Thursday, December 14, 2017

Kasturi's Kuotes #kasturiskuotes

Finally I met up with Nick and he set the logo according to his satisfaction. This is it! So now am ready to use this officially and formally .Nick is from NID, the foremost design school in India, and has designed the logo for Kasturi's Kuotes. Now that my quotes are meshed with my art, I have decided to post them here from time to time instead of the other blog.

Am now quite amazed myself at where the journey of my quotes is going. I wrote my first quote in about 2010! Little did I know this will lead to something like this and I would have to worry about copyright and logos. All said and done, can't say that am unhappy!!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

Designs for Kasturi's Kuotes

This is a new design I am trying with the logo designed by Nicholas from NID.  Am not sure how it looks. Nick messaged me to say the logo should not be compressed. Will play around with a few more designs and see! That means I now not only have to paint and write but also work out a design for my quote with my art on it! I thought all I wanted was to rest after a hectic week at work! But then, creativity beckons!        


Oil on Canvas with palette knives
14" X 17"

I painted flowers after ages. I have been busy drawing figures and making trips to Art Society in between for figure work. However, I have also come to a flower block as many of you know! This is yet another of crowd sourced images of flowers sent by friends on my facebook.
This artwork is inspired by an image of poppies sent from a friend's beauteous garden and I hope I have done justice to their fierce beauty. I have so many more images to go!!

Another distraction to my art has been my house cleaning. I have been on a cleaning spree and have come to such a stage that I had to throw even brushes and few old paintings! THat's the price of living in  small apartments in big cities!

I have a few figure works to squeeze in before I work on the next floral, which will be hopefully soon!   

Monday, July 3, 2017

A logo for Kasturi's Kuotes

Nicholas, a student from National Institute of Design, India sent me some logo designs on his own and I used one of them on a template for my quotes.Am yet to check all his designs.
I had been careful about separating my quotes from my art but a logo is about art. Kasturi's Kuotes and Kasturi's Canvas seem to be converging!Meanwhile, I know that I should get back to drawing soon!

Sunday, July 2, 2017


oil on Canvas

An artwork done from a group of crowd sourced photos. 
Meanwhile, my art time has been taken over by deciding on a logo for my quotes. Phew! 

Friday, June 23, 2017

© Kasturi's Kuotes

Announcement :

I now have a copyright for my original quotes that I write with the hashtag #kasturiskuotes on social media.

Those of you who connected to me on facebook and are reading this,would know about my quotes. For those who came in late, this is how the story goes:

I started writing one liners on my blog Spontaneisms a few years back and then went on to write them regularly on facebook. They started getting popular and shared by friends and foes alike!!

As suggested by friends and a few well wishers, I compiled them and filed for a copyright under the title 'Kasturi's Kuotes'.

Well, that's that! Kasturi's Kuotes are now under copyright.

You are free to copy or share them with #kasturiskuotes with due acknowledgement to the author.

Thanks to all those who felt my quotes were worth being compiled and worth getting a copyright.



Friday, June 9, 2017


                                                           Oil on Canvas with palette knife
18 x 24"

A work I walked in and out of, it was finally completed when a conversation with a friend sent me packing to the easel! I have been sketching a lot of late. Plan to do more florals tomorrow.


Oil on Canvas with palette knives

The resplendence of laburnum cannot be fully brought out on canvas, but that does not deter me from painting them. This was painted from a photo sent by a colleague . I delighted in splashing the golden colours while painting this one.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Pine Green

  Oil on Canvas with Palette Knives
16" x 34"

A painting inspired by the Shillong Golf Course. On a recent trip to Shillong, I was mesmerised once again by the sheer beauty of the place. Jacaranda trees were blooming all over the place with petals strewn all over the tin roofs of pretty cottages. Music filled the air. The sharp smell of pine trees brought a freshness to the air. Couldn't help doing this to capture the memories.   

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Oil on Canvas with Palette Knives
16 x 24"

Visage: oil on canvas with palette knives. 
Is it done? Not sure yet! 
I haven't been painting flowers because I have run out of ideas. I have painted all the flowers found in the florist's shop and also painted the mussandas and hibiscuses from the building garden. I need to look at some new flowers for inspiration. Till looking out!My story with the florist has changed..he chases me nowadays and asks me why I do not buy flowers any more for my paintings. Have I moved on to some other florist! Little does he know!

Saturday, February 18, 2017


A portrait from a live model in Art Society of India. I forgot to carry my palette and hence had to make a hack with a tiny wrapper of a chewing gum box. Looking forward to the next session.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


A demo done on a sudden request , I enjoyed this session and learnt lots from it.
I have decided to call this "Sudden" since that was what it was!

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Demo

A social call to meet another artist buddy ended up in an impromptu demo and a musical fiesta. I had not expected that I would be felicitated with honour and asked to do a demo. I had not carried any painting tools or paints and as it happened all the artists and the students were water colourists. Luckily I got some oil paints and a piece of oil paper from one of the students .Managed to find a palette knife and ah! I knew I could do something! Truth be told, I was a little apprehensive but I guess the result was not so bad! Thanks once again to Gnyaneshwar Jagdale and Shailesh Verma, both stalwarts in their area of work for giving me the opportunity. I landed up singing 3 songs and a special one on request. All in all, it was a great day!The demo was in artist Jnyaneshwar Jagdale's Art classes in a  plush studio in Mumbai, India.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The lessons of 2016

2016 has been a very interesting year! One of the biggest breakthroughs in my painting journey came through this year with the nude sessions of Art Society of India.

It happened on two hot, humid months, on Sundays from May through to June in the office of the Art Society of India in South Mumbai.  

The sessions would start at 9:30 am and so you had to be there sharp at 9. There was no late entry allowed. The most challenging part was that there were no ceiling fans in the room where 12 artists along with the model were huddling and jostling for space with their easels and paint tools. Once the pose and lighting were discussed the model would take the pose and we would paint.

Very soon, I would be lost and not know whether the trickle down my hand is paint or sweat!!! A headache pill was a sure shot! 

The best part was that of the model. I was bowled over by the professional stance of these models! They would sit in the pose without battng an eyelid and retain the posture for about 20 minutes or so ! There would be long poses too, where they would take breaks only to come back to the same pose!
I learnt many lessons. Few were:

1) Perseverence
2) Concentration
3) Focus 
4) Glory

The most beautiful moment came when two of them were exhibited in India Art Festival and sold consequently!   

Can't wait to do this again! 

Friday, February 3, 2017

My Column on Gplus Feb 04 Issue

Gardens of heaven!

A photo of my painting 'Mahogany' had the honour of being adorned on an invite for a garden competition for schools in Delhi. What more could I want! It gives me a great feeling to be able to inspire nature with the very colours that were inspired by nature!


Oil on canvas 
3 by 2 feet

Size does matter and how! I have been working on bigger canvases of late and it's been quite liberating. At the same time it requires a whole lot of paint and a fair deal of energy. My pebeo paints are over. Have squeezed the last blobs out literally and if I do not make a trip to town the next weekend, I will have to resort to sketches. I do have a few sketches promised to friends and maybe that's not too bad an idea. I have been working on floral abstracts and haven't been to the florist for quite a while! Let me know how you like this!!!  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Urban Sketching - My column

Here is the link to my art column on Urban Sketching on G-PLus magazine.

Do leave some comments as feedback :)

L'affair avec wood

                  Marquetry - Oil on wood. 14x 12 " 

Mahogany. Oil on wood with palette knives.
20x 16 inches.

My serendipitous foray into wood has spoilt me. After the two pieces of wood which came my way I attacked this piece stashed away from an AC repair job two years back. I gave vent to my wood withdrawal happily for this. My knives have finally met their match on wood. I can slash and flourish without worrying about cutting! Unlike canvas!
My new year has started with a new promise.Some new alliances and new avenues. Am excited and hoping to paint a lot this year!
Meanwhile if anyone wants to give me a gift you can pass any discarded pieces of wood my way.I'd be delighted!:)