Friday, December 22, 2017

Year in Review- 2017

It is that time of the year to look back at the news and stories that shaped this year πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒ

1) The Sunnyvale Community Services Spring Boutique show happened this year on Saturday May 13,2017 at the Sunnyvale Community Services located at  725 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA.  Being a member of this Sunnyvale Community Services Auxiliary team  I got a chance to sell all of my craftsy creations via this show for a cause. This show was a huge success this year. All the team members thanked me for increasing the publicity for this show. It was a win-win situation for all of us.  Here is a picture of all my sold items:

Title: All of my craftsy creations sold for a good cause.

2) For May 2017, Flowers were the theme at Lisa's Lachri Fine Art Facebook group. Here is my entry for this group challenge. It was painted using the iPad.

Title: Spring Blossoms
Medium: iPad Art
 Update: I would like to thank Lisa of Lachri Fine art for featuring my artwork. You can check up this video here : Video Link

3) The Sunnyvale Art Club's Annual  juried art show took place on  June 17,2017 and June 18,2017 at the Sunnyvale Public Library,CA this year. It was a memorable event for me because  not only did I win  3rd place under mixed media category, I also got to sell my original artwork. 

Selfie with my artworks!

Title: Tribute to Cecil
Medium: Pen and Ink with Colored Pencils
Price: SOLD!

4) I am thankful for being appreciated  by all of my  art club friends  for volunteering to be the Secretary of Sunnyvale Art Club for 5 years in a row now.  I will continue  to serve as the Secretary for whole  of 2018 as well.

5) The theme for September  2017 challenge at the monthly Colored Pencil Magazine was " Blueberries". Photo reference credit-- Sally Robertson ( Copyright Released). Thank you for the reference picture.

Title: Berries
Medium: Colored pencils on Canson's Acid Free sketch paper

6) Some of my Digital artworks that I illustrated  in Sept 2017. Below is a postcard that I created for an Aquarium Project. 

Postcard art  created for an Aquarium show

I illustrated this Book  cover art   -- The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Book Cover Art : Call of the Wild

7) On Sept 12, 2017 I received this news that my artwork had been selected for the Colored Pencil Hidden Treasures Volume 4 Publication this year (2017). The competition was fierce this year with a record of 837 entries.  I would like to thank Ann Kullberg who is a great Artist, Author and a Global Colored Pencil ambassador and her team of judges for featuring my artwork. Here is picture of my artwork.

Title: A Thing of Beauty!
Medium: Colored Pencils

Here is the picture of the Book where my artwork is published

And this the page where my artwork is published in the book:

Picture of the  page where my artwork has been published in this book.

If you would like to get a copy of this book, you can now get it here using this link: CP Hidden Treasurers Volume IV

8) On  Friday October 13,2017, Colored Pencil Magazine hosted Friday the 13th giveaways in their Facebook page. I have never participated in any sort of giveaways before. In-fact this  was my first giveaway ever. I won the Derwent Procolor 24 count Tin set. I was thrilled to receive this set. Here is a picture. I would like to thank Sally Robertson from Colored Pencil Magazine for hosting this giveaway. It was a fun event.


9) From Sep 20 to Oct 23,2017 my artworks were featured at Red Rock Coffee Shop located at Castro Street Mountain view, CA. Here is a picture of my paintings at the cafe.

My artworks at Red Rock Coffee Shop 

10) I was the featured artist from Oct 1 to Dec 1, 2017 at Pho Nam Restaurant located at 844 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale,CA. My painting " Airavata-- The Elephant in Heaven" was on display.

Me with my artwork at Pho Nam Restaurant 
 11) The Sunnyvale Art Club's monthly club meeting took place on Thursday Nov 16, 2017. The theme for this  monthly art competition is "Abstracts". I am thrilled to  announce that my Colored Pencil artwork won 2nd place  in this competition.

Title: Ode to Picasso!
Medium: Faber Castell Polychromos on Stathamore Drawing paper
Size: 7.5"by 9.5"

12)  I am honored to inform you all that my artwork is  up at the Sunnyvale Mayor's office from  Dec 1, 2017 to Feb 1,2018. The Sunnyvale Mayor's office is located at 456 West Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale,CA.

Me with my  painting at the Sunnyvale Mayor's Office

13) I created this artwork for November 2017 monthly art challenge with the Color Pencil Magazine. Photo reference credit (Copyright Released) --  Sally Robertson. Thank you for the reference picture. I had super fun doing this challenge.

Title: Fall Leaves
Medium: FC Polychromos, Derwent Procolor Colored Pencils and Markers used only on the ladybugs on Strathamore Drawing Paper

14) I created these holiday tags at the Sunnyvale Library on December 11, 2017 at the Adults craft night hosted by the Sunnyvale library,CA

Holiday Gift Tags

This will be my last post for 2017. I wish you all a Happy Holiday season and a Colorful 2018.

"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere."-- Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, November 27, 2017

I am Published!

I am over the moon and super excited to share that my artwork "A Thing of Beauty!" has been published in " CP Hidden Treasures - Volume IV" US Magazine style Publication. The competition was fierce with a record of 837 entries this year. 

Here is the Youtube link:

You can now get this book here:…/cp-hidden-treasures-volume-iv

Title: A Thing of Beauty!
Medium: Colored Pencils

" A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever"-- John Keats

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My Colored Pencil artwork has been selected for Publication-- Colored Pencil Hidden Treasures Publication released by Ann Kullberg

The competition was fierce with a record of 837 entries this year.  

I am honored and happy  to inform you  all that   my  Colored Pencil artwork has been  selected for the Colored Pencil Hidden Treasures Volume 4 Publication this year (2017). I would like to thank Ann Kullberg who is a great Artist, Author and a Global Colored Pencil ambassador and her team of judges for featuring my artwork. 

Thank you!!  πŸ˜☺πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜Š

Sunday, September 10, 2017

What Colors to Use to Describe the Changing Seasons for your Artworks?

Ever wondered what color to use for your paintings for that particular season? Fret not! Here are some of my seasonal palette suggestions to help you get started.

Each season is associated with different weathers and therefore  with different color themes. We think of winter, for example , in terms of cold and muted colors. Spring, by contrast, bursts forth in bright greens and yellows. So naturally you will need an appropriate color  palette  to describe each season.

Summertime: Summer colors are warm as the season itself. Relax in the heat as fiery reds, hot pinks, and burning oranges echo the sunshine, and greens become dark and intense.
Use lemon yellow,cadmium yellow,yellow ocher, raw umber, Indian red,cadmium orange,deep cadmium yellow,Vermilion, and purple madder to illustrate the lazy days of summer. 

Colors of Summer 

Fall: Fall colors are deep and rich, mellower than summer but still warm and glowing. Think of dark red berries, leaves that change from olive to radiant brown to bright ocher before they carpet the ground.
Use Vandyke brown,sap green,olive green, chromium oxide,sepia, burnt umber, Venetian red,raw umber, and burnt sienna for the changing leaves. 

Colors of Fall

Winter:The shades of winter are cool but still exciting with their promise of ice, frost and snow. White and pale gray add a chilly sparkle that brings a cold landscape to life.
Use Jade green, cobalt turquoise light,cobalt blue,cerulean blue, Prussian blue,Ultramarine,imperial purple, magenta, and permanent rose to recreate a frosty winter.

Winter Colors

Spring: The palette of spring is bright and vibrant. Light blue skies, vivid greens and yellows of new growth lift the spirits at the end of winter, as life returns to the sleeping land.
Use lemon yellow,cadmium yellow,Hooker's green, sap green, olive green, chromium oxide,viridian,winsor green and cobalt turquoise light.

Colors of Spring

So what is your favorite color to use in your artworks for the changing seasons?  Do let me know in the comments section below.

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"Color is the Power which Directly Influences the Soul"-- Wassily Kandinsky

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Five Elements of Shading

To draw realistically, you must understand how lighting affects form. There are five elements of shading to achieve a realistic look to your object form. If any of these elements are missing your artwork will appear flat. But with correct placement of light and dark tones, you can draw just about anything.

But how can you tell how dark is dark and light is light? Using a simple five- box value scale can help you decide on depth of tone. Each tone on the scale represents one of the five elements of shading.

The five elements of Shading in the Sphere

Compare the Tones in the Value Scale to the Tones in the Sphere: Notice how the five elements of shading on the sphere correspond to the tones on the value scale. Look at the five elements of shading in everything you draw.

1) Cast Shadow: This is the darkest tone on your drawing. It is always opposite to the light source. In case of the sphere, it is underneath where the sphere meets the surface. This area has no light because, as the sphere protrudes, it blocks light and casts a shadow.

2) Shadow Edge: This dark gray  is not at the very edge of the object. It is opposite the light source where the sphere curves away from you.

3) Halftone: This is medium gray. It is the area of the sphere that is in neither direct light nor shadows.

4) Reflected Light: This is a light gray. Reflected light is always found along the edge of an object and separates the darkness of the shadow edge from the darkness of the cast shadow.

5) Full Light: This is the white area, where the light source is hitting the sphere at full strength.

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Books referenced:

1) Drawing course 101 by Ken Schwab and Robert Capitolo. 
2) Lifelike Drawing with Lee Hamond.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." -- Winston Churchill

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

How to get into the mood to create art

 As artists, sometimes we are just not in the mood to create art or  just do anything at all. Here are some tips   that have worked for me to help you get started towards working your project:

1)  Clutter/disorganized house or studio affects  my mental state of thinking  and it does not get me into the mood of  creating art. I get lost in a cluttered environment.  So I would take a break and clean my house, de-clutter  things around my house and studio.  Dust the house, re- arrange  the closet, dispose unwanted stuff so that everything looks organised and clean.  For me my studio is a table with a couple  storage drawers . Although someday I wish I could have my own art studio!  I would organize my art supplies into their right containers rather than just lying around in the table. Donate art supplies that I no longer use to charity or to  my  crafty friends.  Keep supplies that I may not use for that particular project into my storage drawers. Arrange my sketchbooks so that there is some order.  For me my iPad and styluses are like my art supplies because I use them as tools to create art. Apart from creating art digitally I do work in other traditional mediums as well. I have a protective sheet to protect my work surface so paint does not seep through. I would change that and maybe put on some bright colored  decorative paper to get into the mood to draw.

Disclaimer:  I am not saying that you cannot create art in a cluttered environment. In fact some  artist's do create beautiful masterpieces in a cluttered studio/home. All I am saying is that it just does not work for me.

2) If you have access to an art club or an art meetup or even an art show like the art and wine festival, then I would recommend that you to go there because most artist's are happy to share their art techniques with you. You get to meet with the artist and learn about their art process and help you spark your own creativity. 

3) For me while creating art I need to have some music to get into the mood. New age music is my favorite genre and it is always playing in my iPod. But sometimes listening to the same music genre over and over again can get you bored which in turn may not help you to get in the mood to draw. So I would change the music genre  to  Zumba workout songs/dance hits , Pop music or  classical hits.  Because after all change is good!

4) Lately I have been listening to podcasts and audio books a lot. This has helped me get into the mood to create art. Recently I discovered this website-- Librivox  which has tons of audio books for free. Currently I am reading err listening to "Sea Wolf" by Jack London. Recently read online that audible is a good website and has tons of audio books. I have not tried that website yet but will do so in the near  future. If you are listening to a book on, I would love to know what book are you currently listening or which one got you interested. Do let me know in the comments section below. 

5) If you live in big cities ,then visiting  an art gallery can help you get into the mood to draw. I visited the newly opened SF MoMA recently. I saw lots of contemporary abstract artist's artworks. I got to learn about the artist, their art style and their artistic process from the friendly docent who is also an art teacher. This helped me  to stay inspired and get my creative juices flowing in.

6) Visiting a book store or your local library and reading about art, reading about famous artists , looking at their artworks, learning about their artistic  journey can get you in the spirit of creating art.

7) For me visiting  an art supply store is like being in  paradise. I love checking out  ( and also buying!)  the  arts and craft supplies, what the store has to offer and I  can spend many hours  just browsing around the store. A visit to an art supply store  motivates me to start creating art. 

8)  So what  do you  do if live in the middle of nowhere? Today we are living in the age of smartphones, tablets and  smart watches where everything is a click away. I would look online for inspiration.  My favorite website is the Museum of Modern Art , New York -- This website has tons of information of modern and contemporary  artists.   I like  looking  into the artist artworks, reading  about them and try to understand what elements worked so well for them and make them work for me.  Another favorite  website of mine is the Google Arts and Culture website. This website features content from over 1200 leading museums. There are tons of articles to get you motivated. 

9) Sometimes I would just pick up my coloring book and start coloring without worrying too much about the end result. This helps me get  in the mood to start my own art project. If I don't like the pages in my coloring book I would check up Pinterest  as they have tons of coloring pages for free  and I can start coloring right away. 

10) Another way to stay inspired is You Tube. Today lots of artists host live stream's in their you tube channel. I feel inspired just by watching them paint/create art. Or I would paint along with the artist just for fun and learn a technique or two which not only energizes me but  I can incorporate it onto   my own art  project. 

11) Sometimes if I don't want to look online for inspiration then I would look offline for inspiration. I mean  like checking up local TV listings for inspiration. My current favorites are Painting with Wilson Bickford, The Beauty of Oil Painting, Landscapes through Time, Gary Spetz's Watercolor, Painting with Paulson, Wayland's Art Studio, Painting Wild Places, Make it Artsy by Julie Fae-Fan Balzer and of-course Bob Ross TV show-- The Joy of Painting. Although I don't paint in Oils I like watching the show as I can use the artist's  art process/techniques  onto  my paintings.

So do you have a favorite method to get into the mood to create art? If so I would love to hear your tips on how you would go about getting into the mood of creating art in the comments section below. 

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As always Thank you for your time and your comments. Your comments make my day.

Links Referenced:

Audible books--

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sunnyvale Art Club's 2017 Annual Art show at the Sunnyvale Library

The Sunnyvale Art Club's annual art show happened this weekend at the Sunnyvale Public Library. This was a juried show. Name of the Judge: Jose Luis Andrade. He is an instructor at the Arthub academy located at Saratoga CA. Website:

Show dates : June 17,2017 from 12 noon to 6 pm (Saturday) and June 18,2017 from 12 noon to 5 pm (Sunday) at the Sunnyvale Public Library  665 West Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086.

This show was a memorable one for me because not only did I win 3rd place under mixed media category, I also sold my painting -- Tribute to Cecil. 

Here are some pictures of the show:

Note: I won 3rd place for the Tiger painting seen in the picture and I sold the Lion painting seen here (Tribute to Cecil)
Note: Tiger painting details:
Title: Tiger,Tiger, Burning Bright
Medium: Pen and Ink ( Mixed media category)
3rd place winner under mixed media category

Lion Painting details:
Title: Tribute to Cecil
Medium: Pen and Ink with Colored pencils  ( mixed media category)
Price: SOLD !

These are only 2 paintings that I entered this year for the show.

Selfie with the judge of the show: Jose Luis Andrade

Here is a close up picture of my SOLD  painting:

Title: Tribute to Cecil
Medium: Pen and Ink with Colored Pencils on Watercolor paper
Price: SOLD !

Here is a close up of my Tiger painting

Title: Tiger,Tiger, Burning Bright
Medium: Pen and Ink
3rd place winner under mixed media category

Some more pictures of the show and  fantastic artworks of other art club members are below:

Note: Visitors admiring artworks 

Visitors admiring artworks 

Artwork of Angelo Lopez

Art Demo by an art club member-- Mat Coutney  outside the Sunnyvale Library

The judge giving his critique on artworks

Beautiful artwork by Cathy Ordonez

Beautiful paintings by Lavonne Carrick

Diana with her beautiful paintings

Suzanne with her stunning animal artworks and also a wildlife enthusiast
Some pictures of art club members who worked behind the scenes to make this show possible:

Club members discussing logistics on how to display artworks! 

Photographing artworks -- Barbara Wilson with Lavonne 

Setting up panels to display artworks

This is how it looks after show set up.

Picture of postcard created for the show by an  art club member

Show postcard for 2017

I thankful for being a part of this vibrant art community. And I also thank everyone who worked towards making this show a success. I would like to specially thank Suzanne who is a  superb wildlife artist and a wildlife enthusiast for purchasing my artwork -- Tribute to Cecil.  Thank you again.

Update: I came  to know that we had about 1000 visitors who attended this show that weekend.

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." -- Helen Keller