one is of a maiden rowing a boat amidst drizzling sky and lovely lotuses with occasional peeks by cute fishes.

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Swinging into oblivion

The third doodle was titled swinging into oblivion because who doesn’t love swinging and that too to escape for a brief time away from the mundanity of life?

All these doodles were done using black Flogel pens, sharpie and Studio Art markers on white paper. Hope all of you enjoyed this post!! Do leave a comment!

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Goddesses · Kerala Murals · My paintings

Navaratri : Awakening one’s intellect

Sorry for the lateeeee post 😉

Navaratri gives out the message that all the goddesses worshipped are one and the same or rather manifestations of the One- Adishakti. Everyone of us should embrace the Divinity within ourselves and make the world a better place to live in. Days 7-9 of the Navaratri i.e. the last leg of festivities engage in the adoration of Goddess Saraswathi, who is the Goddess of knowledge, wisdom and learning. She is the presiding deity over all things academic – be it studies, art, music, dance or any skills. Invoking Her grace grants us success in all our endeavours. Let us hail Divinity!

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Goddess Saraswathi in Kerala mural inspired style painting

Salutations!

The Pure and Unblemished One,

imparting knowledge so nectarine

Sublime wisdom pouring out

as elixir from the divine realm,

dispelling darkness of ignorance ,

like the flame of a lamp!

Enlighten us, brighten our intellect,

opening the third eye of wisdom,

Help us discriminate!

At Thy Lotus feet,

do we seek refuge!!

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Stages of work

Besides the worship of the three main forms of Parvati, Navaratri also worships the Nine forms of Durga namely Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamatha, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri and Sidhhidatri throughout the Nine Days. This festival gives the message that though Divinity is One, worshipping each aspect of the same, imparts us sanctity and peace. Ultimately, prayers to any form or name of God reaches the One! I believe that at every point in life we keep learning new things – we are all students for life- be it from friends, family, relatives, good and bad influences we encounter or from our past experiences.

The above painting is a Kerala mural inspired painting of Goddess Saraswathi done with acrylics on canvas of size 9 x 12 in.  Hope you all enjoyed this work. Do leave a comment and feedback!

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Goddesses · Kerala Murals · My paintings

Navarathri : Unlocking prosperity

Possessing riches alone is of no use if Devi Lakshmi’s benign glance does not grace them. She does not stay in places or minds where filth accumulates or ego reigns. Days four to six of the Navarathri witness the worship of Goddess Lakshmi who is the bestower of prosperity. Let us all strive to make our hearts the permanent abode of Goddess Lakshmi. Let Her remove the poverty abounding in minds!

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Goddess Lakshmi in Kerala Mural inspired painting

 

Salutations!

The bestower of prosperity,

She whose benign glance

Showers riches in abundance,

Rids one of poverty and pain,

Granting wishes of sincere hearts,

Whose smile dazzles,

in all of the three worlds,

At Thy Lotus feet,

Do we seek refuge!

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Stages of work

The above painting is a Kerala mural inspired painting of Goddess Lakshmi done with acrylics on canvas of size 9 x 12 in.  Hope you all enjoyed this work. Do leave a comment and feedback!

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Goddesses · Kerala Murals · My paintings

Navarathri : Unleashing the inner warrior

Happy Navarathri folks!

Every man and woman quintessentially have the creative female principle latent in them – Adishakthi. Days one to three of the Navarathri or the Nine Divine Nights are dedicated to the worship of Goddess Parvathi or Durga who is the Mother of all. On this auspicious occasion, let us all unleash the inner warrior within ourselves and direct our creative energies towards our well being. Let the Divine Mother bestow Her choicest blessings upon us! Let good prevail over evil!

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Goddess Parvathi in Kerala mural style

Salutations!!

The Primordial Energy,

reveling in the cosmic waters,

manifesting as the Warrior divine,

annihilating demonic vices,

on the war field of minds,

bestowing blessings in plenitude,

At thy Lotus Feet,

do we seek refuge!

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Stages of work

The above painting is a Kerala mural style rendition of Goddess Parvathi holding baby Ganesha done with acrylics on canvas of size 9 x 12 in. This particular work gave me immense joy. Hope you all enjoyed this work. Do leave a comment and feedback!

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My paintings · Radha and Krishna

Divine Love : Radhakrishna

Radha’s love for Krishna has been immortalised in great epics. They are considered to be the epitomes of eternal Love i.e. the love between all beings and the Divinity.

This painting has been done on canvas using Daler Rowney acrylic paints.

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Radhakrishna : Acrylic on canvas

Even the denizens of the forest stood still as a witness to their Divine Love!! The musical ocean emanating from the Lord’s Reed, His constant companion, enthralled and permeated every being. The whole atmosphere electric, charged with the Benign Lord’s charming smile!

Hope you enjoyed this one! Do leave a comment!

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Sketches

Woman of substance

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Hold your head high,

Embrace your flaws,

Epitomise confidence,

Cower not, rise high,

Transcending barriers,

Overturning mundanity,

Forge your own way,

Oh! woman of new age,

The woman of substance!!

The above pencil portrait was inspired from one that I came across in Google. This was done on A4 paper using Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils for drawing and sketching. I have also included a short poem to go with it (if you could call it one :p). Hope you all enjoyed this post!! Please do leave a comment.

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