Archive | July, 2009

yellow marker in a meeting

6 Jul

Hi. Last week, I was attending a very interesting meeting in the NID auditorium – there were almost 50 of us and the meeting was chaired by the Director of our institute. of course in such meetings, most of us listen as few of us go on talking and talking 😉

I had a yellow marker and a new black ball point pen (reynolds liquiflo). the combination was quite remarkable – flourescent, check these out

 

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of course, a lot of us were yearning for a cup of hot tea at the end of a tiring weekend and what was coming to my mind and flowing on the paper, were these – 

chai notes 8chai notes 9

and this one is inspired from street type – 

chai notes 10

that’s so much for now.. rest some other time.

 

oh yes, the red pen was borrowed from a colleague. The meeting of course ended on a high note with the subject of discussion being approved for implementation wef.

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Lonely Vegetarian in Sri Lanka

5 Jul

Hi. Earlier this year, in April, I was in Sri Lanka on an invitation from the University of Moratuwa, Faculty of Architecture, which has a B.Des course under it;s department of Architecture. I was there for two reasons – 1. as an external examiner for the final year B.Des juries (they call it comprehensive design project, and I shall hopefully discuss my experiences of the juries in another post). 2. I conducted a three day workshop on hand book binding for the 2nd (now 3rd year) students of B.Des.

Moratuwa is a town around 30 kms down south of Colombo, on Galle Road (which is one of the oldest roads in Sri Lanka). My hosts had made arrangements for my stay in another beautiful place on Mt. Lavinia (this place also has a heritage hotel, which was originally the residence of the British Governor). I was put up Hotel Palm Beach, which was a very tranquil place. The rooms were offset, (rather than along a corridor as we have in most Indian hotels), giving each guest a high degree of privacy. Although most of the time I was away to the university during the day, the stay was a memorable one. They had complimentary breakfast by the poolside. My schedule was such that I only got to see the pool attendant cleaning the pool every morning, while I was munching on my breakfast. he he ….

The first day on arrival in Colombo, I was taken for lunch by my hostess, Prof. Melanie Dissanayeke. We went to a place called, Paradise Road. To be on the safer side, I ordered an Indian sounding dish. Yes, there are a lot of options for those who prefer non-vegetarian, and this is what I got…

 

the chicken masala & rotis at Paradise Road

the chicken masala & rotis at Paradise Road

The chicken was finger licking, while the rotis were of maida (refined flour, normally used for cookies in india) making them more rubbery towards the ned of the lunch. The ambience was great, with a hand written menu of cocktails by the bar – 

 

the cocktail menu, handwritten on a blackboard

the cocktail menu, handwritten on a blackboard

The story doesn’t end here. Back in the hotel, during dinner, I thought I will go for something vegetarian. The only thing on offer was a rice plate with dal curry. I asked for just plain rice with dal, and what I got was a full platter with some plain basmati rice, papad and nice sweet mango pickle (reminded me of mom). Along with it was dal curry (yellow lintel) with rather thick gravy, a dry vegetable dish made of green peas (I guess frozen) and kaju, french beans and surprisingly, another dish of deep fried thin slices of brinjals. Unfortunately, I did not carry my camera to the dining hall, but yes, the small notepad and a pen came in handy. They laid out the table beautifully. The dinner was filling, albiet a bit dry for Indian tastes. 🙂

 

camera: no / pen & paper: Yes

camera: no / pen & paper: Yes

Sun Flowers and bottles…

1 Jul

For the first time I am sharing my own work on this forum.

Actually these are a little old, but very close to my heart. These are special, as they have all been drawn on moving vehicles – on flight/bus/indian railways, while I was traveling in the winters of 2006. Of course, some of the poster colouring was done waiting in the lounge or the platform..

so, here goes – 

Hope you enjoy these. do let me know your opinion 🙂

and yes, all of these are on even older yellow paper (used for X-ray films), which I picked up from Sunday Market, way back in 1996-97.

 

D 04_felt pens

D 04_felt pens

 

D 05_oil pastels & felt pen

D 05_oil pastels & felt pen

 

D 06_fountain pen & acrylic colour

D 06_fountain pen & acrylic colour

 

D 07_ink & oil pastels

D 07_ink & oil pastels

D 08_ink & oil pastels

D 08_ink & oil pastels

D 08 is on a Haryana Roadways bus !

 

D 11_ink & oil pastels

D 11_ink & oil pastels

This one is on a spicejet flight 🙂

 

D 13_ oil pastels & ink

D 13_ oil pastels & ink

of Van Gogh and Sun Flowers

1 Jul

Yes, I know, I know.. I am coming back here after a long time.. There were too many things being done, that the time to talk about them was not there..

today I am sharing a new artwork by my elder son, Divyansh. He has been asking me for a long time about the artist who painted ‘the scream’ (Edvard Munch) and ‘why another painter cut off his ear’. As I was too busy with office work and he went off to his grandmother’s place with his mom during the vacations, this question still remained unanswered.

On returning back from the vacations, while we were sorting and cleaning up the bookshelf, we stumbled upon a fat large book on the life and works of Van Gogh, ‘Van Gogh: Art, Life and Letters, by Bernard Zurcher published by Greenwich Editions, 1994’ We poured through pages after pages of his salivating work… and his amazing self portraits. What impressed Divyansh most were the sunflower series (not surprising for me, as he has grown up with images of sunflowers all around).

Eventually in the late evening, while we were cooking dinner, he drew his own version of Van Gogh’s sunflowers which was up on the dining room wall.

have a look – 

 

Divyansh_sunflowers_4in x 6in blue ballpoint pen

Divyansh_sunflowers_4in x 6in blue ballpoint pen

and here is the print of the original (this was gifted by close friends, Bhavna and Sudhir, way back in 1998.

 

Van Gogh's sunflowers, proudly on the main wall

Van Gogh's sunflowers, proudly on the main wall