Friday, July 27, 2012

Sappers at Ulsoor

This is the boat club of Madras Sappers Regiment at Ulsoor lake. Ulsoor lake is one of my favorite places in Bangalore. In a cramped city here one gets to experience a little bit of space. And with greenery and avian life around the lake spending time here always brings peace. This was done from a plein air sketch I had done about 2 months back. Both are posted. 

While the plein air one is crisp, this has a little more subdued feel. It was not planned that way. It just turned out that way. As they say watercolor has its own ways. We'll never know.

And of course the plein air work always has the spontaneity that studio pieces fail to have.

p.s. By the way Superb Sandra's painting has been shortlisted for a competition. Please visit her post (click here) to know about it and if you like her entry dont forget to vote. :)

Title : Sappers @ Ulsoor
Size : 20 x 26 inch
Medium : Watercolor on paper

Plein air sketch @ Ulsoor lake

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Useful.. May be

I realized that I never post anything useful in my blog. This post will try to break that. I thought I'll share one of my working methods with you. And may be you benefit from it.

Now this method is one of my working methods and not the only method I follow. But I thought of sharing this because I thought it may be a little unique, and its just so much fun.

Whenever I work from photographs I don't directly work from it. There is an intermediate stage where I make a sketch using the photo which usually involves moving things here and there, eliminating stuff, adding elements, playing with tonal values etc. The idea is to come up with a composition from the photo which can be painted. Mostly I do this step with pencil. But sometimes a clear idea does not get formed even after trying out a lot of things. Or may be sometimes I want to get a lot more clarity on the idea. Then I do this.

I do a few fun sketches in watercolor itself. This is how I do it.

1. I tape my paper (usually half imperial) to divide it into four parts. Sometimes the parts are equal and sometimes they are not. Really depends on my mood.I picked this paper division thing from Robert Wade.
2. Then I do my drawings.
3. Next I generally put down a note on top of each part mentioning the time of the day/mood that I am aiming to achieve in each part. Not always though.
4. Then using only 3 primaries (generally) I start coloring them simultaneously. This way I don't have to wait for layers to dry in a painting.
5. I try out whatever ideas I have in my mind. This is important because I get a general idea about what will work for that painting. And more importantly what will not work.
6. Remove the tape in the end and again make note of what has and what has not worked.

This way I get a reference for my painting which has a lot of information and lot of clarity of thought while having loads of fun. Sometimes one of these sketches turn out just perfect. A finished painting in its own right.

 Stage 1: Drawings are done. Note about the time/mood has been made.
 Stage 2: A snapshot of simultaneous paintings. Just trying out everything I have in my head

Stage 3: All sketches done. Now its time to reflect and find out what worked and more importantly what did not.

Another older study

Let me know if you enjoyed this post. If you learnt anything from this it will be great. Let me know.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Game Rain and Mood

Game Rain and Mood. Yes this is the title of this painting. I really could not get a better title. So just going with this. 

Last Friday evening we had a game of football (not the American one :)) and it started to rain. I guess it must be at least ten years since a football game in rain for me. It was really a lot of fun. As we were returning back it was getting dark. Sun had already set, but the far sky had some warmth. We were tired. Vehicles were slowly starting to put their lights on while the road was wet and slippery. A kind of dark and sombre mood had set in after all that thrill from the game. I had my moment of inspiration. On Sunday I painted this from memory.

I did not like certain things in the final painting. The car on the left of the painting could have been much further in the distance. The over all dark feel probably has got exaggerated more than necessary. Etc etc (as always). But when I see the painting it reminds me of how it felt that time. Which I think is awesome.

What do you feel about it??

Title - Game Rain and Mood
Size - 22 x 15 inch
Medium - Watercolor on paper

Friday, July 13, 2012

Recent en plein air works

My group show titled Verve is currently going on in Art Perspective Gallery in Delhi. It opened yesterday and will be on till 15th August 2012. I could not make it to the opening. So I really dont know what happened. But here are a few press coverage about the show.

A promised I am posting the outdoor work that I did last Sunday and some more which I have done in the recent times. Hope you like them.

 Plein air - Couldy Day @ Venkatappa
Size - 15 x 11 inch

 Plein air @ Rangashankara
Size - 15 x 11 inch

Plein air @ The Valley school
Size - 22 x 15 inch

Monday, July 9, 2012

Invitational group show

Hi everyone. Not really been active here for sometime now. Reason for that is that I was on a small break and was consciously keeping away from the computer. I am back now and with some really good news.

I am really happy and honored to announce about my next group show. It starts 12th July at Art perspective  gallery in New Delhi. My works will be shown along with 18 other watercolorists from all over India. And the fact that some of them are people I have idolized makes it so much special for me.

Unfortunately I'll not be able to make it as I am just back from a break and moreover Delhi is not really near Bangalore. But if you happen to be in Delhi please do visit the show. And if you find something in the newspapers do let me know too.

I could not get to paint during my break. That is like for about fifteen days. Yesterday I went out painting en plein air and it was just awesome. More on that later. Till then take care.