Monday, March 24, 2014

"Around here"

So now you know where did I vanish !

We are having a UAE Green Festival here.
 I am associated with a beautiful online art gallery
 called Kobo Art.
 I got this opportunity
 to be a part of this green drive in Dubai through Kobo Art.

 It was great fun to create art pieces
 from recycled material !! 
I always always believe in the magical ways
 of recycle and reuse !!
 It saves you some pennies,
 reflects your love for mother earth 
and is soooo much fun !!

This is an installation which we have done at 
the Heritage House, Bastakiya, Dubai.
Empty water bottles have been used
 to show the depletion of natural resources
 and the disastrous situation
which we may face if we do not choose to recycle and reuse.

Done on a hard board,
 residue of coffee (which had been brewed and filtered) 
has been used to give a lot of textures to this art piece called "Adventure"
      The work is inspired by nature,landscapes and geology.
 The textures give a three dimensional look
 and the trails of overlapping colors 
led me to quite an intuitive and magical "Adventure".

If you have visited me in the last few weeks,
 you would be aware of
the tea bag illustrations I have been doing.
Now since the tea bags have been
 recycled  and reused
after satisfying the tea lover in me
it was a good idea indeed to display them as recycled art !!
My kettle, milk container
and that little garden chair are also on display.

"Around here" I named this work of mine
 is a big scale work of art
done using a variety of recycled material.
The base is a Gypsum board
 which had been earlier used for a graffiti workshop
... broken in the middle
 and has an irregular shape.
I used an empty pack of ferrero rocher chocolates 
to represent a solar window.

A blue water bottle lid here 
and the tiny water droplets show that we need to save water!
The face of my,Eco-Angel as I have named her,
has been done using an old burlap rice sack :)
and also the little birds singing the "Green songs" !!
Her neck shows photo film negatives and some round seals from spray paint cans !

 The wing of the Eco-Angel has been created using some old music sheets!

The Eco-Angel has a message to spread...
"Around here...or there...together we can make a difference!" 

By the way the tiara on her head is the beautiful beady portion of my chappals (shoes)  :)
and her earring from a matchbox !!
Are you finding me crazy ?

Yes I did go crazy and quite adventurous while doing this art piece!! 

So here is my final piece...what do you think ??


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Chai...A sip of India !!

When I was told by The Indian Trumpet
that their March April issue is celebrating Chai
and that I needed to do some illustrations for them
I was thrilled because
Chai is ...
a sip of India !!
It carries a great importance in the life of an Indian :)

and so I began my journey...

Do you drink Chai ? Which one is your cup of tea ?
Different regions in India have their own special Chai ...with special names !!

Masala chai is a healing elixir if it creates a state of balance within our being. 
During winter, warming spices like ginger, cinnamon and pepper
 will keep us in harmony with the season. 
However during summer, 
mint, fennel, coriander, saffron, and the cooling nature of sweet milk, 
can help us stay cool and balanced.

Hum Saath saath hain (We are always together)
 shows the various things that go absolutely, crazily well with a cup of Chai...
I asked a few friends the first word that comes to their mind 
when I say Chai...
and then this illustration came up :)

These are a few tea labels which I illustrated ! Some known...some old  :)

These are a few of the excuses we Indians take to enjoy a cup of Chai !!...
morning chai....chai with breakfast...
chai for no time chai
chai with friends.....and so on  :)

This is the humble Chai waallah (Tea Seller) who is the life line of India :)

Hope your voyage with my cup of Chai has been memorable :)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Dance...Love...Sing...Live !

A lover asked his beloved, 
Do you love yourself more 
than you love me? 

 The beloved replied, 
I have died to myself

and I live for you.

I've disappeared from myself
and my attributes.
I am present only for you.

I have forgotten all my learnings,
but from knowing you
I have become a scholar.

I have lost all my strength,
but from your power
I am able.

If I love myself
I love you.
If I love you
I love myself.


I hope you enjoyed my tea bag illustrations last week too !

Wondering why the first one has that pinkish hue?

...well I used the natural organic color from beetroot here  :)

Be awesome today !!