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I Blog, therefore I am?

My blog has lain fallow for a good month or so. When this happens, it means that I have not been on top of things as much as I would like. I work for myself, from home, which means that at any given time I am stirring a big pot of projects, both work and …

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The doodles

So I continued my drawing experiments throughout the tail end of last week. I squeezed them into my day between school drop offs, soccer practices, doctor appointments, Halloween parades, and of course, the power cut bought on by ‘Superstorm’ Sandy. Note to self: drawing by candle light sounds lovely and romantic, but is actually rather …

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Doodle therapy

I’m in a sort of in-between phase. It’s a pretty good place to be. I have no markets for a month, and am just about to start making new products for the Holiday season. Today I went shopping for plain shirts to print on, and ordered new business cards. Yesterday, however, I produced a few drawings…..of …

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Ink and Courage

When I was 19 years old, I convinced my parents that I was mature enough to travel around Northwestern India on my own. I obviously possessed greater powers of courage and persuasion then.
My idea was to travel around with a sketchbook and camera, and produce an amazing portfolio of work that would help me to get into an Art college of my choice.

It worked.

While on this trip, I often ran out of art materials in places where there were no stores that sold them, so I improvised.  I painted with spices such as turmeric and chilli, and used old pieces of fabric and packaging to draw on.  But my favorite of these ad hoc materials by far was a stick from a neem tree that I had carved to a point. I happily filled sketchbooks with big, drippy ink drawings, and actually had a period of mourning when the stick finally broke, exhausted by my furious scribbling.

Many years later, I would range around woodlands like a crazed yeti, collecting sticks and branches for my students to dip into ink and draw with at school.

I have recently rediscovered the joys of  drawing with ink. It is really so much fun.
It is hard not to relax when you draw with ink, because you have less control over the sorts of marks you produce, every line has an unexpected beauty to it. Try it.

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Juggler extraordinaire

I have made no bones about the fact that this blog is all about juggling.Juggling ideas, juggling roles, keeping all those balls up in the air at the same time and not losing your balance.  Take today for example. I dropped the kids off at school, came back and made these prints:  I quite like …

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Listomania!

I wasn’t sure what to write about today, then a fellow blogger that I’ve been following told me about a website that I would be sure to like: http://www.listography.com     …check it out. Yes!! I love to make lists. Lists make me feel in control of my life, and help me through what I …

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