Connecting with the old days ..

I have been kinda silent for a few days now , I was kinda busy connecting with my old animation days, and kinda getting my you tube channel going too. I have yet to figure out how I can post videos here WP  but I think I can get the URL here . It was nice  to walk down the road of the old days, some of the stuff I have  I keep thinking -” Did I do that ??? ” , The little walk down memory lane of animation has ignited a little spark in me to try to get those days back , so  I started with the bouncing ball and just to get the flames going also posted some of my old works ( very few- other production works have copyrights on it ) – not sure if I can post it here . The links of the ball bouncing exercises are below I still need to practice more Its been a long long time anyways – enjoy !

What would I call this day ?

With my thumb recovering pretty well , the sleepless nights have reduced . Though last night wasn’t all that of sound sleep , but did manage to get up  early enough , to sit with God, the universe and in a moment of silent meditation , in self reflection . The day  seemed nice , opened up the curtains , and let the sun shine through . warm glow filled the rooms in my apartment . On any other sunny normal day I would be outside with Mark-II , but I have been just glued on to the computer over the past few days and more . So on such sunny morning didn’t feel like sitting down and  sketching away on the wacom tab. So forced my self to move away , shut the system down . I thought I’d start off with some pending scrap art stuff,

So gave the 1st coat of paint on the tin can art , and the pen holder , which I was working on the morning before the accident ( now that I can move my thumb a bit :)  ) , had to  stop in between coz I couldn’t get the other paint bottles to open ( well my thumb isn’t there yet I guess  :P ) , Then moved on to another Art work I had started months back on chart . I shall post the complete set once its done , but for now these are the work in progress ones below

popeyeHad lunch at a new restaurant with family , posted a few photographs on my blog , liked a few others , commented , wished and thanked other bloggers , Still didn’t feel like getting back to working with the computer so , went over to my uncles , wanted to start using the camera again but it rained  so didn’t  it take it , showed my lil cousin my new art blog , came back sat in front of the tele  till dinner , at my parents place . Then got back to my place. Now to hit the bed , I know its unusually early for me but I want to –  So there you have it  – my Sunday .   Hmmm . what do I call this kinda day ?

Introduction “Life Calls Art “

Rainbow forestThere is a sense of satisfaction , escapism.and just down right relaxation in art or any sort of creative expression .

Patchious Patch ( life series 1976)

Starting off my new Art Blog ” Life calls Art “ .Its a mix of many approaches with some stuff  from my old art  blog  and some  recent , Still adding on to it . I love to sketch,doodle on paper with pencil , but also love the freedom the digital medium gives, So mostly I start up with a paper and pencil , and then end in pixels :) Drawing stuff out has always helped me unwind,get things off my chest, turn  pain in to, if not pleasure at least numbness :P , but for the most part of it – Why I Draw , Doodle , Paint or Create ?  the answer is  – ” I simply enjoy it !! ”  :) hope you enjoy my creations too .

Please do drop by

Thank you .

Nice to know….heart touched

Appreciations come in different ways , from just a nod to something written down , ..or as in yesterday’s session in grade 6 – drawn !!  , as a part of the activities in the IL classes , the last week sessions were about creating and writing about the students favorite characters , from real life or even imaginative and they had to talk about that character . I was touched and taken back when two ( frankly very unlikely ) students presented me  ( below ) as their fav character !! :)

They even got me to the details with my  new hair style [ fell asleep in the barber’s hair !!! – now mistaken for a spike :P ] thumb splinter and even my t shirt and shoes !! ..hehehe  :)

Thank you Febin and Athul – Gr 6

…it’s the thought that counts…

Smiles , Get well soon cards or just  a simple ” How’s your …” helps recovery. Since yesterday its been exactly a month since my accident with the motorized blade , and I am recovering fast ! and why wouldn’t I when the little minds and hearts show that they care


Last week  Grade 4 Girls Noorain , Neha Riza and Sama handed me this really cute self made packs out of note book paper  each holding a pen , I thanked them and asked what it was for,they said , “its a gift for you sir  to make you happy :) ..something like a get well soon gift !”:) . It was really touching and a bit of a surprise I opened them on getting home .

There was candy in one and simple notes saying get well soon, I thought to my self ,everything is quite simple for children , they don’t assume anything, they really practice the saying ” its the thought that counts ” .

Over the years I have had students hand me the most simplest of things from an eraser to a few scribbles of art, ( a master piece in their eyes ), on a tiny piece of paper folded  many  times to fit in their tiny pockets.  The following day the  4 girls came and asked me if I’d liked the gifts and notes , I replied “I did and felt happy receiving them ”  also appreciated them for the efforts they took and the thought behind it   , and then came my “real gift” , all 4 pairs of eyes slightly squinted with a wide big smile  on their face . That image stayed on with me while the girls left giggling and skipping in joy back to class .

The gleam of joy they give when you smile,accept , appreciate and acknowledge their efforts is more precious than the gift you receive.
Thank you Noorain , Neha, Riza and Sama of grade 4 for the real gift !!! :)

Lessons ,Blessings and Opportunities

20150921_104115It’s been almost a month since my mishap with electric cutter  , I have been posting on and off , been working on some art  in between when I can . But for the most part, learning the importance of being able to use both hands and side by side  learning on how to get on with using one hand ( well mostly for everything) . Though for the 1st few days after the accident , I had my mother taking care of things, I started to feel depended . It was a strange feeling something I never really experienced before. A friend of mine joked that I will now be taken care of like a baby,and I should just kick back and enjoy the ride as long as it goes, but I couldn’t. Just a few days in to the incident I started to feel uneasy , no matter what my mum did for me I was uncomfortable , not that my mum wasn’t  doing a good job, in fact she was doing her  best ever, But for me I wanted to do things on my own, lying in the bedroom at my parent’s home, I thought about all that I could accomplish with  both  my hands and made a mental list of things I can do with one hand. I’m right-handed but for most things  I use both my hands. With my left arm in a cast and sling, my right had to do more. Then I realized, I could use other parts of me like  my Knee, Foot,Elbows and most importantly my mouth !!.Folding the bed sheets, putting out the laundry,opening water bottles, locking and unlocking doors. As I carry a back pack to work, opening and closing the zipper was the 1st to get used to – a combination of mouth and right hand , at times my knees , elbows and feet come to aid .From unpacking my medication to washing up after myself , taking a bath ( my rain coat came in handy :) ) one big time accomplishment was learning  to tie my own shoe lace with my right hand and feet !!!.. I picked these up in about 2 weeks time . Soon it became a challenge..just about anything and everything I could do , I’d do !!!

 After a while I would respectfully turn down offers from my colleagues  to help , not that I was being stubborn on egoistic about it . I was on this drive to push my self more, May be my past experience and lessons from my bad marriage kicked in , days when I thought I was alone,living with  “whoa me” feeling for too long in the past. All that and many lessons I had in my earlier years came in to help. This was also a good time for me to reflect on living by my self , I missed a certain person from my life all through this , though I still wait for that person , I need to learn to take care of my self till that day happens. Realized that there are some  people out there, actually don’t care or in fact glad about the incident – One man’s wrong is another man’s right ,that’s’ how the world is.

I realized the goodness and  blessings of having a wonderful mother like my  mum  , who have understood me like no other, all through thick and thin . I didn’t know how to tell her at 1st that I wanted start doing things on my own, initially she would get worried but I was able to sit down and convince her . Now I occasionally do ask her for help ( even at certain things I can do – just to make her feel good – and even I know she knows that , we both enjoy it :)  

Any way I wanted to see what all I could do, given this opportunity ! …yes opportunity !! It  wasn’t  a mishap or accident any more. It was an opportunity to do things I thought I could never get done . An opportunity to learn to rely on my own both mentally and physically. An opportunity to be me in the best me I can be, in my silent world .


20150924_125231Yesterday, the cast came off , and so did the k-wires ( frankly I don’t know why they call it a wire , to me it looked like 2 inch headless steel nails !!!) . Now another 2 more weeks in a thumb splinter with more challenges and opportunities awaiting……..