Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Celebrating the Joy of Giving

It is that time of the year when our homes would be lit within multi-coloured and stone-studded diyas of all shapes, sizes and kinds, when every heart would dance to the rhythm of the firecrackers, load up all possible delis...walking to and fro and roam around within accentuating fragrance of brand new dresses :)

I Wish Everyone A Happy, Peaceful, Prosperous and A Much More Sharing-Caring Deepavali :)

Any festival is associated with, affection, care, compassion, time or something material...any form of giving...that's the beauty and essence of festivals. Trying to spread the joy of giving here at Hues n Shades :D

As the environment is filled with joy and celebration, I am also celebrating not only the festival but also the fact that I am 300+ followers strong in my blog and 1170+ Likes in my FB page. Thank You for all the love and support!

I am celebrating with a Giveaway of one of my latest artworks. It is a Cherial* painting and a reproduction of the work by the Folk artist, Madhu from Andra Pradesh. An amazing artist!!! I had bought the artwork from him in one of the Tribal Camps held in Ahalia Heritage Village. I loved it and wanted to try it out, I am happy about the outcome :) My first attempt at Cherial, another folk art...!

The art is a miniature work - 13x13 cms. I just LOVE miniature works!!!
Yashoda & Krishna - Cherial painting Giveaway, 
13x13 cms, Acrylics on cotton canvas

*Cherial painting is from Cherial Village in Warangal District of Andra Pradesh. It was a from of entertainment in earlier days - before the advent of technology - when people sought to story-telling with painted scrolls much like the Pata painting of Orissa and West Bengal. The stories are usually from mythology, puranas, legends and local tales. Cherial, however, also includes tales of everyday life of local village folks. It is restricted to Telengana region and is a dying art. The size varies from a miniature one to several feet long portrayals.

How To Enter The GiveAway

1. You need to be my Blog Follower. (Mandatory)
2. You need to Like my FB page, Hues n Shades. (Mandatory)
3. You can blog about it, spread the word though Facebook. Tweet it anything you find it apt. (of course you will earn extra points. You need to leave the links as separate comments here in the blog)
4. What is your idea of a joyful celebration?

You have four day's time until Sunday, Oct 26th, IST 12 am.
The result will be announced on Monday :)

I would a to share a happy instance too...My interview was recently published in SheBlog - Smart Indian Women. You can read the full interview here. Thank you Gunjan Amit and Shilpa Jadhav :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Watercolour Poppies and Blue Ridge Mountains

Two weeks flew by without being able to post my 'usual Fridays'...It was hectic here with my daughter's Arangettam (first dance performance under the Guru's guidance), participating in an Art and Craft Fair, my health taking a down-spin and my hubby's visit (which was exciting as we took a tour...a traditional one...down the lane through centuries...which will be featured here soon!!!) to attend our daughter's performance. I will share some pictures in the next post...need to organize a few of things first!

Sorry, if you had dropped and found nothing here :(

A few days back I tried a couple of  YouTube tutorials which I would like to share here. One was a floral and the other a landscape. 

The first one by Joanna Boon Thomas and here's what she demonstrates in her video tutorial. The best part of it was that it was an exclusive mom-daughter exploration...we both tried our hand at it :)



 Notice the texture???

My daughter's poppies :) 


Krishna's- Poppies-JBTtutorial-HuesnShades

Painting the Blue Ridge Mountain by Ekaterina Smirnova...Here's her video tutorial as well.


Do you try such tutorials? These are the first of mine and I enjoyed trying it :)