Thanks for taking the time to chat with SIW. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.
Deepa : I am Deepa from the hottest place in Kerala and the largest district too which is called Palakkad. My husband, Sunil, is working in Dubai Electricity and Water Authority(DEWA) in Dubai. My daughter, Anoushka, is eleven years old.
I am a self-taught artist who left a career in teaching to follow my dream & passion of creating ‘a world of my own’. I am a M.A, B.Ed with SET which makes me qualified to teach Plus 1 & Plus 2 in Kerala. With my daughter’s birth, my husband and I mutually decided that I would be there for her during her developing years. After a couple of years I started following my hobby to keep myself creatively occupied.
My blog started as a journal to keep track of my works and to catalogue it but now it’s more than that. It started as a hobby and is more than a passion now.
What makes your blog so unique and why should people read it?
Deepa : My blog, Hues n Shades, is an art blog where I share my rendezvous with various forms of art. I am passionate about folk forms around the world particularly Indian Folk art. I indulge in them along with the contemporary forms too. I also include DIY’s based on folk forms and various others. In fact, I am fond of all genres that they all get catalogued there. So one can find various genres basically and Indian forms specifically. I have a nice collection of illustrations too.
I also have a section called ‘Meet An Artist’ where I interview famous and upcoming artists from different parts of the world who have inspired me in some form or the other. To get to know what these artists’ feel, think and experience is, I believe, an inspiration for any aspiring artist. It’s something like Pay it Forward!
My art gallery visits are also shared in Hues n Shades for those who would like to witness some artistic grandeur.
How often do you blog?
Deepa : I blog at least once a week and that’s a Friday. Sometimes I try to include a post in between as well, mostly on Mondays.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
Deepa : Reinventing Jamini Roy – 7035 views
Lord Krishna Mural – 6031 views
Celebration of Life – 4328 views
Madhubani for kids – 4227 views
These and some other posts on Indian folk art have been my most celebrated posts.
What do you find most challenging about blogging?
Deepa : All those big names like SEO, Monetize, Content Strategy etc are challenging for me. I am currently trying to understand it all.
What are some of your favorite author blogs and why?
Deepa : There are numerous inspiring blogs both Indian and foreign. First and foremost I love Dithi’s blog – Light of Love, Vineeta’s artnlight, Arti’s Artists of India, Shruti’s Artsy Craftsy Mom, Bella Sinclair’s Doodlespot, Jessica Sporn Designs, Milind Mulick Paintings, Minted Strawberry, Eva & Kristin’s Paint Party Friday, Ramesh Jhawar, Shirley Ng Benitez Illustration, Kristin’s Twinkle, Twinkle, Tracey Fletcher King, Totally Tutorials, Art of Anil, Urban Sketchers, Illustration Friday and so goes my list.
I love Sarah of Sweden’s jewellery blog.
I have an affinity towards literary blogs too like Purba Ray’s A-Musing, Sakshi Nanda’s Between Write and Wrong, Saru Singhal’s Words, Alka Gurha’s Freebird…
Travel blogs like Arti’s Yatra Dairy and Niranjan’s Tales of A Nomad and many more!
What are your favorite books that you would recommend SIW family?
Deepa : Again there are innumerable ones and these are some that cross my mind right now:
Pride and Prejudice, G.B.Shaw’s plays, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts (many of his plays), Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Macbeth (many more), Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, Kalidasa’s Shakunthalam, M.T.Vasudevan Nair’s works, Basheer’s short stories, Kamala Das’s works, Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, J.M.Barrie’s Peter Pan, Pearl.S.Buck’s Letter from Peking, R.K.Narayan’s works, Ruskin Bond’s works, Oscar Wilde, P.G.Wodehouse, Chekov’s stories, Dan Brown, Robin Sharma…
Can we really make a living by Blogging? If yes, how we can do that?
Deepa : Blogging for me is a creative outlet. If one can make a living out of it that’s well and good. Many of my blogger friends are making good out of it and that is definitely an inspiration. I have seriously begun to ponder on the subject myself.
What advice would you give to young women readers of SIW who want to follow a similar career path as you?
Deepa : Blogging isn’t my career, it’s just a passion but I am considering the possibility. I am an artist and I take orders/commission works, take part in exhibitions etc.
To those who would want to consider blogging, you should definitely go ahead – you just need to be clear about whether that is a career path or just a window to share your passion. In case, you wish to make it your career there are loads of help available online…just go for it. That’s what I am doing these days.
Blog URL : deepazworld.blogspot.in
Category : Art/Crafts
All images are property of “Deepa” and required permissions have been taken to publish it on www.smartindianwomen.com website.
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