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A self-taught artist enters the big bad world of commercial art, without the faintest clue about how.. it all works. This is an experiment, where the artist is the lab rat and art the drug.

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  • Humour and Art
    on Jun 26, 2011
    Art and humour are not often in the same sentence. Mostly when talking about art people say, "My work fuses chaos with order, with lines and shapes laid randomly – at first glance. Closer inspection gradually reveals that a set of rules governs the...
  • 10 random things about me I insist on telling you
    on Jun 24, 2011
    This is something I wrote on a friend's blog a while ago as a guest post.May as well have it all in the same place, right? I am so greedy, I have even imported the comments. What? They are insightful!Fashioned on a tag, but is really a post.1. When I...
  • Durga: The Warrior Goddess
    on Jun 22, 2011
    This piece, one of my personal favourites, has had a streak of bad luck. The commissioner of this piece is going through some very difficult times in her personal life and has just suffered a loss in her family.I have an offer to put it up for sale i...
  • Elephant in the room
    on Jun 20, 2011
    When  two people carefully nurture and keep alive the proverbial elephant in the room, they are just asking for trouble. No?I have tried a new style- flat, illustrative and minimal. I don't know whether it's any good or if I will make more in th...
  • Deepti Munshaw's art
    on Jun 17, 2011
    Deepti Munshaw is one of the sweetest, warmest people I have met in recent times. Deepti lives in California and is a graphic artist and photographer. She is also a constant source of encouragement to me. A few days back, I wrote to Deepti, feel...
  • When people care ...
    on Jun 16, 2011
    ... to make you feel good with small acts of kindness, it fills your heart with pink fuzzy foo.Swati sent me these photos of her girls with the painting.
  • A very long story
    on Jun 13, 2011
    I.What is wrong with her?II.What is wrong with me? May be I should ask my Maker.III.Finis...
  • Better than Frangipanis
    on Jun 10, 2011
    My childhood home was on a street lined with Krishnachura and Radhachura trees-- a long road, with giant trees bent over  alternately with red and yellow flowers.The sidewalk was like a woven carpet of broad red and yellow stripes in t...
  • Patachitra: Art or craft?
    on Jun 10, 2011
    Earlier this month, while discussing art at a friend's house, I decided to take a closer look at why the amazing art work of the Bengal and Orissa patuas are still so underrated (in terms of price) and much too carelessly dispensed, say in compa...
  • Biggest fan of Terry Fan
    on Jun 4, 2011
    Sorry, that pun was begging to be made. Terry Fan is a Toronto-based illustrator, who makes magic with ink, graphite and photoshop. He is currently involved in a number of creative pursuits, which include tee-shirt design, screenwriting, gr...
  • The Kamasutra of Nutella.
    on Jun 3, 2011 in nutella cravings
    It's been so hot and sweaty, and peeps (esp. Creepozoid Babas) have been going on fasts all over the place.  But I have been at home, unconcerned about the imminent death by starvation of Baba Ramdev and/or Anna and the thousand other...
  • Consultants ...
    on May 31, 2011
    ... are always away from home and I knew that when i married my husband. But some nights, for no particular reason a woman needs a man to hold on to and sleep. Last night, for no real reason at all, I needed human company and warmth. Part o...
  • Nanu and Noyo: Commissoned art
    on May 30, 2011
     My paintings don't pretend or intimidate, they don't have elaborate stories or messages to convey except an occasional rhyme or song, sometimes a childhood memory even. Some people speak their mind, I paint my mind, and while dia...
  • The bookmarks
    on May 26, 2011
    I made these two bookmarks because I had nothing else to do and I made them for myself, really. Lola has eaten most of my others. She finds anything sticking out of a book appetizing. Surprisingly, never the book. Thank God!The weather in Gurgaon tod...
  • Black and White
    on May 25, 2011
    Dedicated to the amazing bangalore-based illustrator, Priya Sebastian and her love for black and white.D a n c i n g     f i s hIIIIIIOK, so I did a really bad job taking these photos. But as soon as I get better pictures taken, the prints...
  • The totally awesome Elena del FabbroI discovered Elena quite by accident today. Mostly because her latest illustrations are on one of my favourite stories of all time, The Little Match GirlBut how amazing is her art? Irrereverent, surreal, enchanting, and a bit scary, all at once!This...
  • 'Prickly pet' is now available as prints in my shop
    on May 18, 2011
    Fine art print on bright white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using an advanced digital dry ink method to ensure vibrant image quality. Custom trimmed with 1" border for framing. The shop has prints on stre...
  • The incredible designs of Polly Wales.
    on May 17, 2011
    I chanced upon the amazing jewellery of Polly Wales and just had to share! I love jewellery, much like most women I'd imagine, and I even take pride in a a big part of my personal collection. But this, this is art. Wearable, oh so delightful, fi...
  • on May 16, 2011
    Photo cred: Sergi; street in Barcelona, SpainNeel: Guess which film I managed to get my hands on. Just guess…Me: Glass of Rage?Neel: Yes!Neel: But no subtitles.Jonai is typing…Me: Spot on, huh. Glass of Rage at the film f...
  • I wish I had a porcupine as a petLike this little dapper gentleman here.Acrylic on stretched canvas, 2ft by 1.5 feet. Prints not available yet. Mail me for price of original.The studio in my house is the hottest room in our apartment. It get's sooo stuffy post noon these days, what...