Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Capturing Toronto

I am not sure how, but somehow I completely forgot about making this post. I would have done it about 50 days back had this not completely slipped out my mind. After all this was the first time I was painting outside India and that too the summer landscapes of Toronto. Summers are the best time to be in Toronto. Everyone is out enjoying the sun and the warm weather after the tough winters. Hence there is a buzz all around. I was there for a month and went out painting at every opportunity I could find. 

Here are some of the works I did and I immensely enjoyed doing these. And to add icing on the cake I happened to meet up a few artists just by pure chance. It was a joy to interact with them in that short time. I really cant wait to get back there and paint again. 

p.s The beer in Toronto was great too.

En Plein Air at St Lawrence Market

En Plein Air at Distillery District

En Plein Air at Harbour Front

En Plein Air at High Park

En Plein Air at Queen's Park

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Chilika Explorations

About four months back I had made a trip to Chilika lake (again) with my family. We traveled on an open boat for about 3 hrs to reach a small island. The island had a small temple where people from the land came to offer prayers sometimes. We managed to cook our lunch on the boat which we devoured sitting under a tree in front of the temple. It was the migration season so birds from far away countries gave us company all the time. 

Among all this I was struck by the serenity of the majestic lake once again. After I returned for the last four months I have been trying to replicate the 'feel' on paper since then. I wont say I have been successful, but the journey has been good. Here are some of the works that came out of this journey.

Chilika Explorations - XI
20 x 28 inch

Chilika Explorations - VII
21 x 14 inch

Chilika Explorations - X
10 x 14 inch

Chilika Explorations - II
21 x 14 inch

Few WC sketches



Monday, February 22, 2016

Double Delight

This year has started with a bang. 2 of my works got selected for two of the most prestigious annual shows of India. Namely the annual shows of Art Society of India and Bombay Art Society. The exhibition for Art Society has already been wrapped up. The Bombay Art Society show starts on 23rd Feb at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and will be on till 29th Feb.


Working Class of the Temple City
21 x 14
Selected for Art Society Of India


Working Class Series - V
21 x 14
Selected for Bombay Art Society

Monday, February 15, 2016

A little piece of Goan beaches

I spent the last 5 days of 2015 lazing around in Goa and soaking up the sun in its amazing beaches. Was lucky to manage few works while lying on the beach bed. Hope you enjoy these.


En Plein Air at Aswem Beach, 29 Dec, 2015
9 x 12 inch


 En Plein Air at Baga Beach, 30 Dec, 2015
9 x 12 inch


En Plein Air at Aswem Beach, 31 Dec, 2015
9 x 12 inch


Quick sketch on Aswem beach

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Arise O Son of Kunti

Maj Somnath Sharma grew up listening to stories from Bhagvad Geeta from his grand father and was inspired to become a soldier. Little did anyone know then that eventually he will be an example of courage and determination and a source of inspiration for generations to come. 
He came from a family of soldiers and doctors and did his schooling at the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College (Now Rashtriya Indian Military College). Later he joined the Royal Military Academy and then was commissioned into the 8th Battalion, 19th Hyderabad Regiment (later 4th Battalion, Kumaon Regiment) of the Indian Army. The last battle that he fought was the battle of Badgam to defend the Kashmir valley. 
Under heavy fire and outnumbered seven to one, he urged his company to fight bravely, often exposing himself to danger as he ran from post to post. Despite the forward two platoons falling, Sharma desperately clung to his position with the depth platoon.

While he was busy fighting the enemy, a mortar shell exploded on the ammunition near him. His last message to Brigade HQ received a few moments before he was killed was

"The enemies is only 50 yards from us. We are hopelessly outnumbered. I will not withdraw one inch but fight to the last man last round." (from Wikipedia) 
When he was martyred in battle of Badgam a copy of Geeta was recovered from his pocket. Posthumously he was awarded the very first Param Vir Chakra, the highest gallantry award of India.

This painting was done during Sanskar Bharati youth artist camp in Mumbai (24 Dec to 27 Dec 2015). The challenge was to create a 2x3 ft painting in acrylic depicting the childhood story of a famous personality which will serve as an inspiration for young generation. The painting had to be created completely from imagination without the help of any references. This was really a heavy challenge attempting which gave a huge amount of learning. And a big thank you to Kamath Vasudeo sir without whose guidance I would have been completely lost. Also thanks to Sanskar Bharati for selecting me for the camp. It was great to meet artists from all over India and learn from them.




Sunday, October 11, 2015

Invitation to Group Show at Mumbai

Finally its Mumbai... Huh..

I am not only delighted , but also feel blessed to be part of this watercolor group exhibition in Mumbai, which features my idols and some other great artists.

Below is the invite and other details. 

I hope to see you in Mumbai

Exhibition Title - Fluid Expression
Venue              - Nehru Art Center, Worli, Mumbai
Time                - 20th to 26th October, 11 AM to 7 PM daily





Friday, September 25, 2015

Workshop Series

The subject matter for this series is quite unusual. Its nothing like anything that I have done before. I t was challenging, frustrating and yet lot of fun in the end.
Presenting my workshop series...


Workshop - I
21 x 14 inch


Workshop - II
14 x 10 inch


Workshop - III
21 x 14 inch


Workshop - IV
21 x 14 inch