Hello, my name is Kratika Agarwal and I am an artist, designer and illustrator. I am originally from India and currently based in the Netherlands. As far as I can remember, I have always enjoyed painting since
Kratika Agarwal you have such courage and persistence. And your work is beautiful absolutely. Blessings on your continued journey to health and through creativity. Your poor mom was right, your work is gorgeous.
Linda M. Gigliotti , Canada
I think I have learned to much more patient than I was. Thank you for your lovely comments. I know all moms are true first fans right ! I wish she was here ! Would have been so proud to see me grow 🙂 thanks a lot for your comments !
I read you story and the strenght to carry on with you life and the courage after the lost of you motherYou make colorful illustrations and working digital is fantastic to explore you creativity as Mr.David Hockney with his I Pad .Thanks for sharing you journey or in dutch “Het gaat je goed!”
Hey Sharon !
You are talented too! I can barely make crafts. Yes indeed Netherlands is beautiful ! i enjoyed my first few years before the injury. I would travel with my little dog over the weekends. It was fun to explore specially the villages! Haha! Amsterdam is crazy with bikes! But i loved going around with my own bike, it gives you freedom to go to places you never thought you would. Also, i learnt how to bike here! the best part is those fixed lanes only and only for cyclists.
Thank you for reading through ! Its sometimes takes a lot of courage to pull up your day with so much going in your head! And Sometimes its easy! What keeps me going is the love to create art, however! However possible. Definetly, I feel everyone who has atleast one person who supports them is blessed!
Hi lin, yes ! Ofcourse there is soo much to learn and grasp from all around us! Its hard to pull up a day all by yourself! But as long as one doesn’t give up, its worth the fight! Success and failure are all part of the journey !
When I saw that I added a prompt of “Toiletries” for today, I had to giggle as I barely remembered including this one. Though there are lots of things one needs when they travel, a toothbrush and toothpaste are at
Tooth brush is my must have too Charlie. I thought of you as I was sharing three flavors of gelato with my husband and sipping a cup of cappuccino while watching the fog roll into the harbor off the Atlantic. I hope that you can get away soon too.
You’ve created a beautiful scene, work in the kitchen and art being created at the table. Your daily blogs keep that picture sustained in our minds, one of joy, contentment smiles – bring on the Crest!!
hahaha!! You and me both, my friend! 😃💕 Yeah, I think they’ve watched me try to keep a blog running and realized it’s actually a ton of work! lol But I keep telling this is SO FUN! And Ohhhh I wish I could show up for a visit. We’d have a fabulous time together! 😉
For our prompt of “Beach” today, my mind wandered to a little hermit crab. Perhaps it’s because this is Friday night and I’m heading into the weekend, thrilled to be spending that time hiding at home. In the case
Sometimes I think introverts and extroverts must come from different planets. It’s one of the reasons I love reading what new discoveries have been made about the human brain. It’s marvelous that we’re able to function the way we do, but more and more it looks like we don’t function that way we think we do!
So true! It seems they’re finding new things out each and every day when it comes to the science of the brain. I’ve not been able to keep up with it all. hehe 😉 So, I just go with gut feelings most of the time. That response that one day scientists might finally figure out!
I love your hermit crab. Being an introvert I understand your dislike of crowds. The older I get the less patience I have for situations I don’t like. I do pretty good in situations that I am comfortable in. Art is a great connector. It’s funny, since I have embraced my art journey I am willing to engage in activities that I would not before. I think it is because I have a good percentage of ME time to really DO what makes me happy. I can now pick the people contact activities that I want to engage in. Getting older has some perks.
Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕So true!! Getting older has some definite perks! We get to choose our people and that’s the most rewarding thing of all. And, I agree, if I’ve had my time to spending sketching and writing, I’m much more ready to take on group activities. But yeah, I still kind of want to pick the group. 😉 hehe
Charlie your writing is so real that it is as if you are right here in the room with me. I don’t do parties either and when I have to shop I want to run every time I see more than three other shoppers. I am a people person but one at a time and I do not need crowds. Don’t change anything, you are already perfect.
Aww thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 I’m so happy this post spoke to you! I agree… when people say they are a “people person” it usually means anyone with a pulse! lol So, yeah, that’s not me at all. But if it’s someone who shares my interests, then I’m SUCH a people person! It’s the best thing ever!
Adorable and colorful little crab! Aw, I think you’re my kind of person, too. My preference is like yours: to sit down and talk with someone I really connect with. It would be cool to meet you, and it definitely could happen.
Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Would be cool to meet you as well! Yeah, I’m truly not a hermit and love talking to people, but never just “chit chat”… it robs me of my energy and walk away feeling like something was missing.
I have a friend (online) who is one of only a few people on the planet who raised hermit crabs in captivity. Most hc are captured wild and there is terrible abuses that happen because of that. A creature who has a pretty long lifespan of 30 years, is reduced to a year in captivity.
I’m an introvert too. I hated large college parties where everyone got stupid. I shine at small dinner parties where I’m opinionated, in a good way, funny, and smart. I can’t wait until you take your doodlewash your and visit me. I’ll be making dinner.
It’s funny how I’m exactly like you and other introverts! I can’t function in large crowds or indulge in chitchat either! Would love to meet you and other doodlewash friends someday! Maybe next when I visit the US!
Lovely little hermit crab! I was having the introvert/extrovert conversation with an artist just the other day. It would be interesting to know what the connection is between creativity and being an introvert or extrovert. Seems like most artists I know tend to be introverts.
Thanks, Mary! 😃💕Yeah, the real definition of the terms is all about energy and where you get it. Introverts get their energy from within and not from others (in some cases they lose energy interacting with tons of others at once, like me). So, it’s not surprising so many artists share this trait. That muse inside is rather good company.
Love this little guy! Yep we are twins. I too rather be at home or in a small group of sketchers.( Usually not much talking goes on when everyone is sketching.) We are content with our home lives. I know we would have a fun time together, just by our previous mini conversations. Lol! If you decided to hold a Doodlewash convention, you would have to do it in some sort of mini conventions because EVERYONE would want to spend time with you. 🙂
Thanks, Lori! 😃💕hehe… or should I said, sister Lori! You’re too sweet… a convention where everyone would actually want to spend time with me would be a crazy thing indeed. Normally at parties, I’m the odd guy refusing to engaged in the usual expected “chit chat”! lol I would be curious to have a Doodlewash convention one day. It would feel a bit more like the best version of a family reunion.
A thought here after reading comments. It is possible actually to be both introvert (I get stuff done and keep myself laughing often ) AND extrovert (you should see and unfortunately hear me around my friends and acquaintances) — as I say, one on one. Usually.
hehe… Yeah, it’s actually always possible and usual to be bits of both. When I took one of those tests at work, I typed out to being just barely an extrovert! 😉 lol I adored those results because it meant, given the right group and circumstances, being with others gives me lots of beautiful energy! Which, by the way, is why I started my own community on Doodlewash. hehe 😉
Cool crab! I’ve probably said it countless times before, but I’m the same with parties and crowds – I just can’t be doing with all that noise, and having to raise my voice just to talk to someone. And then there’s the obligatory hullabaloo over why I don’t want alcohol or ice cream. Ugh! If YOU were at the party, though, that would be different. It’d be us against them! 😉 I feel like we’d be in the corner laughing to ourselves and people would look daggers at us, thinking we were laughing at them. 😛
Yes, it would be us against them my friend!! 😃💕 But you do know that I would be having the ice cream and likely have a glass of wine in my hand at the same time, right? lol Well, okay, probably not at the same time, as that’s uncultured, but I do enjoy both! That said, I’m certain we would still have the grandest time in our little corner. It would all start my me insisting you try my ice cream. (don’t worry, I would never share my wine).
Almost everyone I know thinks I’m an extrovert but I was such an introvert. On the day I started at college and no- one knew me, I pretended to be extrovert and talked to everyone, asking questions about them. No-one noticed the fear and it got easier over the years. Now I think about some of the wonderful people I’ve met and who could be next. So parties are always an opportunity. But inside this extrovert there’s still a little hermit crab……..
When I saw that our prompt is “Sunglasses” for today, I winced at first as sunglasses are deceptively difficult to render. Yes, I actually wrote this set of prompts, but I never look at them again until I come to
Great sunglasses Charlie! Seeing is everything. When I stop seeing and start thinking everything falls apart. I try to really see things all the time so that it becomes instinctive. Right now I am fortunate that I can dedicate much of my day to creating art. Trying to learn new things and logging brush strokes! Painting and sketching for the pure pleasure of DOing it!
I’ll have to see if I can find the ‘Celebrity Painting Challenge ‘. Hubby always makes me watch his reality shows so I can talk him into watching this one, I’m sure. Now after reading today’s ramble, I have an image of you with pompoms cheering us all on, lol! Thanks for the smile!
Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s a fun show! I’ve not idea how he watched it as being a binational couple we have weird subscriptions. hehe And glad the image with me and pompons made you smile. After considering it, it look perfectly ridiculous in my mind. And then, of course, I loved it more! lol
I have a young girl working for me this summer. She is going to be a freshman in high school. She is leaning toward art as a career. I gave her a copy of your book. I think your brand of enthusiasm and art will be a big hit. She has an art class this semester so we will see if her teacher is cool with not being a slave to the rules of art! 😁
Aww thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕That makes me SO happy to hear! I hope she enjoys it! Yeah, I was hit with a few negative comments when I produced a book without rules. People tend to expect them and miss them when they’re gone. But, I was thrilled to see that the majority of people were rather excited by the idea! So yay!
I wonder when I will eventually attempt sketching glass. I am always in “ahhh” of your glass sketch/paintings. I did not see the sunglassprompt until later. I had already painted them on my dolly in my sun prompt, so I counted that. I thought I was behind, but now I think I’m ahead! Bawaha!!
haha! You’re totally ahead! 😃💕 That is… when you finally attempt sketching glass!! DO it! Seriously… just try it… people think I’m crazy by not providing a laborious step by step, but if you sketch all of the shapes you see, and pump up the contrast, dash in a bit of extra color for the heck of it, you’ll make something awesome! 😉
Yep, I would wear those shades! When I saw the prompt I expected bright blue frames and mirror lenses! The reflections are so expressive, as always, of being outside sitting on a picnic table while the wearer is enjoying lunch, …… And that’s the point, putting your own story into the painting whether you are creating it or it’s someone else’s work. That’s the lesson we always take from your blogs.
Thanks, Bob! 😃💕Actually, I don’t wear sunglasses because I’m too lazy to bother with my contacts. hehe So I’m just sporting the bright blue lenses most of the time. And yes, since I don’t wear sunglasses I had to use a free reference for this one. My reflections turned out unique to me though. That’s always the fun of making art!
They may be shades, but with glass, metal and reflections, it’s a hat trick for you! 😉 They look pretty cool too, though I’m sure I’d manage to make them look bad if I were to try them on – seems to be the way with most of them!
I watched the first series of The Big Painting Challenge which was with regular contestants, and it wasn’t the most inspiring experience. The judges seemed tactless and rather negative, and it just felt way over the top for an Sunday night amateur competition, with people crying and all sorts. I never bothered with the celebrity version… maybe they’ve learnt to lighten up a bit? I do hope so 😛 and I hope you enjoyed it anyway! I’ve been watching Sky’s Portrait Artist of the Year recently, which is wonderful and manages to feel pleasant and relaxed, even with much higher stakes. I definitely recommend that if you’re able to watch it.
Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 hehe.. yep, this is definitely my hat trick. The one thing I know I can make look rather cool without botching it a bit. Yeah, I’ve only watched the Celebrity version of the show, but when I went to look it up, there were mixed reviews for the other version. I’ll definitely look for Sky’s Portrait Artist of the Year! Sounds great!
Well, I’m glad I wasn’t alone in thinking the original a bit off. Perhaps that explains why the Beeb switched to celebrities – also, I imagine they’d feel more able to fire back should those mean judges cross a line! 😛
Yeah, Portrait Artist is the highlight of my viewing at the moment. I’ll be gutted when it ends in a couple of weeks! There’s also a landscape version of the show if you’d prefer, since I’m aware of your (unfounded!) aversion to portraiture! 😉
For Day 29 of #WorldWatercolorMonth and our prompt of “Glorious Green,” I chose to make a little sketch of a frog. When I was a kid, green was my favorite color, most likely because of Kermit the Frog from Sesame
I think you show being content with yourself in your art – you paint the way that suits you and have made up your own techniques as you go. I’ve often thought that people try to find their style by doing what they’ve seen others do instead of doing what works for them.
Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 YES!!!! I a thousand percent agree with that! That’s why people got an Activity Book from me instead of a step by step tutorial. hehe…. I appreciate those kind of tutorials very much, but I really, really, really, want to help people discover their OWN special way to break the rules rather than just follow them. 😉
Aww! Good for you! I’d have given my left arm to be one of the popular kids in high school. Mainly for the confidence that imbued. My beautiful thing has always been my hair. Even with all the silver coming in now, it still looks good.
Yay to beautiful silver hair, Lisa! 😃💕 hehe… yeah.. that perfect physical trait was always the thing to have. And it was wonderful to have it! Yet, it’s equally wonderful to be older now and realize there are other traits that can make an even bigger impact! 😉
Yep, we are so busy wishing we were something else that we don’t find the time to be ourselves. We are only truly happy when we find the person we really are. Your sharing of that moment at the start of your freshman year is so touching, so real, and so maturing as you realize that being ‘you’ for yourself is what happiness is all about. Even if the ‘you’ that shows up is an ordinary green frog; being green is only for the honest and real people.
Yes to that, Bob! 😃💕 I don’t think we should spend a moment of our brief lives on this little green planet worrying about what others think. True happiness only comes from what we know and embrace about ourselves. And I’m thrilled to still be that little green frog! 😉
Lol, I doubt very much that you were ever “ordinary”, the so called popular kids were too blind to see how amazing you and your ideas were and are. You have created an amazing community and continue to inspire all of us to just show up and “DO” our own unique thing. That is rather extraordinary if you ask me. 😁
Aww, thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 That’s so sweet of you to say! And here I am thinking the real extraordinary thing is all of you who DO! hehe… it’s so cool to watch as people show up and share their gift for art. And we all have this gift… it’s just a bit of unwrapping really. 😉
What a cute little guy….both of you. 😉 Isn’t it nice that as we grow older we just don’t care what others think? We can weed out those people who don’t have the same interests, beliefs, etc. Life is too short to try to please everyone. And quite frankly, I don’t have the energy. Bahawaha! (I also received my second prize….thank you!)
Such wisdom even as a teenager! For you to make that choice and that decision then was so wise and something so few teens can do! So glad you did! You are far from ordinary! You are EXTRAordinary! Love you Charlie! Sorry I haven’t had much time to write lately!
Love you back, Jodi!! 😃💕 Thank you SO much for all of your encouragement from Day 1 of my crazy journey! And can I just say that it’s extra cool that it came from someone from Mars? So fitting! ❤️Love you much and thanks for everything!!
If only the world operated on the Kermit philosophy…how much happier everyone would be. I recently was told how nerdy I was when i was kid and it’s so funny because I never thought about being nerdy, or cool or popular or ugly or not…I just always was me. I grew up in a loving family and “labels” weren’t used so I guess I was very lucky indeed.
Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Yay for being nerdy!! It’s synonymous with curiosity I’ve found and a very, very amazing trait indeed! And I grew up in the same family, thankfully. It’s wonderful when you can be yourself!
I love love love your frog super cuteeeeeee. So funny I almost painted Kermit lol… and the song he sang that I love is the rainbow connection. I tend to feel we are all extraordinary. we are one of a kind and that makes us all special. All an important part of the puzzle of life. We all make the picture complete. 🙂
It seems there is so much pressure to be popular in school. I admire you for wanting to just be yourself. I rather think frogs are cute. This one especially. Have you ever noticed how they always manage to smile? Lol 🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸
Thanks, June! 😃💕 Yeah, I don’t think we should ever strive to be popular. It always pales in comparison to actually being loved. And yes, I think frogs always smile as well! But yeah, I always tend to make whatever creature I sketch smile also. hehe
Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕It’s truly a tough world these days. It seems you’re only second best if you don’t DO exactly what everyone else is doing. In many ways, not much has changed from my high school days. Thankfully, I’ve remained basically unchanged. 😉
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