“Love your success, it will not last forever.
Love your love you may lose it at any moment.”
I’ll be sharing some of my art journal pages in a book. You can find my post explaining it here.
You can also see my other art journal pages on my Instagram account @vrushalipathak. I update there more frequently.
I made this without any printed material. And that’s a kind of challenge I’m accepting – not using any kind of printed paper or image. I’ll be drawing and painting everything by myself. And so far I’ve been very honest to this challenge. Let’s hope I keep it tgat way in the future.
The color combination in this page is soothing to the eyes. Nothing bright. Just neutral and soft. I like the girl and the camera illustration. The girl I drew myself without any reference and the camera I referenced from Pinterest.
Lord Ganesha is a elephant-faced Indian God and my favorite. Although I don’t play any favorites but He’s the one that listens to me when I talk to Him. It’s true. I close my eyes and simply pray to Him. And I ask Him a favor which is usually about people I know and (you can choose not to believe it but it’s true) almost every time I get my wish. Well, not every time. Just mostly.
And now for those who think “Why didn’t you wish for a million dollars kind-of-thing?” God answers the prayers which are free of selfishness. I’m not praying about me. I had my exams and I never prayed that He should pass me. I orayed that he should pass me if only I did good. And I’m not the most religious person you’ll meet but you need someone, right? Just don’t be selfish for a second when you pray to God.
And here’s a painting I did 3 years before and gifted to a friend.
Here’s a quick reminder that I wrote this just because I don’t know why free verse qualifies as a poem. Now don’t go ‘Oxford’ on me and just give me the proof that free verse indeed is a poem. I KNOW. I just FEEL like it shouldn’t be. It could be it’s own writing style you know?
Like I wrote a ‘free verse’ today. It’s just my opinion. And I searched it’s meaning and here’s what I got:
Poem (as given in Cambridge Dictionary) a piece of writing in which words are arranged in separate lines, often ending in rhyme, and are chosen for their sound and for the images and ideas they suggest.
Free verse is a type of poem
I’m not sure about that
I can too write random sentences
And rhyme ‘sit’ with ‘flat’
No offense to the ones who write it
But what’s the fun in it?
Scraching your head to find the correct words
And rhyming ‘sit’ with ‘lit’.
Why not call a free verse, a prose?
A poem is what it’s called
I understand the difference
It’s like distinguishing a hairy person from a bald.
Hey! If you looked at my website before, you would have noticed some changes. Some major changes!
I GOT A NEW HEADER!
I have been meaning to get a new makeover for my blog but let’s just say I was unsure about many things. (or scared) But after I read Analee’s post which is linked here, I thought about how easy it is to really just change.
And hence, as Analee suggested, I went to Canva’s website and just made a new header and related images for my blog.
You noticed my new post topic-changer thing?! Also my new theme is black and white. I wanted red and black but I guess red is too harsh on the eyes and you’d never come back to my website if I did so. So classic black and white it is…
Also I have a new “Let’s Chat” image. I want to interact with you more and thus I decided to have this image at the end of every post.
What do you think of my new blog theme and design? I wanted it to be slightly formal but slightly informal too. Do you like it? Don’t feel shy. Let’s communicate.
P.S. Look down. Yeah, that’s my new ‘sign off’ kind of thing.
P.P.S. Also I’ll be editing and deleting all the posts. Major changes on the way!
If you read the first part to this two-part series, you’ll know I took more time than intended to write the rest of the answers. Here’s the link to the first part, if you’re interested.
So let’s get started…
Q51: Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
A51: I think many, many years back. I’m immortal and so I don’t really remember it that well.
Q52: Do you think musicals are cheesy?
A52: I don’t really have an opinion on this. I saw a few musicals and they seemed okay.
Q53: Is Christmas stressful?
A53: We don’t celebrate it. I don’t hate Santa Claus. I’m an Indian. That’s why.
Q54: Ever eat a pierogi?
A54: I don’t even know what that is.
Q55: Favourite type of fruit pie?
A55: Never had one.
Q56: Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Q57: Do you believe in ghosts?
Q58: Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
Q59: Take a vitamin daily?
Q60: Wear slippers?
A60: No, I like to be barefoot.
Q61: Wear a bath robe?
Q62: What do you wear to bed?
A62: Whatever clothes I wore that day
Q63: First concert?
A63: Never went to one. Somehow I don’t like the idea of squishing yourself by a truck load of humans to listen to music. You can do that with an iPod.
Q64: Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
A64: Never been into any of these.
Q65: Nike or Adidas?
Q66: Cheetos Or Fritos?
A66: No one. I like Lays.
Q67: Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
A67: Sunflower seeds.
Q68: Ever heard of the group Tres Bien?
A68: No. But I know Tres Bien means ‘very good’ in French!
Q69: Ever took dance lessons?
A69: Yes. I used to go to dance classes when I was in 7th grade. Major hobby at that time;
Q70: Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
A70: Nothing particular. But it would be GREAT if he’s a bookseller!
Q71: Can you curl your tongue?
Q72: Ever won a spelling bee?
A72: Yes I remember once I participated when I was very very small. It was school level spelling bee. And I was one of the two finalists. And the final spelling was “symbol” and I knew the correct spelling, I swear. But I don’t know what came over me and I wrote “S-I-M-B-O-L” Epic face palm moment.
Q73: Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
A73: Yes. Many times.
Q74: Own any record albums?
Q75: Own a record player?
Q76: Regularly burn incense?
A76: My mother does.
Q77: Ever been in love?
A77: I don’t know, so probably no.
Q78: Who would you like to see in concert?
A78: One Direction? Just had them at the top of my head.
Q79: What was the last concert you saw?
A79: Never went to any.
Q80: Hot tea or cold tea?
A80: No tea. I don’t drink tea.
Q81: Tea or coffee?
Q82: Sugar or snickerdoodles?
A82: What are snickerdoodles?
Q83: Can you swim well?
A83: Nope. Swimming isn’t for me and I’m not for swimming. I went a swimming class for a month and learnt nothing except for how to hold my breath and how to dive awkwardly in a pool.
Q84: Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Q85: Are you patient?
Q86: DJ or band, at a wedding?
A86: I’d prefer DJ.
Q87: Ever won a contest?
Q88: Ever had plastic surgery?
A88: Yes. And now my own parents don’t recognize me. (No, of course not! Don’t believe everything I say)
Q89: Which are better black or green olives?
Q90: Can you knit or crochet?
A90: I learnt to crochet six months back. And I made a phone case for my phone. It’s too embarrassing to post a picture of it. It’s ragged and somewhere the design changed completely. Just a novice’s work.
Q91: Best room for a fireplace?
A91: Living room.
Q92: Do you want to get married?
A92: I don’t know.
Q93: If married, how long have you been married?
A93: Not married.
Q94: Who was your High School crush?
A94: I won’t put his name, but a guy who I spoke to but then I stopped speaking to him. Still in love with him to this day.
Q95: Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
A95: Yes. Sometimes.
Q96: Do you have kids?
A96: No. I am basically a kid.
Q97: Do you want kids?
Q98: Whats your favorite color?
Q99: Do you miss anyone right now?
A99: Yes, too many people.
Q100: What ware you dressing up this Halloween?
A100: I don’t celebrate Halloween. Though I would’ve dressed up as a zombie. Or Captain America.
That’s all for this tag.
I’ll meet ya tomorrow with an update! (Shh..it’s a secret!)
I hated a book. I’m not going to take names here so don’t ask. I dislike other books but I hated this one. And I am too connected to books (both as a book with a story written in them and also books as in a collection of page binded together.) And so I couldn’t let the book go. I couldn’t sell it for money which was so much less than it’s actual worth. The time and effort the author took to write it.
And so I decided to just use it. Creatively.
And I decided to make a journal out of it. It is an advantage that I can paint and journal in a bounded book. No need of buying another expensive journal.
So here’s the first thing I painted after I got this idea. Wish me luck!😉
You can track my progress with this journal on my Instagram account: @vrushalipathak
I don’t write poems
Rhyming words are tough to find
I try anyway
Maybe something luckily would cross my mind
Now do you have any tip
To let me learn
The art of poetry
That I don’t find to be that easy
“Just keep writing”
Is the one tip I hear
And that’s what I’ve been doing
From the past one year
But now when I look back
I’m not that bad
Because I wrote a whole poem
In rhyming words. How’s that?
I just started learning how to use oil paints. They were a bit difficult at first, just like life was. There is absolutely no handbook or guide to use paints and to live life. I read many articles online in a bid to figure out just what I was missing. I couldn’t find a single article or video to teach me everything, from the start. I guess it doesn’t happen that way. You have to figure out everything yourself. Just like living life.
I lost hope and stopped searching for the answers (at this point I don’t even know what I’m talking about, painting or life!) Then I had a savior. One person solved my problems. She painted the most beautiful oil paintings and helped me to just do it. And same goes with life. There is a person, who can be anyone from your relatives to your friend to your lover. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you find the way with them. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the ‘right’ way. Just the ‘right’ way for you. Either you’ll learn from lessons or gain something. And aren’t you gaining either way? And sometimes you wonder if they came in your life just to make you stronger or make you learn the lessons.
I almost started hating oil paints because I had to learn to apply two layers of paint. And the amount of drying time they took irritated me. I mean why couldn’t it take a little less time? But I forgot that oil paints were connected to our life. They are like the relationships we have. They are difficult and they require ‘time’. They require time to bloom, time to trust and time to really be.
And most of all I learnt that you have to let everything go. You can’t hold everything and expect to gain more. Just let it all go.
And I also learnt that both life and oil painting isn’t easy. You just have to practice and live it. No short cuts.
And I learnt how oil paints and life were similar.