Saturday, 28 December 2013

Words and Phrases - Hibernaculum


Meaning : A protective case or covering, especially for winter, as of animal or plant bud.

Origin : Latin hiberculum meaning "winter residence". It entered English in the late 1600s.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Art - Saina Nehwal Portrait

Saina Nehwal Portrait by N K Sran
Time devoted : Total of 20 hours over 5 days

Pencils : 
  • Graphite (2B,4B,6B)
  • Charcoal (2B,4B,6B)
  • Charcoal White
  • Staedtler triplus 776
                        Saina Nehwal is the first Indian to win an Olympic medal in badminton and is an inspiration to many.

-N K Sran    

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Art - Tips on Glass painting

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Hello everyone!

      Today, I am posting about a glass painting. Glass paintings are vibrant and always add a shiny perspective to the space. These designs are mostly colours filled in outlines with lesser details. Glass paintings emphasise more on lines and colours rather than realism. The semi transparent colours reflect the background through them. Here I have used crushed aluminium foil. One may use any coloured or shiny material. Some also prefer to leave the glass transparent without any background and only frame.

Glass paintings

       If you want to create a glass painting, you need the following:

Monday, 12 August 2013

Photography - Raakhi

  Every year on Rakshabandhan, sisters tie rakhi on their brothers' wrist. Here are few clicks with Raakhis as subject.

- N K Sran

Monday, 5 August 2013

Art - The three trees

Hello everyone!

            Digital art is a rapidly growing field. It is fast, easy and portable. Anyone can start drawing within few minutes. I have been working on adobe photoshop and illustrator for 4 years. I tried the adobe ideas app for iPad last month and found it very handy. Great art can be drawn by touching with finger or one can use stylus for better accuracy. The plus point is that it is easily convertible to vector format.  It took me only 5 minutes to create the following vector.

                I first created the black outlines using stylus and then filled colour in background layers. Layers are essentially helpful here. Hope you all liked it. Keep tuned for more. You may subscribe us via feed or email. Keep living your hobbies!    
    - N K Sran      


Sunday, 28 July 2013

Photography - The Violin

Hello everyone,

          I have been busy for a few weeks. Today I got some time, so I photographed my Violin! The scene is set near the door to capture the natural light coming from outside. Also I kept the visualisation slightly dark with the violin and bow as the main objects.

         I spent about an hour in cleaning the violin, tuning it and rosining the bow. Then organised my working table and I am all set to complete the oil painting left in between owing to busy schedule. So whenever you some time, just live your hobbies!

           Hope you'll like these clicks. Keep tuned for more and subscribe us through emails.

The violin

The violin

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Words and Phrases - Sepia


Meaning : Sepia is a reddish-brown colour, named after the rich brown pigment derived from the ink sac of the common cuttlefish Sepia.

Origin : from Latin: a cuttlefish, from Greek; related to Greek sēpein to make rotten

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Word and phrases - Alto


Meaning : A voice, instrument, or part below the highest range and above tenor, in particular.
The highest adult male singing voice; countertenor.

Origin : from Italian: high, from Latin altus

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Photography - Reading (Black and white)

Theme of photography : Reading

Reading, 2013 by N K Sran

Photography - The Fan

Hello everyone!

             Hope you all doing great! I have not been blogging for a while as I was busy. Here is a click on a outdoor fan as a subject. It has a unique appearance and there is something rustic about it. I found the image quite interesting one. I clicked it few months ago. Enjoy the photograph!

The fan
The Fan, 2013 by N K Sran
 - N K Sran      

Monday, 1 July 2013

Photography - Brushes and palette

Hello everyone,

     Today I started working on a new painting. Just took some photographs while painting. Hope you all like these.

- N K Sran          

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Art - Flowers with vase (Still life)

Hello everyone!!

     Hope you all doing fine. Not getting much time to paint now. But painted this one, oil on canvas, this week.

Flowers with vase, 2013
                  This one took 3 days, 2 hours per day, and rest of the days in between for drying. I focused mainly on flowers this time. Keep tuned for more. Hope you all liked it!

                                                       - N K Sran            

Poem - The river of Time

Finding myself amidst,
the river flowing so fast,
nothing seemed so fixed that
more than a moment it would last.

On seeing to my side,
I found I was not alone,
Before I knew much about anyone,
I realised they were gone.

Looking for an anchor,
with water and water all around,
happy to see at an arm's distance,
the stable, immovable ground.

Pushing myself out of the river,
getting up, firmly on land I stood,
waving hands to others flowing with the river,
It was River of the time, I understood.

                                              - N K Sran

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Friday, 7 June 2013

Photography - Cherries

Hello everyone!!
                   My photography subjects for the day were cherries. They were red and delicious. I enjoyed photographing them and eating them too.

Chilled cherries

- N K Sran             

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Featured Artist - Carolyn Watson Dubisch

About the Artist

         Carolyn Watson Dubisch currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She is an artist, illustrator, author and journalist. In two decades as a commercial artist she has created giant vegetables for a Washington,DC Museum, helped create two dozen tiny hot air balloons for a Vegas show and designed alien bird-men for Star Wars games. As a writer and illustrator for numerous children’s books and magazines including Highlights for Children and Hopscotch, she also writes and draws award winning web-comics.


Her favorite piece is one she just completed last March for "The Mutant Piñata Show" at the Frontal Lobe Gallery on Grand Street in Phoenix. It's a 5 and a half foot long centipede piñata title "Bajumba". He's currently on display at Madison #1 Middle School in the library.

Right now she is painting circle paintings her my Etsy Store "Painting in Circles", and for a store in Philadelphia called S.O.T.A. Spirit of the Artist located on Pine Street. She is also working on some freelance illustration work, laying out and designing a graphic novel, and beginning the design stage for some giant snail sculptures for the Hanging Gardens and Woven Fences Festival next October. She is new to the Phoenix area, and she has been amazed by the wonderful art community there.

Egyptian Cat
The Whirlpool

Attaching the head

Green centipede from side

Finished face
Finished from front

Carolyn and bajumba

Message from the Artist

"Being a creative person is tough in this world today, but there's more to life than the pursuit of rent money.  Creating art may not make you wealthy but it really can make you happy.  I like to paint. It focuses my mind and makes my soul sing."

Her favorite quote:

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Her online stores are:

Painting in Circles on Etsy
HandTurkeys on Zazzle
The Horribles Online Store on Cafe Press
The People That Melt in The Rain on Cafe Press
Abigail Books on Lulu

You can find her on:

Facebook: carolyn.w.dubisch
Twitter: CarolynWDubisch
Talenthouse: carolynwatsondubisch

Websites :

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Sunday, 2 June 2013

Photography - Horses

Hello everyone!!

                     I am sharing with all of you a few photographs of horses. I clicked their photographs after riding them. Horses are noble creatures and I came to know more about them during the trip. It was a unique experience. I enjoyed a lot. Hope you'll enjoy these clicks!

 - N K Sran          

Monday, 27 May 2013

Photography - Flowers and trees

Hello everyone!!

                    Hope you all doing great! Recently I visited a rose garden. Here I am sharing with all of you few photographs of some flowers and trees.

- N K Sran                     

Monday, 20 May 2013

Photography - A Blackbuck

Hello everyone!!
                  I was not able to post for few days since I was enjoying a holiday with my family. Had a great time! Here is a photograph of a black buck that I clicked. I will share more pictures soon. Stay tuned for more.

Grazing Black buck

- N K Sran

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Art - Emma Watson Pencil Portrait

Hello everyone!!
                 Recently I got General's charcoal pencil set and Staedtler triplus 776 as a birthday gift. I was excited to try my new tools. The following is the scanned image of pencil portrait for Emma Watson as Hermione Granger. 

               The portrait took more than 20 hours to complete over 5 days. I enjoyed sketching it though it was a challenging one. The pencils used are : 
  • Drawing pencils - Camlin and Apsara 2B, 4B, 6B
  • Charcoal pencils - General's 2B, 4B, 6B
  • Mechanical pencil - Staedtler triplus 776
               Hope you all liked the pencil portrait. Stay tuned for more!
- N K Sran  

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Featured - Making Crochet bag by Eli Salvans

About the Artist

        Eli Salvans lives in Sabadell (Barclona, Spain). She studied history of art at university, (Univesitat Autònoma de Bellaterra). She likes painting, drawing, sewing, knitting, recycling, embroidery, all kinds of crafts, photography, literature and likes to try new ideas. She is 50 years old and virtually self-taught, for all.  But her grandmother taught her basic points for crochet. In spite of not having a family history in the world of art, from younger stage she demonstrated her interest in the Plastic Expression, that with the time evolved into her own personal style.

Making the Crochet bag

              Eli makes very beautiful crochet bags. Here she is sharing the step by step process. It is an interesting DIY, a must try for those who know crochet.
She spins the used wool into yarns. You can use new wool too.

This is the design layout for the bag. It shows how small hexagons will be joined together.

This is a simple crochet hexagon. You can choose your own inner pattern.

After stitching all the hexagons together, she attached the handles to the main body.

Now the inner lining cloth and the zip are attached

A beautiful pink ribbon bow and small pink beads give the bag a trendy look.
Other bags made by Eli

Find Eli Salvans at:      Visit her Website and to view more of her amazing work!

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