Finding my way home

In this series of paintings, I explore the following questions.

What is home? What happens at home? how do we create a home? What is the line between house and home? What makes a home? Where is home for me?

You get to preview stages of the painting process as a creative process and how my work evolves from the sketches to a full painting!

Part-2 of Finding my way home series – ‘city and home’

Banana leaf chronicles – SS20 and SS21

Here is the actual post about all things banana leaf in my artwork archive.

Banana leaf chronicles August 2020

Last year, I sat in California imagining the components of a full spread banana leaf meal, a classic South Indian spread, a culinary delightful adventure that calls to me every so often! it so happens that it called to me this week too!

See below for some chronicles from spring summer 21

Features Banana Leaf Chronicle SS’21

With this scene in the watercolor workbook, as many of you have been following along, I could not help go down to South Indian rice paddy fields, wrapped in a cotton podavai (saree) and hug a potted banana plant to bring with me everywhere I went. And this was just a nostalgic from the past week of watching so many Tamil movies, rearranging my sarees and thinking of elai saapad (banana leaf meals)

These layers of nostalgia are always with me, in my explorations and in my everyday thoughts. I am glad I found a venue to express them through art and am very grateful to have been given this gift of learning via the #watercolorworkbook by Sarah!

I’ve had such a blast creating this piece that I happily got lost in those folds and layers surrounding the potted plant! 😂 see below for some layer and process pictures!

Scene building – pen and ink render – banana leaf chronicles SS21
Layers and colors for banana leaf chronicles SS21
Layers and pen and ink

Hope you enjoy this piece as much as I did creating this piece! ❤️🙂

PS: if you have not gotten yourself one of these workbooks, I highly recommend it for any watercolor party you want to belong to! Head on over to @themintgardener ‘s handle to see the genius behind this beauty!

Cheers
Radha

with gratitude
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Chalky palette and chapati’s

It has been two whole days since I painted and the palette colors are chalky and falling off! And I sat down to think what could be done to possibly prevent that from happening.

Then, I spend about five minutes in the kitchen thinking about it some more, while making chapatis. Then I cleaned up for the day, loaded the dishwasher and fed my boy!

Then I brought my supplies to the dining table and tried to drop large drops of water into the palette cubbies to charge the chalk and coax it into watercolor. I was tempted to look for my mister and water dropper, etc. to create paint out of chalky bits.

Exactly five minutes later I realized that the only way one could actually stop color from chalking in the palette is ….

By painting every damned day.

Simple and effective, right?

But then, life gets in the way!

Cheers

Radha

Bootcamp for artists

Work in progress for MATS bootcamp assignment

In the beginning of spring this year, I signed up for the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp run by the famous art director Lilla Rogers herself. I entered the bootcamp after meeting the beautiful creative Erin online and other alumnus on Instagram.

I was told that the MATS bootcamp was a fun and good way to get rolling into illustration if one was trying to find their artistic voice in the big creative industries for Home decor, children’s book illustrations, editorial, toy and game market, etc. and so, I jumped in.

I had not a clue what to expect with the workload and trying to wrap my head around the schedules on my calendar, but I knew that exploring my art was what I wanted to do, it was giving me peace during tremulous times and I cleared my schedule to make time for art.

It is also a perfect playground for an artist like me, who is coming out of a decade long sabbatical and slowly finding her way back into the creative vortex. I started out enthusiastically and was determined to make this work, amongst several other things in my day.

In the middle of bootcamp is a curveball of a course of children’s book illustration, a five week intense timeline where everyday would be expected to creative work for a story that the art directors wrote. This year I chose the pencil story, but somehow struggled to keep up pace with the rest of the creative cohort for more than one reason.

Once you are signed up to a course, you can join the relevant Facebook group, and oh boy! The cohort of creatives inside these courses are simply mind-blowing. There are hundreds of artists who make so much beautiful work, it can get overwhelming within seconds of opening the group.

Each artist has their own process and set of tools to create and this space is an example of the wide variety of the work and creative talent available. In my case, doing both the bootcamp and the children’s book illustration proved to be very challenging, and I simply had to step back and catch a break before realigning.

Just this morning, I turned in my June assignment for a Toy and game pitch idea and I feel a bit of relief that I could do the best I could, given this weird year, and I am ready to take it easy for the rest of 2021. Now that I have a first hand experience of what it feels like to be in the MATS world, I will be better prepared next year hopefully.

If you have any questions regarding my work or what the value of MATS brings to a creative, write to me here