Thursday, December 7, 2017

Modern Calligraphy




Here are the motivational hand lettered pieces that I mentioned about in my last post.

I have been practicing and honing my lettering skills for over 2 years now with the sole intention of being able to letter some quotes for my gallery wall at home. I love cursive writing and the era I grew up in, that was the only way to write..I know I sound old, but its a fact!

Cursive writing and fountain pen was the only way we could write and if we forgot our pen/inks, then no writing in class! Ball point pen was just not allowed . I remember my teacher stressing on posture and angles, Even today that cursive writing notebook brings back fond memories, it was my favorite class and it was always after the  dreaded math class, so I would get through the math dreaming of beautiful lettered words and a sharp elegant nib just about touching the lines and all the oh! so lovely flourishes! and before I knew it, math class would be over with not a number  having entered my brain! But it would be time to write and that's all that mattered!lol!

So with good handwriting already mastered, I thought calligraphy would be a breeze and I am not talking about Spencerian or copperplate script, no way ..that's a skill that has to have years of learning and practice, I would have been happy if I could simply get the thick and thin lines and that beautiful bounce with modern calligraphy. My first attempt was a huge reality check! It was way more complicated than I had thought. This was an old fashioned dip pen that I was learning with and not a fountain pen which has continuous ink flow, so just as I was about to finish a word, the ink would run out and so would I ...of patience! Sometimes, it would not start at all or it would dump a huge blob of ink at the first touch to paper! Oh well!

Disappointed but not demoralized, I decided to take up the challenge and read and watched and read some more and watched even more until it dawned on me that perhaps it was the nib which was at fault not my writing and remember I had tried quite a few nibs by then. So after 2 years of struggling to get it right, I got myself a totally different nib! And as luck would have it, it worked!

So if you are reading this and are in the same place as I was, try the Hunt 101, it works !

So once that hurdle  was out of the way, I got to do what I have always wanted to do..hand letter quotes! Talking about quotes, I have this huge journal filled with my favorites, and they are all just regular words spoken by me or my family which have been thought provoking to me. So I wrote some and wondered if this could inspire someone or motivate them in anyway, so I got them ready to print and are now available in my Etsy shop. 

For now I have them all on one wall and when I look at them I am  glad that I persevered. It feels good to be surrounded by positivity but words can be really powerful and its always wise to use it with care and caution!












Got some cards done too...always nice to send someone a card to motivate them or offer a simple encouragement.







That's it for now and hope to be back soon with some Chicago sketches, until then..

Happy Holidays!

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Watercolor Quilt Blocks



Time flies and before I know it, its been 4 months since I have posted anything on this blog! I wish I was able to do more in a day, but for now this is all I can and between making new art for my shop and working on custom orders, there is hardly any time left for much else! I try to squeeze in a bit of Instagram into that mix but then that is it!

With the holidays almost here, I have been a busy beaver  trying to finish some commissioned art and  keeping my shop stocked up on art prints and cards .  Talking about custom art, I received a very unique request, the other day and it was to illustrate quilt blocks!  Quilting is very close to my heart, I used to quilt a lot before I had to choose to focus on one medium and I decided to go with watercolors rather than fiber arts.  I have many finished quilts and many more quilt blocks from my sewing days but painting one seemed like the perfect way to relive those memories! So I got to work and I must say it has been quite an interesting and fun series. I will soon be having a king size quilt without sewing a stitch! lol!

I thought these would make a perfect piece of wall art for a seamstress or a quilter and decided to make these available as art prints. Imagine having these in a quilters studio!

Watercolor Quilt blocks

ETSY SHOP




 I have also been working on adding some motivational hand lettered pieces to my shop as art prints and cards in the modern calligraphy style. Will make a separate post on that soon!





I think I will keep this post short and be sure to be back with another post soon!

Happy Holidays!

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Portraits

                                                       "Weimy Goes home"

The last couple of weeks have been extremely busy here in the studio. I had taken up quite a few commissions and knew that these were subjects that needed complete attention. I rarely ever do portraits unless I get a special request for them. But when I saw the picture of the pet dog that the client sent me, I knew I  had to paint her, those eyes could not be ignored!

It took me quite a few hours to paint her, but I think I have never been as happy about any project as much as I have been of this one. It was so exciting to see her come to life on paper.




and here is the 8x10 print that finally went home to California!



Also, I worked on this house portrait which was equally challenging with the angles and straight lines, but it's done!



 I think this is just the beginning of a new phase in my art career, I never thought I would love working on such detailed subjects where staying inside the lines was crucial.

That's it for now, will be back with the desserts that I talked about in my previous post.

Have a nice weekend!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Etsy Celebrations



July 2015, I took a big step in pursuing my passion for art and watercolors, I opened my little shop on Etsy, a platform for handmade sellers and before I could blink, I found myself thrown into this huge ocean of artists creating a myriad of items and I was just a tiny little drop in that ocean. I soon realized  that just to stay afloat would require a LOT of effort on my part, forget selling anything at all!. I had absolutely no knowledge, whatsoever, of SEO. I would list a piece and before I could go see it on the Etsy home page, it would get lost to be never found again! I knew that I had taken up a huge challenge but I did not give myself the permission to look back..no..moving forward was the only way and if that meant that I had to start from scratch, I was willing to do that.

I read and researched about SEO, got started on Instagram and got more active on social media and joined Etsy groups on FB. Heard whatever advise people had to offer about pricing, design, photos etc with an open mind. I had good success in my first year with a 100 sales, which was huge for me, especially since I started with no expectations at all and considering the fact that I am not good at promoting my shop or my work and in fact shy away from telling people that I sell my art assuming that they might feel like I am being pushy! lol!

And then, as I have mentioned before, I had to put my shop and art on hold for over 8 months due to certain unforseen circumstances. After that huge break, I opened again in March 2017 and thought that I would have to start over because it takes time to be found in searches and thats how online shops work ..searches! But, by the grace of God, I was proven wrong, I did way better than before! It took 2 months to settle in , but June and July have been great and I am really grateful to all those who have been following my art journey and have considered SANKETI for their art purchases.

July 17th will mark the second year of SANKETI and to thank you all for your support and encouragement, I have a promo going on in my shop and will send a 5"x7" MAP ART PRINT FREE with every order that includes an 8" x10" art print in it. The map will be of the state that the order was placed from.

THANK YOU!


In other news, we watercolor enthusiasts are enjoying a whole month dedicated to watercolor . It's #worldwatercolormonth..yayy! join in the fun over on FB and Insta or stop by Doodlewash.com our official host! Its 31 days..31 watercolors.!

I decided to do illustrations and take up new subjects and started the month with some fruits, moved on to bugs and butterflies and now desserts. Here are some of them..























Here I have compiled the fruits together ...


Will share the desserts in my next post.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend !




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Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 4th !



Happy 4th to all those here in the USA. Hope you have had a wonderful weekend so far!

After working on  all the individual state maps that  I shared in my previous post, I put them together and came up with two designs for the complete large USA map. One has them all together and the other has a little bit of space between the states so that you can still see the individual art on them. I was so excited to share this on Instagram last week and now they are available in my Etsy shop.

I have also started working on my next collection which will be 'Fruits' which will be my next post!

Also, another major update with regards to my shop is that I now have digital downloads / printables available in my Etsy shop. After giving a lot of thought to the  requests that I had receiving for printables, I went ahead and made some available and to begin, you will be able to download some of my hand lettered pieces from my 'Minimalistic' collection. Hope this helps those who are abroad and unable to purchase my work since I do not ship international as yet! This one's for you!

Here are some of them..


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And here are USA maps in their entirety!




Have a wonderful day and enjoy the 4th!



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Thursday, June 15, 2017

State Map Art



Last year, I had started a new series of ' Map Art' which primarily showcased the state bird and state flower. Some state maps were too small to fit a bird and those had a beautiful scenic landscape included. Some, especially the New England region have the most beautiful autumn foliage and I though it was important for me to include that in some of the states. All these were available as originals in my Etsy shop and most got sold. But the one most common request that I received then was to make these available as prints, small and large and/ or cards. It's taken me a while, no doubt, but its finally here!

I have started to offer all US states as prints and Art cards. The cards are 5x7 and a perfect size to frame making it a card and a gift all in one! They are printed on soft textured heavyweight paper and has a beautiful deckle edge to both the card and the envelope. If you need multiples, just contact me on Etsy and I will make them available for you. All 50 are available, but I have yet to list all of them on Etsy, if you don't see yours yet, just message me and I will list it for you.

Here are some of them ... sit back and enjoy with a super large cup of coffee!

All these are current available at an introductory price on Etsy.


Each single state has been handpainted and handlettered meticulously, It's a labor of love! It was so hard for me to stay within the lines, a completely different experience! There have been  maps beautifully painted yet ending up in the trash ..gulp!  beacause I painted it upside down! yes done that!

The most exciting part of this series has been collating all these individual states into one large huge US MAP!. This was a request from my dear husband, he wanted me to put them together and frame it. I am working hard on that and hopefully be done soon. I have given myself a deadline and want it done and framed by 4th of July!
I am planning to make the larger map available on Etsy too. Lets see how that goes!




















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