Diwali Diya Painting- ‘रंगित पणत्या’

Diya Painting






























It was a training session to the teacher and her assistant from ‘आश्रम शाळा’ a welfare organisation for orphan and street children from Junnar Village (जुन्नर) in the district of Pune (पुणे). They both learnt to paint so that they could teach the students in their school to paint and sell the oil lamps (पणत्या) to earn money, during Diwali festival. You will see lots of beautiful diyas in the market now a days, people like more decorative things than the simple ones and why not, after all Diwali is a festival of colors and celebration! 🙂 To see more pictures of my painted diyas click on portfolio. Happy Diwali.

ll शुभ दिपावली ll

Painted Easter Eggs-Spring is here!

Easter eggs
Painted Easter Eggs, originally uploaded by Leena Bagawde.

It was fun doing the floral art on Easter Eggs…Spring is here!

These are the original eggs, emptied from inside. I learnt the technique of removing the inside part of the egg from my artist friend Lara.  Then I painted them with beautiful floral art specially to welcome the spring!

I moved my some stuff to my country India. These cute looking delicate guys traveled half the globe by ship and then on the road by truck for almost three months…but still they survived…feeling happy for them 🙂

Being an artist…















You never know what you will get inspired by, sometimes by beauty, but sometimes an odd looking thing can inspire you. Like a stack of clothes inspired me today.  When I looked at it I really liked it! A chair filled with clothes with different colors and texture. I quickly got my sketchbook and finished this drawing. You never know what you will inspired by!

But yes, it does mean that I don’t fold my clothes if it looks good…! 😛

Illustration Friday Topic – ‘Beginning’



This is the ‘beginning’..we grow older day by day, year by year and life goes on.

I tried to illustrate all things that a girl child likes to have while growing up, right from her ‘beginning’ years. I used my very favorite collage style and pencil scribbles…hope you will enjoy it!

Red Riding Hood in fabric collage

RedRiding Hood
A ‘Fabric collage’ from the very famous tale ‘Red Riding Hood’. I used lots of fabrics for this piece of art. Fabrics gives a beautiful look to your collage. Some of these fabric pieces are very old.  When I was in college during 1990-95  my elder sister used to stitch dresses for us. We used to go for shopping and get dress materials then we used to decide the fashion then the stitching starts.  But we never liked to throw the remaining fabric pieces. We stitched so many other things than dresses such as purses, bags, pouches, folders from these left over pieces…and then finally I kept these with me for my collage. I still have some of them! 

‘Prepare’ – topic for Illustration Friday

prepare-IL-Leena, originally uploaded by Leena Bagawde.

Everyday, when the day starts, we prepare ourselves with costumes, food, money, make up everything, whether we are going out or not! We plan for all the responsibility we need to finish for the day like, breakfast-lunch-dinner-kids homework, cleaning etc.
One day before your day starts try this, sit down quietly for some time, close your eyes, take a long breath…and ‘Prepare’ yourself for a day…’Today I’ll spend all my day happily, I’ll not get disturb with small things, I’ll not take stress…situations will come, but I’ll be stable and calm.’

Today morning while listening to a spiritual program I got an idea for this weeks topic ‘Prepare’

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