Tuesday, 5 March 2013
Glad to be back doing what I like,Painting flowers.Such a wonderful gift I received from my dear friends in New York(thankyou Neetu) a book by Jean Haines -Atmospheric watercolors.I liked her writing style ,its as good as her paintings.Its a wonderful book.I am trying to learn Jeans art of freestyle painting.The Tulips shown below is my first attempt.Painting this small picture I could feel how I am restraining myself trying to add the right colors and right shapes to the tulips.I did breakaway a little bit but not all.The end result look lively than if I had tried to copy a real tulip flower.Just like Jean said I did have lots of fun throwing in some unusual colors into the background before I even painted the form of the flowers I hope to do more of this style soon.Do let me know how you like this simple painting.
Friday, 22 February 2013
A simple picture to try out something different from flowers. I did some experiment with the way I washed the sky.Then also the small details like the fence and trees were enhanced by drawing with ink on the watercolor after it has dried.This painting is now exhibited at the exhibition at Asset Zing.
Thursday, 21 February 2013
Hi there, this one is my favourite flower painting.I took a lot of time to perfect it .I almost abandoned it when I thought the half opened flower on the left was ruined . But when it finished I was really surprised at the life like quality of the petals.Hard work does pay off! Hope my viewers do enjoy this.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
When I started seriously doing watercolors I wanted to concentrate and excel in one type of subject before I ventured into more complicated paintings. This was how I started painting flowers. Now you may notice that I have started on landscapes mostly having gardens . This painting Iris flowerscape(I like this word!) was part of the painting exhibition. There are yellow irises too in this ledge of irises.A few mistakes like the two fence for climbing plants went out of propotion and the slabs at the left hand corner should have been straight. Well I am glad I learn from these stupid mistakes. I loved the way the iris flowers came out and overall many liked this painting too.
Please also look at my Iris painting in an earlier post which had the highest views in my blog.
Monday, 18 February 2013
This watercolor painting was done for the exhibition but I had selected mostly floral paintings to keep a theme . This one came from a picture in a travel magazine reviewing Mauritius as a holiday destination. Mmm .. good spot for my next holiday!. Painting the boat was fun but somehow the view of the sea didnot match the photograph.I love the color of the sea and it looks shallow that one can walk to the boat.Do enjoy my painting and let me know your views.
Do check out my other boat painting which is a real hit at the exhibition.This one I have done long back when I was learning watercolor painting and it is done on hand made paper .
Saturday, 16 February 2013
Its been an eventful week and a whole new experience with the opening of my exhibition.There was news in the local newspapers about the exhibition and television coverage too. Past few days many of my colleagues came to see the paintings and their comments and feedback were really encouraging. I was also able to meet some old friends and made some new friends too. Together with me their were other two artists Ms Anitha Kartha and Ms Bindya Rajagopal . Anitha Kartha specialize in mural paintings and her oil paintings of nature are very detailed and pleasing .Ms Bindya is a professional contemporary artist ,she is an art academy award winner and she also has her own art gallery.
These are some of the paintings I have exhibited for the show. The phalaenopsis (orchid ) painting is one of my favourite.
Monday, 14 January 2013
Here I have lilies again in watercolor. The oldest flower was done on a darker tone than the others.
I have done lilies in water color earlier. Do have a look at them here.
Sunday, 13 January 2013
Kerala my native land is the most sought after tourist destination in India. November and December are the days for temple festivals and its tourist season too. Its great to be able to enjoy this beautiful land and its festivals. When we are young we look forward to becoming part of all other places other than our native land.At one point in our life we come back and enjoy all this, remembers so many sweet memories of our childhood in this land. I am glad we have not lost all of the old world charm in this modern world.
So to celebrate being in kerala here is my painting on festival called pooram .During these pooram festival each temple showcase their brilliance in art and music . Umberallas of many colors are showcased from elephant tops. The umberallas are not only brightly colored but have very beautiful decorations.There is special panchavadyam( musical concert ) to accompany the display.The crowds throng to see these festivals not only the people from the neighborhood but also people from other states and countries.This is an abstract painting of the pooram festival . My main aim was to show the hundreds of people who gather here . And they truly complete the picture of the festivities.I loved the way the colors came out and would like to hear your comments.
Hello all my artists friends and visitors to my blog .Wishing all of you a successful year with lots of colors and creativity.
My new year resolution ought to be one painting every day. Now I am able to do one every three days only.Some one warned me that the quality of my paintings will come down if I try to do it in such a rush.Well I disagree each one is giving me a lot of insights on what I could have changed for the better.Well some of the paintings are coming out well and I think painting everyday is the real experience .
This is a simple landscape painted a few days before to submit for the creative everyday challenge. I had used silver color for the pebbles in the water. Silver and golden color was in a japanese watercolor paint set I received from a japanese friend.
Working with watercolors make you put more and more color and sometimes you tend to overdo and you wish you had stopped a little before. This is what happened when I painted the mountains and the trees in this painting. But I still like the picture overall.Do visit my blog and let me know your comments.
Sunday, 30 December 2012
Monday, 10 December 2012
Recently I had an opportunity to spend three evenings watching a drama ,baul artiste and bharatanatyam dance. The performance of parvathy Baul was soul searching and mystic. The baul songs are devotional songs.To know more check out this link http://parvathybaul.srijan.asia/
Dance with spirituality ,divine music and a story to tell inspired me to do my next painting.
This picture was in the news recently about the dance drama Jalam by Samudra centre for Indian contemporary Performing arts ,Kerala. My painting in watercolor is just a variation from the original photograph,with my version of a story.. Some one who is always there to catch hold of your hand and pull you to safety when you are falling falling into nowhere. Hope my visitors will like it and your comments are welcome.
|never letting go|
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Today's painting is a farm house with a view of a daffodils field.This painting was done in water color and I have used aqua color pencils to highlight the flowers .I wanted to combine a landscape and flowers. The reference is from a photo in a brochure of a flower bulb company.They have grown white daffodils in the east slope of the farmhouse from where they sell flower bulbs. That is great marketing I think,showcasing your own products near your store.I would love buying those daffodils!
Its a simple painting I just left white spaces for the white daffodils. I loved painting the brick wall separating the field from the house.Hope to post more landscapes and flowers soon.Let me know your views.
Monday, 16 April 2012
Phalaenopsis Kaleidoscope In Watercolour