A friend named Ayan Ghosh (check out his amazing photography on http://ayan82.carbonmade.com/ ) who is from Bengal in East India recently shared some very interesting snake history. Manasa or the Hindu Goddess of snakes is apparently followed with great devotion as a tribal Goddess popular in the dense mangroves of the Bengal Delta. She is worshiped for protection from and cure of snake bites mainly in the monsoons when snakes emerge from their lair. Every August, a festival named Jhapan, in this region, allows snake charmers from around India to assemble and Manasa is worshiped according to an age old tradition.
Today’s illustration is of a lazy, curious snake soaking in some summer and cooling off in a neighboring river. The explorations below are a play with positive and negative space. It’s quite remarkable that a little play with space can create an entirely new kind of visual dynamism.
Precisely five days from now (hopefully less!) , I presume that the first object my husband and i will unpack from the multitude of boxes would be his guitar. Despite having to compete for his attention over the incessant strumming, I never realized just how much I miss the sound of music floating through our home. This post is a reminder to myself to embrace and in fact enjoy a lil musical competition:) Looking forward to having him happily re-united with his prized possession.
Do not be afraid to go out on a limb … That’s where the fruit is
Last night while randomly browsing the internet, I came across some proverbs from different countries about trees. Proverbs play many roles in society. The first, possibly, most common role that a proverb plays is to educate and give advice (in an obscure way). Below is a compilation of some of my favorites. Which one do you like best?
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.
– Chinese Proverb
A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense.
– American Proverb
“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
– Greek Proverb
“Around a flowering tree, one finds many insects.”
– Proverb from Guinea
“A tree falls the way it leans.”
– Bulgarian Proverb
“A tree does not move unless there is wind.”
– Afghan Proverb
“A tree is known by its fruit.”
– Zulu Proverb
“Great trees give more shade than fruit.”
– German Proverb
An elephant was walking along a river, when he saw a turtle standing there. With all the force he could muster, he kicked it, and it shot into the mountains. A passing zebra remarked:
“Why did you do that?”
“I recognise that as the same turtle that bit me on my leg 44 years ago,” said the Elephant.
“Wow, what an amazing memory!”
“Yes, turtle recall.” 🙂
As a child, summer vacations in India meant a trip to my grandma’s house near the southern-most tip of the country. My memories of my time there revolved around frolicking in the waterfalls nearby, visiting numerous ancient temples and reveling in their incredible architecture and getting to interact with a whole host of animals and birds ranging from deer, cows, peacocks and of course elephants!
Today’s illustration depicts a temple elephant getting its routine shower. Many temples (especially in the south) own elephants as they are a vital part of several temple ceremonies and celebrations.
Did you know that much like human toddlers, great apes, magpies and dolphins, elephants have passed the mirror test-they recognize themselves in a mirror!
Having spent the greater part of this month searching for a house, it isn’t any surprise that this artwork is composed of homes galore. House hunting is several things at once- exciting & hopeful, frustrating, often terribly disappointing and without a doubt e.x.h.a.u.s.t.i.n.g!
Today’s illustration is of a block of brownstone apartments filled with character and charm that we finally settled upon (after repeated visits and incessant argument and debate!:) Looking forward to setting up our new space and everything June brings!
I’ve lately been obsessed with the food we eat and where it comes from. Maybe it springs from a little voice in my head urging me to try to become a full-fledged vegetarian. I remember reading an interesting theory of evolution some years ago. There is apparently a school of thought that subscribes to the belief that Man’s downfall began with his becoming a settler and an agriculturalist. As long as Man was a scavenger and later a hunter-gatherer, he was still a participant in the natural order of the world. His foray into farming, however, is considered Man’s first conscious act of viewing himself as separate from the rest of nature and attempting to manipulate it for his own gain.
With all these thoughts in my head, today’s illustration is of a four step food chain (Cat-owl-worm-plant). The concept of food chains is fascinating to me and this could just be the first of a series of several more!.. Lion- bison- deer- grass or maybe Fox- squirrel, bird, worm!
What would you like to see illustrated?:)
I’m pretty stoked about the fact that despite living in several cold and hot countries over the years , this is the first time I’m living in a place which has all the four seasons!
Mark Twain is quoted to have said “In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours” ! These spring postcards are my homage to the fickle and restless beauty of spring. Sunny one moment and cloudy the very next, its everything all at once.
It’s a terrific time for some change, isn’t it?:)
Growing up in South India, one of my strongest memories as a child was waking up every morning to the fresh delicious aroma of strong coffee (“kaapi”) brewed from dark roasted coffee beans, hand poured and topped with an incredibly smooth foam. I’m astonished even today by how one whiff of coffee always instantly transports me to another world.
Do you have any similar memories of a smell that takes you back in time?
Recently, I’ve been engrossed in this new book titled “Following Fish” by author Samanth Subramanian.
More on http://samanth.in/blog/so-whats-the-book-about/
It’s an awesome debut novel- anecdotal, humorous, wonderfully descriptive and blessed with the ability to make me more ravenous (literally!) with every page. Naturally, with this book still so fresh in my mind this could not be an illustration of anything else, could it?!;)
Yesterday, as part of a larger plan to start experimenting with my illustrations (old and new) and dabble with some product making, I stumbled upon the most creamy beautiful linen fabric. Very excited to see where this leads and the possibilities appear infinite!:) Stay tuned.