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This website will give you a glimpse into my work as an artist,  community builder and activist. I have been negotiating the world through the lens of a creative entrepreneur for the last two decades. It's been a wonderful journey with a lot of learning and collaborating with people I deeply respect.
In the coming years, I believe that creative thinkers will be crucial to document, stitch, hold and present the world. We are at the very edge of collapse on one side, and of a future that can spin out into unimaginable wonders on the other. I believe we can get to the happier side by working together!

Portraits in Goa

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December 5th, 2007


Hey…so i took off to Goa for most of this week. I did however take my sketch book along, and amidst the sun, sand and sea visits I managed to make some very quick portrait sketches. I am clearly not very good at this…and it fast became an exercise of selecting the medium, capturing a 3D form on plane and speed (as my models were unsuspecting victims).

Here’s what I discovered:
– pastels are not a good idea if you have chunky pieces to work with…no details possible for a small size work essentially.
– colour pencils are a good direction to take…lots of intricate detailing, but one can get lost in that rather than the overall form.
– perhaps a mix of oil pastels and colour pencils will allow for rapid large blocks of colour with finer detailing in pencils?

These are portraits of some of the lovely people whom I hung out with – and believe it or not, we did end up shooting a Bollywood spoof music video that we all starred in 😀 Will soonly have the final edit on that to show you girls heeheehee.

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  • hey archana, I like the 2 works that are done in colour pencil – the guys in the hats. I like the sensitivity especially evident in these 2 pieces. I like the airiness and the light. Also, the way you have worked with the pencil.
    I dont think oil pastel and pencil would be too successful in the way you are thinking. How about pencil and watercolour instead? Your work has a nice sensitivity to it that I feel would go well with watercolour. You are a natural with line, so i suggest pencil/colour pencil. How about ink and watercolour? I really see you shining in this medium. Oil pastel is quite heavy and cumbersome and I think it distracts you.. you know? good effort on all the portraits though!

  • hey archana, nice stuff… yeah its very delicate… I really like the rendering of the guy in specks… spontaneous strokes…
    I feel that oil pastel and pencil, would give interesting texture… and I feel its important not to think too much about media… but to feel and then comment after doing it…

  • pooja – i think your comments are interesting. i have taken to colour perncils very well…im excited to explore it more. im not too sure of watercolours though…we’ll see.

    Nirali – its interesting that you and pooj have such a different way of looking at things. i mean, 100% accurate – i was very spontaneous with the portrait of the guy in hte specks. it took me about 5 mins to do that one…where as the others were more along the line of 15 to 20 mins. i’ll keep your words in mt head – go with the flow rather than forcing mediums on me :)

    btw…i have been looking at some graffiti artists…very superb their work is…de la vega and bansky. check out our scrapbook… im thinking of pushing my standingonfish in this direction. ahhhh so much to do and so little time!