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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!

Mural work

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May 13th, 2008

Hey girls! glad to be back in communications on the blog! Well, what have I been upto?? I went to Philly to see the Frida Kahlo show. It was really inspirational. Her work was really cool to see in person- a lot more detail then you would think.
I am also working on a drawing/painting for a mural that I’m going to do at a thai restaurant. I’m super stoked, but also a bit nervous. The total dimensions are about 48′ by 12′ high.
After going and looking at the space, and talking to the owner I decided to work on an underwater theme. So, I headed to the library to do some research on fish and coral, and now I’m working on a mini version of the mural so I can see what it will look like, and correct any issues it might have on a small scale.
So, thats where I am at right now. As soon as I have the painting done, I will post it and you girls – my critics can tell me what you think.
Its taking up pretty much most of my time. I’m thinking and sleeping and eating fish and coral! I just want it to go well because I know it will open up so many more opportunities!
ok girls, happy creating in your lives. Will be checking the blog once a day so I think as long as we post something once a week, that will be good.

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  • Hey pooja, I think Frida Kahlo is the best. U lucky bum! Is the show online?
    During my visit, I went viewed a show in Delhi of three artists from Baroda – Chinnan, Alok & Chirag at http://www.art-konsult.com.
    U can check out the works.
    Looking forward to see the mural.
    I am working on a new painting now, which is bigger than my usual size and am quite excited. shll post soon on or about it

  • i really like FK too. Its a show i would love to someday see.
    pooj this proj sounds really great!!! the size of the work is something else too! wow! 48 feet of paint covered surface is a biggie.might i suggest that you think about one base colour or even divide the canvas into parts and colour each base with a flat colour and then build on that? hey also you should chat with george mathen – follow the link to his website and see his mural work. hes a good friend of mine so intro yourself through me and chat away. i think he’ll have some good tips for you.
    best of luck babe! o and if you dont mind sharing this – how much are you charging for this job and what is your time estimate for getting it done.

  • hey girls, i wish that you could have seen fk with me. in fact i think it would be awesome to just see some art together. hey arch, thanks for the link to your friend george- will definitely check him out. is he cool?
    yeah, this mural is blowing my mind.
    i am going to do a base colour and then work on that. definitely. its a pretty straightforward mural – i’m hoping!
    charge and time estimate? I’m thinking 20 work days? About $8000.
    what do you think?? ok ladies, thats it for now. glad we’re on this again!

  • shite! all the stuff i wrote out to you just got lost gah!!
    ok a quick recap:
    thanks for sharing the costing info – this will be really helpful for me to figure out that space in the future.
    my concern is that you might be under-quoting on the time. From my experience painting a wall thats 48×12 feet is a hard physically laborious process apart from being a creatively challenging one. so unless you have assistants, Im not sure 20 days is likely to be enough. if nothing else i would add at least a 5 day spill-over.
    best of luck babe! im super excited about this for you.

    btw – yeah george is cool – he’s in my band and one talented cat he is (much like the rest of us here hahaha)

  • hey arch!yeah, i probably did go low on the time. i’m still working it out. i might just say two mths!! imagine if we could work on a wall together, with all our ideas!! how cool! by the way, you ignored my request for you to stop over in dc when you go to italy! not possible??

  • yeah man – 2 months sounds about right to me :)

    about boston – my flt is routed through france. sorry da – just too broke to make the de-tour.

    but am really looking forward to the NY and catching you up then – perhaps we can all meet up in kerela. met sandhya and she was supa excited about that plan.