Monday, April 1, 2019
“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just
made something that wasn’t there before.”
I recently completed one of my watercolor paintings
on Canson Moulin du Roy paper and am posting the completed work
along with the steps involved in creating it. It was an early
morning scene, when we were at Colva beach
and it was not crowded. The stretch of sand far across,
and the misty look in the distance motivated me to create this work.
A Misty Morning at Colva beach
A watercolor painting on Canson Moulin du Roy paper
Size 5.5” X 8”
Step 1. Created the sky using a mix of warm and cool colours, and added the distant foliage on the left. Used wet on wet technique as I did not want to have hard edges in the distance.
Step 2. Created the bushes on the left ( Camlin Artists water color tubes ), the sandy seashore and the ocean. At this stage I have not added details anywhere.
Step 3. Added layers of colours to the bushes on the left to create the form and shadow, and flat wash of colour on the sandy seashore. Added details to the figures on the beach.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019
“Dance with the waves,
move with the sea,
let the rhythm of the water,
set your soul free”.
C A Martine
A water color painting of a scene that I came across
while I was at a seashore in Goa. Through this painting
I wanted to capture the monsoon atmosphere,
a cloudy evening sky and its lovely
reflections at the beach. The fishermen are
returning home after their day out at sea.
The painting is also intended to tell their story.
Monday, March 4, 2019
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
"At the beach life is different,
Time doesn't move hour to hour
But mood to moment.
We live by the currents,
Plan by the tides
And follow the sun."
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Sunday, January 6, 2019
An old favorite revisited. I painted this old lady from my hometown in India as she took a breather under a Peepal tree. It was painted on heavy arches paper using transparent watercolor.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Sunday, June 3, 2018
I am here after a long time. These two sets of paintings are travelling to far shores to be exhibited in a small show and am I excited!
Rhythme Des Fleurs
My connection with Indian Classical Music is known to most and it has largely crept into my artwork and way of living. When I was asked to exhibit what I think constitutes me, what more could I think than music and flowers! Each bouquet here is vying for space along with each piece of a set of Tablas ( Indian percussion instruments used for accompaniment in Indian Classical Music). The tablas are a very important part in North Indian Classical music. They determine complex math which correspond to each note of a rendition and are often responsible for making or marring a performance. I am lucky to have a set at home, belonging to my Guruji and this is not the first time I have made these serious set of instruments pose for my art! The tablas are a formidable set of instruments for every classical singer - a source of delight as well as fear for the possibility of missing a beat and spoiling the whole performance! All in all, they are the most sought after apparatus in music!
Rosa 1 and 2These abstract flowers represent the complexity of life. We exist among so many dynamics, but yet we make a beautiful presentation of it!
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Thursday, December 21, 2017
I saw this woman in Rishikesh on my last trip to India earlier this year.She was one among many who flock the banks of river Ganga, seeking peace and hoping to find their spiritual identity in their twilight years.I always find inspiration in Rishikesh, among simple and free spirited people.
The portrait was done using layers of pastel pencil,
Title: Woman in Lemon Shawl
Size : 48x34
Medium: Pastel pencil on Pastel Mat
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Friday, December 15, 2017
"To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong." Joseph Chilton Pearce
mountain village in North Sikkim. It is about 118 kms away
from Lachung. Most tourists spend a night at Lachung
before proceeding to Zero point in the morning. Zero point
offers stunning views of snow clad mountains
and soaring coniferous trees.
The charcoal drawing as below is a scene that we came across
while we were travelling towards Zero point during
early morning hours.
At Zero Point
Charcoal drawing on Cartridge paper
Size 6"X 8"
I decided to photograph the drawing in stages so that the viewers
can see the simple techniques that I have followed
in order to complete this artwork.
Step 1. Created a faint outline and then used willow charcoal
for the background mountains.
Step 2. Additional strokes using willow charcoal to block in
the darker values in the foreground.
Step 3. Lifted out clouds in the distance using kneaded eraser
and used charcoal pencil in the foreground to
to create the coniferous trees and foliage.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
"Colour is the pulse of the painting." Michele Cooper
The pastel painting as below is of a morning scene from
Keoladeo Ghana National Park, in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
I visited this beautiful Sanctuary in the month
of November, some years back.
The morning sun rays lit up the tall dry grass
blades and the scene came up live and vibrant with colours.
The warm colours of the sunlit grass was such a contrast to the
cool colours of the shadows in the surroundings.
The Morning Glow
Soft pastel painting on Canson MT paper
Size 6"X 8"
The soft pastel painting as above progressed in stages.
I am posting two images below.
Step 1. Keeping the composition in mind, I drew a faint outline
and then blocked in the major shapes using the underlying
dark colours keeping in mind the values.
( The sky and water were painted in similar colours )
Step 2. Started the second layer of colours, adding details and
strokes to suggest foliage, grass etc.Smudging only
if required, else I just leave original pastel strokes.
Step 3. In the final stage of the pastel painting, added highlights
and few other details.
and few other details.