India Art Journal Sept.16 2012 by Meera Rao
One exciting news that I missed mentioning here on my blog is that my India Art journal and I were featured on Strathmore Art Papers Facebook page about three weeks ago :) It happened during my last week in India and I guess it is understandable that I shared it only on my Facebook page in all the rush and excitement! Thank you Strathmore !
I noticed around our neighborhood in the narrow alleyways tucked here and there, how people find creative ways to hang the laundry! The colorful clothes draped around brighten the drab dusty streets.
India Art Journal Sept. 17 2012 by Meera Rao
Everyday I passed by this tailor shop and I felt seeing him sitting in front of his sewing machine day in and day out that he embodied the phrase -nose to the grinding stone! His cluttered shop was tiny with fabric strewn, stuffed and hung everywhere. I wondered if and how he was able to keep up with all the different clients' items!
India Art Journal Sept 18 2012 by Meera Rao
One of the side streets has shop after shop, and also little 'kiosks' (really a small table or a bench) on the sidewalks exclusively specializing in making keys! A few of them have computers to assist them but most use old fashioned metal files and muscle power to make copies of keys! It was interesting to see all kinds of key skeletons hanging in bunches and glistening in the sun.
India Art Journal Sept 19 2012 by Meera Rao
September 19th was Ganesha Chathurthy, festival of the god with an elephant head, remover of all obstacles in life. Streets were filled with all different size statues of the Lord for puja/worship which are then taken in a procession and immersed in a body of water. This year there was much awareness of environmental impact of the ritual and there were many more statues in just clay with minimal colored paint on them.
Below is the full page view of the four sketches all together. Each sketch is 2.5x4" on Strathmore Mixed media visual Journal 5.5x8" and 90lbs wt.
India Art journal Sept 16-19 2012 by Meera Rao
Once again, sharing the sketches individually from the post Sketching the Spirit of a Place from July.
India Art Journal July 22 2012 Meera Rao
India Art Journal July23 2012 By Meera Rao
India Art Journal July24 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal July 25 2012 by Meera Rao