Wishing everyone a tranquil, beautiful, creative 2020 untouched by the muck around.
Check here for importance and symbolism of lotus flower in Hinduism, here for its role in Buddhism, here for its place in Chinese culture, here for information about Lotus in religious art in Eastern religions, and here for its significance in ancient Egyptian culture. What a special flower !!!
Fury of Fire, Wind and Water 20x16" Mixed media by Meera Rao
This painting titled Fury of Fire Wind and Water is a visceral response to the fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes in the recent past. I am acutely aware of the awe inspiring, fear inducing chaos, destruction and surprising beauty in the fury of the moment as the elements go about altering the landscapes and lives. Nature is demanding we pay attention to the delicate balance and vulnerability all around. Are we?
Fury of Fire, Wind and Water 20x16" Mixed media by Meera Rao Mixed Media Pebeo paints.
The above photograph was taken earlier in the year. I saw the beautiful Cinnamon Fern Fiddleheads at the Nature Conservancy site at Piney Groove Preserve in Waverly, VA during a field trip for the Virginia Master Naturalist class. We had gone to see the successful restoration of the Long Leaf Pine forest and come back from near extinction of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker.
Frost photography by Meera Rao
The frosty leaves were in my backyard glistening in the morning light when they caught my eye early in spring.
The Fiddleheads was the winner of the Plants and Fungi category and Frost in the Macro and Night Category in The Peninsula Master Naturalist Photography Contest in July -August 2019. It was an honor to have these photographs voted as the winners!
The Fire Burns Blue watercolor with pen and ink by Meera Rao
Last week my brother informed me that the book 'The Fire Burns Blue - A History of Women's Cricket in India' co-written by my niece Karunya Keshav and Sidhanta Patnaik is among the five books short listed for Best Non-fiction work 2019 in India! Proud Aunt suddenly remembered that she had sketched the book soon after Karunya gave it her in January during visit to India :) I had shared a photo of the sketch with her, but had somehow missed posting any of the sketches from that sketchbook on my blog.
We are all incredibly proud of Karunya and that her book is vying for honors with the likes of Ramachandra Guha, Rajmohan Gandhi, Raghuram Rajan and Shantha Gokhale! Go get your copy from Amazon and read all about the stories of extraordinary women who while competing in 'the gentleman's game' made history. And all the while as one of the players said : "We play because we love this game"
I have too many sketchbooks going on at the same time, and I have sketches tucked away in them that I have missed posting. These three are from my Pentalic traveler 5x8".
We were in NYC first Sunday in November cheering our daughter's NYC marathon run! A clear view from hotel room window of the iconic Chrysler Building was hard to resist sketching. I pulled out the sketchbook onto the windowsill and took my time drawing. From the 34th floor window of the hotel I could clearly see the sculptures on the 61st floor of the Chrysler building which I had not noticed as eagles till I started sketching ! I was reminded of this quote by Frederick Frank :
Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly discover the world.
I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen,
and that when start drawing an ordinary thing,
I realize how extraordinary it is,
~ Frederick Frank~
Pirate Days watercolor and pen Meera Rao
These two sketches are from Arrrtober Fest at the Mariner's Museum in October. While volunteering for the Peninsula Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist booth, I sketched this little totally adorable kid in his pirate costume. He was determined to put the rings on the boat 'masts', and made his own luck by slinging it from all around the game mat :)
Aaartober Fest Lady Pirates watercolor and Pen Meera Rao
The ladies in the next booth were also dressed up for the occasion and I quickly sketched them before the gates opened for the festival goers. I think I am getting a little more comfortable sketching in the public these days :)
I enjoy painting in watercolors, color pencils, graphite and mixed media. I like to paint everyday things, scenes, ideas that capturen my imaginations, explore them through realistic, expressive, impressionistic or abstract styles. I also enjoy photography. I try to bring to my art the philosophy, heritage and the tropical colors of India and the spirit of adventure and experimentation I find in my now home here in the USA. My goal is to paint often and have my blog as a place to share my adventures.