About Me

Welcome to Luna’Space! My space for writing, drawing and featuring artwork I like.

I am an architect by training. But I do less architecture and work more on picture books these days. However, I didn’t always do this. Nor has it been an easy decision.

In the many years of existential conflict, between my passion for the arts, making a tangible contribution to society – (and paying bills!) – I have bounced around degrees and careers in dance (1976 – 1989), architecture (1989 – 1997), and sustainable building design (1997 – 2007). But a full time career in the arts, seemed too much of a self-indulgence … one for me to avoid till retirement.

But retirement is still far away, and I didn’t adapt very to a 9-6 cube-environment, spending hours away from the very environment that I was trying to protect. By January of 2007, I had reduced tons of greenhouse gas emissions, and improved daylight and air quality for workers and children. I had also gone up one dress size! And that was that.

I started school – again! Thinking that Peace and Conflict Studies would come to my rescue. But the arts kept stubbornly at my heels. And at nearly forty, I finally decided to do what I enjoy the most – draw, and write.

I try to placate my conflict between environmental reconstruction and creative expression by litanizing that the arts and environmental good don’t have to be mutually exclusive after all. Naïve as it may sound!!!

The arts can sear the inner recesses of our soul as nothing – except perhaps falling in love – can. It can rattle our conscience into unexpected awakenings, and push us into spaces that we would rather not see. It can provoke original thought, and call to question our perception of the world. It can cause us to examine our relationship with ourselves, our environment and our humanity.

At least, that’s what I think it can do. At least, that’s what I hope to do – if I can steady my unreliable reserves of patience, conviction and fortitude.

As for making a living, I hope that will come, too!

Off the Pacific Coast. Mendocino, CA. 2008.
Mendocino, California. 2008.

As for now, I enjoy my life near the California coast. I am overjoyed by its wild blue skies and thunderous waves, its stony grey beaches, and rich tide pools, its amorous clouds and wind swept trees, its savage grasses and crunchy leaves, its wild flowers and ocean kelp, its sea urchins and its anemones, but most of all, I am inspired by the great whale migration off the coast.

I also enjoy going to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, where I occasionally hike or climb.

I work at home amidst exuberant ferns, fiery red bins, and my talkative 4-month old.

And, if I ever lose those last 15 lbs. I will revert to eating mousse au chocolat every week! Mmm… mmm… mmm…

I hope that you will stay a while, check out my work, and leave your impression.

Thank you for visiting.

Aditi Raychoudhury,
Oakland, CA. 2011.

 

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12 Responses to “About Me”

  1. SwatiAcharya March 18, 2008 at 8:53 pm #

    Sweet, very sweet.

  2. Aninditakali March 20, 2008 at 8:23 am #

    Your writing conjures up images in my minds ey that is whre the success of the writer lies. keep it up great

  3. Tracing Vincent June 24, 2008 at 6:55 am #

    Hi There!

    We have found your interesting blog on the net. We are Tracing Vincent, a fast growing online community and resource about the artist Vincent van Gogh. As a Van Gogh enthusiast, you might be interested in our website: http://www.tracingvincent.com. Here you can rate Vincent’s paintings, stay up to date in the blog section, share your thoughts and opinions in our forum, read all about Vincent’s life and much more!

    Please feel free to post a link to our site on your blog and keep us up-to-date on any interesting posts about Vincent van Gogh. If you have any questions or ideas about our community, please let us know!

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  4. ellora July 11, 2008 at 7:53 am #

    Hey Aditi…You never stop amazing me ..
    How true it is to let the inner urge find a medium of expression!!
    I am happy.. you have already started your journey…The creative impetus is yet to see its finest stroke!!
    Best
    Ellora

  5. ritika September 24, 2008 at 2:44 am #

    hi aditi,

    your work is original..i connect with the indianess of the stories..i am a jewellery, accessory designer and chanced upon your site while looking for panchatantra stories .
    great work!

  6. michael December 8, 2008 at 12:29 am #

    Hi Aditi, it was a pleasure meeting you at the SF Center for the Book. Thanks for the kind words about my work; I enjoy your blog and see that we share a lot of the same interests and aesthetics! See you around ~

  7. Ricky April 5, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    And then I stumble upon this…!! Memories of the Odissi dance, the fun times at Raurkella flood thru.

    Hope you doin well….

    And, best of luck with your book and the yes the chocolate mousse!! ;D

    Take care.

  8. Nandini Chatterjee July 13, 2010 at 2:07 am #

    Dear Aditi, I want to use Jamini Roy’s Crucifixion as the cover image of my forthcoming book. Do you know in which musewum this painting is housed? If I knew this, I could contac the museum about copyright permission. Many thanks, Nandini

  9. Sheetal October 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    Aditi,
    You painted in school with (with me as well) and you are still painting beautifully. amazing writing skill. When are you publishing your first book?
    Would love to read it!
    Keep up the good work.

  10. Bethany February 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Hi! I happened upon your blog when looking for other books by Chris Raschka, and I saw your blog profiled him (my two-year-old son’s favorite book is Yo! Yes?). I followed the white rabbit down the internet hole and saw you have profiled many other wonderful artists and authors, and i am sharing your blog on Facebook and will be checking back. I hope you are able to pay the bills, because your writing is fantastic, and you have done very diligent work to profile and gather all these artists and authors!
    Best of luck in life to you.

    • aditi raychoudhury February 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

      Hi Bethany

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. As you can tell, I haven’t had updated my blog in a while… but your comment is inspiring me to start updating it again. There is a great illustrators blog out of Oakland, CA, called http://grainedit.com/. No, i have nothing to do with it- but it showcases great talent. You can check out my work at lunaspace.wordpress.com

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