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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

My Dad from my (He)Art...

My Dad from my (He)Art
Watercolors on Paper

The only question God can never answer for me: Why did you take my Dad from us that early?

You could only take my Dad from my life but not from my Heart. Just those couple of years that you had let me observe my Dad closely in my childhood are enough for me to follow him and carry with me, some of his very fine-skills that the world couldn't see. As long as I live, he lives with me in my Heart and in my Art.

Remembering my Dad, who is the first person I admire most in my life, ever and forever!
Happy Father's Day!

Details
Title: My Dad from my Heart
Mediums: Ink Pen and Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 01, Watercolors from my Palette
Inspiration: Father's Day, Passion for Arts...
Size: 9" x 12" (22.9 cm x 30.5 cm)
Surface: Bienfang Watercolor Paper

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Make your own kingdom...

Radha and Krishna
My Series on Krishna goes on with this new oil painting just started with an underpainting.

Keep doing what you enjoy most and make your own Kingdom of Bliss...after all life is once and is short!

Not what I have, but what I do, is my kingdom.
- Thomas Carlyle, historian and essayist (4 Dec 1795-1881)

Details
Title: Radha and Krishna
Mediums: Oil on Canvas
Inspiration: Passion for Arts, సాధన...
Size: 24" x 36" (60.9 cm x 91.4 cm)
Surface: Back Stapled Traditional Canvas

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Getting the hang of it...

Dancing Pair - Radha and Krishna - Oil on Canvas
Nearly after 2 years I resumed my Oil Painting this summer with this Dancing Pair - Radha and Krishna. I still have a long way to go before I finish it. I am happy that I am getting the hang of my dream media- Oil Painting!

Keep the passion alive and keep your soul happy!
Happy Painting!!

Details
Title: Dancing Pair - Radha and Krishna
Mediums: Oil on Canvas
Inspiration: Passion for Arts, సాధన...
Size: 24" x 36" (60.9 cm x 91.4 cm)
Surface: Back Stapled Traditional Canvas

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day...

Self with Mom - Watercolors on Paper
ఎంత మహా ఘనుడైనా
అమ్మ ఒడీ పసివాడే...

Being away from my Mom almost all through my life, what else can be a better way for me to celebrate Mother's day than doing a portrait of "Self with Mom". This is based on a picture taken with my family when I was 1 year old. I just took out my-self and my Mom from it into this painting.

If at all there is anything I owe to anybody in this life, it's to my Mom & my Baamma. They are the two people who sacrificed everything that they could, without both of them I wouldn't be what I am today. Mom's Love is the only love that's pure!

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." - Abraham Lincoln

Happy Mother's Day! Happy Painting!!

Details
Title: Self with Mom
Mediums: Ink Pen and Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 01, Watercolors from my Palette
Inspiration: Mother's Day, Self Motivation and Passion for Arts, సాధన...
Size: 9" x 12" (22.9 cm x 30.5 cm)
Surface: Bienfang Watercolor Paper

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Seize the moment...

The Duo with Arrows - My Tribute to Excellence, based on
 a still from Telugu movie Bahubali-2 The Conclusion
To live life to full potential, one has to Seize, most, if not all moments that the life offers. The moments could be of pride, joy, achievement, any such which when recalled would only enhance it by making us feel better.

I seize one such moment that I experienced on the Silver Screen last weekend in the form of a Telugu Movie: Bahubali-2 The Conclusion in my Painting as my tribute to the excellence by the Team of this Movie. This is a movie very well narrated in all aspects on the Silver Screen. My favorite scene in this movie of all is an amazingly executed fight with Arrows. It's not just the fight, but the way it was done to establish the characters of the Hero and the Heroine. Excellent performance by Prabhas and Anushka. It was just Brilliant. Kudos to Director Rajamouli Garu, all Actors and the whole unit!

This Painting started as a quick ink sketch but ended up as a Painting by itself on basic watercolor paper only of size 9" x 12". But to fully seize it into my Art, a bigger Painting on a professional quality paper is due from me for this "Perfect Duo with Three Arrows" ;)

Get inspiration from anything around you & just give your best in life and seize as many moments as you can!
Happy painting!

Details
Title: The Duo with Three Arrows
Mediums: Ink Pen and Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 005, Watercolors from my Palette
Inspiration: Bahubali-2 Telugu Movie, Self Motivation and Passion for Arts, సాధన...
Size: 9" x 12" (22.9 cm x 30.5 cm)
Surface: Bienfang Watercolor Paper

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happiness is a state of mind...

Radha Krishna - A sketch with Ink and watercolors

With an intention to come back to Oil Painting, I chose "Dancing Krishna" as a theme for a series of Paintings. I did a painting of Lord Krishna about two years ago which was my second Oil Painting. It's just a coincidence that Krishna was dancing in that Painting too, but he was dancing alone.

This is a quick sketch of exploration and experimentation on Paper with the composition. Sketching is a way to experiment with the composition for a Painting.

I am happy with the outcome and now it will go onto the canvas to become my third Oil Painting.

I always sign on right-bottom-side of the Painting. This is probably the only Painting I signed on the "Left-side" instead. Yes, it left the right side!

"Happiness is a state of mind and has
nothing to do with the external world."
- Lord Krishna

Keep Painting and Keep your soul Happy ;)

Details
Title: Dancing Radha and Krishna
Mediums: Ink Pen and Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 005, Watercolors from my Palette
Inspiration: Self Motivation and Passion for Arts, సాధన...
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Acid free Paper

Sunday, April 16, 2017

No words to express my joy...

A sketch with Ink Pen and Watercolors
After a good weekend of an Art exhibition, and having so much of Art energy flowing inside my heart, what should I do when I come home and nobody is there to share my joy? I pick up my brush and just Paint.

In joy, do more Painting...that's the way to celebrate with Art.
Keep Painting and keep the inner energy flowing, don't let it dry or die!

"If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint" - Edward Hopper, painter (1882 - 1967)

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen and Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 005 & 03, Watercolors from my Palette
Inspiration: Self Motivation and Passion for Arts, సాధన...
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Acid free Paper

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Unless you fall in Love...

Watercolors on Paper
Hobby is not something that you can do just for the sake of doing it. You need to really fall in Love before you develop a passion for it. Once developed as a hobby, it doesn't go away, only stays with you forever. Anything that stays with you forever is the only one that you truly are in Love with. Hobby is one such thing in life.

Keep doing, keep creating and keep inspiring yourself!
Happy Painting ;)

Details
Mediums: Watercolors
Category: Portrait
Reference: A photograph of Telugu Actress Anushka
Size: 14" x 11" (35 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Canson Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Cold Press

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Joy of doing...

Cute Baby Boy - Watercolors on Paper
The Joy of doing anything that you love lies in just doing it. You do not know how you can do it until you make a sincere attempt.

"The soul's joy lies in doing".

Just keep doing and keep going. Be your own viewer, reviewer, critic, mentor, complementary, competitor and judge. After all nobody can judge you better than yourself!

Happy Painting!

Details
Title: Cute Baby Boy
Mediums: Watercolors
Category: Portrait
Reference: A photograph of a Baby boy found on Facebook
Size: 14" x 11" (35 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Canson Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Cold Press

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Happy Telugu New Year...Ugadi - 2017...

ఉగాది శుభాకాంక్షలు!
Ink and Watercolors on Paper
ఉగాది శుభాకాంక్షలు!

Nothing can beat Passion in life!
Keep going with your passion!
Happy Painting!!!

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen and Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 005 & 03, Watercolors from my Palette
Reference: Imagination
Inspiration: Self Motivation and Passion for Arts, సాధన...
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Acid free Paper

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Your Passion is your Best Companion...

Indian Classical Dance - A Sketch
Life always takes turns. Just because it took a turn, don't lose your focus and direction. Turn every life-turn into an opportunity and keep going. After all, nobody travels with you in your life-journey. Your passion is your best companion!

Keep Painting and Happy Painting!!

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen and Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 005 & 03, Watercolors from my Palette
Reference: Random Pictures from my Collection
Inspiration: Self Motivation and Passion for Arts, సాధన...
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Acid free Paper

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nothing disqualifies for Art...

Ink Pen and Watercolors on Paper
Nothing disqualifies for drawing/painting in Art. An Artist can see Art in everything.
Keep Sketching and keep enhancing your skills. A skill unpracticed is like a tool unused.
Happy Sketching!

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen and Watercolors on Paper
Tools: Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 005 & 03, Watercolors from my Palette
Reference: Random Pictures from my Paper Cuttings
Inspiration: Self Motivation and Passion for Arts, సాధన...
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Acid free Paper

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Keep Smiling...

Keep Smiling - Ink pen and Watercolors on Paper
Smile - the most beautiful gift humans are gifted with.
Keep Smiling, and keep doing things that you have passion for!

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen on Paper
Category: Random Pictures
Inspiration: Passion for Arts, సాధన...
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Acid free Paper

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fun doing portraits...

Portrait of Pawan Kalyan - Telugu Movie Artist and a Great Human
I always enjoy doing Portraits and it's fun. It's even more fun doing portraits of celebreties.
This is a sketch of Telugu film actor Pawan Kalyan and a great humanist.

Never give up what you believe in life!
Keep going forward!!

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen on Paper
Category: Random Pictures
Inspiration: Passion for Indian Arts, సాధన...
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Acid free Paper

Don't miss...


The Fearless Girl - Ink and Watercolors
I cannot let my weekend go without me doing some Art. It has become part of my life now. If I miss a weekend without it, I feel like I miss something. I need to get back to Paintings. But I do enjoy sketching. As long as you enjoy it, keep doing it...

This is a quick Ink sketch with the touch of Watercolors!
Keep sketching, don't miss life ;)

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen on Paper
Category: Random Pictures
Inspiration: Passion for Arts, సాధన...
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Acid free Paper

Sunday, March 5, 2017

సాధన...

Line Sketch with Pen and Ink
It's been a dream for me to draw at least a small line like Great Telugu Artists: Bapu, Chandra, Gopi, Bali and many more who had complete control over lines and did wonders just with lines. This is one of my attempts to do a sketch with more controlled lines.

This is my own creation with a shout of joy at the end: నాక్కూడా గీతలు గీడం వస్తుందిరోయ్  ;)

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen on Paper
Category: Portraits
Inspiration: Passion for Indian Arts, సాధన...
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Acid free Paper

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sketches...

Ink pen and watercolors on paper - random sketches
Details
Mediums: Ink Pen and Watercolors on Paper
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sketching...

Ink pen on paper - random sketches
Details
Mediums: Ink Pen on Paper
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

తెలుగు బొమ్మల "చంద్రుడు" ని కలిసి మురిసిన వేళ...

Artist Sri. Chandra Garu autographing the book ఒక చంద్ర వంక for me:
'గిరి' కి చంద్రుడు 
One of the best moments in my life was meeting Legendary Telugu Artist Sri. Chandra Garu on Jan 23, 2017 at his residence in Ashok Nagar, Hyderabad, India. We spent few hours talking to him and listening to his journey with Arts, Artists, Movies, Books, People and many things of his life. I never imagined that I could meet him in my life. It was only made possible by Artist Anwar Garu whose Art I admire and is also a good friend of mine.

It was one of the happiest days for me meeting Sri. Chandra Garu along with two more great Artists of our age Anwar Garu and Moshe Dayan Garu. I was fortunate enough to share my experiences with Sri. Chandra's illustrations from my college days that got printed in the book released on his 70th birthday titled ఒక చంద్ర వంక (Oka Chandra Vanka).

Artists are generally humble by nature. I saw that quality even more in these three Artists I met.  It was all my pleasure meeting them and having Sri.Chandra's autograph in the book that I am going to keep for my life and pass it on to my next generations.

We always wish we could meet and be with people we like in life. Not everyone is fortunate to get that wish come true. I always wanted to meet Telugu Artists I used to admire since my childhood. I made serious attempts when I was in India long back but hardly met anybody. At last I could meet one of my favorite Artists Sri.Chandra Garu.

తెలుగు గర్వించదగ్గ  ఈ తెలుగు బొమ్మల "చంద్రుడు" పది కాలాల పాటు చల్లగా ఉండాలని ఆ భగవంతుని కోరుకుంటూ...
Thanks to Artist Anwar Garu.
Thank God for giving me that opportunity.
Now, I have this added to the moments I cherish for rest of my life.

ఒక చంద్ర వంక (Oka Chandra Vanka) - Book Cover page (Front and Back)

 

"చంద్ర" గారి బొమ్మలతో నా అనుబంధం, మనసు లోతుల్లోని నా మాటల్లో...



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Mirabai and Krishna...

Mirabai & Krishna
A sketch done for a CD Cover, took sometime to color it on 1st day of this New Year, 2017.

Happy New Year and Happy Painting!

Details
Title: Mirabai & Krishna
Mediums: Watercolors
Category: Imagination
Inspiration: An opportunity to design for a CD cover...
Size: 14" x 11" (35 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Canson Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Cold Press