For as long as i’ve known my husband, he has wanted an Arjuna inspired tattoo but he was never able to pin point the design or style he wanted. As a surprise anniversary present, I designed a tattoo based on everything I knew about him, his style, and his tattoo related ramblings. Design in hand, I took him for his first official Tattoo consultation. Not only was Arjun SUPER surprised, but he loved the design right off the bat! A few weeks and a few tweaks later, and we were back at the tattoo parlour to get inked. It was the most nerve wracking experience to know that there was no going back!
I am so honoured that my husband loved my work enough to put it on his body forever :)
This 11×14″ Taj Mahal was a colourful interpretation painted in Water Colours. You can see my work in progress below :)
This is my first commissioned painting of an Indian Woman holding a traditional lamp (Diya/ Vallaku). I painted this using Oil Paints on a 12 x 24″ high quality acid free canvas. Below are some pictures of my workstation:
Using watercolours and red & silver rhinestones I purchased from Etsy, I painted an Indian Woman. I’m still very new to watercolours and haven’t been trained at all, so this isn’t exactly my best work :P
Watercolours are fun because they’re quick to set up and easy to clean, but it is a completely different way of painting than oils, so it takes a while to get used to.
A wise uncle said something to me last month that really stuck. He said “When you have a talent, it is something that you have been blessed with. The second you think that a talent is yours, it’s lost.” The word he used to describe it was “vinaya”, meaning humility.
It was shortly after that day that I started drawing Goddess Saraswathi, the goddess of knowledge. I don’t know if these two incidences were correlated, but I thought I would share the story nonetheless.
This week has been a busy one! I am singing for another Bharathanatyam Arangetram on Saturday, so my schedule is full of orchestra rehearsels, raagam sessions with the paati, and delicious South Indian food. It’s definitely a very unlikely time for a blog update, but I was able to free up some time by forgetting to do my Spanish homework :P
A couple of years ago, I was painting on Canvas with Acrylic Paints. As I was waiting for a layer of paint to dry, I started doodling with the Acrylics on my hand, and ended up with this white & blue henna design. I’m not sure if I would ever sport something like this in public, but it was a fun way to kill time :)
Yesterday, Saint Thyagaraja would have turned 245 years old. Thyagaraja composed 1000’s of Kritis, and each year we still honour his contribution to Carnatic Music at our annual Thyagaraja festival.
He, along with his contemporaries Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Shastry, forms the Trinity of Carnatic music.In 2007, around the time of my first Carnatic music concert, I had drawn a picture of the Trinity.
I drew this using lead pencil on card paper that we got in bulk at Chapters. :P Clearly, I was not introduced to the excitement of cool arts products yet.