My poster at the same show with art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti sold for 350$. Double Gulp!

My screen-printed poster the was up for auction at the Art Auction With Impact along with work by Lawrence Ferlinghetti show this past Saturday (22nd October, 2016) in San Francisco sold for 350$. You can have it for 30$ 🙂 (plus shipping). I can give you a shipping discount if you are local.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.

 

Hope and Anxiety

Hope and anxiety. What will she be? Our state of mind around mid-September, 2010.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Hope and Anxiety (What Will She Be?). Watercolor on Paper. 2016.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Hope and Anxiety (What Will She Be?). Watercolor on Paper. 2016.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Hope and Anxiety (What Will She Be?). Pencil on Tracing. 2016.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Hope and Anxiety (What Will She Be?). Pencil on Tracing. 2016.

My poster at the same show with art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Gulp!

I have a little limited edition screen-printed poster up for auction along with work by Lawrence Ferlinghetti at the Art Auction With Impact show this Saturday (22nd October, 2016) in San Francisco. If you can’t afford work by Ferlinghetti, you will definitely be able to afford work by me. Check it out! Respond via Facebook. Buy tickets via Eventbrite.

 

Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.

At Long Last! Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize.

Like he needed a Nobel Prize to confirm his genius, but a great tribute indeed.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Bob Dylan. 1992. Pencil on Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Bob Dylan. 1992. Pencil on Paper.

Inching Towards Watercolors

Aditi Raychoudhury. Thank you for the NibMor love. Clearly the way to my curmudgeonly heart is through More Nib Mor. 2016. Watercolor on paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. More Nib Mor Please. 2016. Watercolor on paper.

I have been watching with much admiration Lisa Brown posting a watercolor sketch every single day. I was so inspired to learn that she has committed to making one every single day since 2014 that I made a gingerly stroke, and then another and another.. here is the result. I have a long way to go.. but its a start.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Thank you for the NibMor love. Clearly the way to my curmudgeonly heart is through More Nib Mor. 2016. Pencil Sketch.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Thank you for the NibMor. Clearly the way to my curmudgeonly heart is through More Nib Mor. 2016. Pencil Sketch.

Spring Forward with the Tree of Life

 

Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.

Daylight Savings started this week, and spring officially starts on my birthday, March 20th, which, is also International Day for Happiness? So I hope that you will enjoy this special treat of 15% off on my Tree of Life poster by using the coupon code TREAT2016 * from my Etsy Store.

The prints are available in two different colors: Black Ink on Domtar Cougar Natural (shown above), and White Ink on Speckeltone Kraft French Paper (shown below)

 

Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.

 

 

This poster is my ode to the tree.

Why Trees? Why now?

Trees give.

Trees reduce the “Greenhouse Effect” and act as carbon “sinks.”
They prevent or reduce soil erosion and water pollution.
Trees reduce water temperatures and prevent or reduce bank erosion and silt.
Trees recharge ground water and sustain stream flow.
Properly managed forests provide lumber, plywood and other wood products on a sustained yield basis.
Trees significantly decrease noise pollution along busy thoroughfares and intersections.

During a 50-year life span, a single tree will generate $30,000 in oxygen, recycle $35,000 worth of water, and clean up $60,000 worth of air pollution!

Our planet is currently losing over 15 billion trees each year. Just one acre of newly planted trees absorbs 2.5 tons of CO2 annually.

Sustainer of life, cleaner of air, moderator of climate, and home to thousands of species, where would we be without trees? And, where would be we without the wisdom to honor them?

Inspired by stories of the Panchatantra, the parrots in picture, are a-buzz with these stories, passing them on from generation to generation.

The mother elephant relies on her legendary memory and wisdom to leads her family through the complicated jungle of life.

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The Tree of Life is a limited edition release of 50 prints. It has been hand drawn by me, and hand screen printed on 100 lb cover weight, archival, acid-free, sustainably made paper, using non-toxic ink by Bloompress, in Oakland, California . Each print is hand numbered and signed by me.

From design to materials to production, this is 100% US made, and using sustainably sourced and manufactured paper from French Paper and Domtar.

*Coupon expires on April 1, 2016

 

BART People

Aditi Raychoudhury. A Good Time for a Little Make-up. 2000???. Pencil on Xerox Paper.

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Most of these sketches are from when from when I worked as a Energy Efficiency Analyst and Designer and rode BART into the city. I stopped sketching after my first year or so of working, because I coudn’t find any purpose or meaning to them. Now, I wonder who they were? Where are they headed? What are they thinking? Most of all, they remind me of the diverse community I am proud to live in.

Aditi Raychoudhury. A Good Time to Read. 2000???. Pencil on Xerox Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. A Good Time to Read. 2000???. Pencil on Xerox Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. A Good Time for a Little Make-up. 2000???. Pencil on Xerox Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. A Good Time for a Little Make-up. 2000???. Pencil on Xerox Paper.

Where is he from? Where is he going?

Aditi Raychoudhury. Standing Man. 2000???. Pencil on Xerox Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Standing Man. 2000???. Pencil on Xerox Paper.

This man totally reminded me of my late father. What is he pondering?

Aditi Raychoudhury. Just Like my Dad. 2000???. Pencil on Xerox Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Just Like my Dad. 2000???. Pencil on Xerox Paper.

Ban Maggi? Nooooo!!!

Aditi Raychoudhury. Twilight Zone. 2004. Pen and Ink. 8 1/2" x 11".
Aditi Raychoudhury. Twilight Zone. 2004. Pen and Ink. 8 1/2
Aditi Raychoudhury. Twilight Zone. 2004. Pen and Ink. 8 1/2″ x 11″.

The ban over Maggi has become national news in India. And, why not? It even featured prominently in a novel I had illustrated – The Loudest Firecracker.

“Maggi you see is more than just instant noodles. In a socialist India where Coca Cola was forbidden, Maggi from Nestle in the 1980s felt almost like cosmopolitanism in a packet..

“Fast to make and good to eat maggi makes a tasty treat. Maggi maggi maggi”
It broke the rules of cooking. Nothing needed to be chopped, ground or grated. It was East meets West, home meets the world. All with a masala flavor. Everyone had a Maggi memory – the schoolchild’s tiffin, the hostel student’s dinner, the newly-married working couple’s trusty stand by.

Unlike instant noodles in the US which was the epitome of the sad loner with a hot-plate, Maggi managed to sell itself in India as piping hot testimonial of mother’s love. The bright yellow packets still carry the legend Mummy I’m hungry. The ads all feature fond mommies.

Maggi’s sunny cheery ads promised us a snack that kids loved and mothers could serve without feeling any deep-fried guilt.”

From Sandip Roy’s report for KALW. 

And, now for a vintage Maggi commercials to bring back fond memories.

Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh!

Aditi Raychoudhury. Copy of Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh. 1984? 1985?. Raurkela, Orissa. Gouache on Paper.
Vincent Van Gogh. Starry Night. 1889. Saint-Remy, Provence, France. Oil on Canvas.
Vincent Van Gogh. Starry Night. 1889. Saint-Remy, Provence, France. Oil on Canvas.

Those who have known me since my teenage years, know what a HUGE influence he was on me starting to paint.

As I continue to be fascinated by physics, staring at nature and reducing it to basic geometric patterns, “movement, fluid and light” in my mind’s eye, it turns out that even bona fide physicists and mathematicians are fascinated with Starry Nights, as well as his other works. Supposedly, his paintings come close to a mathematically accurate depiction of turbulence, a phenomenon that physicists and mathematicians are still struggling to define, as explained in this fascinating video.

I wish he had lived long enough to see that his brilliance was recognized, and the huge influence he had on artists (and scientists!) for generations to come.

Here is a copy of his portrait I had made as a teenager. Unfortunately, I don’t have the original painting. Like many others, this, too, was misplaced during my many moves.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Copy of Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh. 1984? 1985?. Raurkela, Orissa. Gouache on Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Copy of Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh. 1984? 1985?. Raurkela, Orissa. Gouache on Paper.

 

An homage to Vincent Van Gogh.

Study For "Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh (with Candles)". 2008. Chalk Pastels and Charcoal on Newsprint. 18" x 24".
Aditi Raychoudhury. Study For “Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh (with Candles)”. 2008. Chalk Pastels and Charcoal on Newsprint. 18″ x 24″.

 

Fascinating 10 things you may not have known about this great man.