Art post for July’19

Blogging, writing, working on Pinterest and creating posts for social media has taken up my time so much so, that finding time for art is getting tougher. Time, and mood, too. ;P

But, there are times, especially when some lively music is played on YouTube, that I get this wild enthusiasm to make an artwork. The result of which are sketches like these two that I made this month.

The pencil sketch was made quite some time back. I had left it halfway through and completed it before sharing it here, as also the little mandala. Β And, I realized that beginning my Monday work schedule with art made me a lot alert and cheerful.

So, I guess this is how my Mondays will begin from now on, with a tiny piece of art to kick-start the week!

Beginning a Monday with an activity that you are passionate about, gives your day an interesting start.

Of course, we really don’t have any time to indulge in extra-curricular activities on a Monday morning, but even if it’s reading a page from a book or making a doodle or solving a puzzle while travelling, it can cheer you up in no time.

Beginning the day on such a positive note is sure to keep you feeling positive all day, don’t you think?

So, how do you begin your Mondays?



I held a pencil in my hand and made this sketch over three days as I took frequent breaks. The hand looks okay-ish, but I liked the pencil most. πŸ™‚

Pencil sketch of a hand





How to begin a Monday

Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

26 thoughts on “Art post for July’19

  1. You have such a good hold in drawing, its always leaves a positive impact if you start the day with such creative work. Once i had the habit of drawing but i stopped when i found i dont have creativity in this field.
    Blogging and writing are really taking so much time of the day even i am trying my level best to make some time for other extra-curricular activities.

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    1. If you did the activity earlier, you must continue doing it, for yourself! I am sure you are creative , Jyotirmoy.
      Do share your art work…would love to have a look at it. How about posting some old artwork on Instagram? πŸ™‚

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  2. Shilpa, what a great way to begin the week!!! Loved your artwork, always have πŸ™‚ The hand and the pencil both look amazingly real. You are a gifted artist and a wonderful writer. It has been a while since I came to the blogosphere, travelling and life have kept me preoccupied.It is always a pleasure to visit your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Sulu, and for the lovely words!
      Yes, you sure have been missing the blogging scene, but you have had your hands full with your little bundle of joy! πŸ™‚ ❀


  3. The detailing on the hand is impressive Shilpa- the wrist folds. And that quote you shared is inspiring.

    My Monday mornings are often guided by the children’s moods. If they wake up happy and go off to school without whining it begins my week on a good note or else I struggle till I settle down. It’s stupid I know, but I still have to find a way to distance myself from their moods.

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    1. Hehe…I understand, Tulika!
      it’s just what I experienced today, on a Tuesday morning, but with hubby. I decided to make my Tuesday beautiful, too, with a beautiful beginning and there something went wrong!
      But, it’s also something that taught me to divert my mind, think of something I enjoy and still make the rest of my day beautiful! So, here I am, reading blog posts. πŸ˜›


      1. Yup. That’s something that needs practice, to remove yourself from your loved ones a little bit, specially when you know it’s nothing really worrisome just a silly whine.

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  4. You are good! I wish I could draw like that! But I will settle for the fact that I write! πŸ™‚ I begin each day with writing my morning pages. Three pages of whatever comes to mind. Sometimes I feel the urge to draw what I fee, so I add the sketch to my pages. But this really puts me in the mood to handle the day!

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  5. Everything about the hand and the pencil is so well done! The folds, the grace, it is all there πŸ™‚

    You are so inspirational, Shilpa! I wish I could be like you someday ❀

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  6. I love Mondays after a noisy and filled with cooking and other chores weekend. I generally begin by listening to a peppy playlist as I sing along. Then I get down to work. I am glad you like sketching. Liked the sketch of hand.

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  7. To me, the hand and the pencil, both, look picture perfect. Your half mandala artwork is fabulous. I loved the colour combination. My Monday starts with finishing off the cooking first things in the morning, having my breakfast and tea and then sitting down to work on my Monday Musings post. I need at least 3 hours to work on my rough first draft, then making some sense out of the mind’s pourings, typing the post on the laptop and finally designing the images (which is also a major task) before publishing. I can focus on anything else only after I am done with my Monday post whether it is cleaning the house, other house chores, taking a bath and cooking lunch. Leisure comes later in the evening which entails what you know very well πŸ™‚

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    1. Anu, you are too sweet to say that, because I didn’t like it as much as I did the last one. Muahhh!

      Thanks for sharing your Monday morning routine. And, this I had to tell you, I really like the images you make for your posts! I can understand how tedious it feels at times, but the images look perfect!

      I too like to finish cooking first. After hubby leaves for work, I have a shower and then get down to my work. And, once I sit down to write/draw, I don’t have the patience to get up for any chores, so chores get first priority ;P


  8. Beautiful sketch, Shilpa.
    My Monday mornings start with the realisation that here are 5 more days of no rest again. I can only feel leisurely on Fridays, does that make any sense?

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  9. How well you draw Shilpa. I am inspired with your drawings and amazed at how real they are. I can openly accept I cannot draw even 1% of what is here. When daughter asks a bear, I draw something close to a cat and call it a bear, a gorilla and even a cat with minor differences. That’s how much I fare in drawing. You make it all look beautiful. Your mandalas, they calm me. Mostly your drawings are graceful and a pleasure to look at! πŸ™‚ Love how you could simply draw anything you put your mind to. This hand of yours, I love your ring and how beautifully the art is done by you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jayanthy, for your loving words! You sure observe my sketches very well….you are the only one to comment on the ring on which I took some pains to get it right! πŸ™‚

      I would say, keep drawing whatever comes to your mind. Even though it isn’t up to your liking, it’s something that helps you have fun, isn’t it? So what if your bear resembles a cat, you do have a few good laughs while making it, don’t you? That’s what matters, really!


  10. Whoa that hand sketch is awesomely well detailed out Shilpa – you are such a talented artist girl. Love your work.

    You have inspired me to start one day of the week with art – shall update when I begin!! πŸ™‚

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