Objets d’art?!? Some bad ink drawings…

I detest doing still life! Why draw objects when you can draw people? So this was one part of my Commercial Art assignments that ensured that I quit the course in a hurry!
You can possibly see my heart was not in this 😦

Even the normally-generous-with-his-praise tutor had to tell me to improve my finishing!

And here are some more stern remarks!

Actually, I did not think this satin lehnga ( skirt) was so bad…here is a close up

Did I mention these were done with a nib, which you dipped in a bottle of black India ink? You had to have excellent control over the amount of ink you ‘drew’ into the pen!
Done with great disinterest, for some odd reason, this crumpled sheet of paper found his approval :-p

Here is a silver chain, which wasn’t bad, though the pendant was quite ordinary.

Another hideous object!

But there were a few still lifes I did which I like! I’ll share those in another post 🙂

Going dotty…

One of the first assignments in my Commercial Art Course was using dots to draw objects – not lines! ( I did only three lessons, and found that I’d had enough of being told what to draw)
Here are close ups of some of those drawings!


And this was a shiny faux leather coin purse!

Let sleeping dogs lie…

These sketches were submitted as part of an assignment I did for a correspondence course in commercial art!



These were of our beloved greyhound – the old gentleman was nearly 14 years old when these were done.
The next four sketches are of ‘The Doggess Who Wouldn’t Be’ – the most beautiful black Cocker Spaniel with a white throat and that tiny little tuft of white on the tip of her tail!




Portraits and sketches

I discovered a bundle of sketches which had been packed away in a trunk, while we moved across the country on my husband’s postings! They are in a bad shape – so I thought I’d scan and preserve them before the brittle paper disintegrates totally!
This is sketch of my brother – I’ve always loved doing profiles! My school notebook would be full of profiles of classmates – mostly done in 10 to 15 minutes!


And here is a pencil drawing of a mother with a baby, undated – probably 1978 or 1979. This is likely to have been copied from a magazine…


I decided to teach myself to paint from a book – this is water colour wash – 1970 thereabouts!


Here is another 10 minute sketch – of my mother in law while she meditated


A higher point of view

I sketched the Moti Dungri (Pearl Hillock) fort some 25 years ago from the terrace of our single storeyed bungalow. The sketch is not dated, but I guess it must have been 1987 from the date on the preceding sketch in the notebook. It must have been a winter day – one would not be on the terrace otherwise! I had never used crayons to colour my sketches earlier – this was a precious Crayola set ( I remember the green and gold packaging) which my son had got as a present from his Aunt in Canada!


Then Jaipur started growing vertically. Our neighbours on the West went up 4 storeys, and Moti Dungri was not visible any longer – not from the lounge window, nor from the terrace. Five years ago, we also decided to grow vertically and our beautiful house was taken down to be replaced by an ugly nine storeyed apartment block. One consolation – the Moti Dungri is visible to us again! Yesterday, as I sat with guests in the living room, I happened to glance out of the window and saw this!

I made an excuse and ran to the terrace to capture the majestic fortress outlined by the rays of the setting sun.
The sun is actually setting a little to the left of the fort. The ipad camera could not capture the richness and brilliance of the sunset – here the colours have been enhanced to what I actually saw. This is how the camera saw it…


Just takes 2 quilt top finished!

The Just Takes 2 quilt top is done!
The Just-Takes-2 quilt is designed by Gay from Sentimental Stitches and Brenda of Dear Jane. Head to justtakes2.com if you want to make your own quilt!

It finishes at 72″ X 90″ – it shall definitely need borders! And since I have run out of the grey printed background fabric, will have to make do with grey solid. Everything is going into cold storage now – I have a son getting married in exactly two months’ time 🙂
I must add a picture of what inspired the colours of my quilt – a sunset in the monsoons!

An August evening in Jaipur with the monsoon clouds dispersing to reveal the setting sun …