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On the Couch

On the Couch

Pencil sketch on A4 paper with splash of watercolors.

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Hungry croc

Hungry croc

Pencil sketch on A4 paper with splash of watercolor

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Nude

Nude

Pencil Sketch on A4 paper with splash of watercolors.

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Pencil Sketches – “Pulling Down”

Pencil sketch on A4 paper

Sorry folks……after a hiatus of over a month I thought I must pen down my feelings and some of the artworks before the impending holiday season. The sketches above have been done with pencil and then splash of watercolors have been brushed over the sketches. Hope you all like them….the pencil works delve with the light and shadow of the subjects. I was trying to overcome all the odds in my life….its festive time and holiday season and everyone wants to spend time with their near and dear ones, family and close associates……I too was nurturing the same feelings when I thought at last I was going to be free from all the pressures…..but then it seems I have to wait for a few more days before the morning sun brings a smile on me and my family members…..a few more struggling days and the year will be gone and it will be a new beginning with 2014…..I am sure the NEW YEAR is going to bring in lots of luck, happiness, glory and wisdom to you all and your family……Trust me I am looking forward to this new year with bated breath……and let me tell you that one of the resolutions for this new year would be to blog every single day no matter what with a new project (painting) and that’s a promise……So heres wishing you all a “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays” ahead….enjoy, make merry, spend some quality time with your near and precious ones…..hop on to the Santa sledge and usher the new year with lots of joy…..God Bless.

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Colors on the shore

Colors on the shore

Watercolor on 140 lbs paper 15 x 11″

Down on the shore, on the sunny shore!
Where the salt smell cheers the land;
Where the tide moves bright under boundless light,
And the surge on the glittering sand.

Hi all !!!!….Sorry for being away my friends…..I thank each and every one of you who have been following me and I also thank all those who comment on my works…..they truly help me in creating better works and improve my abilities…….this was a quick half an hour work……with the colors which were left over in the palette……I was frustrated, I had lost my cool and just to regain my senses back I did this quick sketch……I have realized that once your mind is disturbed it is very hard to concentrate on any kind of work…..I was off due to some disturbances in the home front…..I do not know I might have been rude to my beloved but then I just couldn’t help it…..I also understand that she is all alone taking care of things both outside the home and inside……I also know that it gets difficult for a woman to actually manage all alone and also solve all problems….but I also believe that it is all in the mind….although it is easier said than done…..but still one must first believe in oneself….one must ensure and time and again embolden the fact that the one they love is there for them in whatever they do and wherever they are……and it is this belief which can assert and influence their belief further and make them be normal and not get hypersensitive……it also adds to the positivity of any relationship….and further makes life easy……hey I am no psychologist…..I was actually trying to cope up myself with the insensitivity shown by me towards her…..SORRY…….I am sure in the days to come she will be more understanding and cope up with the pressures……..I have said this earlier also….patience and persistence pays……it truly does….it is only time…..the wheel of fortune is never stagnant……hope you all like the painting……do keep liking and commenting……and thanks for all your support friends…….and specially for the invisible support provided by my beloved for everything that I do……stay safe…….be happy….forget the past…..march towards the future……enjoy the present……keep smiling…….the joys of life are never ending and they come unannounced….but they do come……take care….have a great weekend……God Bless!!!!

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Heralding of the Divine Godess Durga

Heralding of the Divine Godess Durga

Watercolor on 140 lbs paper 15 x 11″

In the prayers of the purohit (priest)
The chanting of the mantras
The aura of the pratima (idol)
The fragrance of the flowers,
The flickering of the deeyas,
The redolence of the incense,
The sprinkling of the holy water,
The serving of the prasadam,

The dresses and the costumes,
The scents and the perfumes,
The flow of the music ~
The lyrics of the songs,
The beats of the drums,
The rhythms of the dances,
The prattles and the laughs,
The gaggles of those voices.

Durga Puja (‘Worship of Durga’), also referred to as Durgotsava (‘Festival of Durga’) or Sharadotsavis an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed asMahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijayadashami. The dates of Durga Puja celebrations are set according to the traditional Hindu calendar and the fortnight corresponding to the festival is called Devi Paksha, ‘Fortnight of the Goddess’). Devi Paksha is preceded by Mahalaya, the last day of the previous fortnight Pitri Paksha, ‘Fortnight of the Forefathers’), and is ended on Kojagori Lokkhi Puja (‘Worship of Goddess Lakshmi on Kojagori Full Moon Night’).
Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.
Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the Indian states of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal, where it is a five-day annual holiday. In West Bengal and Tripura, which has a majority of Bengali Hindus, it is the biggest festival of the year. Not only is it the biggest Hindu festival celebrated throughout the state, it is also the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali Hindu society. Apart from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab,Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. Durga Puja is also celebrated as a major festival in Nepal and in Bangladesh all over the places of Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Bogra and other major places and all the villages of Bangladesh where the 20% population is Hindu.3-day National Holiday is being declared and most of the educational institutions remain closed as it is one of the major national festival also in Bangladesh which is widely celebrated and people from all religion participate in the program. Nowadays, many diaspora Bengali cultural organisations arrange for Durgotsab in countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Singapore and Kuwait, among others. In 2006, a grand Durga Puja ceremony was held in the Great Court of the British Museum.

So much for the painting……it was inspired from the beginning of the heralding of the divine godess Durga to earth…… “Mahalaya” heraIds the beginning of the descent of the divine Godess……in the painting an artisan’s hand is seen holding a brush and painting the eye on the face of the godess……this is the day when the eye is painted on all idols of the godess……and as it is dark the wax candle is held on one hand to provide light to see……Durga Puja is the spirit of the win of the good over evil…..there are moments in our life which truly influence us…..one must overcome the negativity…..one must also identify all those who try to influence our life with negativity…..and once confirmed avoid such people or the influences…..I sometimes fail to understand why people are so jealous or for that matter why people have this feeling of hatred…..I strongly believe that if you can’t love or like something about a person or the person then do not spread hatred or jealousy……simply be neutral……stay away from any controversy or commenting……I am sure with one of the biggest festival knocking on the doors……we all will spread the word of love and at least try and remove all negativity from our lives…..be helpful and win over the evil….Hope you all enjoy the painting and the story…..have a nice night/day…..take care all…..God Bless!!!!

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Portrait of a Lawyer

Portrait of a Lawyer Friend

Watercolor on 140 lbs paper 11 x 15 inches.

I know you lawyers can with ease,
Twist words and meanings as you please;
That language, by your skill made pliant,
Will bend to favour every client;
That ’tis the fee directs the sense,
To make out either side’s pretense.

Well this is a portrait of a lawyer….a professional who has been influential in my life….I will not discuss how or when I came in contact with him…..but just to say that he has had his ways and amazingly enough the poem above fits his professional being. That’s it…….nothing more….nothing less……..just that…….I will not be able to forget him ever.

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Footsteps on the Snow

Footsteps on the Snow

140 lbs Watercolor paper size 11 x 15″

We were walking in the snow.
Holding hands and hearts all aglow.
Winter wind whispers as white flakes dance.
In moonlight cool, burns a fiery romance.
Arm and arm in the snowy bliss.
Warm lips share a passionate kiss.
You are my lifelong desire, this, I know.
We were walking in the snow.

Hi all………was off the scene for quite long now…..trying to prove my innocence over and over again for something not done by me and yet suffering the vindictiveness of a few biased and unfair but learned and well aware brothers…….isn’t too awe inspiring is it ??? I know I am just travelling my fate……trying to consolidate and get back to terms…..good news that all the unfairness and legally unethical things done has been now understood in the right perspective……and soon I shall be released of all this pain…..soon I will be able to look at the mirror in front of me and look into the eyes of my beloved and tell I AM BACK……SEE I TOLD YOU..!!!! Well the painting was inspired from the bleak monotony after heavy snow when you walk across the fresh snow and leave your footsteps to show the definite marks that one leaves behind while walking their paths in life……”Footsteps on snow”……a very common scene may be painted once in a while by every artist……I tried to bring out the morning colors with ultramarine blue, crimson and gamboge hue lightly……..the trees were painted with burnt umber and ultramarine blue…….the white was left purposefully to give depth and depicting snow…….hope you like the painting……..what else…….hope you had a nice weekend……do take care and keep enjoying your life and the present specially…..wish you all the very best……God bless!!!!

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Old Sawmill

Old Sawmill

Watercolor Paper 15 x 11″

They’ll saw wood for your
wide plank flooring,
for mantels and shelves
and signs,
for musical instruments,
tables and chairs,
woodsheds, garages and barns.

Hi Folks…..glad to be back again……..the above painting is of a sawmill. A sawmill’s basic operation is much like those of hundreds of years ago; a log enters on one end and dimensional lumber exits on the other end.
• After trees are selected for harvest, the next step in logging is felling the trees, and bucking them to length.
• Branches are cut off the trunk. This is known as limbing.
• Logs are taken by logging truck, rail or a log drive to the sawmill.
• Logs are scaled either on the way to the mill or upon arrival at the mill.
• Debarking removes bark from the logs.
• Decking is the process for sorting the logs by species, size and end use (lumber, plywood, chips).
I tried to bring out the light and shade of an old sawmill through the painting……the various complimentary colors used for the darks I think is the usp of the painting……the various shapes and sizes of the logs in the forefront gives variety and then there are the various textures. The light and shade of the painting is similar to our life…like the positives and the negatives and provides us with the power to use the negatives in our favour……one must see the brightness of the darks in our own lives……..and approach it with that hope….it is this hope that takes us to the future……it is this hope that makes our heart beat……that makes us look forward in life……hope you all like the painting…..take care all…….have a nice day/night……Ciao…..God Bless!!!!

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Lord Ganesha (Ganpati Bappa Mourya)

Lord Ganesha (Ganpati Bappa Mourya)

Watercolor paper 140 lbs 15 x 11″

Ganesha is the god of wisdom, good fortune and prosperity.
Invoked at the beginning of a new venture or travel traditionally.
Ganesha’s head symbolizes wisdom, the atman or soul.
The ultimate supreme reality of all.
Ganesha’s right hand holds a goad.
Helping people on their eternal path, removing obstacles to achieve their goals.
Holds a rosary in his left hand to acknowledge.
Promoting continuous knowledge.

It is festival time now…..and more specially Ganesh Chaturthi as it is well known. Ganesha, also spelled Ganesa, also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka is a widely worshipped deity in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India and Nepal. Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations. Devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused and extends to Jains, Buddhists, and beyond India.
Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. Several texts relate mythological anecdotes associated with his birth and exploits and explain his distinct iconography.
Ganesha has been represented with the head of an elephant since the early stages of his appearance in Indian art. Puranic myths provide many explanations for how he got his elephant head. One of his popular forms, Heramba-Ganapati, has five elephant heads, and other less-common variations in the number of heads are known. While some texts say that Ganesha was born with an elephant head, he acquires the head later in most stories . The most recurrent motif in these stories is that Ganesha was created by Parvati using clay to protect her andShiva beheaded him when Ganesha came between Shiva and Parvati. Shiva then replaced Ganesha’s original head with that of an elephant. Details of the battle and where the replacement head came from vary from source to source. Another story says that Ganesha was created directly by Shiva’s laughter. Because Shiva considered Ganesha too alluring, he gave him the head of an elephant and a protruding belly.
Ganesha’s earliest name was Ekadanta (One Tusked), referring to his single whole tusk, the other being broken. Some of the earliest images of Ganesha show him holding his broken tusk. The importance of this distinctive feature is reflected in the Mudgala Purana, which states that the name of Ganesha’s second incarnation is Ekadanta. Ganesha’s protruding belly appears as a distinctive attribute in his earliest statuary, which dates to the Gupta period (4th to 6th centuries). This feature is so important that, according to the Mudgala Purana, two different incarnations of Ganesha use names based on it: Lambodara (Pot Belly, or, literally, Hanging Belly) and Mahodara (Great Belly). Both names are Sanskrit compounds describing his belly. The Brahmanda Purana says that Ganesha has the name Lambodara because all the universes the past, present, and future are present in him.
The painting is inspired from the festival season ongoing…….and being the successful remover of all problems from the life of his devotees Lord Ganesha is quite famous in India…..specially in the west……and with all the prayers being offered it is for sure the pains and problems will surely be eradicated……God Bless all!!!!…..take care….it’s the weekend…….have a nice day/night and a great weekend…..take care…..ciao……till the next post.