Thursday, November 20, 2014

What can you do, With Red, Yellow and Blue?









I've just got it!!! 'What can you do, with Red, Yellow and Blue?'. Words by Arielle North Olson, pictures by me! Published by Little Latitude. Here's a little peek.
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Santosh's magic box camera


It never ceases to amaze me what Santosh here in Varanasi, can do with his box camera on the side of the street! Over the years he has taken photos of me that seems to catch a likeness of me from another lifetime. It has an other worldly charm. Here is his latest photo of me!

Monday, November 17, 2014

What can you do, with Red, Yellow and Blue?

A little video showing the process of illustrating my latest children's book, "What can you do, with Red, Yellow and Blue?" with Little Latitude.

Mural at the Ganga Mahal. Varanasi.








The mural that I had painted back in 2006 at the Ganga Mahal, had taken a beating! So after 8 years I decided to renew the old mural, and give it new life. Here's the progress of what I did!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Laxmiji's fabulous thalee





Laxmi ji's fabulous Thalee. Laxmiji is one of the kindest gentlemen I have had the pleasure to meet in my life. I met him in 2002 at his tiny one room restaurant in Varanasi where he cooks and serves his delicious food. Since then he has fed me innumerable times his soul nourishing food, refusing to take the little money that he charges for his wholesome goodness. I have sketched him many a time, and he even has a sketch that I did of him when we first met, that hangs on the wall of his restaurant. He's truly a great man. I love him dearly!

Banarasi Ghats


Hotel Ganges View, Varanasi


Some of my paintings at Hotel Ganges View, Varanasi.


Sunday, November 09, 2014

Benares I'm here







World Literacy Canada



For those if you who don't know, I've been volunteering with World Literacy Canada, for more than 12 years, which brings me back to Varanasi right now. This fabulous organization raises funds in Canada for literacy programs for women and children in and around Varanasi in India. This brought me to work with them here in 2005 and 2006, and now I'm back to volunteer for a couple of months. A little money in Canada can go a long way here in India to help transform people's lives. They are also organizing a 'Literacy and Literature' tour of India as part of their 60th anniversary celebrations. For more information check out http://www.worldlit.ca/india-programs/anniversary-tour/
So this is where I'm staying at their magical space in Varanasi, the Ganga Mahal, where I've lived for 9 months in the past.


Friday, November 07, 2014

Help

Illustration for flood relief poster.

Ugrasen ki Baoli, Delhi


Sketching at these beautiful step wells in Delhi.

When the river sleeps

Cover illustration for 'When the River Sleeps' by Easterine Kire.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Vienna, Austria


La Boheme, at the Staat Oper.

Painting the Staat Oper. Photo: Annette Dicke


Stephansdom


At the Belvdere


Playing the piano at Cafe Westend



At Leopold Museum

Vienna was inspiring! I wanted to see Klimt, Egon Schiele, Hunderwasser and the Opera, and I got to tick off all of these on my list!!!
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