Tag Archives: India

Bharathanatyam Oil Painting


This 32×32 inch oil painting on canvas is based on a picture from my own Bharathanatyam Arangetram (Dance ‘graduation’) in 2009. My arangetram was one of the highlights of my life, and that makes this painting personal on so many different levels. The photographer, Manpreet Uncle at “Mansa Photography“, captured the entire event so beautifully! If you haven’t already visited the Mansa Photography website, click here to see more stunning dance photos.

Nearly two months ago, I posted a first rough layer of this very painting, and have been putting in 2-4 hours a week since then . It is the longest time I have ever spent on a single artwork!  When I first started oil painting with my AMAZING teacher last summer, I wasn’t sure if I could stick to something that took so much time. There’s no going back now! :)

Village Woman


Last week, when I used ink for the first time, I ended up with THIS. This was supposed to be a practice run for our assignment, where we were supposed to work with ink to draw fabric, then add an object/print to the fabric.

Though the nagging voice at the back of my mind told me to add a complicated object to the fabric and take the challenge head on, my gut instinct was leaning me towards this idea. Whenever I started sketching, only this one image came to mind.

I did end up going with my gut instinct. This is an image of a village woman in India wearing a simple Bandhani cloth on her head. She is carrying her pot to the river.

This drawing is 28 by 14 inches on watercolour paper. I used black India Ink, a split tip pointed nib, a variety of synthetic paintbrushes, and water. Learning from my initial experience, I started with the nib pen, then mixed the water with ink and added that from light to dark (I added one drop of ink at a time to a bowl of water). I waited for this watery shading to completely dry before adding more darks and the traditional Indian Print. Luckily it dried very quickly, because I only had about 4 hours after work to start and finish this assignment

I know that it is very simple, but I was relatively happy with my one night of work :)

Edit: Due to fear of over simplicity, I asked my professor if I could take the extension that I had received earlier and redo the assignment. I will be doing that and updating the blog over the weekend. However, I do not think this village woman was a waste of time. I still kinda like it, and I got great practice with ink!

An Introduction: Vidya, and a Bracelet


I recently made a unique bracelet. The actual bracelet design is very straight forward and it took me less than 15 minutes to make, but it’s the beads that make it interesting.

I was first inspired to start Jewelry Making by my good friend Vidya. I met her through dance, and she’s currently doing her Masters in Aerospace Engineering at UofT. She’s smart, a great baker, very outdoorsy, and has highly advanced bead knowledge. She’s also Aquarius- It doesn’t get much better than that!

Anyways, I was at her house one day eating her blueberry cornbread and looking at her pictures from her trip to Hawaii, when she opened up her bead drawer to show me some stuff she was working on. She pulled out this bag of beads from India that she received as a gift many years ago, and gave me a small handful. Apparently there were many more, and she’d already used them a lot.

These beads were something else. They all had a black base, but each bead was different. They really had a lot of character, and I knew that I wouldn’t have to do much to create a very interesting piece of jewelry.

Here’s the finishing product (I apologize for the lighting, the beads aren’t as dark as they appear in the picture.):

A cynical villager


A long time ago, June 2007 actually, I drew a villager. I was trying to get a pleasant expression but ended up with this cynical smile which surprisingly, I kind of liked. She’s not the village lady who just goes about her daily chores. She’s the one with the personality!

It’s easy to see that I drew this picture prior to my kneadable eraser and tortillon days.