India

Cards Cards Cards! by Srinithi Raghavan

I had an amazing time getting creative with Indian Wooden Stamps, Acrylic Paint, Beads, Gel Roller Pens and Kraft and Black Cards from Michaels! We have so many weddings & events this year, and there is nothing more special than a handmade personalized card.

This DIY video walks through the process so you can do it too! I can't wait to see your DIY cards!

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! :)

Singing for the Mayor - In the News! by Srinithi Raghavan

I found this photo of me on a NewsEastWest article about an event that I had performed at in the Toronto City Hall, in the presence of our Mayor, John Tory.

http://newseastwest.com/toronto-mayor-canada-india-foundation-organize-first-ever-diwali-celebration-at-city-hall/

TORONTO: Organising the first-ever Diwali celebrations in collaboration with the Canada-India Foundation at the city hall here on Wednesday, Toronto mayor John Tory praised the contribution of the Indo-Canadians to the city and Canada.

“It is my great pleasure to host all of you here at Toronto’s city hall. This is one of the city’s first Diwali celebrations here. I want to thank you my co-host, the Canada-India Foundation,’’ the mayor said.

He said,“Diwali, the festival of lights, is a reaffirmation of hope, a shared commitment to friendship and goodwill…it is wonderful to be celebrating here with you at city hall.’’

The mayor recalled the discrimination faced by the first immigrants and how they have now become an important part of Canadian society.

An Arjuna Inspired Tattoo by Srinithi Raghavan

For as long as i've known my husband, he has wanted an Arjuna inspired tattoo but he was never able to pin point the design or style he wanted. As a surprise anniversary present, I designed a tattoo based on everything I knew about him and his style. Design in hand, I took him for his first official Tattoo consultation. Not only was my husband EXTREMELY surprised, but he loved the design right off the bat! A few weeks and a few tweaks later, we were back at the tattoo parlour to get inked.

It was the most nerve wracking experience to know that there was no going back! It was also so humbling to watch someone love my work enough to put it on their body forever. 

RAW Signature Event Recap by Srinithi Raghavan

On March 17, 2016 I participated in my first Art Showcase for over 700 people at Maison Mercer in Toronto. RAW Artists is an amazing organization that is committed to showcasing emerging artists in cities across the world! The venue, organization, crowd, and experience were phenomenal. It was very special to have the support of my husband, sister, parents, and close friends.

In addition to the sheer size and exposure of this event, we were also given the opportunity to take professional artist head shots. It was at this event that I revealed my latest painting, the Hiding Buddha. I truly believe that this event will be the first of more, and I thank you all for joining me on my journey! I have attached a few personal and professional photos of the event below;