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A few happy things!

Over the last few days, I have been making a portrait every single day, as a part of#Risedrawas well as the May Drawing challenge. Initially I was posting my portraits every single day, on this blog. Then I realised that not too many people read this blog for  my portraits :) Also I do have a dedicatedInstagram page for my art where I post daily!

I didn't see any point in duplicating the same here. Especially because, I also post it on sktchy app. So to post it a third time on my blog, didn't make any sense.

 In case  you do not have an Instagram account, you can still click on the link, bookmark it, and see it from your laptop :)

Apologies to all those who have written to me saying that they are disappointed that I didn't post daily here--this was the reason.



Also a big thank you to all of you who interpreted the 'heart signs' that I had been seeing everywhere.
I want to tell you all, that the heart signs continued the next day too! It was the craziest thing ever…

Are you missing a sign? (or What do you think this means?)

Yesterday, something strange happened to me.
In the mornings and in the evenings, I always take my dog for a walk. Sometimes, we go thrice a day.
Yesterday, in the morning, when I went for my walk, I saw this.

 It was a little rope which was lying in my path in the shape of a heart. I just found it cute and amusing. So I clicked a picture and posted in on my Instagram stories. (I keep posting  throughout the day, tiny snippets from my life.) Those of you who follow me on instagram, must have seen this in my feed. You can see my foot and my dog's paw in the above photo.

Then I walked on. A few minutes later, I found another rope/chord lying on my path--and this one too in the shape of a heart! I clicked another photo.

Here too you can see my foot and my dog's paw.

I had read a lot of posts from Erin Pavlina, as in the past many remarkable coincidences kept happening in my life. Erin has written a very useful piece,where she explains how to tell if something is a sign from the…

Two watercolour portraits.

These are the two portraits I made over the last two days. You can follow my art handle on Instagram (http://instagram.com/preetishenoyart)  if you want to see them faster!


Also I was overwhelmed with the  lovely reviews I have been getting. I am sharing  two of them here:



Thank you for the love folks. See you tomorrow for more!
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Does minimalism help you?

I am a huge fan of minimalism.  I think there is great beauty in simplicity. My prose is often described as simple, but powerful. It is deliberate.

I also like clean, uncluttered spaces. I work best when the environment around me is comfortable, organised and uncluttered. I am a huge fan of Marie Kondo and her methods.

Hence for today's drawing, I loved the instruction we received. We were to make a portrait (from the reference photo given) without using any facial features!

Here's what I did:







I am happy with my drawing--and so was my instructor Patrick Hochstenbach.


Meanwhile, I got some good news today. My publisher told me that Love a Little Stronger is doing really well, and we will soon be going in for an additional print run. I was happy to hear that.

It is currently NUMBER ONE on Hot new releases on Amazon in Indian Writing.


If you haven't read it yet, grab it  now! :) http://preeti.io/lals



New post tomorrow.
Till then, think about minimalism, and let me know what …

3 things that comfort me when things go wrong

Today, I tried to make the portrait twice. (as a part of Rise and Draw and May drawing Challenge, where I draw a picture every day)  Twice I failed. When I say failed, I don't mean that I did not complete it. I did. I mean that I wasn't happy with it.

I have posted it though, on the sktchy app, as well as on my Instagram art page.

Some days are just not our days. No matter how hard we try, things don't go the way we planned.

On such days, if you CAN afford to stop what you are doing, you should do just that. (if you are working for an organisation, you probably may not be able to do this but then you can prioritize the work, and choose something else, if you have several tasks)
Here are five things that I do, which comfort me when things don't go my way:

1. Writing One thing that does comfort me is my writing. No matter how bad the day is, no matter what has happened, I always feel better when I write. Writing calms me, helps me make sense of what is going around me a…

Imagine and change your life--- a little life lesson I learnt from my art.

For my today's Rise and Draw,  I got a black and white photograph.



This was the image I got. We had to pay special attention to the tones, and then convert it into colour.
Here's what I made:
 I was quite pleased with what I did.



Later it struck me---if we have a situation that's dark in our lives, that is black and white, then it is up to us to imagine it  it in a new way. We are nothing but the stories we tell ourselves. If you are feeling down about something, click a mentalpicture of it. Now look for the 'dark tones' within it. Then focus on the lighter tones. You begin to see the whole picture then!

But for the darker tones, the lighter ones would not appear so vibrant, so colourful.

We can change our lives by changing the stories we tell ourselves. By changing what we focus on.

And bringing some colour into a jaded black and white sceanrio.



Tomorrow, new drawing and new post.
Till then--look at the bright side.
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Two more portraits

Every day, I make a portrait, as a part of Rise and Draw and May drawing Challenge. I post it to Sktchy, then I post it to my Instagram Art Account.

This is apart from the few hours that I spend making the portrait! So please excuse me if I am unable to post daily. (I promise to try, but sometimes, there's genuinely no time!). In case you wish to see it daily, please do follow my Instagram art account. You don't have to open an instagram id to see it. You can also view it on your desktop by clicking on Instagram.com/preetishenoyart

This is specially for all those who read my blog, and don't have Instagram. I find it easy to post on Instagram, as the photo is already on my phone. For my blog, I have to transfer it to my laptop, and then locate  it, and then upload it!

Here are the two portraits I made (one yesterday and one today):




As per my tutor's instructions I had to first study the model (Abe Linares) by making many sketches of his different expressions.
The I had…