The Taj Mahal

Built by the blood and sweat of the living to commemorate the regius dead, the Taj Mahal strikes the heart with two and a half tons of majestic beauty.




For this week’s art challenge, I had to draw something using only two colors, so I used different shades of green and blue and drew a panda bear eating bamboo.

– Quiet Riley 2018 –

Final Night in Jaipur

During my last evening in Jaipur, I visit the oldest museum in Rajasthan, the Albert Hall Museum. Inside, I admire the exquisite decor and myriad of paintings, sculptures and textiles from India and other regions of the world (including ancient Egypt).

Afterwards, I enjoy a traditional Rajasthani dinner and head back to my treehouse hotel, Jaipur Inn. Overall, my stay in Jaipur is bittersweet: although I’ve learned so much, met so many amazing people and seen things forever ingrained in memory, two days had not been enough. I could have done so much more with more time. In other words, if you are planning a trip to the Golden Triangle, do yourself a favor and stay at least 4-5 days in Jaipur.


Forts, Cattle and Rustic Views

Because Jaipur is vast and eclectic in so many ways, this post will be separated into different categories. The first is Hawa Mahal. Built in 1799, this “royal honeycomb” was used mainly by princesses and aristocratic women to view street parades via one of its 953 windows.

This category is called Meandering with a View. At the bottom of the Aravalli Hills, I tell Suresh to drop me off so that I may walk to Nahargarh Fort. “Are you crazy?” he says, “It’s 6km uphill!” Following a flock of blue peacocks, I disregard his warning and immerse myself in the sights and sounds of nature.

In my opinion, Nahargarh Fort has the best panoramic views of Jaipur. In addition, there is a cool sculpture gallery and plenty of monkeys to keep your camera clicking.

This last category contains modern sculptures constructed by local artists. My favorite is the blue-faced beauty, Migrant, by Ravinder Reddy. Located in elegantly-decorated rooms, there are 25-30 unique sculptures in all.


Medusa’s Haircut

Medusa's Haircut

A Quiet Doodle of the infamous gorgon, Medusa.


Hello Jaipur

After escaping heavy traffic in Delhi, my driver Suresh scorches down the highway towards Jaipur (the second point of the Golden Triangle). Here I am introduced to the proud and spirited Rajasthani culture. Arriving in the late afternoon, I hurry to the Old City and begin exploring the architectural wonders of Amer Fort.


Unfinished Work

digital transformation

Inspired by the movie, Coco, I attempted to etch a Día de los Muertos skull on my own. The etching part went fine, but the applying the paint and making an imprint part was another story. The results can be seen below. A few months later, my friend encouraged me to draw the skull digitally. The results were much more satisfactory, teaching me the valuable lesson: never give up on unfinished work.

– Quiet Riley –