Category Archives: people

Finger-painting at a wedding

I was at the sweetest, happiest wedding reception this weekend. And of course, I took along my sketchbook and watercolors. Trouble is, I forgot to pack a paintbrush. So I finger-painted. Not very elegant, but very good fun. I usually draw pretty fast, … Continue reading

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Halloween Parade

I started to sketch a few of the kids and their teacher as they  lined up for the 5th grader Halloween Parade, and then this incredible dragon on stilts appeared. Look in that monster head and you’ll see a tiny face: … Continue reading

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The end of Inktober

Inktober’s almost over, and while I didn’t do close to a sketch a day, just thinking more about the inked line is interesting. For one, it means I can carry just a book and a single fountain pen most of … Continue reading

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Last Bits and Pieces from Chennai

Anywhere in Chennai you see golden statues of the politician MGR. On the banner behind him is the Jayalalitha.  It’s a bit eerie, they’re everywhere. On a more normal note, here’s a sugarcane juice seller on a street corner. And … Continue reading

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Wedding Music

Traditional music at a South Indian wedding is led by an instrument called a nadaswaram accompanied by thavil drums. You can listen to it here. It plays almost continuously at a South Indian wedding. To a trained ear, I’m sure it means more … Continue reading

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Small moments from a big wedding: The Mehendi ceremony

I was recently at a family wedding. A very big family wedding. My sketches don’t capture the huge festivities, the pomp and splendor, the crowds of hundreds and sometimes thousands of people who attended the four days of festivities. What I have instead are little vignettes, mostly … Continue reading

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Flattering Portraits

Flattering portraits is not my forte. Which might explain why my family doesn’t really want me to draw them. But I draw them anyways: Sleeping, eating, doing their homework: anytime when I think I have a captive audience. These are quick little vignettes, … Continue reading

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