Sunday, April 9, 2017

Step by Step - drawing and painting a seashore. By Manju Panchal


"When you start a painting, it is somewhat outside you. 
At the conclusion, you seem to move inside the painting." 
Fernando Botero

The scene below is from Bamboo island, five kilometers off the 
northern  tip of Koh Phi Phi Don, in the Krabi province of Thailand. 
The island has stunning beaches with beautiful rocks, white sand
 and limestone cliffs behind. In the painting below the beach
 is covered by the shadows cast by the tall cliffs behind. 
The source of light ie the sun is behind the cliffs and
 the beach is on the west side of the island.


Soft pastel painting of a scene from Bamboo island by Manju Panchal

Reaching the destination
Soft pastel painting on Canson MT paper
Size 6" X 8"

I titled the painting as "Reaching the destination" with reference
 to the beautiful waves which travel a long distance 
and finally reach the shore. It is a beautiful feeling
 to be at a place like this and to hear the sound of the waves 
splashing against the rocks, and then gently kissing 
the white sand and merging with the land.

The soft pastel painting on twilight Canson MT progressed 
in stages and the step by step images can be seen below.

Steps involved in creating a soft pastel painting of a seashore

Step 1. Creating the basic outline
using Camlin charcoal pencil.

Steps involved in creating a soft pastel painting of a seashore

Step 2. Blocking in the major shapes with respective colours
 keeping in mind the values. Using the soft pastels
from mixed brands.

Steps involved in creating a soft pastel painting of a seashore

Step 3. Adding details and final touch up.
At this stage I use pastel pencils at several places.


My paintings can be viewed on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK too, 

Friday, March 31, 2017

How to Organize your Art Exhibition Part 1 : Preparation

Hi All. I am sure many of you have been planning to do your art exhibition, but just don't know where to start. I have written a blog post on How to Organize your Art Exhibition Part 1 - Preparation. I hope it will help. I'll be publishing the second part soon which will focus on the opening day and rest of the exhibition days.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore - Portrait study work by Manju Panchal


"Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark."
Rabindranath Tagore 

Some time back I did a Portrait study work of 
on Black Strathmore Artagain paper 
using a white pastel pencil.

The black colour of the paper acted as the 
darkest tone. Using a white pastel pencil
 I had to create the other values. 

Portrait study sketch of Rabindranath Tagore by Manju Panchal

Portrait Study
Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

To view my other works visit INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK 
and DEVIANTART gallery.

Monday, February 6, 2017

A morning at Matheran - A soft pastel painting by Manju Panchal


The soft pastel painting below has been inspired by an early
  morning scene from Matheran, a beautiful hill station 
 close to Mumbai. The sun rays  lit up the foliage as it perforated
 through the space  between the wild growth on either sides. 

Soft pastel painting of a morning scene from Matheran by Manju Panchal

A morning at Matheran
Soft pastel painting on Canson MT
Size 5"X 7"

My paintings can be viewed at my BLOG, INSTAGRAM
and FACEBOOK page too.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Discount coupon for Artists

I wanted to share some useful information with all my artist friends here. Below is a discount coupon code that can be used while purchasing from http://creativehands.in/ online store or their physical store in Kolkata. For purchases above Rs 1,000/- you get a discount of 10% above the existing discounts if any. There is no discount if your total purchase amount is less than Rs 1,000/-. This code is going to be valid for a long time I guess. I hope this will help you all save some money on art materials.

COUPON CODE - PMA5080

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Soft pastel painting of a landscape by Manju Panchal


" If I create from the heart; nearly everything works, if from head
almost nothing." Marc Chagall

The soft pastel painting below has been inspired
by my early morning visit to Karnala Bird Sanctuary.

The sunlit pathway and the surrounding thick
vegetation growth made for a good composition.
The light and contrast in the scene appealed 
a lot to me.

Soft pastel painting of a scene from Karnala Bird Sanctuary by Manju Panchal

The Morning Rays
Soft pastel painting on Canson Mi Teintes paper
Size 7" X 9"

To view my works you can visit my DEVIANTART gallery, 
Facebook page, Instagram OR BLOG

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mahogany - Kasturi Borkotoki




 Oil on wood with palette knives
.20 x16 inches.
My serendipitous foray into wood has spoilt me. After the two pieces of wood which came my way I attacked this piece stashed away from an AC repair job two years back and happily gave vent to my wood withdrawal. My knives have finally met their match on wood. I can slash and flourish without worrying about cutting! Unlike canvas!
The new year has started with a new promise.Some new alliances and new avenues. Am excited and hoping to paint a lot this year!
Meanwhile if anyone wants to give me a gift you can pass any discarded pieces of wood my way.I'd be delighted!:)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Friday, December 23, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Portrait sketching of a woman on toned paper by Manju Panchal


Portrait of a woman from Kutch, Gujarat
with a beautiful nose ring.

The portrait has been created using Camlin charcoal
pencil and Cretacolour white pastel pencil.

Portrait sketching of a woman on toned paper by Manju Panchal

The Glow
Charcoal and white pastel pencil sketching on grey hand made paper
Size 6"X 8"

To read more about this work you can visit my BLOG

My works can also be seen on DEVIANTART.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Watercolor's on catridge paper


Wash and wet in wet technique

Hi Friends. Its been really really long since I posted here. But it feels great to be posting some useful content that I developed recently.

I have made two blog posts on my blog on watercolor techniques. I have included instruction videos also in them. Please do visit my blog and if you find the content useful do not forget to share it with your friends.

Click here for Watercolor wash technique post.
Click here for Watercolor wet in wet technique post

Have a great day.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A soft pastel painting of a seashore by Manju Panchal

The soft pastel painting as below has been
created using my reference photograph
taken at Bamboo island, ( Thailand ).

It has been created on an orange coloured
Canson Mi Teintes paper.

Soft pastel painting of a seashore from Bamboo island. By Manju Panchal

Reaching the shore
A soft pastel painting
Size 5.25" X 7.25"

To read more about creating this work
visit my BLOG
You can also browse through my works at

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Charcoal sketching of a sparrow on toned paper by Manju Panchal

Portrait of a sparrow

Created the sketch of this beautiful elegant bird,
using charcoal pencil and white pastel
pencil on Canson paper.


A charcoal and white pastel pencil sketch of a sparrow on canson paper by Manju Panchal

Hanging on
Charcoal and white pastel pencil sketching on toned paper
Size 6" X 8"

To read more visit my BLOG
My FACEBOOK page

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Flamenco Frenzy

Watercolors on handmade paper. Dance is my favourite theme!
An Artist at Bangalore

Friday, August 26, 2016

Portrait sketching of an old man by Manju Panchal


The portrait as below is of an old man, eyes dim with soft stillness,
 in his quiet moments, immersed deeply in 
fragrant memories.

I created this sketch on a hand made paper
using charcoal pencil and 
white pastel pencil.

Charcoal and white pastel pencil portrait sketching of an old man by Manju Panchal

In quiet moments
Charcoal and white pastel sketching on hand made paper
Size 6"X 7.5"

To browse through my other works visit my BLOG
or FACEBOOK page.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

A seashore at Bamboo island - Soft pastel painting by Manju Panchal


The soft pastel painting below is of a scene from Bamboo island
 which we visited recently on our Phi Phi Leh ( Thailand ) tour.

The white sandy beaches and the crystal clear waters
 are absolutely amazing and the place is nothing
 short of a paradise.


The light and the shadow
Soft pastel painting on Canson Mi Teintes paper
Size 6.5" X 8"

To read more about the painting and my techniques
visit my BLOG