On our first night in Cambodia we climbed up to Phnom Bakheng, one of the oldest Shiva Temples created between the first and sixth century. This is the most beautiful place to view the sunset in the Angkor region. While everyone was anxiously watching the sun, I caught a photo of a Buddhist Monk who was also waiting for the sun to go down. Though they let about 400 people up at a time, I was lucky to catch this photo without anyone in it!
This is my FIRST painting with water colours. I pulled out a pack of water colours that were obviously VERY old, and used the only 3 brushes I had that weren’t contaminated with Oil Paints. I know the techniques and styles are probably way off, but I had a good time with it :) I used 11×7.5 Canson Watercolour Paper.
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I learnt in my graphic design course, that the most important part of embarking a design project is planning it. Approximately 60% of the design must be planned before even turning on the computer! When planning for my Design Final- two magazine covers- I quickly understood the value of planning. It was a lot quicker and easier to use my eraser to make changes, and after visualizing the layout and consolidating my ideas, my time spent on Illustrator, InDesign or Photoshop will also be considerably less.
In addition to drafting out my covers, I also did a comparitive analysis of five different magazines in the theme that I chose (Indian Wedding). I realized that the most effective magazine covers are modern, yet simple, with a unifying theme.
Here is the plan, using two photos from previously mentioned “Designer Dinesh Ramsay“. I named my magazine “Viva” (with an accent on the A), since Vivah in Hindi means wedding, but also refers to the spanish verb Viva which means Long Live. I’m looking forward to gathering all the tools I need to make my design a reality!
Back in the Christmas of 2008, one of my closest friends spent the Christmas Holidays with our family for the first time. As a fellow “Mathie”, we started our holidays by making Math “bling” out of Aluminum Foil. She was Sigma, and I was Pi. We also composed our first song- “Prove”. We picked the song, and added lyrics to the first half. I worked a bit on the second half after the holidays, and helped pick out the proofs for the Chorus, but “Sigma” took it to the next level! She finished up the song, recorded it, and made an AMAZING video out of it! Needless to say, my sister ignored us for the entire holidays, even though we did make her “Integral” bling that she never wore. I guess we were too cool for her.
Sigma is definitely the most dedicated person I have ever met, and when she takes on a project, whether it be school, work, crafts, or .. well.. completely random, she puts in 100% effort. And it has paid off! This Video is awesomely hilarious, but it is not Sigma’s greatest accomplishment. She is a fantastic mathematician, works at an actuarial firm, studies, and continues to take on many creative projects in her spare time. She is also my “partner in crime” when it comes to Jewelry Making
After taking my first drawing course as a university elective at the well known OCAD University, I continued my thirst for creative knowledge by taking private oil painting lessons last summer.
Yesterday, I started my third course, which I plan to do in addition to work and extra curricular activities. The Digital Publishing Foundation Certificate is something I can do part-time at my local college. If all goes well, and I follow through with all the required courses over the next couple of years, I will be fully trained in Graphic Design, which is something I have always been interested in. Not only is it an interest, but it is a great way to monetize my creative energy on evenings and weekends.
(Additional Note: If you are interested, and would like to know more about why I picked the program I did, leave me a message below, or send me an email :)
My inspiration for this painting was the Bayon Temple in Cambodia. This temple was originally Buddhist, but the 8th King (Jayavarman, a devout Shiva follower) was not pleased. He destroyed all of the Buddha faces found in this temple (And there are 100’s), either by defacing them, or by adding a third eye to represent lord Shiva. Though faded, you can see the outline of the third eye in the photo that I have pasted below.
The Angkor region is known for it’s well priced Silver and cheap fabrics. I got several Raw Silk pillow cases for my mom, and the colours I chose for the paintings matched the colours of the cases. (Disclaimer, Any weird colours you see above can be blamed on my Samsung Galaxy camera)
This evening, my goal was to start on my Spanish homework, since I am hopelessly behind. However, when I saw my oil paints just sitting on the counter, I could not resist. I grabbed a piece of paper from my 11×15 Canson Watercolour Notebook, and pulled out those oils. I know that it was probably not the best mix of media, but I was just planning to “doodle” and see what happened.
In addition to picking Watercolour Paper for an Oil painting, I also took my “doodling” to the next level by not using my amazing Easel, or even getting off my chair. And to top it all off, I started and finished this painting on the same day. Here is my highly embarrassing work station, along with my even more embarrassing drying rack. Yes, that is a computer mouse. And the towel was there because my dad accidentally knocked my paints on the ground and it made a little bit of a mess. Don’t tell ma ;)
I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve been very inspired! Not only did I have a fabulous vacation in Singapore and Cambodia (http://srisarts.tumblr.com), but I have restarted my Oil Painting lessons and start my first course in Graphic Design next week.
Stay tuned. There is definitely a lot on the way!
In the mean time, enjoy this photo; my first rough coat on my oil painting! After this, you will not see it until it’s over :)
I am aware that this looks absolutely horrible lol