Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak WaltonThe Journey Begins — Nolan Terry
ILLITERACY – A CURSE Ignorant or illiteracy attainsNothing – but only one thingAnd that important thing isNon-realization of life’s destinationOr purpose of our existence.Through knowledge so gained with sincere self-effortsOur body, mind and soul work in syncThereby have full understandingWhy we are here on this beautiful earth.While illiteracy does not give usAny leeway for course […]ILLITERACY LEADS US TO DARKNESS — INNER THOUGHTS
Go to Amazon or Rotten Tomatoes, pick your worst book or movie, sort it by 5-star reviews.Make something terrible — Wandering Ambivert
No Churn Mango Ice Cream was in my bucket list for this summer. Fortunately, we got best quality of mangoes delivered to our door step this season. Mango ice cream tastes best if fresh fruit pulp is added. You should definitely try this recipe once this summer as not many ingredients are required to prepare…No Churn Mango Ice Cream — Dees Platter
with frida on a friday
Natures sweet love
Golden sunrise inspired peony
the mountains are calling
art prints are more available at:
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or dream with me.
I only started to blog
2 years ago
after the experience of arranged marriage proposals
totally surprised by the chaos of emotions experienced
as well as the unique gift of
how are my boundaries?
it is in deep moments that great changes begin.
and in those deep moments
I feel like running away
ideally I would love to take a road trip,flight,journey to another place
to be with all the emotions
and return back when i feel at peace.
that opportunity to physically escape is not always available
yet the creative mind is
writing and time in nature does that for me.
how are all of you?
the lock downs
and the emotions we are facing within…and outside.
it is an intense time.
i feel glad and relieved that many of you are here blogging.
I know healthcare essential workers are deep within… so much
and releasing through art has helped me.
what I am grateful for
is there is a whole community of like minded in the healthcare community doing the same.
I have been asked to submit some of my artwork
alongside more healthcare essential workers.
i will re blogging a few of the posts,
before mine is presented july 20 2020
the art I am sharing in the blog post is
the gifts of covid spring.
a prompt that I was writting to in a challenge called sen to paper primer.
What are the gifts? the good events that you have been finally able to devote time to
during this time of lockdown,home sheltering stay home order
that perhaps you did not have time for during life before covid19 pandemic.
my answer is in a piece of watercolor bling contour artwork.
To be revealed july 20 2020.
Greeting Barbarian! Long days and pleasant nights! A few more days until the government finally lifts the lockdown. So let me be the first to congratulate you on making it through the first wave. To be honest, it is far from over and our struggle is just beginning. This lockdown has a significant effect on […]Quarantine Cooking: Fried Rice — A Barbarian in Gentlemen’s Clothing
The number which shows when you step up on the weighting machine. If your body is tired it will ask for a rest. Listen to it. If you sleep more than its required you will feel tired. Balance is the key. Too much of electronics will make you irritable. Take a break from it. Hot […]14 Truths to Never Ignore — On a mission
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If you literally can’t think of a single reason to be grateful for rejection, I’m going to tell you that I couldn’t either at first. As a human being and as a writer, I’ve experienced my fair share. It often doesn’t feel fair. It certainly doesn’t feel good, and I can honestly say that my first…Rejection Has a Silver Lining: 3 Reasons to Be Grateful for a Universally Hated Experience — Positively Positive
Mocha Milkshake (without ice cream)Mocha Milkshake — LIBARAH
I designed a free mini colouring book featuring 6 unique pages of mandala art, cute cartoons and uplifting phrases. Download the PDF file here.Free Mini Colouring Book! — Julie Erin Designs
On those days when the wind gets knocked out of me, I remember the sea. Pine trees swaying on the shoreline, with my sails full….I journey seeking the promise of blue, and the adventure of tomorrow. Poetry, and Image © Copyright 2020, ancient skiesThe Promise of Blue — Ancient Skies
There has been so much within that emerges during covid19 sheltering at home,
serving at work,
or not serving at work.
losing a job
applying endlessly for a job
and interviewing during this strange uncertain time.
which I did yesterday.shortest sweetest interview of my life.
what have you gained during this time.?
for some of us…
we gained a view of the shadowy
we gained a view of what already was not working….
we gained a view of flaws.,harsh truth and a deep need for renovation.
not innovation…more like demolition and rebuilding with new materials.
so time to strengthen the foundation of basics.
For some of us we have seen loved ones leave the earth too early from this time of panic.
For most of us
after this we are never gonna be the same again.
so much will change
and within we carry the wonder of what is ahead.
I am deeply holding hope that all of you are safe,healthy,getting adequate sleep,eating healthy food,keeping social online and deeply looking within and healing.
this is a time to work on maintaining our health and immunity.
maintaining immunity with good sleep,good nutrient rich food,time in nature, working out,sunshine and loving conversation with loved ones that matter.
I would like to thank each of you who passes by and reads my blog.
it has been a journey.
In this time of covid 19 i gathered the courage to start selling my art.
so here is a self portrait
for a gutsy price.
I will reblogging a few of the nice writing you all express too.
just the time i happen to log in.
as i close this post with excitement for the next collaboration…
I am sending good thoughts to all of you where ever you are…
in these tender times of 2020.
We all have a past. There are good and bad memories associated with it. When the waves cross our mind, negative ones click more easily than positive. Lack of trust is one of them. Trust issues includes being extra suspicious of other person’s motives and behavior towards you. You feel that others are taking some sort of […]Trust Issues & How to overcome it. — rjfaithnlove
Anyone that knows me…
remembers my guilty pleasure of pausing at sunset to watch the dance of color across the sky.
my art work is just a summary of a lifetime of sunrises,sunsets and exhilarating colors of nature that dance in the sunshine.
May you take some time to pause,gaze and breathe in the color placed with the love that remains…
maybe you will find a piece that will add peace to a dear friend’s dark gloomy floating cloud of uncertainty.
Here’s me taking a chance and setting my “creations” free to fly,move and edge to the future we now renovate.
nothing will be the same
and we will never forget
this tender time.
By Don P. | Guest Contributor On April 28, 2007, my life as I knew it came to an abrupt halt and turned 180 degrees. I had a massive heart attack that day, and a triple bypass surgery the following day. To really make my story special, I then flat-lined over a hundred times during […]Thirteen Years of Training For A Pandemic — Phoebe, MD: Medicine + Poetry
how are you doing?
the lock down,the work at home situation and
outer freedoms have been reduced.
how are you all feeling?
your health routine?
I hope all of you are healthy,keeping mentally occupied with hope and are creating peace in your heart.
such a heavy time.
especially with all the heaviness of this week.
I have been feeling tender and writing a lot for myself.
the black lives matter….cause…activism…directs my gaze to my own anti blackness influences…maybe even a de colonialism gaze…
and points to my own journey of arranged marriage themes…
yes there were painful skin color issues in conversation…
I am grateful to have watched and re watched the movie “Mississippi Masala” with Mira Nair.Time to time I go back to and watch when I was faced with these topics.
I think a lot of south Asians can relate..and a lot of south Asians that grew up and migrated from Kenya.Uganda,dwelling in the Caribbean also.
so messy…the emotions in this week.
and so needed for the tender conversations held in community..
to heal and the generous out pour of compassionate love toward our dear African American friends.
I know there are so many times…i was not able to stand in my truth..and an African American gal or guy would give me a shoulder to lean on.
They are bold, they are funny and they provide so much support as allies.
I am grateful for them…and I do not and will not tolerate the injustice done to them.
I cannot imagine America without African American black people.
Still so much to ponder in my deep heart.
I just wanted to share my thoughts here.
I wanted to extend my art to reach the homes,hearts or spaces where they may be needed at this time….
or perhaps after this uncertain time completes.
we will never be the same.
so many changes are in motion.
My only intention is that when humanity return back
May we return back to an artful world that finds a better way to live in harmony with nature.
May all heal inside as well as outside.
let me introduce you to an art piece inspired by intro to portraiture lessons
Arise from the depths of your despair
created with watercolor while creating crashed symbols portrait.
the beauty about watercolor is it flows in magical ways as it dries.
what I saw later is the arm of the goddess receiving assistance from her left side.
lightning and an animal sidekick show up in assistance.
I felt great courage while gazing.
and may you and your friends feel that too.
available on https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/49697199?asc=u
Now to the next piece from this series….
Goddess blesses the offering
the right side
the giving hand
the other side of the watercolor self portrait
dried in a different way then planned.
well in watercolor there is no plan
it is play
I always imagine a motherly goddess generous with compassion giving just what we need.
I have experienced that too from many around me at magical moments in the challenges of life.
may you and your friends feel this intention of love from this image in this shop
and that brings me to the last piece of this series..
something i deeply miss at this time of the covid19 pandemic is air travel,international travel, global explorations.
how about you?
I know after seeing nature heal so much.
my plans for travel have changed,my agenda during travel is being reformatted as I absorb a more heart led intention.
Really grateful for the books,stories,blogs that reminisce travel.
Created from an inspiration from travel to morocco via memories of friends stories,magazine pages of now and a summery of escape novels i have read in this life time over a cup of Moroccan mint tea.. Pose and angles carry the power of geometry allowing for the eyes to go on a journey.
The lesson 5 of Back in the brack: brings contemplation on pose
the solo task allowed us artist to place people in each new scene and as we mix and match reflect on how the impression of the person’s pose and presence alters the art piece.
I created 3 magazine collages…and finally painted a summary of the feeling that remained from the experienced lesson of a journey.
art available from sale here: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/48897652
refer back to this previous blog post I wrote earlier this week:
Enjoy a little gallery from my 14 day dive to intro to portraiture classes via National portrait gallery Australia
I warmly invite you to try out a few of the free lessons:
they are delightful containing
some story,a small interview with the artist and the sitter and fun tasks to try alone or with a friend.
I learned a lot.As someone that avoids self portraits,I discovered the power of beauty that dances in the vibrant life we hold as humans.
Working from house effectively, specifically when you’’ re not utilized to it, can seem like an uphill struggle that frequently ends in tension and a headache. Believe me, as somebody who has actually been working from house for over a years, staying with a schedule and understanding what works for you isn’’ t simple right […]
ProTip via Bobby Powers: Immerse yourself in your topic “Nobody knows where ideas come from, but let us say, if you immerse yourself in something, whether it be music, painting, or writing…you are going to get ideas about it. But you have to do the immersing first. You’re not just sitting there, waiting for lightning to […]
Here’s my latest podcast, on how we are NOT in a war with nature: if anything, we’re entering a phase of accelerating symbiosis, and it might seem like we can keep fighting against our bodies, combating disease, being in a perpetual struggle versus natural Life – but we can’t. And this is the moment where […]
Solidarity Friday beloved. I hope you are all being safe in spite of it all. Do not let this warfare steal your joy, your peace nor your humanity. Keep your crown on and know that this too shall pass. They can’t keep their foot on our necks as long as we empower ourselves the right […]
I’m a warm fireOr a gentle breezeAmongst the chaosI’ll put your mind at easeI am the calmInside the stormOn the coldest of nightsI’ll keep you warm
some new art
some old favorite art
and maybe some new ways of looking at the art I had created
Take a look at some of the products.
As we all prepare to re enter the workplace
or re enter a new workplace
or recreate our work from home
May you find some pieces of inspiring love to add to the beauty of the life you wish to create this 2020
what a heavy uncertain time.
i am safe.hope you are too.
take a look around and share what you like with your friends.
all artwork created with the intention of love..
love on limited time off
Hello Again, Yes As the title speaks itself, I am seriously looking for a free lancing project, and I want to know more regarding the same, I have done some free lancing content writing thing few years ago,and I want to do it again, It has nothing to do with lockdown, i want to make […]
I really enjoyed this introduction to portraiture course from April to May.
some of my favorite lessons were:
https://www.portrait.gov.au/classes/the-amazing-face/back-in-brack- back in the brack
if you love photography there are some nice lessons too
if you love creating you may enjoy this free course too.
via Holding On
Have we realised it yet ? That nobody is missing the materials things; we all miss the company of othes, great conversations, a hug, a smile… that’s what life is all about… Do you agree to this ?? Today, I saw this as the status in a social media account of a colleague; I realised […]
Gratitude is the best medicine. It heals your mind, your body, and your spirit. And attracts more things to be grateful for. ◊ …and I am grateful for each and every one of you. 💜
If you like to be on the edge, here are few movies which can give you thrilling feel of the Corona season. World War Z, Book of Eli, The Road, I am Legend, Bird Box, Children of Men, Snowpiercer, 28 days later, 12 monkeys, Contagion, Warm bodies, escape from New York, Resident evil franchise, Take […]
Good morning everyone It has been while since I blogged. I’ve been busy from past few months and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get easier anytime soon. I’m going to quickly write down a short list of foods to include in your diet to boost your immunity to fight diseases (especially COVID-19) out […]
Comes the days when we reach back into seas of pinpoint diamonds where like globes of fire we spun through glimmering heavens yielding only to the pull of hearts. Now the dew falls from our eyes Not from the sky, the tide pulls outward and mountains lose their foothold but a new sun is rising […]
Today we’re talking with Chandrima Sarkar, the very gifted women behind the fabulous blog Not out of the box. Chandrima is a recipe developer, food stylist, and food blogger from Navi Mumbai, who has taken social media by storm with her creative, flavorful and eye-catching food photography.
1.Tell us a bit about your family, career background, and the path that led you to set up Not out of the Box?
Born and brought up in the suburb of Kolkata in a Bengali family, I studied Bengali literature and wanted to pursue Masters from Calcutta University, but I just took an impromptu decision not to continue with higher studies on the final day of university admission. As I had a keen interest in creating storytelling with high visual impact, I studied computer graphics in early 2000. The keen interest of Fine Art pushed me to pursue a career in…
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#Stayhome & Practise Self-Care
I love it when the suns rays shine through the clouds in this manner. It sends a message of hope to my soul, that even though dark times, the sun is still shining through and that tomorrow will come and be even brighter… When I see this, a message of hope resides in my soul…
Do you struggle with boundaries? Setting boundaries is about more than just personal and emotional space. Many people struggle with boundaries, but it isn’t as obvious as you might think. A boundary struggle can manifest as a difficulty saying no or as social anxiety. You might feel guilty about speaking your mind if it upsets someone. Because of this, you might put the needs of others before your own.
I had the pleasure with chatting with one of you
and all we exchanged was positive golden words.
despite being in different countries
different time zones
the sadness and the gratefulness is the same.
we all are grieving a loss of freedom.
and with the inner freedom,we have this opportunity
…we all are facing ourselves:
everything that was not grounded..
we have this time to gaze at..ourselves,deeply
and have an inner dialogue
In this time along with my peers
I have been called to serve
and serve the work I am here to do
I find myself
writing a lot
reflecting on life,
creating as release,as a way to honor memories of loved ones who have passed away suddenly in 2020 or creating the joy I have from memories…or long to create.
one last thing before i go
please dear ones
eat good food (vitamin rich)
and keep your immunity up with at least 6-8 hours of good sleep.
I find myself rebooting by being with nature…
bare feet on the grass
gazing at flowers near by
looking at the branches of leaves
having a few plants in my home workspace..
and listening to the sweet songs of the birds tending to their nest.
I am lucky that for mental health we are encouraged to visit beach or park from 6m-10am.
still keeping distance and still covering mouth and nose if people are around.
…and all I love is closed.
I decided to start selling my artwork on a few websites.
Maybe I have outgrown them..Maybe they will sooth someone at home at this time
I am grateful to be supported to share my art in this way at this time.
here are the websites so far:
Please do share with your friends,and come visit the shops too..
I am still loading some of my favorite soothing paintings on the websites..
you can enjoy looking at my art public on Instagram too..
some music for your entertainment.
last but not least
what have i been upto…..
this free introduction to portraiture 14 lesson series…
there is art
there is photgraphy
and there are solo and connected tasks too
I am working on the last lesson.. self portrait..
will post it here in the blog when I complete…
take care everyone