Monday, November 9, 2009

Mustard Fields

Mustard fields in watercolorThis scene of mustard harvest is very common in the state of Punjab in India. Mustard fields have been romanticized in Bollywood films like DDLJ .

Mustard fields in watercolor sketch
This is done from a photo. I did a preliminary sketch and then did the painting. I wanted to paint from the feel/impression that I had got from the photo. So when I was doing the painting I was looking only at the sketch for reference and not at the photo that I did the sketch from.

21 comments:

pc said...

loved the way the trees are done ! great job.

You could have painted the mustard flowers more yellow though.

Megha Chhatbar said...

I agree with PC...You could have painted mustard flowers more yellow. Nevertheless, a beautiful painting. Well done!

Prabal said...

Thanks Guys. Thanks for the suggestion too.

Ajay Patil said...

trees are done beutifuly. the composition has basic problem. horizon devides picture in centre. the mustrad filed should have been yellower as said earlier, wash of Gamboge Hue and then adding some wet in wet greens whould have given better results. add splatter using toothe brush if you wish

Sishir said...

Hello Prabal, nice painting.
Like you I'm too an untrained artist and i agree with you, that nothing gives more satisfaction.
All the best.

Madhu said...

Nice control of watercolour except for composition which is dividing the pic. Otherwise both are good in their own way.

Prabal said...

Thanks Ajay and Madhu for the suggestion. I was aware of this divide when I was doing the painting. But I could not get any way out around it and decided to do it as it is.

Prabal said...

Sishir,
Thanks for stopping by. I happened to look at your paintings. I thought they were nothing less than exceptional.

Sishir said...

Thanks Prabal& welcome to my blog. Glad to know you likes my paintings. I uploaded a new painting of Meera Bai hope u like that too!

sreenivasa ram makineedi said...

Wonderful paintings.
Me too started daily paintings inspired by duane keiser.

Arti said...

Hi Prabal..This is a lovely painting.Only the yellow is missing--as everybody has already pointed out!if I was to paint mustard fields, it would be just yellow and green!But your color scheme is different..the cluster of trees provide a different outlook altogether... and it looks good to me.Keep painting!

Prabal said...

Sreenivasa,
Thank you very much.

Arti,
Thank you too. Bright yellow is too difficult a color to handle for me. So I took the safe path and subdued it. With practice one day I hope I'll be able to handle such colors. :)

I think with the color scheme the painting has become like Raag Bhairavi (One of the very few raagas I can recognize).

ruchi singh said...

DDLJ was the start of romantic fervor for most of us I guess!! I love it, Im travelling and really hope to get back home and upload more paintings...
Its beautiful!

Prabal said...

Thanks Ruchi. I am waiting for your paintings.

sanjeev joshi said...

first one is really lovely.keep it up.

Prabal said...

Thank you Sanjeev for the appreciation

Anonymous said...

arre prabal yeh wala to too good hai. colours se ekdum winter ka yaad aa gayaa. maybe its the dark trees that do it. I love the trees. and the halo around the couple(?)'s heads.

About the horizontal division, maybe one tareeqa is to assume that your view is not parallel to the field but at an angle. so the horizon can be like the line 2X+7Y = 14



~Sahu

Prabal said...

Thanks Sahu. The couple does not have a halo around their head. They are wearing caps as it is winter.

And for a moment I was thinking what in the world is that formula.. :)

Manuel Casabranca said...

Great work. I like the colors (stain) and rithm of lines (composition)
best regards

Prabal said...

Thank you very much Manuel

Bharath MC said...

Double Awesome !!