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Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar

This architectural structure in New delhi, India, is called Jantar Mantar. This was built as a Vedic Observatory for Astronomical calculations. A bit of history – it was built in the 18th century I guess, by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur (again, in India).

There are 5 such marvelous geometric structures all over India, the main purpose of which were to predict times and movements of the sun, moon and other celestial bodies, and also to measure the time of the day. The structure that I have drawn here is actually a Sundial with a Western and Eastern Quadrant, to tell the time during the day.

For more information on this Architectural marvel, click here.

This is my entry for TAD3 today and also Illustration Friday’s theme – ‘Time’

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3 scenes

3 scenes

Here I tested my own patience. I wanted to know if I could sketch the same picture more than once. I was always faced with the immediate question – ‘Why would I want to!!’ Finally I did it! I took a photograph of my friends who had come home for my anniversary, and decided that to make it interesting I would put them in 3 different scenes. And each of these would be a 20 min sketch. Well, I need to work harder on the details!!

Summer in Delhi

My tryst with watercolors continues. I found this snap in a friend’s album, and asked her if it was ok for her if I could borrow it for my painting. She was nice.. The challenge here was painting the scarf – dupatta as it is called. I am still not sure if the thing has come out well. But so far so good 🙂

I named it Garmi. Garmi in Hindi means ‘Summer’. And in Delhi, the word, when said, has a heat wave feeling to it too! We would wear cotton clothes called Salwar Suits, like the one in the painting.

This is also my entry for TAD on Feb 4.

I wanted to try out a few quick watercolor sketches. I set up the rule that each picture should take not more than 15 mins. Now, I wanted a subject that can have different backgrounds, different foregrounds, darkness, light, colors or otherwise. So I ran a search for ‘Singers’ on the net, and started sketching. Here are a few of them:
Singers

Singers

 

Singers

Singers

 

Wet wood

I haven’t been a regular at my art work all these years. Sketch has more or less been just a hobby, which could not really capture a dedicated regular time from me.. Well, I started yet again last year – trying to draw a few things here and there. And then there was my DH’s birthday coming. And so a sketch to gift him there.. And then there were these free days when I just felt like holding a brush in my hand, and swishing..

So, I haven’t really decided on what I would like to do first. I am just going forward with the idea that – ‘This is a paper, and this pen / brush is all I have right now. So here goes!!’

Here is one attempt on painting some wood. I got this picture as a forward from a friend of mine, and I decided to try and paint the photograph. I know.. I still have a long way to go.. But for now, I have started my journey.