Thursday, December 18, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Here is a painting created on my iPad using Sketch club app.

Wishing you all  a very  Merry Christmas !

Title: Merry Christmas
Medium: iPad Painting
Apps used: Sketch Club

 This will be my last post for 2014. Will be back in 2015. Until then take care and wishing you all happy times during this holiday season !

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday show 2014

The Sunnyvale Art Club December Holiday show is happening at the Sunnyvale Art Gallery. The Sunnyvale Art Gallery is located at 251 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. The show is from Dec 1st-30th. Closed on Dec 25th. The artist reception is set on December 6th (Saturday) from 2pm-4pm at the gallery.

I have 5 paintings for this show. If you live near this area, do drop by to enjoy art from local artists.

Friday, November 7, 2014

My Procreate Zoo !

Here are my recent paintings done using the Procreate app. All paintings were created using an iPad and a stylus. 

Title: The Chameleon
Medium: iPad Painting
Apps used: Procreate
Title: Monarch Butterfly
Medium: iPad painting
Apps used: Procreate

Title: My other worldly Dragonfly
Medium: iPad painting
Apps used: Procreate

Title: Colorful Tropical Fish
Medium: iPad painting
Apps used: Procreate

Hope to see you all with another post. Thank you for saying " Hi" to my website.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Painting for Halloween 2014

Here is a Spooky painting that I created for Halloween this year (2014). All paintings were made using an iPad. 

Title: Spooky Halloween
Apps used: Procreate
Medium: iPad painting

Title: I  am watching you !
Apps used: Sculpt 123D, Procreate and iColorama
Medium: iPad Painting
Wishing all my friends and family a Spook-tacular  Halloween !

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amma -- My Favorite and my First iPad Art student !!

Presenting you the art created using an iPad and a stylus of my first and most favorite iPad Art student--- My mother :)

My mother just watched me create art and was inspired to try it  herself. She has no experience using an iPad, PC or a stylus before.  All  paintings below are created using my most favorite app- Artrage!

Title: My delicious Ice cream
Medium: iPad painting

Title: A pink and an yellow Fish
Medium: iPad Painting

Title: The Lotus
Medium: iPad Painting

Title: The Lotus
Medium: iPad Painting

Title: Amma's Rangoli
Medium: iPad Painting

Title: Amma's Kolam
Medium: iPad painting

With that I will leave you all with another quote that will inspire you all to create art by Henri Matisse

" Creative people are Curious,Flexible,Persistent and Independent with a Tremendous spirit of Adventure and a love of Play "-- Henri Matisse

See you all with another post, Until then take care  and inspire others to create !


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Party is Here !

I created this poster for my Zumba class on my iPad. This is going away as a gift for my Zumba Family !

Title:  Zumba--The Party is Here !
Apps used: Artisian,iColrama and Sketch club
Medium: iPad painting

For those of you who don't know what Zumba, here is a little trivia taken from Wikipedia. More info can be found at their website---

Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990's.  Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. It is a collage of hip-hop,samba, salsa,soca,merengue,mambo and martial arts.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This is what I end up doing post MDAC !

It's been almost 12 days since MDAC summit at the Pacific Art League,  Palo Alto,CA. It was a wonderful experience for me. Got to meet a lots of interesting artists and also got to try, explore and create art with new apps. My particular favorite ones were iColorama session , Collage session , Portrait session using Sketch club app and 3D Printing demo. I have been hooked onto all these apps  ever since the summit and I have been voraciously creating art with these apps. Here is the proof of the pudding !

Title: The Mythical Fairy
Medium: iPad Painting
Apps used: Sketchclub

Note: I generally shy away from portraits as this is not my forte. The above painting  was my first attempt using sketch club and I pretty happy with the way this painting turned out. Since I mostly paint abstracts, I liked the way this painting turned out ( it gives an abstract feel to this painting). I created this painting at the MDAC summit's portrait demo session.

Title: The Pink Flower
Medium: iPad Pinting
Apps used: iOrnament and iColoram

Title: Rise of the Planet of the Reptiles !
Medium: iPad painting
Apps used: Fractile Plus, Sketch club, iOrnament, iColorama and 123D Sculpt

Note: For the above art the  title needs no introduction. I wanted to create a collage of all my new found favorite apps into one painting except of Fractile  Plus App off-course. 

Title: Super Moon !
Medium: iPad painting
Apps used: Artisian and iColorama
 Note:  The above painting is created from a photo that I took of the super moon that was visible last weekend. When I posted this painting in the iPad Artists  Facebook's  page,  I never expected that this will receive so many likes.

Title: It's a Tornado !
Medium: iPad painting
Apps used: Fractile Plus, iOranament and iColorama

Note: I had mentioned earlier (refer to my Tornado post in my blog) that I am creating a series of Tornado pantings. Well, this is another one in the series. Some how Tornado's  and fractals fascinate me, so you will see more soon. 

Title : Dancing Yoda
Medium: iPad painting
Apps used: Artisian and 123D Creature

Title: RIP-- Robin Williams
Medium: iPad painting
Apps used: Artrage and iColrama
Note:  The above painting is a quick doodle on one of my favorite actors who passed away yesterday.  When I posted this painting in the iPad Artists  Facebook's  page,  I never expected that this will  also receive so many likes.

I am yet to make friends with Procreate and Skribl. Will eventually get there. Meanwhile my friend and also a great artist made a video of the MDAC summit and posted it on Sunnyvale Art Club's facebook page. Here is the link

Thanks for saying "Hello" to my blog. See you all soon with another post. Until then take care and have a creative day !

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”-- Pablo Picasso. 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mobile Digital Art Summit Exhibition and Workshop Aug 1-3, 2014

The Mobile Digital Art Summit Exhibition and Workshop  is happening on Aug 1-3,2014 at the Pacific Art League’s newly renovated historic building at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

The Exhibition is on Aug 1, 2014 between 5:30 to 8 pm. Entry is free and you need to get your free tickets at this website

The workshops are held on Aug 2 and 3, 2014. It is a paid event. For program and registration details do check up their website.

For those of you who cannot make it to this event, Here is a picture of my painting that made it to the top 77 artists out of 665 entries  from Digital/iPad artists from all over the world. All entries were judged  by a team of expert Digital/iPad artists.

Title: The Radiant Star
Apps used: Fractile Plus and Artrage
Medium: Digital/iPad Painting
I will be there on Aug 1st and Aug 3rd. Looking forward to meeting you all.

" You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals"

Friday, June 27, 2014

Yippee-------- I made it to the top 100 artists

 Feeling Accomplished: There was a call for artists by the Mobile Digital Summit for this show and there were a whooping  number of 720 entries from artists all around the world for this.  All entries were juried and only top 100 artworks from artists around the world were selected. I made it to the top 100 Mobile Digital Artists from artist's around the world. Results were announced on June 20,2014 (Pacific Std Time).

The  Grand Opening of Mobile Digital Art Exhibition will be  on August 1st,2014, Friday 5:30pm - 8pm,There will be Fun, Music, Food & Wine, Live iPad painting, FREE entry! All are welcome.

The 2 Day Summit will be on Aug 2nd,2014 ( Saturday) and Aug 3rd,2014 ( Sunday) between 8:30 am to 5.00pm. There will be workshops and masterclasses and it is a paid event. For program info and registration details please visit this link

Venue: The Exhibition and Summit will be held in the Pacific Art League’s newly renovated historic building at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Jury panel for Mobile Digital Art Exhibition are as follows: 

  •  David Jon Kassen is an internationally recognized contemporary American painter, filmmaker, and philanthropist best known for his life-size representational paintings, which combine figurative subjects with abstract backgrounds or “tromp l’oeil texture studies.
  • Kyle Lambert is a British Visual Artist who is known for his digital painting and illustration work created with the iPad and Mac.Kyle's recent photo realistic iPad portrait of Morgan Freeman created an internet sensation. It received over 13 million views on YouTube and continue to attract global media coverage on iPad paintings. 
  • Susan Murtaugh,  is a graduate of the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. She's worked over 40 years in advertising and graphic design, including 25 years as Principal of her own design firm. Her work and tutorials have been featured in Digital Artist Magazine and online. She has curated several international digital art shows, She loves teaching others the joys of mobile digital art.
  • Jo Killen has an  MA in Art Education from Manhattanville in New York. She brings years of experience in art teaching varying from pottery and sculptor to commercial art as graphic designer, illustrator and art director.  She is currently the exhibition chair and president of the Board of Pacific Art League, Palo Alto. 
  • Corliss Blakely, an established professional artist and seventh generation Vermonter, paints still lifes and landscapes in a classically realist style. Corliss received her formal art training in Boston where she studied at the Vesper George Art School and The Museum School Of Fine Art. Corliss is an internationally recognized artist for her work in several media, including watercolor, oil, and egg tempera. Her paintings hang in collections worldwide. Corliss is one of many professional artists who are embracing the iPad. The iPad lets her create anywhere without the space requirements, supply expenses. and toxic exposure of traditional media.
Note: Information about the Jury panel taken from this website

Here is a picture of the painting that made it to the top 100 

Title: The Radiant Star
Medium: iPad Painting
Apps used: Fractile Plus and Artrage

See you all soon with another creative post soon. Thanks for hopping by. 

" A Creative Attitude is the fuel of progress and growth"

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Awards --- In recent months this year (2014) from my Art Club monthly competition

Here are some pictures of paintings that won awards (ribbons)  in the recent months for the club's monthly art competition. 

Title: Remembering my pet "Alilu"
Size: 9"x 12" Watercolor paper
Medium: Pen and Ink
This painting " Remembering my pet Alilu"  won 2nd place at the Monthly Art Competition held on June 19,2014 at the Sunnyvale Art Club. The monthly theme was " Animals"

Title: Padma-- The Sacred Lotus
Size: 11 x 14", Watercolor paper
Medium: Pen and Ink
This painting " Padma-- The Sacred Lotus" won 3rd place on April 18,2014 at the monthly art competition.(  don't have a picture with the ribbon for this) from Sunnyvale Art Club. The theme was "Flowers" for month of  April. 

Title: Airavata-- The Elephant in Heaven
Size: 12 x 16"
Medium: Pen and Ink

This painting " Airavata-- The Elephant in Heaven " won 2nd place on March 21, 2014 at the monthly art competition.(  don't have a picture with the ribbon for this) from Sunnyvale Art Club. The theme was " Anything Goes" for the month in March. 

With Awards/Ribbons as a theme for this post, I came across this wonderful quote from Jane Fonda for you all to think about.  

See you all with another Creative post soon. 

"You don't learn from successes; you don't learn from awards; you don't learn from celebrity; you only learn from wounds and scars and mistakes and failures. And that's the truth." -- Jane Fonda

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A feather in my cap !

My painting " Airavata-- The Elephant in Heaven" won 3rd place at the Sunnyvale Art Club's  Juried  show held on June 7 and June 8th, 2014 at the Sunnyvale Public Library. Totally feeling accomplished !

Here is a picture with the ribbon 

Title: Airavata- The Elephant in Heaven
Medium: Pen and Ink
Size: 16" x 14"
 This show was held at the Sunnyvale Public Library on June 7 and June 8,2014 and the judge for this show was Cathy Zander who is an Art Instructor at Pacific Art League,  Community School of Music and arts etc.

Here is the postcard created for the show

 I thank the judge for her time, critiques and kind words.

 With that I will leave you all  with another quote to think of and see you all in a new blog post

" The highest wisdom is kindness."

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

To the Center of a Star !

For this painting I generated a Fractal using the Fractile Plus App and then imported the image onto the Artrage app. Added in some extra features/colors to give it dimension.

Title: The Center of a Star
Medium: Ipad painting

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Ramayana Art Project-- Painting display for Ramnavami celebrations.

Here are my Madhubani  paintings  that were on display at the Swaminaryana Temple, Milpitas,CA and Sunnyvale Hindu Temple, Sunnyvale,CA.
The paintings were on display for three days i.e April 8th, 9th and 10th, 2014 at Milpitas temple and on April 12th, 2014 at the Sunnyvale Hindu temple.

Title: Jai Shree Hanuman ( Madhubani Paintings)
Size: 9 x 12" Watercolor paper
Medium: Pen and Ink

Title: Ram,Lakshman and Sita in Pushpak (Madhubani Paintings)
Size: 9 x12"  Watercolor paper
Medium: Pen and Ink

See you all soon with another post and I will leave you all with another quote for you to ponder on.

दुर्लभं हि सदा सुखं

Durlabham hi sadaa sukham

To be happy always is something which is difficult to achieve.  That is to say,  happiness and sorrow alternate in one’s life and there cannot be uninterrupted happiness alone.

[Context: Rama’s words to Kaikeyi when he saw his father deep in sorrow and in tears at the prospect of Rama going  into the forest for 14 years.]  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Birthday Greeting Cards

Here are my recently created Birthday Greeting cards.  These are going away as gifts!

Title: A parliament of little owls!
Medium: Pen and Ink on Watercolor paper

Title: A Parliament of little Owls !
Medium: Pen and Ink on Watercolor paper

Today I will leave you all with one of my favorite quotes from Create Mixed by Henry Rollins

See you all with another  creative idea soon.

Thanks for hopping by.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

The Mythical Fish !

This is my entry for " Cloth, Paper ,Scissors -- Put a Stamp on it  Challenge. It is created on a 7" x 5" watercolor paper. I used salt watercolor technique for the background. Once dry, I used micron pens and tangled this Mythical Fish. 

Title: The Mythical Fish
Size: 7" x 5" watercolor paper
Medium: Watercolors and Micron Pens

Today I will leave you all with  a part of my favorite song lyrics, Because I feel  happy while I am writing this post .
Name of song: Happy by Pharrel Williams

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Monday, February 24, 2014

Happy Birthday !

Today Feb 24,2014  is Steve Job's Birthday, my blog's fourth Birthday & my Birthday too ! I wanted to create a tangle for this day as a tribute to my idol. Here is a picture of the tangle. Tell me what do you think?

Title: Tribute to Steve Jobs
Date: Feb 24,2014, Monday
Medium: Pen on Acid Free Sketch paper
See you all again with another post. Today being a special day I will leave you all with two quotes

" Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” — Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Yes you guessed right the above quote  is my most favorite one.  

"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."-- Oprah Winfrey 

Happy Birthday !


Friday, February 21, 2014

How to draw Picasso like faces -- Lesson plan for children

I am going to use Picasso’s painting “Girl before a Mirror” as an inspiration to emulate Picasso like faces using the inquiry based teaching strategy for my classroom.

Subject Area: Art, History

Intended grade level range: Elementary

Abstract: Through observation and discussion about Picasso’s “Girl before a Mirror” painting students will make connections with colors, lines and different shapes used in this painting.  They will learn about who was Pablo Picasso and his Cubist style of painting. By letting the student’s imagination run wild with the many possibilities, students create collage/painting of Cubist Faces emulating Picasso’s style.

 Focus Art work:  Girl Before a Mirror by Pablo Picasso is the art work selected for inspiration.

Title: Girl before a Mirror
Artist: Pablo Picasso Spanish, 1881–1973
Date: March 1932
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 64 x 51 1/4" (162.3 x 130.2) 

1.     12”x18” white drawing paper/watercolor paper
2.     Drawing Pencils
3.     Black Sharpie Fine point markers
4.     Oil Pastels

·       Elements: Color,Line,Shape
·       Art History: Pablo Picasso, Cubism

Discussion questions/open-ended questions:   
  1.  What do you think this painting is supposed to be about?
  2. Why do you think Picasso painted this way?
  3. What do you think you know about Cubism?
  4.   What do you think about colors and shapes in this painting?

Information about the artwork: 

Artist: Pablo Picasso

  1. Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain on October 25, 1881. Picasso loved to draw and paint when he was young. He went to college to study art. After a year of school, he moved to France. Picasso loved to work with bronze, ceramics, paints, plastic, and pens. He liked to paint women, especially the women he loved. He is most famous for inventing Cubism. Picasso died on April 8, 1973.
  2.  Cubism was invented in the early 1900s (1906-07) by Pablo Picasso and another artist named Georges Braque. It is a type of “abstract” art. The word abstract means “to take out.” In Cubist art, subjects are broken apart and pieces of them are abstracted (taken out). The artist puts the pieces of her/his subject back together in interesting ways—s/he paints them from different angles, in different colors, shapes, and sizes—in order to represent the subject of the painting in many ways at the same time.
  3.  In the painting “Girl before a Mirror” The young girl was named Marie Therese Walter and was painted multiple times during the 1930’s by Picasso. This painting was painted during Picasso’s cubism period. Picasso was an artist who was very bold with his artwork. Even with backgrounds that are normally placed to be a backdrop and mainly they’re to assist the main subject. He includes it within the painting to make it just as intense as the main focal point of the image.
  4.  Picasso shows her both in profile and frontally as she peers into a mirror that reflects a woman she isn't. When you look closely at the image, you can interpret many different symbols within different parts of the painting. The woman’s face for one; is painted with a side profile and a full frontal image. One side shows the day time where she seems more like a woman dolled up with her make up done. The other side with the rough charcoal texture portrays her at night. When she takes off the mask of makeup, and is more vulnerable as a young lady. One way of interpreting the painting is when the woman looks at herself in the mirror; she is seeing herself as an old woman. From the green discoloration on her forehead, darkening of her facial features to the lines that show that her young body has been distorted, and gravity has taken its rightful place. 
  5.  Another way of viewing the painting is that she is self-conscious, and she sees all the flaws in herself that the world doesn't see.
a)     Using this painting as a source of inspiration, students create an image of Cubist Faces emulating Picasso’s style. Students need to describe the various things they saw (lines, shapes, colors, etc.), and discuss what they thought the painting was supposed to be about.

b)     Procedure/Directions ( What and how  to do):
                                                I.           Start by turning the paper horizontal and drawing a face shape (using pencil) in the middle of the paper. It was emphasized that the face can be ANY shape; it doesn't  HAVE to be oval.
                                              II.          The students had to draw a "profile" line going down the middle of the face, thereby making the face look like it was actually 2 faces-a profile view, and a front view.
                                            III.          The students then add facial characteristics, eyes, extra nose, mouths, emphasizing the use of SHAPES, and really putting their imagination to the test. They could add one ear, two, or none. It is totally up to them.
                                            IV.          To tie the composition together, the last part is to draw the hair. The hair must lead from one side of the paper to another to be specified. By this I mean the hair had to connect to each head, thereby making the composition flow.  Various types of lines that could be used to make hair need to be discussed.
                                              V.          Trace the   entire drawing using Black Sharpie.
                                            VI.          Outline the drawing in Black oil pastel, to make it stand out more.
                                          VII.          Color using bright colored oil pastels.

c)     Goals for including this activity: The main objective for including this type of activity is for students to be creative and make their imagination run wild with the many possibilities.
d)     Follow-up activities: A Quick entry in their art portfolio (they bring to art class each week) about their "Picasso Experience." How did it make them feel/ did they like drawing like this? Basically a brief reflection on what they had created.

I have created a few Picasso like faces myself just to give an idea to the students because I believe that seeing is better than words. I am adding a few pictures here just to give students an idea as to what and how to go about doing it.


1) Picasso ( Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)-- This is the popular children's art series books.

2) Who was Pablo Picasso?--  Picasso continually discovered new ways of seeing the world and translating it into art. A restless genius, he went through a blue period, a rose period, and a Cubist phase. He made collages, sculptures out of everyday objects, and beautiful ceramic plates. This book covers these phases.

Picasso's "Girl before a Mirror,"   Femme au Balcon, c.1937  Print by Pablo Picasso.