Friday, March 21, 2014

Temple Illustration - Mixed Media

There are a few...may be a lot many places that one would like to place in one's Visit List. I have very many in mine and the temples in Thrissur have been in them for quite sometime especially Thiruvambady and Vadakkumnathan temples. 

They hold an age old charm, the construction is antique and the ambience, heavenly. It has its rich cultural significance and enticing tales to go with it.  The former may trick us to believe that its a small temple...this will soon fade as soon as you step inside. It is dedicated to the deities Lord Krishna (Unnikrishnan - The toddler Krishna) and Bhagavathy (Goddess) and other deities with Dravidian origin/names. The aroma, the energy, the divine chanting everything would transport you to a heavenly abode. Much more enriching was my Vadakkunathan experience situated on a hillock and spread across 9 acres of fortified land. It has four entrances and only the East and West are usually open to the public. It's supposed to be more than 1,300 years old and it is included as a National Monument. The walls of the temple are adorned with mural paintings which have been weathered down now depicting scenes from the Mahabharatha. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and you will find other deities as well. The most important fact is that these are the temples synonymous with Thrissur Pooram, one of the greatest of temple festivals in Kerala and is extremely popular for its fireworks and elephant displays with all the dazzling decor. This year's pooram is on 9 May, 2014.

For me, the walk inside this expansive and alluring temple in the twilight was a breath-taking one. My senses were exploding with the mellowed sights and sounds of the divine energy that one may easily get intoxicated with if one is ready to indulge in one. All thanks to Sis' Prabha and Bro' Babu who asked me to accompany them. I  am ever thankful to them for that surreal experience.

 Thiruvambady/Paramekkavu temple

Mixed Media - 5x7 inches

I painted this particular piece before my visit to the temple. I would like to consider that it was Almighty's blessings that helped me to reach His/Her province ;)

The photo I used as reference.

Linking it to PPF...Hop over and get amazed!!!

Friday, March 14, 2014


 A refreshing cuppa accompanied by the soulful melody of nature gave her idea a rejuvenating 'Spark' reinforced her to believe "Yes, I can!"
She's off to start a new project :D

Pen and Ink

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Winner of GA 4 and Space

It has been one heck of a week as there was so much going on... My brother was home as he fell from the stairs and tore his knee ligament. It was soon followed by my daughter's finger fracture and then my laptop crashed and my profile was lost for some unidentifiable reason. Now everything seems to have mellowed a bit. It's a phase and we have moved on.... :) In the pic below, you can see Anoushka's (Krishna's) fractured finger tied up! Poor girl, she was really brave indeed...even the Doc had to admit :)

So sorry for the delay in announcing the Giveaway winner. Thanks a lot for the co-operation and patience :D


Congratulations Aarti !

With that I come to the end of the Giveaway Celebrations for now :) 
And if anyone is interested in sponsoring one, you can always get in touch with me :D

Now, the prompt of IF last week was 'Space'...and I was reminded of one my illos which I had done last year while I was about to leave Dubai. There is so much I wish to create with the Arabic theme...hopefully someday I will finish it but first let me start it :) The problem is I have so many ideas cluttered in my mind... and I need to unclutter, minimize it as Robin says!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Giveaway 4 and Small Talk

Top post on, the community of Indian Bloggers

"Cherish Yesterday, Dream Tomorrow, Live Today"

Thank you for the lovely response to the giveaways dear friends. Welcome to Hues n Shades my dear new followers. Hope you enjoy your stay here :) Thanks for boosting my morale each and everyone especially my loyal followers who have always been by my side...My journey is incomplete without you all and without your wonderful comments and feedback.

On this cherishing note, Let's get to the Giveaway part:


Art Print is 6x4 inches
The paper quilling is book is by Zainab and has some Gorgeous designs. 

To enter the giveaway:
1. Need to be my blog follower. (Come on guys, it would be unfair for my followers if not!!! ;) )
2. Hop over to my FB page - Hues n Shades - and Like it.
3. You can even bring your friends over/invite them to like my blog/page and leave the names of your friends to earn extra credits.
4. Blog/post about the Giveaway and remember to leave the link to the post.
5. Finally leave a comment mentioning all or any of these :)
Follow these steps and you earn extra credits for each thus brightening your chance to win the art print :D
And now for the winner of Giveaway 3....drumroll:

Disha Mishra Dubey!!!

Congratulations Disha :D

On a personal note:

I have started my two-wheeler driving lessons - to make an 8 is supposed to gain you a license and it's not as easy as it appears! (For me!) My instructor anyways isn't much bothered, she just hands me a scooter and signs "Off you go"..."do whatever"!I do dream of a day when I don't have to depend on anyone else to reach somewhere!!! 

Today as I was having breakfast our neighbour, Aunty P dropped by to hand over the keys of her place as she was on her way to Bangalore for a few days. 
I need to mention that since last month a stray puppy and a few kitties have occupied/found shelter in "our place" which includes Aunty P, my home and Aunty A's which forms almost a sort of triangle. They keep moving and shifting from one place to another demanding things, playing, whiling away their time and so on. The best of it is when the puppy starts his game with the kitties. She is so affectionate and friendly with them that she can not stay away from them for long but each time she frantically 'plays' with the kitties one of bold ones just slaps her across the face. The puppy just whines and after you can see her after them without any grudge!
Now when Aunty P left, you had to look at the kitties...they just stood there with their "we-are-so-lost" look! I ran in, clicked a few pics and as soon as they saw me they headed towards me and started their "not-so-modest" plea.

The puppy will be featured some other time as she wasn't there when I was clicking these cuties :)

A friend of mine wanted to learn acrylic painting and I have started teaching her this week. It's really nice to share what one knows...and then it also helps us buy "our provisions" :)

Linking it to Paint Party Friday