December Artist of the Month at Poquson Public Library - Meera Rao
India Art Journal Oct 2-5 by Meera Rao
On Oct 5, I did my 100th sketch in the India Art Journal :) The whole week before and after I felt a real sense of accomplishment for having sketched every day for one hundred days in a row!!! By then, it had definitely gotten easier to sketch each day once I figured out what to sketch! In a way I am also glad that dividing the paper into four and sticking to the pre-determined size also made it simple decision for me to just find time to squeeze in sketching in my tight schedule each day. At times I felt disappointed that I hadn't thought of a more creative way to sketch each day -- but it sure helped me stay with my goal of sketch a day for the four months in India! As the Indian philosopher poet Aurobindo remarked : "Consistent practice of an art in the end constitutes a kind of Yoga "
India Art Journal Oct 2 2012 by Meera Rao
"There is no higher god than Truth"
Mahatma Gandhiji died before I was born and the only photos I have seen are black and white. So I decided to honor him on his birthday which is a national holiday in India with a graphite sketch. His teachings on truth, non-violence and love are universal. I especially feel the need for this message to be heard loud and clear today as we mourn the terrible tragedy in Connecticut.
India Art Journal Oct 3 2012 by Meera Rao
I often walked past this tiny little store grandly named 'Classic Electricals' with the colorful 'mixies' hanging or on a table on the sidewalk advertising the owner's proficiency in 'fixing the mixies' :) I heard from my neighbors that he was indeed skilled in doing the repairs.
India Art Journal Oct 4 2012 by Meera Rao
Everyday from my balcony I saw the ladies combing hair - each others or their own on their porch right across the street. The privacy of my higher up third floor apartment balcony emboldened me to sketch their various activities and I still feel somewhat guilty for recording their everyday acts.
India Art Journal Oct 5 2012 by Meera Rao
Drum roll please... here is my 100th sketch! The night before there was a terrible storm and as I went on my morning marketing I came across these two men using a simple saw to cut the downed tree limbs right by the road. I captured the scene on my camera and sketched them later in the day.
The following are four sketches from my earlier post Bases for a sketch getting their individual time in the limelight :)
India Art Journal Aug 3 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal Aug 4 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal Aug 5 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal Aug 6 2012 by Meera Rao