I am falling a bit behind on updating my blog, I am sure you could tell. I recently joined Instagram, as if I needed more distractions beyond Facebook. Social media affords me the luxury of saying it in bite size chunks while on the blog I feel I ought to explain/ express more. Result- no news in long time.
I have a very active 8 month old and a very demanding 3.5 yr old in my life. My girls bring me immense joy and they keep me very busy. My mobile phone is the only way I get to check my emails or update my social media pages. I think who ever came up with the idea of internet connectivity on mobile devices was brilliant! Today I am stealing a few moments from my sleep to let you in on some new developemnts in my life.
I have opened an online shop. On society6.
I have been thinking of opening a shop online to sell my illustrations as prints for a long time but marketing and networking seems so out of my comfort zone that I never got around to doing it. I am also awful at self-promotion which , in order to sell a lot, I wil have to do a lot of…. so here goes attempt 1.
Society6 is an online market-place where artists and illustrators can sell their work in form of art prints, t-shirts, mugs and other consumer goods. For me the biggest reason for choosing society6 was the assurance that the products use only the highest quality materials, and are shipped it to you on my behalf by them. That gives me the time to focus more on my work and my family, rather than keeping inventory and the logistics of printing and shipping.
They have a whole range of different products for personal use or for the home. For starters I have uploaded only a few of my illustrations and I hope to add more as time goes by.
Last year I started a project to illustrate Hindi alphabets. Having looked at the numerous and beautifully illustrated english alphabet books for pre-schoolers, I thought it would be nice to do the alphabet series myself. My daughter loves animal pictures so I set off with theme of incorporating cute land & sea animals, birds and nature into the drawings.
I gave myself a time frame but I got delayed. 10 months have gone by and finally, FINALLY this project is now complete. I have posted some progress images of this project here , here and here. In case you are not following my Facebook page, you may have missed out some of the illustrations I did so here is a compiled image of all the letters of the Hindi alphabet:
My client (my daughter) is very happy with the outcome and I am happy she is happy. I intend to refine it a bit more, put in some proper Hindi font (instead of my own handwriting) and create a wall poster for the children’s room but that will have to wait a little while longer. I will keep you posted.
A couple of nights ago we had some rains which resulted in the ground covered by brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow in the morning. When I went out for a walk in the day, my almost 4 year old daughter wanted to walk on the fallen leaves and no sooner did she step on them she commented ,”mom! I am walking all crunchy.”
That triggered a memory of walking with my grandpa through a small part Of rubber plantations in late kerala summer with crisp leaves crunching under my feet. I had exclaimed it sounded like I was walking on pappads. I hadn’t walked through so many fallen leaves before. Most trees in my neighbourhood in Delhi were evergreen; some leaves did fall as winter approached but trees were never bare. ( nor was there such a display of color)
With so many differences between us, the sense and sound of dried leaves crushing under our feet and our excitement over the multisensory experience of fall remains same.
Over time my daughter and I may not agree about lot of things but till then I will savour the double- crunch of this moment. Here and now.