Monthly Archives: January 2011

Piano Time!


My friend Adhi and I went over to the Anglican Church nearby where Steve has access to an amazing Piano. The three of us had a great time talking about music and trying random things. Steve also introduced me to some Chopin, which I regrettably didn’t get to record.

Here’s an impromptu remake of Every Breath and Beegi Honth, inspired by Penn Masala, an amazing acapella group! I heard a 20 second preview of this song on itunes and decided to try it out. 10 minutes before I left for the church I wrote down the swaras to “Every Breath” (That is how I learn :P), and Steve cooincidentally knew a part of the song on the piano. This random first time experiment (First for me and him!) turned out to be pretty fun, and it’s definitely being considered for a campus-wide charity talent night! (Note: I talk in the beginning, and get off key. And possibly off beat :P)

Here is a video of Steve and I playing the Piano. Well, Steve playing the piano, and me poking at random keys :P Similarly, we also did chop sticks and another song that I didn’t record.

First Full Hand Henna Attempt


As a kid, I was always fascinated by mehendi. I loved the smell and the results, and it was always a MUST on our India trips. Of course I used to experiment with it as well, and my poor mother usually had to sport horrible designs everytime I felt creative. Since then, I have improved a lot, and though I am still far from being a true professional, I have made a mark (literally) on a few of our family friends events :).

My sister found an online design that she wanted on her hands during a family friends wedding in 2008. After years of doing the typical arabic style henna, this was my first time attempting a proper (I say proper, because most of the henna ‘experiments’ that I did as a kid that were far from ‘decent’) full hand henna design. Just incase I messed up, I took a picture half way through :P

This was a simple design I did on someone else on the same day

Wall Display


A few days ago, some friends of mine on facebook revived a picture that I had uploaded years ago and completely forgot about.

This is a picture of my wall decorations during first year residence. I was the only person in the room who didn’t buy posters from the poster sale, and decided to make something dramatic for $2.00.

That’s right, $2.00. All I used was bristol board :) I got one white bristol boards and one bristol board in maroon and orange (the colour of my bedspread at the time). I then used scissors to cut out a design. It required very little artistic ability, not too much time, and pretty much no money! :)

Decorative Flower Painting


Last night, I spent a couple of hours and used acrylics to paint a decorative flower on a 10cm x 10cm canvas. Though the canvas itself was pretty small, I don’t own any good quality thin brushes, so getting the details in took a while. I added some subtle patterns in with white paint, such as the polka dots.

Here’s the final result!



I was recently going through my Gallery, and I came across this drawing that I hadn’t published yet. This is one of the drawings that we did during my 3 hour class. Our teacher hung a ‘gargoyle’ on the wall, and used what is conveniently called “monster lighting”- lighting from below. I used toned Canson Mi Tiente 20×24” paper, and Nu Pastels for this drawing. I used only black and white Nu Pastels, and used the paper as the mid tone. It was my first experience with Pastels and I liked it! Though I enjoyed self toning my paper for the Dinosaur Skull, I definitely liked the dramatic impact that the commercially toned paper gave. The Nu Pastels aren’t very forgiving, as they’re definitely not erasable, so I used regular graphite pencil to make a rough outline before getting into the drawing.

Here’s the entire work in progress, with my end of class result at the end. Scary eh?