Beaded Rangoli by Srinithi Raghavan

My grandmother in Mumbai is definitely my creative inspiration. At 75 she is always learning, continues to teach, and keeps herself motivated! She is a beautiful singer, an ex dancer, she does crochet, doll making, quilling, and many more. When she last visited she got me a box full of beads, plastic and art supplies to make my own Rangoli designs, and this was my attempt :)

Painted Chettiar Dolls by Srinithi Raghavan

I had such an amazing time transforming these wooden shapes from Michaels into a traditional South Indian Chettiar doll set, which we often dsiplay over Navrathri. I used e6000 glue to secure the large and small balls, and to secure the lentils and beans to the "pots". The dolls are less than 10 CM high, with the pots standing at just about 2cm.

Donations, Framed Art and Metaphors by Srinithi Raghavan

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This past weekend I created two pieces of art for a Charity Auction in the office. The float frame I got for the elephant was totally worth it and it really brought out the art. 

The bell was my second dabble in what I had earlier called "Lace overlay". The sound of the bell in a temple or church creates a beautiful deep intricate sound that fills the air around it, which is what I was trying to depict with this painting.

Krishna Jayanthi Feet by Srinithi Raghavan

It is customary in South Indian culture to draw little feet leading up to an Idol or Photo of Krishna on Krishna Jayanthi (Lord Krishna's Birthday), to represent baby Krishna entering the home. We live in a really small condo and I really wanted Krishna Jayanthi Decor that we could easily store and use every year.

I decided to paint little 3.5 inch feet (I know they look a lot bigger!) and decorate them with a henna like motif. I also painted a gorgeous colourful Henna Mandala Kolam for our little Krishna Figurine. I tied the whole thing together with a 5x7 print of an old Krishna and Radha drawing and some home made Kesari.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Navrathri!

Happy Navrathri! by Srinithi Raghavan

This year I am missing all 10 days of Navrathri as I am away on a  work trip! Here is my little way of celebrating. I wish all of you a very happy Navrathri! :)