What would happen if you were to take a writer, a musician, a visual artist, a weaver, a sculptor, a film maker and an environmentalist and lock them in one place for a month? It’s simple – they become friends, they study from each other, they create, dine and hang together. At the end they… Read More I-Park art residency – making friends forever.
When I visited the Mount Iō in Hokkaido, Japan earlier this year I discovered an interesting phenomena. The area as you can see has evidence of a volcanic activity, there is hot bubbling water, steaming holes and yellow sulfur everywhere. Since it was in February, snow was covering the mountain, and what I saw at… Read More Ice near volcano.
New York under snow offers a unique experience. New Yorkers try to stay home or go to the Central Park for cross-country skiing, tourists – fill up their cell phones with selfies. Roads are covered with slushy white that turns blue (for some reason Windex is used to melt snow, but it doesn’t seem to work)… Read More New York spring blizzard, March 2017
When I met Ajeet Singh last year in New York I immediately felt deep sympathy to this clever and joyfull man. Together with my friends we spent a nice day in the city, throughout the day I was more and more amazed with the man I met. And now I can confidently say that Ajeet… Read More Doings of a good man. Red Light district. Varanasi, India
I often work with kids, every time I travel I try to give an art class. I have taught children in America, Russia, Japan and now I am in India! These kids are from the school, organized for poor families from slums of Dehradun (please read more in this blog post). Working with children is… Read More Art class. Painting mandalas with kids. Dehradun, India
This year I have joined a group of friends from Woodstock, NY lead by David Becker, in a trip to India. We were invited by Khusi Hona, an organization that is devoted to helping orphans in southeast Asia. Members of Khusi Hona, excellent guides and now our friends Matthew and Geet has taken us to… Read More Children from slum are going to school. Dehradun, India.
When I went to India I had to try the famous Chai Masala (you don’t say “chai tea” as “chai” means “tea” already). I saw little clay cups all around the streets, stocked or broken on the floor and was not sure what this was until it was served to me. The cups are made very… Read More Chai Masala. India
India is a country of different colors. I was impressed to find patterns everywhere, in architecture, decor, outfits… Very often in a poor street with a dirty road and falling apart buildings I would see a beautiful flower walking by, this would be a woman, wearing an elegant colorful sari. I would be charmed by… Read More India’s patterns
One of the most interesting parts of our trip to India was visiting a silk district in Varanasi. The area was mostly islamic, we could see a dominant religion throughout: islamic scripts on the wall signs, particular fashion. The district was poor, buildings are in a bad condition, dirty streets, rubbish on the floor. We… Read More Making Indian silk
My first trip to India, my first city – oh so green! I am now not very far from Himalayas, in a small city called Dehradun. Just 30 minutes flight from Delhi and you are in the middle of a jungle. On my drive from the airport to the hotel I saw a bunch of… Read More Dehradun, India. Green all around.