Saturday, February 25, 2012

Brass.. Yes it is..

First of all thank you guys for leaving a comment for me in the previious post. And thank you for reading the interview too. It means a lot to me. 

Okay.. bad news first. I have not been keeping well for a few days. Had some respiratory problems. And I have not been painting. :(. But the good news is that I am getting better. It will take some time for me to get back. Till then I thought I'll post this work that I had done before I fell ill. This too was done from a live setup and the lamp used was the same one. With a molten shed. This time it did melt a little further. LOL. And yes they may not look like, but they are supposed to be brass artefacts as the title suggests.By the way that is my sis in the photograph and she is annoyed that I did a bad job of her photograph. :)

Anyway signing off now. Please wish me fast recovery. I need it and am sure it is going to help me.

Title : Composition with brass
Size : 11 x 15 inch
Medium : Watercolor on paper

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Milk and Biscuits

First of all I am thrilled to tell you all that the awesome Carrie Waller featured my art in her blog as a Friday Feature. You can check it out here. Thank you Carrie. It was absolute pleasure.

Now coming to the painting. After the flowers I did last time I thought of doing some cutlery as still life and set this up on my table. Though there was no milk in the funnily shaped mug, I am calling it Milk and Biscuits. I feel it has a nice ring to it.  

This piece is going to remain in my memory for a long time as something disastrous yet funny thing happened during this painting. I had bought a new table lamp to do the lighting of these still life studies I have started. I wanted a typical old timer's table lamp with a metal shed. But all I got was this one with a plastic shed. The plastic was supposed to be heat resistant, otherwise why should it be put on a lamp. At least that is what I assumed till disaster struck. It was around mid night and my painting was nearing completion and suddenly I see something hanging from the table lamp. It was the molten plastic from the lamp shed which had solidified while dropping out of the lamp. I am planning to continue with the lamp just to see how big the hole in the shed can get. 
Till then have a great day. And do make sure that that there is no plastic in your lamp shed. :)

Title : Milk and Biscuits
Size : 11 x 15 inch
Medium : Watercolor on paper

Monday, February 13, 2012

Plein air Sunday

This Sunday we were back at Museum again for plein air. I reached a little early to get that first sunlight of the day and it was completely worth it. This is the museum building opposite to the museum canteen which I had done earlier. The subject of old British building against the backdrop of modern buildings was very interesting with a strong sunlight and some tourists to liven up the scene. 
I can see a strong influence of some of my favorite artists in this work. Probably the scene is such that those influences just came in. What do you feel?

Plein air @ Museum - 12 Feb 2012
Size - 15 x 11 inch
Medium - Watercolor on paper

Friday, February 10, 2012


Flowers are very deceptive. You think they are easy to paint until you try. There are so many complex shapes in each flower. When you think of simplifying you dont know where to start. My last attempt of live flower painting was a huge disaster. It was more than a year back. I again tried and this time it is better. I think it was a good exercise and I think ought to do this more often, no matter what the result is.

Title : Composition with Three Roses
Size : 15 x 11 inch
Medium : Watercolor on Paper

Monday, February 6, 2012

The final final one

Okay here is the final painting of the Chilika Stills series. My last painting in this series was the final one when it was painted. But I thought I just might do one more. My initial composition was a vertical one and consisted of only the left side of the painting. But I thought that would be too obvious a composition and hence I did this horizontal composition with more of the water on the right. Had to add those buoys to lead the eye into the painting. Whether it worked or not I dont know. But I am glad that I tried it.

By doing this series and reflecting on it I found that I tend to become a bit tight when there are not much of free shapes to play around. I got to keep this in mind when I am painting from now onwards. Hopefully it will make me a better painter.
Title : Chilika Stills - V
Size : 15 x 22 inch
Medium : Watercolor on paper

By the way my 2 day group show at Aliiance Francaise went off very well. It was well atteneded and my work was appreciated.

And here is a plein air painting I did yesterday at Tipu's summer palace here in Bangalore. It is a small palace made completely of teak wood. I found that there was a good play of light and shadow on the side wall of the palace than any other place. So I painted that. Though it does not reveal anything much about the palace, I think this was a good subject. Or at least I painted what attracted me.

Signing off now. Wishing you all a great week ahead.

Plein air @ Tipu's Summer palace, Bangalore - 05th Feb, 2012
Size : 15 x 22 inch
Medium : Watercolor on paper