Monday, April 30, 2018

My sketches -Art challenge-2

For this week i sketch mythology God's figures in that I tried Mural, Pattachitra, contemprory, and Madhubhani, acrylic painting.In my sketch I use freehand Never use tracepaper  or stencil.all are freehand sketches.

Kerala Mural painting:
My fisrst attempt of learning mural . It came our Perfect.

Lord Ganesh in Madhubhani  in handmade paper
 In the meadow deer and birds!
I tried to depicted in this painting with natural scenery where Those places were refuges for animals and birds. atmosphere was very tranquil and a deer and a bird showing two different species of animals can cohabit together so closely. It reflects upon the animal nature of loving, despite the differences and acknowledging the uniqueness each one has.
 Yashoda and krishna in Patta chitra!
Pattachitras were inspired by the beautiful ancient murals painted on the walls of temples in Orissa in Eastern India. Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words patta, meaning canvas, and chitra, meaning picture. Pattachitra is thus a painting done on canvas, and is manifested by rich colourful application, creative motifs and designs, and portrayal of simple themes, mostly mythological in depiction. I inspired by pattachitra artistBijayParida's sketch and tried his sketch!

Bala Krishna!As self learner my first attempt of Mural paintingin canvas. 
 Meenakshi Thirukalyanam!
 Celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi with Lord Sundareswarar was held at the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. This grand celebration is held in Madurai, the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu and is one of the biggest events here. As I born and brought up in Madurai. Goddess Meenakshi is close to my heart. So I tried to sketch Meenakshi kalyanam. Without her blessings it is not possible.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Art challenge -My Sketches

  Art challenge is going on in Instagram with the hundred day project . I hope to continue this initiative , posting a new piece of art work on daily basis.Apart from Madhubhani I am going to sketch doodles, mandala, warli and pattachitra.I want to improvise my style on making different patterns and develop intricate detailing and  information .about my sketch.Starting my art challenge with many other artist around the world. I hope and I determined to complete.

Peacock and Lotus- For my art challenge day one I selected National symbols.Peacocks symbolize romantic love in Mithila art and lotus is auspicious and In Mithila Painting, lotus flower is symbolic of female. Sometime it is seen as pedestal of mythological figure and some time it is used as design of the painting.

 Day-2 Wise Owl!
Why we says Wise Owl? and every one says Owl is bad omen. and it hauts always depressing to all. while searching about Owl i got interesting information about Owl. I Sketched Owl in Madhubani art.

A wise old owl sat in an oak; old owl sat in an oak; old owl sat in an oak;The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird.

It goes back to the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, having an owl as her symbol.   I had one Naturalist tell me once that owls came to represent wisdom because of their large eyes and their success in hunting at night and catching creatures that humans weren't able to detect.  Also their ability to twist their heads around to such a great degree could give the impression that they are "all seeing."  Owls fly silently, are active by night, and are very mysterious. Their enormous eyes leave the impression that they are taking in everything around them, and the fact that they rarely vocalize in the presence of a human adds to the mystery. The wisest of men are frequently silent a great deal of the time.

So, silent, able to come and go without detection, able to do things at night most creatures cannot, it’s no surprise that owls are considered both magical and wise by some ancient cultures.You should be observant, talk less but listen more. This will make you a wise person. 

We learned to be patient observers like the owl.

 Two little Birds ; I use to sing this rhyme for my Grandson Who love this song :)

 Doodling letter -J first letter of Name so I select doodle 'J'
 Mandala:It is a complex abstract design that is usually circular in form generally have one identifiable center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms. A circle also denotes balance, perfection nd eternity as the distance from its center to all points on it remains the same, from wherever it is measured.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Swans in Lotus pond-Waves of Beauty! ( My sketch)

As a self learning budding artist I like sketch and paint based on Indian mythology & epics. As I love to read in mythology Where lotus bloom,and  spread perfume,and their flowers have magical powers,Where swans reside and radiate their magic charm,while reading I feel How beautiful to personify?
                                 ( I sketched this in madhubani and contemporary style used acrlic colour in handmadepaper)
The lotus flower occupies a huge space in the minds of many pond owners  painters and designers. Many water gardeners consider their lotus flowers the pride of their pond, Why has this one flower become such a widespread and important symbol? The answer is found in what the lotus is and how it grows. The lotus is unusual among flowers in part for how steadily perfect the blooms tend to be. The blooms are showy and striking, even more so because they stand high above the muddy water that they naturally grow in.

It symbolizes purity or beauty of the body, speech, and mind as while rooted in the mud, its flowers blossom on long stalks as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. It is also symbolic of detachment as drops of water easily slide off its petals.

Wherein the swan graces vibrant traditions as the Hamsa bird. 'Hamsa' is Sanskrit for 'swan'; at the same time, it means 'soul.' It is also the Upanishadic mantra, 'Ham-Sa,' which means I Am the Divine. Primarily it symbolizes discrimination. It is told the Hamsa is bestowed with the ability to separate milk from water, or truth from illusion, the eternal from the impermanent, etc.

It is like the Hamsa swan wearily circling, searching for a resting place, and finally settling upon its own reflection in the still lake.

So I took the concept in  the Saundarya Lahari by Adi sankara's 38 sloka  two swans (Ham and Sa) pair together, swimming around in the divine mind "living on honey from the blooming lotus of knowledge." Isn't that a lovely concept?

                       ( Madhubani design using sakoro pens in A4 Paper)
Samunmeelath samvithkamala makarandhaika rasikam
Bhaje hamsadwandham kimapi mahatham maanasacharam
Yadhalapaa dhashtadasa gunitha vidhyaparinathi
Yadadhathe doshad gunamakhila madhbhaya paya eva

I pray before the swan couple,
Who only enjoy the honey,
From the fully open,
Lotus flowers of knowledge,
And who swim in the lake,
Which is the mind of great ones,
And also who can never be described.
From them come the eighteen arts,
And they differentiate the good from the bad,
Like the milk from water.


O Devi, I meditate before the two Swans who drink and enjoy the honey from the lotus of knowledge. The swans swim in the lake which is nothing but the mind of great personalities. The 18 arts are created from the sweet utterings of these swans. They separate the good from the bad like water from milk. Here the two swans are referring to Lord Shiva and Shakti.

The eighteen arts mentioned in Shlokam No. 38 are, 4 Vedas, Siksha, Kalpam, Vyakaranam, Niruktam, Sandas, Jyotisham, Meemamsam, Nyayam, Puranam, Dharma Shastram, Ayurvedam, Dhanurvedam, Gandarva Vedam and Needi Shastram.

There is a type of meditation known as “Hamswa Dwandwa Upasanam”. So, the next time you’re sitting and enjoying the Queen of the Pond, take a moment to consider how important this flower is across the world and how millionsof people over the last several thousand years have meditating on the meaning of this uniquely beautiful living thing.

Hope you all liked the concept!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sketch of Flute!

Nature, Music and Art always inspired me and creates a perfect symphony.In music instruments I like Veena, Violin, Saxaphone and Flute. Veena- wonderful mood elevator!, Violin is always an Excellent treat to ears, Where the saxophone speaks and Flute create magical melodies. . Everyone is attracted towards the melodious sound of flute.It is made by bamboo tree and sounds very melodious when played in an atmosphere surrounded by Nature.I decided to sketch flute with design and surrounded by nature in Madhubhani Style. Flute is very close to Nature.


It May Have Many Holes
And Emptiness
If You Work On It Carefully
It Can Play

Flutes somehow inspired me to search more on it I go through about flute instrument I got some interesting information about Flute. Flute has been mentioned in the Puranas. Krishna has different flutes and He plays different melodies for different purposes. There are three kinds of flutes used by Krishna.

1) Venu : This is a very small, not more than six inches long, with six holes for whistling.

2) Murali: Murali is about eighteen inches long with a hole at the end and four holes on the body of the flute. This kind of flute produces a very enchanting sound.

3) Vamsi: The vamsi flute is about fifteen inches long, with nine holes on its body.

These flutes were sometimes bedecked with jewels. Sometimes they were made of marble and sometimes of hollow bamboo. When the flute is made of jewels it is called sammohini. When made of gold, it is called akarsini. Krishna would play on any of these three flutes when they were needed. Krishna uses the Venu flute to attract to Gopis, like Venum kvanantam from the Brahma Samhita

 Flute being the most natural instrument goes very well with the nature the echo of the sound and it pierces the universal and Thus the vibration enters the ears of all inhabitants.Nature actually talks back to you. Even while krishna playing flute you can see that birds start chirping and try to talk to you through their singing. Although it sounds very melodious, the echo of the sound bouncing back either from the leaves of the trees is simply very delightful. sound pierces the universal covering and goes to the spiritual sky. Thus the vibration enters the ears of all inhabitants. The trees on the bank of the rivers are always jubilant. They appear to be smiling with their flowers and shedding tears in the form of flowing honey.
As Previously said I am not a artist but I wish to try to make this as theme and I sketched in Madhubani style. I used very bright colours and some times when I don’t find what I am looking for, I compose my own colours,Flute designed flowers and birds surrounded by leaves. the circles echo back the music..Through this theme I tried to connect Nature, art and music!