December 30, 2010

peculiarbliss magazine

issue #4 of PeculiarBliss magazine is out, featuring the work of several amazing artists, including Vaughn Fender, Abe Honest, Jessica Gill, Kelly Knaga, and myself! the magazine is available for download here.

the cover artwork was done by the very talented Sandra Dieckmann, who has a way with animals that is to be envied. yay, Sandra!

December 29, 2010

Pikaland giveaway: winner & portrait

cerena-leigh, born under a lucky star, was the winner of my Pikaland giveaway. she won a custom ink portrait and requested owls and filigree to adorn her face:

i know i've been a bit absent lately with the holiday. we've received a sea of snow over here so i've been busy pretending i'm a snow dragon, white fire, etc. as you can imagine, that takes up quite a bit of time but i'll be back with a slew of new posts soon. 

stay warm! all of you.

December 22, 2010

q&a: on life

donkeyjote asked: what do you do when it seems that all of life's possible truths end in paradox? (it's not 'take another hit', i tried that already)

a. accept it.
b. build a labyrinth in your backyard and spend your days drinking/practicing magick.


I LIKE BIRDS, an exhibition curated by one of my favorite humans, Jill Wickenheisser, opened last Friday in Newark, NJ. on display? seriously amazing work by ten (DC Smith, Marshall Okin, Joe Waks, Dennis Dalelio, Eric Beckerich, Kelly Heck, Jacqueline Cruz, Troy Barrett, VanOs) wonderful avian-inspired artists, including photography, paintings, and a sculpted bird that i wanted to name totoro (or martin) and fly away with.

here is one of the pieces i created for the show:

nobody knows you the way you know you

the words are by Passion Pit, a local band i'm quite proud of (and biased towards). if you are in the tri-state area, you can check out the show until February 1st at:

Art Kitchen
61 Halsey St.
Newark, NJ 01702.


December 8, 2010

we were together: women's shirt!

the women's version of my shirt just came in and i couldn't be more pleased! these are American Apparel Fine Jersey short sleeve tees in heather gray and fit like a cozy little second skin. super soft. yay!

now available at! a perfect addition to your holiday shopping. 

December 5, 2010

we were together: print & shirt!

i've been collaborating with apparel company m28 designs, and my design for their Winter 2010 line is finally here!

we were together

the shirts are really lovely- printed on American Apparel Fine Jersey V-Necks so they're super soft and comfy. get yours here before they disappear!

prints and ipod cases available on my society6 & soon on my etsy

warmth & wishes,

December 2, 2010 feature

i was lucky enough to be interviewed by Gia (the sweetest lady ever!) over at for a feature on their site:

you can view the entire story here. thank you Gia for the wonderful feature!


Pikaland giveaway!

i'm offering a custom ink portrait to the winner of Pikaland's giveaway!

click here for your chance to win- you have until 12/7 to enter! good luck my birdies.

November 21, 2010

UPDATE: custom ink and watercolor portraits

i've just added custom portrait drawings as well as paintings to my shop! these little gems are perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones. visit my Etsy shop for more details or to place your order.

i will draw you a face and hope to lift your heart, available here.
i will paint you a portrait and try to make you smile, available here.
feel free to email or message me with any questions (meera.lee.patel[@] or leave a comment here!

November 20, 2010

twin girls and sparrows

i’ve been busy preparing for my show, but here are a few new prints available now on my Etsy:

crazy for you but not that crazy
you are worth hundreds of sparrows

i’m also accepting portrait commissions for the holidays- if you’d like an ink portrait of you or a loved one, let me know!
wild winds,

November 13, 2010

i need more space.

to date, this is my most autobiographical piece:

much to my surprise (and delight!), this illustration was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Etsy/NASA space challenge. if you like this illustration (and value your physical/emotional/metaphysical space) you can vote for me here until 11/19! i promise to ship you handfuls of magic in return.
sending you stars and spells,

November 7, 2010

tattooed: maps and birds

i finished a tattoo commission awhile ago, and my wonderful client, Connie, just sent me a few photographs of her new ink. while this was originally supposed to be a half-sleeve, she turned it into a full rib tattoo! it looks quite lovely on her bones.
original illustration


a few close-ups

in other news, i've been busy getting ready for an upcoming show (my very first) which will be held at The Downtown in Red Bank, NJ on december 15th. i'd love to see all you locals there. :]

November 6, 2010

my love's another kind

i finally got around to doing another band poster- this time i chose one of my personal favorites: the moody and harmonious Grizzly Bear, who can color me always. the poster reads “my love’s another kind,” a quote from the beautiful “lullabye”.

when I clung to you there was nothing to hold on tight with, you left me adrift/Colorado, what now? 
16”x20” prints are available for $25 in my shop. :]

November 3, 2010

for all best friends

a commissioned version of my very favorite comic strip for a dear friend. ..

h: well, summer is almost over. it sure went quick, didn’t it?
c: yup.
c: there’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.

October 27, 2010

lessons in shallow-water sailing

a few weeks ago, before the sunlight changed color and shape and hovered a little longer, my sister and i went sailing.

she gave her soul to the sea and her heart to a man

October 14, 2010


nomka asked: I adore your art work (!) it's so dreamy and colorful. And I was wondering what kind of pens/markers/water colors you use?? The colors in your artwork look amazing.

thank you, dear. :] i use micron pens, india ink, and prang watercolors.

October 11, 2010

there are night-times inside of me

for those of you who may have missed it, i was asked to illustrate the cover of eatsleepdraw magazine #005, and my copy arrived a few days ago! it features some beautiful artwork- get your copy here.

eatsleepdraw magazine!
i’m offering official prints of my night lady in the shop, available in two versions: with the starry background and without. both are available here!

October 3, 2010

seeing the feeling of continual expansion stop before your body can recognize it.

September 25, 2010

sushi tea set!

i like tea. i also like sushi. my thought process doesn’t get much more complicated than that, so i created a set of sushi teacups and matching saucers- with the hopes of making afternoon tea just a tiny bit more beautiful.

teatime, anyone?

September 9, 2010

London Fashion Week for Amelia's Magazine

I’ve been busy doing a few more fashion illustrations for Amelia’s Magazine, which have been published recently.

For a piece on the new Vivienne Westwood Exhibition at Selfridges in London, I drew a pair of 1973 Seditionary shoes:

vivienne westwood's fish
I did two versions of this drawing- the second version was with a fish (above). The original, which ran in Amelia’s Magazine, is with a teacup.

I also did a Mary Katrantzou piece for an article about London’s Fashion Week Preview:
mary katrantzou's web

September 2, 2010

tattooed - lions and dogwood trees

last week, i finished a commissioned tattoo illustration for artist & motion designer Mancel Lindsey. Mancel wanted a half-sleeve composed of: 1) a dogwood tree entwined with 2) a lion’s face and 3) adorned with various foliage- the meaning of which you can read on his blog.

this was a very exciting project for me to work on, and i’m thrilled with the results! his tattoo looks fabulous and i cannot wait to see how it looks with the color added.


colored illustration

 what do you birds think?

lions and tigers and trees,

August 31, 2010

new prints in the shop!

hello dears,
i’ve just added a few new prints in my shop:

liminal fashion series


don’t forget- for a little while longer, every order will receive a free original mini-illustration! please contact me with any queries- i enjoy hearing from all of you wonderful birds.

over and out,

August 27, 2010

destiny's vulgar, so i might as well resist. ..

i’ve been working on a whole bunch of commissions that i will be sharing soon. meanwhile, some shots of my beautiful sister:

. ..out of the darkness, and all the secrets still exist.

August 20, 2010

Doublethink Design interview

i was lucky enough to be interviewed by the wonderful Chiara of Doublethink Design. here's a little snippet- click here for the entire interview.

DD: How long have you been creating art for? How has your style evolved since you first began? 
M: I’ve been creating art since I was a very little girl, using markers and pencils before moving onto watercolors and acrylic ink. Around age 8, I became very interested in writing and illustrating my own stories, a passion that has refused to leave me even 15 years later. My style has evolved immensely since I first started — as I discovered new inspirations, textures, and techniques, I became more comfortable with developing my own voice rather than simply imitating what I see in the world around me.  
 DD: Were you formally trained in art or are you self taught? Do you think it has helped you or hindered you? 
M: I’m a self-taught artist - everything I create is the result of exploration and experimentation. I recently graduated from college with a degree in English and a degree in Journalism & Media Studies. Because I’m self-taught, I think I’ve been able to develop my individual style without becoming too heavily influenced by any one era, teacher, or technique—in this way, I am thankful. On the other hand, do I wish I could have spent the last four years painting and drawing instead of writing papers? You bet.

DD: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
M: A writer.

August 19, 2010

Patrick Wolf for Amelia's Magazine

here is an illustration i recently finished for an article on Patrick Wolf in Amelia’s Magazine. the full article is up now, see it here.

August 16, 2010

Beautiful/Decay Magazine feature

it was such a lovely surprise to receive an email from Jennifer at Beautiful/Decay Magazine this morning informing me that my artwork has been featured on their blog:

check out the full post here, and be sure to poke around a bit- there is a slew of fabulous artists to uncover. thanks again to Jennifer for her kind words! :]

August 15, 2010

Society6 Print Shop!

several of my prints have been chosen to be featured in the official Society6 Print Shop— “Firefly,” “Doris Deer,” and “There Are State Lines Between Us.” yays!

check them out here, and if you’re on Society6,  have a go at finding me to say hello. :]
hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday- it’s cool and dreary here on the east coast. ..just how i like it best.
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