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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!

Snakes & Lotuses – animation & poetry month

April 16th, 2008

Hey – have been deeply immersed in animation this past month…yep its a good ole’ come-back! have made several short loops along the theme of Snakes and Lotuses. Its been a really sweet trip. I haven’t animated in 4-5 years, and now suddenly its all back and sooo easy.
Have posted in a sampling of the animation in here…and somehow can visualize these projected on a wall near my paintings when displayed. Of course I think this will all lead to a fuller short film or something set to the Lounge Piranha song – Snakes & Lotuses. Will see where it heads.
Its a whole new medium…but I look at it as an extension of my painting series. It’s all hand-drawn and inked…would love to hear your feedback.

Also, a small aside: Complied a little booklet of poetry and sketches. Its dedicated to my Grandmom who passed away last year this time. We have been having poojas all week and on friday coming there will be the grand finale. My thought was to give a copy of this book to each family that comes to pay their respects to her.
You can see it at the bottom of my websites’ Poetry & Sketches section >>

Now your turn…whattup???


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  • How f******* fantastic is this??? what a great idea archana. can definitely see a whole show based on these paintings with these short films. love it. i especially love the first one where you fly away. now, are you going to combine all these short films into one? great stuff.
    its fantastic that you’re so adept in so many mediums- it gives so much room to play!keep it going my dear. i will post something by the end of this week as well.
    thanks for sharing.

  • so, i saw your grandma’s book. wonderful archana…you truely astound me!
    all this creative energy flowing!
    I’m thinking of taking up doing some murals, but i’m freaked by the thought as i’ve never done any. suggestions? medium? do you prep the walls? where do you start??! today is my research day for that. help!!

  • hey pooj. firstly thanks a ton for peeking at my grans book. it was a small little project, but one full of love.

    about the animation…i am a bit tempted to make it into a film of sorts…not anything with a storyline though. was thinking that i would set it to an instrumental piece or somesuc, but the idea is still hazy…at this point im just animating the images that i see in my head without really questioning anything.

    perhaps a small little show of my sketches, animation and poetry as a precursor to the painting show a year later is something that is crawling around in my head….what say?

    ok, about murals:
    i have only worked with Enamel paint on walls. these are industrial paints commonly used to coat metal railings, gates etc to keep them from rusting. they are used on walls too but not usually.

    these paints are very glossy when finished. working with them is fun…but shading and gradations are not easily achieved. it lends itself well to a flat coloring.

    For prepping i usually sand the wall and then coat it with a thin layer of white enamel paint. let it fry over a couple of days and then begin my work.

    i actually think there are better colours out there for your style of painting tho i dont really know too much about that. what are you thinking of?

  • …err i meant ‘let it DRY over a couple of days’…frying a wall is a tab bit difficult sooo luckily you dont have to do that. 😀

  • hey/ thanks for the info. i actually did a bunch of research on mural painting, and i think i’m ready to go. just thinking of branching out and incorporating murals into my life, and work. bought some cool books on murals, working on some ideas for me own home. thinking of doing some businesses.. expanding thats pretty much it. thanks arch.

  • Salute to you Arcna Prasad. I always have been admiring your skill and creativity. Its great that you are combining so many mediums.
    But one thing, I feel that if you want to combine both, a more detailed study in painting is needed, before you shift paradigms. I feel your animation can turn out far superior, if your paintings are more complete and not sketchy.
    Or maybe you should just paint now or decide what exactly you want to do.
    I mean your work is super but for any creation, I feel a pointed focus is needed, especially in painting… to really stand higher.
    But the idea of a show is cool. I think it will really make a mark. But I feel your paintings have an illustrative quality so it might not stand out as paintings, but more as a sub of the animation and sketches, which probably can combine to be a whole.

  • hmmm nirodh – i see what you mean. but this is a natural (to me) evolution. i have a ‘broad’ focus perhaps. my sketches, animation and painting i look upon as all parts of the same trip. they all require a certain skill-set that i have spent some time in the past accumulating and now i exploit them to create a whole.
    but there is truth in what you say – focus on one thing is important as all hell. honestly i have a tendency to shift between things. sometimes one medium feels a bit restrictive to what i have to say at that point. this is when i jump into some other medium. eg. from painting to sketching to video art. so i would look at this as switching from water-colors in one work to oils in the next. not ideal perhaps in the mastery of a medium, but (for me) a way to talk about and to my work.