Sunday, August 27, 2017

Treasures of You...

Treasure of You - Watercolors on Paper
Life is a treasure of feelings. It's also full of surprises with unpredictable blind turns. The only predictable thing you carry with you all-the-way-along is just you. You and your-soul are your own predictable treasures of your life.

True happiness lies no-where but within you. Find out what makes you cheering and find time for doing it. Cheer to yourself, and keep doing it joyfully and tirelessly. You'll collect "Treasures of Joy" along the way of each such run.

"Treasure the things about you that make you different and unique." - Karen Kain

Keep Painting and Keep collecting invaluable treasures of your passion...

Details
Title: Treasures of You
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Inspiration: Passion for Arts...
Size: 12" x 15" (31 cm x 38 cm)
Surface: Arches 140lb Watercolor Paper Block, Cold Press

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dancing Colors...

Bharatha Natyam - Indian Classical Dance
Dance can be colorful on the stage of performing Arts. Colors can dance in the process of an Artist's Painting on the surface. Now, Painting has grown bigger than a hobby and has become part of my life. I feel incomplete if I don't paint anything on a weekend when I am home.

After finishing Ganesh Clay Sculpture well before than expected on this Saturday, I have had whole Sunday to myself. Setting an hour aside for myself to do this Painting on my busy Sunday added a bit of relaxation. The journey of my Painting goes on...

It's the journey that matters, not the destination. Do not stop your Journey. If you stop, you miss many experiences along the way.

Details
Title: Dancing Colors
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Inspiration: Passion for Arts...
Size: 12" x 15" (31 cm x 38 cm)
Surface: Arches 140lb Watercolor Paper Block, Cold Press

Keep the tradition going...

Lord Ganesh with Goddess Saraswati re-presented
- Handmade with Clay
Keeping the tradition of Making Lord Ganesha going on for 8th year in a row, I made this Ganesha for this year's upcoming Vinayaka Chavithi. This year, it's Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of Music re-presented in this handmade Clay Sculpture. Lord Ganesha is seen playing the musical instrument Veena that typically Goddess Saraswati is seen with representing Creative Arts. His Mooshika (Mouse) vaahanam (vehicle) is seen joining him playing Tabla, a pair of drums.

This is made with fine Natural Clay and all by hands from my own imagination. Started first in the year 2010, I keep this tradition going at home.

The result of Consistency is nothing but Trust. Be consistent in anything that you believe in and build your own trust, not for others, but for your-self.

"As tradition is a gift of the Spirit, its trajectory moves in the right direction, although it has not arrived at its destination." - BRIAN D. MCLAREN, A Generous Orthodoxy

Details
Title: Lord Ganesha with Veena
Category: Clay Sculpture
Mediums: Handmade with fine Natural Clay
Size: 9 Pounds (~4 Kg)
Inspiration: Adopted Tradition, Passion for Arts...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Keep yourself occupied with your passion...

Lord Ganesha with Veena - Watercolors on Paper
Third Painting of Lord Ganesh in just few weeks, the future I was hoping to do series of Paintings of this Hindu God who is worshipped most has finally come. Hoping to do a series of Lord Ganesh with several musical instruments.

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough. - Albert Einstein

Keep yourself occupied with your passion. Happy painting!!!

Details
Title: Lord Ganesha with Veena
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Inspiration: Passion for Arts...
Size: 12" x 15" (31 cm x 38 cm)
Surface: Arches 140lb Watercolor Paper Block, Cold Press

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Spread Wings and Fly...

Nátyánjali-14 - My Tribute to Indian Classical Dance
Watercolors on Paper
After attending two Arangetrams (on-stage debut performances) of Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi, two weekends in a row, I didn't have to think of a subject for my next Painting. I took tons of pictures for my own reference at both the events. This particular one is based on my own picture I took in New Jersey at the Arangetram of Twin Daughters, Deepa and Roopa of my good friend SuryaPrakash Irakam from my High School, Kodigenahalli, AP, India. It was a feast to eyes watching the twins performing on the stage for 3 hours perfectly in sync.

My series on Indian Classical Dance goes on with this 14th one in this series as my Tribute to this wonderful form of Art.

I did it bit differently than my previous Watercolor Paintings, tried in vibrant colors. In order to fly, one needs to spread wings. Spread your wings of skill, fly through the clouds of creativity and reach destinations of your dream!

Keep Painting, Keep the Inner-Joy flowing!

Details
Title: Nātyānjali-14 - Indian Classical Dance
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Inspiration: Arangetram by Twin Daughters Deepa and Roopa of my Friend, Passion for Arts...
Size: 12" x 15" (31 cm x 38 cm)
Surface: Arches 140lb Watercolor Paper Block, Cold Press

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Roomful of Inspiration and Peace...


A Roomful of Inspiration and Peace
It's been a dream for me to see all my Paintings put together at one place like in an Art Gallery. Not any more, the dream has been made true by my sister Indira Meka(Indu) who recently visited us on a two-week vacation. She took an initiative, designed & created My Signature Place and made a wonderful Signature Gift of her own for me.

She is one special person to have in my life who has been so caring of me and my Arts, since my childhood. It took two days for both of us to turn my cluttered-office-room at my home into a roomful-of-inspiration. Now when I walk into the room, I walk into a New source of Inspiration & Peace.

It also has two very special best-creative-corners, Peace Corner and Pedababu's Corner (as Indu named and was referring it) which is nothing but My Dad's Corner. The Peace Corner has a beautiful and peaceful Yoga Girl- an elegant Art Piece which is a gift for me from Indu. My Dad's Corner has two of my Dad's three original Indian Ink Art Works along with his Portrait that I did.

Now I have my own Art around me inspiring me all-the-time. When I step inside, I no longer step into a room, but I step into my own world-of-inspiration, my own world-of-creation, my own world-of-memories, my own world-of-feelings, my own world-of-art.and my own word-of-heart.

I know Thank you is only a small word for such a thoughtful creation from me.
A heart felt "Thank You Indu" from my (he)Art.

Inspired form this, I create my own quotation and dedicate it to Indu.

"Art has special corners in the heart, creativity has no corners!" - Giridhar Pottepalem

Peace corner
My Dad's Corner

Nrityanjali
Art & Peace go together

Details
Title: A Roomful of Inspiration and Peace
Designer & Creator: Indira Meka
Tools: Two Creative minds
Surface: My Home

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Use your ability...

Nātyānjali-13 - Indian Classical Dance
Watercolors on Paper
My Nātyānjali goes on with this Watercolor Painting which is 13th in this series. Though it is not as big as previous ones on this subject, I am quite happy with the result. The best way to expertise anything is - practice. Natural abilities only help to some extent in getting there. But it is the sheer practice that takes you there.

"We all have ability. The difference is how we use it!" - Charlotte Whitton

Details
Title: Nātyānjali - Indian Classical Dance
Mediums: Ink Pen & Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Micron 01 Ink Pen, Brush and Watercolors
Inspiration: Passion for Arts...
Size: 9" x 12" (22.9 cm x 30.5 cm)
Surface: Artist's Loft 140 lb / 300 g/m2 Acid Free, Cold Press watercolor paper

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Reshape yourself...

Lord Ganesha - Ink-pen and Watercolors
Like each day gives an opportunity to reshape our-self, each attempt gives an opportunity to reshape our skill. Nothing goes waste and everything teaches something in life.

This is another attempt of Lord Ganesha in watercolors before I move onto Oils making a series of my own on this as a subject.

"Reshape yourself through the power of your will; never let yourself be degraded by self-will. The will is the only friend of the Self, and the will is the only enemy of the Self." - Krishna, The Bhagavad Gita

Details
Title: Lord Ganesha
Mediums: Ink Pen & Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Micron 03 Ink Pen, Brush and Watercolors
Inspiration: Passion for Arts...
Size: 9" x 12" (22.9 cm x 30.5 cm)
Surface: Artist's Loft 140 lb / 300 g/m2 Acid Free, Cold Press watercolor paper

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Caring is more than Loving...

Caring is more than Loving...Watercolors on Paper
A warm welcome to my Sister Indira Meka who is coming from California to visit us. From time to timen she is one person in my life who is so caring. A quick sketch done in rush with watercolors as a warm welcome for her with my time dedicated.

Details
Title: A warm welcome
Mediums: Ink Pen & Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Micron 02 Ink Pen, Brush and Watercolors
Inspiration: Passion for Arts...
Size: 9" x 12" (22.9 cm x 30.5 cm)
Surface: Artist's Loft 140 lb / 300 g/m2 Acid Free, Cold Press watercolor paper

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Soul to hand & Hand to soul...

Lord Ganesha - Watercolors on Paper
Art is a finest form of skill that comes from soul to hand.

The Hindu God- Lord Ganesha is a common subject among Indian Artists. Though I started an Oil Painting of Lord Ganesh, I never finished it. This is a very first sketch & painting of Lord Ganesha. Hoping to do few Oil Paintings of Lord Ganesha in future.

"The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts" - Marcus Aurelius

Find peace & see your soul in Arts. Happy Painting!

Details
Title: Lord Ganesha
Mediums: Ink Pen & Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Micron 02 Ink Pen, Brush and Watercolors
Inspiration: Practice & Passion for Arts...
Size: 9" x 12" (22.9 cm x 30.5 cm)
Surface: Artist's Loft 140 lb / 300 g/m2 Acid Free, Cold Press watercolor paper

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Let the time find you...

Girl and Jewelry - Watercolors on Paper

How do you find time? is a very common question I face from all who see my Art works.

I am not a professional Artist. I am only passionate...still hesitate a lot to use the word Artist as I am only a hobbyist. I am no different than (m)any. I do have full-time professional work and double-full-time family work. Still, every weekend I try my best to spend sometime with my Arts. Like all, I also don't find time for it. But I can say, I just tuned my life for it so that I don't need to find time for it, Time finds me instead.

Life can only become busy, year after year. It never slows down anyway. That is how we built life. If we don't let the Time find us, we never find Time either. All you have to do is: Let the time find you!

In this modern age, the phrase, I don't have time means, It's not my priority. Simply Make 30 hours out of 24 hours and then you will definitely have time for yourself ;)

This is a simple watercolor painting, outlined gently with ink & pen and colored with brush.
Happy Painting!

Details
Title: Girl & Jewelry
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Watercolors from my Palette
Inspiration: Practice & Passion for Arts...
Size: 9" x 12" (22.9 cm x 30.5 cm)
Surface: Artist's Loft 140 lb / 300 g/m2 Acid Free, Cold Press watercolor paper

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Don't get lost...

Indian Classical Dance - A classic Mudra (Gesture)
This is a quick watercolor painting done with just one color: black, not the actual black but a substitute for black called Neutral Tint that many Watercolor Artists use. When I don't know what painting to start, but wanted to do something, my first choice always is: Indian Classical Dance.

A weekend day comes and goes faster than a weekday. Weekend gives an opportunity to spend time with ones own soul. Be with it for sometime by doing something you have passion for. Simply, don't get lost in hectic life!

"The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." - Pablo Picasso

Details
Title: Indian Classical dance - A classic Mudra
Mediums: Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Watercolors from my Palette
Inspiration: Practice & Passion for Arts...
Size: 9" x 12" (22.9 cm x 30.5 cm)
Surface: Artist's Loft 140 lb / 300 g/m2 Acid Free, Cold Press watercolor paper