Nandan Nair

My First Participation In An Art Festival at North River Arts Society

The North River Art Society‘s Festival of the Arts – 2014 was the first art festival that I ever participated in. Before the day of the festival, I sent “The Impressionistic Pear” and “Forest – Impressionism” for display. It was a great moment for me. My name was displayed in the Society’s Art Festival brochure. Now, that I am a member of this society, I look forward to regularly participating in the Art Festivals.

On the day of the festival, me and my family went through the Art Festival to look at the various works of art done by the best artists in the region. After seeing all of the works displayed, I realized that I need to add a lot more realism in my work to make it of the quality of the other artists. I loved the canvas art, the photography display and the art made of clay, glass, metals, etc.

Before we left the art festival, I saw that there was a street chalking event as well which was coming to an end. I quickly borrowed some chalk the volunteer and started drawing on the road. First, I drew a palette, a brush and a painting on a canvas with the chalks. I tried to add some realism to the brush even though I had only a few colors. I also gave a caption that said “In Art, Don’t be afraid of mistakes. Use them as opportunities!”. I also wrote underneath – “Fear” and striked it out. Since I did this in less than 5 minutes, the volunteer was very impressed and gave me a ribbon that said – “North River Art Society – Festival of the Arts 2014… Official Sidewalk Artist”.

After that, we left with 2 great things:
1. A Special Ribbon
2. A Brochure with my name as a participant.

What a great start to summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • E5

    E5

E5 MADNESS- My First Natural Disaster Painting

“E5 Madness” was the first painting that I did with Ms. Sharon. It is also the first painting that I have made on a natural disaster. In this painting, I made the decisions on what and how to paint. In case you are wondering, E5 is the most destructive tornado level. The other levels are E4, E3, E2 and E1. This painting shows a tornado, but not just any tornado, an E-5 Tornado! As it runs mercilessly on the ground, it causes dirt to rise from the ground and spread in different directions.  It makes the ground and sky go from happy 🙂 to FURIOUS >>:-<< You could also say it is Mother Nature’s evil side!

Here is how I made this furious painting:
1. First of all I sketched the tornado and 3 lightning bolts around it.
2. Second, I painted the grass. I remembered that I needed to make it look dark and evil, so I added some black to the green to make it look evil.
3. Third, I painted the tornado. I made it dark and destructive to strike fear at the people who look at it, and at the same time provided the light and dark shading.
4. Finally, I painted the cloud, details, removed the lightning bolts and the most obvious part of every painting – painted my signature in yellow. I took the decision to take out the lightning bolts because I wanted to have the focus of the painting on the tornado and not on lightning.

I hope you enjoy this painting as much as I enjoyed making it. You can see the pictures on the Flickr and videos on YouTube.

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  • Put the sauce

    Put the sauce

  • Cheese

    Cheese

  • Final Cracker Pizza

    Final Cracker Pizza

How to make Cracker Pizza’s

Just a few weeks ago, I learned how to make Cracker Pizza’s. They are like regular pizza’s, just smaller. They are also easy to make. In case you want to try and make them, here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

Pizza Sauce/Tomato ketchup (Depending on base) – 1 Spoon
Small/Medium/Large Circular crackers – 1 whole
Cheese – Any cheese, 1 square slice
Seasoning (basil leaves, ground pepper, salt, garlic powder) sprinkle to taste.

Steps:

  1. Spread the sauce on the cracker.
  2. Cut the cheese into thin pieces.
  3. Using a molder, mold the cheese into small circles
  4. Put the cheese slice on top of the cracker with sauce.
  5. Microwave upto 30 seconds or until cheese melts.
  6. Top in with seasonings.
  7. Serve.

Please do try it and leave me your comments about it on how it tastes.

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The Proto-Lego-Electric-Alien-Fighter-6 (PLEAF6)

The PLEAF6 (Proto-Lego-Electric-Alien-Fighter-6) is the first spaceship I have ever built using Legos. If in case you are wondering the 6 in the name, it stands for both Level 6 Space Ship and the 6th time that I had to redesign it to make it sturdy and strong. When I made it the first time, I put very few things on it and made a regular Level 1 spaceship. But my younger brother, Nikhil, could very easily break it. The second time I built it, I rearranged a few parts and upgraded the others to make it a Level 2 spaceship. But after a while I accidentally hit it with my hand and it broke again. Like this, it continued on an on until the 6th attempt when I could get the sturdy spaceship.

This arrangement made the spaceship very sturdy. I also added 3 turbo boosts which can also be used as attack rays. I also put 3 weapons on the side – the Triton and sword were on the two ends of the two multi-attack rays, and the Shuriken was in front of the mini figure or person that was driving the spaceship. But the thing which I adore the most is A DRAGON CANNON!!!

Just yesterday, I added some new parts and rearranged other pieces and with this upgrade made it into The PLEAF ULTRA!!!! But just for fun, I even added 2 license plates.

But there’s one thing about making these types of things:” Where this a person with weapons, there’s always a villain”. So, to make that true, I added a villain. I used the head, hat and body of a Lego skeleton guy and made my own legs and arms. So, I transformed it into kind of a half man half robot guy, or a mobot.

Now, even though it’s now the PLEAF ULTRA, doesn’t mean it won’t ever evolve again. Maybe sooner or later it’ll evolve again to an even better form. But you can’t go ahead of time!

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Photos of my Art Show on Flickr

Hello everyone,

Please visit Flickr and have a look the photos of my first art show on 15th March. It was a great experience.

I thank all of you who came to the show.

Thank you,
Nandan

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  • Ms Sandra, Me and The Solar System

    Ms Sandra, Me and The Solar System

The Solar System

This painting, among all my paintings, was my favorite one. The funny thing about this was the fact that even though it was about the biggest canvas in Michaels, I was bigger than it! I choose to do this painting because I thought the planets were cool. The Solar System objects that I choose were The Sun, The Moon, Earth and Mars. There are three reasons why I choose these. The first reason is because I wanted to do it in the order of planets (Even though I skipped Mercury and Venus). The second reason is because of the way I want to paint this, these planets worked the best. The third reason is because since each of those planets have different shades, it goes together and a makes a combination of colors that all work out together. Along the way, I learned how to make flames on The Sun look hotter and how to make the planets glow. These are the steps to how I made it:

  1. I sketched the planets
  2. I painted the sky green where it was light, and as it got darker, I added light blue, dark blue and black.
  3. I painted the Moon with shades of white, black and gray, The Sun with shades of red, orange and yellow, Earth with shades of blue, green, white and brown and Mars with shades of red.
  4. I added stars and constellations (I have also put the first letter in my father’s name, mother’s name, brother’s name and my name as a constellation!) and painting a small dot of white with the opposite side of the brush and added craters to The Moon.
  5. I painted flames and solar flares to make it show the Sun’s heat and give the feel of the fire. Can you spot 1 more constellation in the painting? Tell me it’s name and where it is.
  6. I improved the Earth by painting the sky and water more clearly, adding the glow to Mars, painting the sides and painting my signature

Special thanks to Google Earth for the aerial view of the earth. I hope you liked this painting as much as I enjoyed painting it.

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  • Ms Sandra, Me and The Solar System

    Ms Sandra, Me and The Solar System

Thank you Ms. Sandra!!! I will miss you.

Before the art show, I would like to thank the one who got me here, Ms. Sandra. Thank you for all the great moments you’ve given me. There are so many memories I’ve had, I’ve made a timeline of those memories:

March 2012 Art Show: This was the first art show I was in. I remember that in the cubbie room,most of our models, like my Man on the Moon, were there.

March 2013 Egyptian Art Show: This art show was phenomenal. We had a scavenger hunt and went through pyramids, and we hid our mummified selves in one room, turned off the lights, and used flashlights to find them like scientists looking for mummies!The best part was that the mayor of Quincy, Mr. Thomas P. Koch, visited us!

March 2014 Field Trip: We went to the park. I also remember that we roasted marshmallows!

February Vacation 2013 Field Trip: We went to KoKo Keys resort and swimming pool. I also remember we rode down a giant water slide!

February Vacation 2014 Field Trip: We went to Atlantis Swimming Pool and Workout Area. I also remember that I learned how to swim there!

  • How can I forget the paintings we did in my art lessons with you?
  • Lighthouse in the Grasslands (Jan 2013): This was the first painting that you helped me complete. I also remembered that you told me about the style of impressionism.
  • My Self Portrait (Feb 2013): This time I looked at a of picture me in thermal mode and painted the canvas.
  • Evening Glaciers (Mar 2013): This was the first time I used the palette knife.
  • Forest (Apr 2013): This was the first time that I made painting with trees. The palette knife really made the shadings look superior.
  • The Grand Tree (Jun 2013): This was one of the most challenging paintings that I have done. I also remember that for the the first time I painted on a big canvas (Bigger than me).
  • Impressionistic Pear (Nov 2013): I missed you when you were not here while doing this painting. Thank you for coming back. I remember that this was the first time I painted a fruit.
  • Forest – Impressionism (Jan 2014): This painting was my return to impressionism style. I remember that this painting was the first painting in which I made an animal and which is easy to see.
  • Swans (Feb 2014): This painting was the second painting which I did on a very big canvas (It was bigger than the Grand Tree). I also remember that for the first time I mad things moving in the water.
  • Solar System (Mar 2014): This was my latest painting and the one which I always wanted to do. It is my favorite one (For now).

Thank you for helping with the paintings and giving me the knowledge that I will never forget. These are some of the beautiful memories that you have given me. Thank you Ms. Sandra. I will miss you a lot! Please stay in touch with me.

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  • Swans - With My Art Teacher and Swans

    Swans - With My Art Teacher and Swans

  • Swans - Just Completed

    Swans - Just Completed

  • The Swans - Final Picture

    The Swans - Final Picture

The Swans

“The Swans” is my second painting that I have done on a giant canvas. It is a 5 ft by 4 ft and it is also bigger than my Grand Tree. It is much bigger than I am. While working on this painting, I put everything that I recently learned all together – Values, Color Mixing, Complementary Colors, etc. For example, using Values, I created different shades of colors on the swan. I made a pink color by mixing red and white colors. Besides, I only used the following colors – White, Red, Orange, Black and Blue. As usual, I started with sketching. While painting the lake, I put shades of Pink, White, Red and Blue since it was morning. I made use of values to do the shading. Then I painted the Swans. To paint the swans, I used the simple rule for shading that my teacher taught me – any part of an object that faces inward or bends inward is dark and the part that sticks out is bright. From inward to outward, it had to become more bright. I worked on the shading, water ridges, filling up the blank spots on the canvas, putting color patters around the face of the swan, painting the sides, top and bottom, and finally – my signature big and blue. It very tiring, but it was worth the effort. You can watch a few videos on how I did this painting on YouTube at this link. The photos are available on Flickr.

Now, that “The Swans” is over, I finally get to start painting something that I always wanted to do – The Solar System! It will be ready soon…

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My First Art Show @The Sippy Cup Place on 15th March, 2014 at 2:00PM

The Sippy Cup Place is going to have its annual art show on the 15th March, 2014 at 2:00PM. During the last 3 annual art shows, I have enjoyed to put up exhibits with all other kids. However, this time it will be special for me as I will be putting up all my personal exhibits during the show. This will be my first Art Show. I am so excited. Please come to see all my work that I have done so far as well as the exhibits that other kids are putting up.

Date and Time: 15th March, 2014; 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Venue:
The Sippy Cup Place,
111 Franklin St,
Quincy, MA-02169.

For more details do contact my art teacher Ms. Sandra Donnelly at The Sippy Cup Place at the phone number 617-415-1705.

I look forward to seeing all of you.

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  • Forest-Impressionism

    Forest-Impressionism

Forest – Impressionism

In this picture, I tried to make reflections as the central part of my painting using the impressionistic style. As you can see from the pictures in this link, at first, I tried to do a lot of things. But then I realized that in every painting, I must focus on very few things. So, I just put in the trees, water and a swan. This is how I painted it:
1. First, I sketched everything.
2. Next I painted the trees, the sky, the land and the darkest part of the river.
3. Then I changed the river and the trees to show the effects of light and tone.
4. After that, I worked on painting the land on the other side of the river and I painted the first two colors of the first tree’s reflection.
5. I worked on all the reflections using a simple trick – Flipping the canvas over and working on it. I also painted the person. I improved the look of the trees by using yellow shades for the leaves.
6. Since the person was not really getting the amount of size and portion of the painting, I erased it.
7. Finally, I painted water on the reflections, added a swan and it reflections on the water.
8. The last step was the most important one – of course putting my signature.

I did learn that the more things you add, the longer it takes to finish. It is always better to keep the painting simple with very few objects to focus on.

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  • My Own Board Game -

    My Own Board Game - "Run Jerry Run - Prime and Composite Edition" Instruction Manual Cover

  • Run Jerry Run - Instruction Manual Cover

    Run Jerry Run - Instruction Manual Cover

  • Run Jerry Run - Instruction Manual

    Run Jerry Run - Instruction Manual

  • Run Jerry Run - Board Game, Instruction Manual and Cards

    Run Jerry Run - Board Game, Instruction Manual and Cards

Run Jerry Run – My First Mathematical Board Game

When I was thinking of Prime and Composite Numbers and also thinking about the TV show “Tom and Jerry”, I decided to create a game which had the main theme of Tom and Jerry and it would have to do with Prime and Composite Numbers. This is what I have to come up with.

By playing this game, you will know what factor pairs make a number and you will also learn which numbers are prime and which numbers are composite. Hope you enjoy playing it.

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  • My first comic - title page

    My first comic - title page

  • My first comic - page 1

    My first comic - page 1

  • My first comic - page 2

    My first comic - page 2

My first comic art – The Adventures of Captain Underpants in “The Attack of the Purple Zombie Robot Guys”

This was my first comic art which I created by myself. I also want to thank my friend Sai from my class who helped me create the giant purple zombie robot which I named as “The Turbo Zombie Robot 2000 (TZR 2000)”. It is about a super hero known as “Captain Underpants” a children’s novel series by American author and illustrator, Dav Pilkey. Though the super hero was not original, this comic was my idea and I want to share it with all of you. This comic is about how a high school student in Chemistry class accidentally makes one of his chemical portions fly through the roof and tiny bit if it lands on every grave in the cemetery, causing all the dead people to become evil purple zombie robots. Then they become so scary that when a man saw it come near, he got so scared that he jumped out of his skeleton and ran off while the skeleton ran behind him. Then Captain Underpants comes in and defeats all of them but has to face the TZR 2000 which is 10 storey high! It is hard for him to defeat him, but finally he shoots a bomb which looks like underwear on the TZR 2000’s chest causing it to blow up. But when the mayor who is wearing all purple comes to tell him that he has to clean the mess up, Captain Underpants mistakes him for another one of the robots and gives him a wedgie. Then the whole town goes against Captain Underpants with pitch forks and torches and try to get him. But Captain Underpants flies away… The End!

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Painting Tips That I Learnt – 4

Whenever you paint, you always want to make it look realistic with the same color as you may observe it. However, you don’t need to do that when you are painting portraits. Instead, you can choose different colors. Either way, you will get the same results if you make sure you are following the light. That is because of one thing – “VALUE”. Value is the tone of a color. For example, yellow has a light tone. Just like my self-portrait painting. As you could see, I did not use skin colors, but I still made it look realistic. The rule is “It does not matter what color you use as long as you the VALUE is right.” For example, you can use orange color for the regular skin of the person on portrait and blue color for the folds and still the portrait will look natural and artistic even though these are not the normal skin colors. This is because VALUE. So next time you make a portrait, think about different VALUES or tones of the colors. You never know when this might come in handy!

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  • My Report -

    My Report - "All About Florida"

All About Florida

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Painting Tips That I Learnt -3

During my third art lesson, I learn’t a few more techniques to do the painting. Most of them had to do with how to show reflection. They are as follows:

  1. When you are doing the reflection, an easy way to do it would be to flip over the painting. In that way, it will be like you are just doing the whole thing over again.
  2. When you are doing the shading and you have straight lines, an easy way to make it look natural is by cleaning off your brush completely and just swirl your paint brush through the color lines, but don’t go too crazy on in or it will get too swirled and not natural.
  3. When you are painting a river/ocean, if you make the river/ocean too blue, and you want to make it lighter, don’t take blue and white and put it on top of the blue. If you do that, it might just blend inside the blue and might become darker. Instead, what you should do it just take some white and swirl it and make big strokes on the blue. That way, it will become lighter.
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‘Tis the Season… Symphony & Song! An Amazing Band Presentation

On December 5th, 2013, I got a chance to join a few students and staff from my school to attend a band orchestra called “‘Tis the Season… Symphony & Song!”. It was an amazing experience for me since this was first time that I went for a musical band. It was at Quincy High School in the Lloyd Hill Performing Arts Center. All the participating schools sat on the balcony and watched the show while everyone else who came were sitting on the bottom floor. There were many instruments in the show like French Horns, Tuba’s, Drums, Violins and Clarinets. I liked the Clarinets the most of all. The other fun fact is that I take Clarinet lessons every Thursday at my school. I was mostly focusing on the conductor because he was jumping around, waving his baton and he was acting funny. Then after the few songs there was an intermission. After the intermission, it all continued. Towards the end of the concert, they played 8 songs for which they had given us the lyrics and together we sing-along. It went on for about 2 hours and it ended at 9:30PM and we got back to school in less than 10 minutes.

I am very thankful that all the staff (Mr. Nicholas Ahearn, Principal, my class teacher Ms. Errichiello, other teachers from the school and the administrative staff) in the Clifford Marshall School as took time to take us to this event and made it a great success. The students were sponsored for tickets as well as Pizza dinner. It was a wonderful evening and I will always remember it.

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  • A Cardboard TV with a Remote

    A Cardboard TV with a Remote

A Cardboard TV with a Remote

The TV
This is the first time that I have ever made a TV using cardboard. I decided to make this because I saw a cardboard box that had a opening in the front like a TV. Also, inside the box, there was more cardboard parts that could be used like the screen of the TV. So, I took all that cardboard and began working. What I did first was to take the cardboard that was inside out and drew the screen in pencil. I drew the cartoon “Sponge-Bob – Square-Pants”. Second, I traced over everything that I drew in pen. Third, I colored it. Fourth, I took lot’s of paper and covered the parts of the cardboard that had the pictures of the knife set that was packed in it. Finally, I wrote “Samsung” on the top, made the ON button on the bottom and put the “screen” inside the other piece of cardboard.

The TV’s Remote
This remote was supposed to be made out of cardboard, but since there wasn’t any more cardboard left, I used paper to make it instead. I didn’t really want to add too much detail so I only wrote what some buttons were. This is how I made it. First, I drew the shape of the remote on a piece of paper. Next, I drew the buttons of the remote. Finally, I cut it out. I hope you like this and have a nice evening. See the picture below and also find it on Flickr

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Painting Tips that I learnt -2

Light and Shading Effect using colors:
When painting large objects, giving light effects is easy. However, it is tricky to paint thinner objects and show light and shading effects. To make the shades from light to dark, you should paint using a brush – line by line. But, if you paint using this line method, you can end up making the thin object very large if the lines are very thick. Here is a tip. What you can do instead is make a thin line with the brush. The next line should be thin and kind of overlap on the earlier line. Make sure that the new color and old color both can be seen. Repeat this with lighter color shades till you finish painting the object. In this way you can give light effects to even thinner objects. You should remember that the colors you use are either going from light shade to dark or dark shade to light, but do not mix the pattern.

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Happy Thanksgiving – 2013

I and my family wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and a great family dinner tonight. Hope all of you have a great holiday season ahead.

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Painting Tips that I learnt -1

I learnt a few sketching tips while starting a scenery painting that I want to share:

  1. The time to finish the painting depends on the number of objects in the painting.
  2. The trees are usually fat at the bottom and skinny at the top.
  3. The trees and swans should be of different sizes and it will depend on their distance shown in the picture.
  4. In a painting, the size of the objects should be realistic. The size of the reflection of an object depends on the size of the object and it should be similar in size and shape, but opposite of each other.
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