Story of life- Shifting of Art area from Spare room to Balcony and then to Bedroom.








Dt: 28/01/2018

Wish you all a very happy New year 2018. would like to give a glimpse of my new art corner, in my very first blog of this year.


after I have shifted to my current location, it was a real tough job  to create a good comfortable art place for me. At first we thought, I need one separate room for my art, then the idea got dismissed as it was nearly impossible to do art in a closed spare room  at this point of time when my daughter need me the most.

then I shifted my tools and supplies again to our balcony… but it was again very uncomfortable.. its hot and sunny in Summer. wet and windy in monsoon, chilly and breeze in winter.


Hence I again shifted, and my new location is the bedroom.

its really comfortable, workable and accessible, well not very secure though, as my little assistant always lookout for the opportunities to help me around..




its actually very cozy, I must say.  btw. I keep my easels at the opposite side of this wall next to the bed. could not take the photo yet. hope you can use a little imaginations of yours here. 🙂

its easy to do work and keep an eye to my little daughter while she is napping or doing creative works or just playing.

my daughter too loved this idea. we both love to stare at them from different perspectives. I see how I can be inspired she looks out for a room of improvement and do the necessary changes, whatever and wherever she thinks its needed. 🙂

We enjoy our studio-nursery-entertainment-creative-gallery-study-bedroom a lot.






dt: 28/12/2017

while i was continuing and exploring the scope of painting outdoor from live action scenes and studying life by sketching vigorously. i also tried to work indoor studying and painting from various photographs and online images.

while studying watercolor indoor, i heavily relied on my two sets of watercolors. 1. cotman studio 45 set of halfpans and another is our 2. Indian local brand camel or camlin. they are very good with very vivid granulating pigments.. many of them are straining but that helps to create a kind of added drama on the paper.

today i will be sharing some of my watercolor illustrations , where i generously used these two palettes of watercolor paints


Cotman — as usual need no introduction as its a student grade product by winsor and newton company from UK . love them. its good for the beginners even the professional and intermediate artists and watercolorists. its  rather very good for studying the watercolor techniques. though they dont come cheap in India. its always an Imported set here.

whereas, Indian brand needs little introduction to other people across the world. many of our renowned water-colorist prefer this brand upon many other well known international brands, most probably because it goes very well with Indian handmade papers and also reflect the Indian spirit and colors. it contains vivid vermilion, yellow ochre, indian yellow, indigo

here are some watercolors mainly done on camel set






i would always recommend Indian brand camel for beginners. it comes cheaper and also available in most of the indian stationery shops.  one must get artist quality tubes or cakes to get a really good result. I do agree that it gives a hard ime to any beginners because of its granulating and straining pigments.. 


it always good to start with rough pigments, it tough to control and gives ample opportunity to learn.


watercolour journalling with visual journal sketchbook

dt : 15/11/2017

Hello frnds,

today I am going to write about my new outdoor companion.

since last year I get a little time to spend with myself as my daughter started going to the playschool for 2 hrs.

I wanted to paint so badly that I thought I should utilize those spare time doing some sketch works on daily basis.

I tried to work with acrylic painting but it didn’t worked out properly because I was always getting distracted by some or the other reasons.

I was desperate as its absolutely frustrating for me of not able to do painting the way I wanted to.

I was nearly broken when the idea of quick sketches striked me.

Visual journaling and sketching outdoor.

. I always liked the idea, as you can see in my previous blogs. I thought it would be great if I start with this concept once again as I have a little time for myself.

I started keeping a sketchbook handy with me with some pigma micron pens. I carried them always whenever I am outdoor.. anywhere and everywhere from children  playgrounds to shopping malls ..

I must say I enjoying drawing people and places.

my sketchbooks varied from the local brand Brustro to Strathmore visual journals.

today I would like to review about my experiences with Strathmore visual journal and cotman portable travel set.


as you can see .. this journal is definitely well travelled .. hence it looks rustic and torn

here I must mention the details.

Visual journal- Starthmore

140 lb ( 300 gsm) watercolor paper

cold pressed

22 sheets – 44 pages

size: 5.5 in X 8 In (14 cm X 20.3 Cm)

Acid free wire bound

lie flat and open 360 degrees

page color- white

 It is compatible with

  • graphic pencils
  • Pen and Ink
  • color pencils
  • charcoal
  • markers
  • soft pastels
  • oil pastels
  • watercolor pencils
  • watercolor
  • acrylic
  • collage
  • gouache

now here is my own experience

just loved this sketchbook. as it is very compact and can be fit into a small sling bag along with compact watercolor set and pens

love the texture of the paper.

I mostly used my cotman travel set and pigma micron pens

here are my sketches as a specimen of my visual review of this excellent sketchbook

these are some of my sketches with cotman watercolor set…

I am in love with watercolor sketches…

Slow but steady — No race really



Its been an wonderful journey being a new mom since 3 year. my daughter delighted us with lots of sleepless nights, dirty diapers, wet kisses, giggles and lovely sweet emotional meltdowns.

she is 3 now.. and I hope I can resume to my bi-monthly blogging exercises slowly.

now let me tell you.. what did I do apart form playing new mom or changing diapers and feeding her

well I did Shopping… good medicine to fight oout blues if you don’t have time to paint really… I bought lots and lots of art supplies and books… and of course some silver jewelries…

Meanwhile my mystic canvas page has crossed the first 1000 likes .. oh yeah.. and I don’t know how.. because I seldom post my artworks there.. still so many are just lying to be displayed. No time to take photos.

not many big paintings… not many serious works..

I just kept sketching and journaling and buying supplies… those were my motivations afterall…. paints and pencils and brushes and pens and markers and pigments .. so on

let me share some of my sketching works with you..

I will review about the supplies later..

Playground sketches
stormy night from 11th floor balcony
security check post
bedside workplace

as you can see.. I am obsessed with my art supplies and I  have no time to spend in my art corner.. so this is my regular easily convertible work place.

that’s all for today folks… going to slice veggies for lunch…

see you…..

A gap of 3 years nearly — A note


lots of things happened during this period from Sep 2014 till the end of Sept 2017. a new mom… painting. juggling duties and desires. dreams and realities, diapers and paints. shopping, storing, disposing, cluttering and de cluttering.. very eventful years I must admit.. She came and gave a new perspective to me. she is my life. she is my inspiration, she is Prakriti (the Nature), my daughter… she taught me to become a mother  and a better painter. learning a lot from her. she is my everyday mentor. like father like daughter..

Never had time to write blogs really.. buut I was busy with paintings and exploring new arenas. meanwhile completed my 6 months course from Karnataka Chitrakala Parisath.

now the journey continues.

Old Blogs from August 2014

Hello friends

sometimes its really tough to maintain daily art journals.. as most of the days.. I find myself totally lost. with no subject to draw..

Yesterday was Monday… and as usual I was trying to find something to fill my art journal pages with..

small things here and there… suddenly our chessboard looked interesting..

what if our war zones can look like this,,, across the table.. only if our politicians can understand…

reminding me of an old Pete Seeger’s Song..

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?

Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?

Where have all the flowers gone?

Young girls have picked them everyone.

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone, long time passing?

Where have all the young girls gone, long time ago?

Where have all the young girls gone?

Gone for husbands everyone.

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the husbands gone, long time passing?

Where have all the husbands gone, long time ago?

Where have all the husbands gone?

Gone for soldiers everyone

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing?

Where have all the soldiers gone, long time ago?

Where have all the soldiers gone?

Gone to graveyards, everyone.

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the graveyards gone, long time passing?

Where have all the graveyards gone, long time ago?

Where have all the graveyards gone?

Gone to flowers, everyone.

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?

Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?

Where have all the flowers gone?

Young girls have picked them everyone.

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Oh, when will they ever learn?

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Old Blogs from July 2014

dt: 04/07/2014

a box of Crayola Crayons– Its for my rainy days..

Hello Friends…

Poured a cup of hot sepia coffee in a wisteria flowered mug, dandelion sunshine spilling through the periwinkle sky. ~Terri Guillemets

Yesterday, I received my first ever –a box of Crayola Crayons–… yes… you read it right,… my first ever Crayola Crayons.. and I am going to be 34 years old in August this year… 🙂


I read a lot about these crayons lately and was very interested to buy atleast a set of my own for rainy days…

It all started when I was just a kid.. I used to notice those yellow green crayon boxes in English movies or in TV dramas or picture books and couldn’t avoid to notice those intense and vibrant colors… and wanted all of them for me.. Badly… 😦

it was my childhood dream to own a box of crayons.. in India, these Crayola crayons are new comers… our new generations are lucky to have them in their schoolbags,..we were not so lucky then,,,.. all what we got was very weak substitutes of these crayons.. those were made of lots of wax and less colors..

yesterday, I was as excited as a 5 years old would have been.. I got it through… they are  also new in India and quickly learning the trick to capture Indian market.. but they have local challenges.. their delivery was fine.. packet came totally intact..



I smelled the wax.. yummm yummm…. and the first thing I did, was to swatch those beautiful happy colors on my sketchbook… heehee.. I made a list of 64 colors that I received in the box…

I loved the names… tumble weed, wild strawberry, purple mountain majesty, Granny smith apple, Robin egg’s blue, asparagus and soo on… 😀

yes, I know it looks childish.. but I thought it would be helpful for those, who wish to buy these big box of Crayola crayons.. and wonder what all colors they will find inside.

I am going to use these colors to uplift my moods. whenever I feel lonely or sad.. yeeepee


dt: 08/07/2014

its fun to sketch people secretly…


last week, we had a trip to local diagnostic centre for a routine check up..

before I hooked up with this journaling idea.. we used to visit such  places without much happy mood actually.. a trip to doctor’s place is never a fun….reading old magazines.. staring at TV, cautiously observing other people and their activities.. scent of medicines and sickness… all those things made the trip the most unwelcome one…

ever since I realized that instead of getting bored outside, i should do something. i mean journaling in precise. I have started carrying a small notebook with water brush pen and water soluble crayons. . I feel more relaxed.. even if I have to spend more than hours waiting for my turn to meet the doctor..

My new found interest make me more I find it thrilling to sketch unknown people in public places.. without letting them know that they are being captured in my notebook forever…

 today I saw this aged gentleman in traditional Indian cloth (Dhoti and Kurta) was waiting outside the ultrasound department.. he was dozing off on a nearby chair…while I was sketching him.. as soon as I finished the sketching.. he left to meet his doctor.. I was lucky indeed to finish the  sketch just on time..

in another section of the same centre..

. It was world cup time ….. so that’s how people spend their waiting time in diagnostic centres… I am no big football fan.. but sketching people watching football.. and that too while waiting for doctor’s appointment was real fun to do… couldn’t resist….

dt: 15/07/2014

heaps of cloth

I thought, let me share my THE most lazy and disorganized nature with you all.. specially when it comes to organize my wardrobe…

I am very particular about organizing my art supplies and books  but cannot say the same thing about my wardrobe. that’s D most painful household work for me.. believe me.. I enjoy heaving my cloths outside the closet… *Laugh Out Loud*

yes, that’s exactly how my cloth hangers and cloth stand look like…

BTW.. I sketched them with a waterproof 0.2 fine liner and mungyo water soluble crayons – 36 assorted colours.

let me show you in details… these hangers were suppose to be inside of the closet.. but I am just fine to see them outside instead….

just next to it.. is a cloth drying stand.. which serve differently now days.. well of course I am too lazy to shift those dried cloths properly pressed and stored inside the wardrobe.. you can even see my hobo bag along with those cloths..

I know, I am shameless… and I will never be organized in my life, that’s for sure…

BTW… can you see my stand… its just hidden … well under the cloths…Haah. that’s the question of the day.. can you find my poor steel cloth hanging rack???!!!… lolz.. !! wow… I am so proud of my new height of shamelessness..

Dt: 28/07/2014


A very good Monday afternoon to all.

Its all about the mood.. the same painting.. same arrangement, same place.. but its only the way we look at it..

I experienced it again today.. suddenly  I  found the right object for my today’s journal

a closer look..

I made this sketch with waterproof 0.9 fine liner… a very satisfying composition

then I used the Koi half pan watercolour set… finished product came out quite neat…

a day well spent.. I must say… feeling very peaceful and happy afterall.