Thursday, April 14, 2011

Backwaters continued..

Title - Lets Talk
Size - 14 x 21 inch
Medium - Watercolor on paper

Title - Boat Stop
Size - 21 x 14 inch
Medium - Watercolor on paper

Here I am again with 2 new paintings of my backwater series. I am not very happy with the way things are coming out now. But I guess they are leading me somewhere. So still some more to paint in this series.

It has become quiet hot and dry now here in Bangalore. That means paper dries really fast now a days. So you can guess how frustrating it gets some times. I think I'll have to increase my speed of painting to counter the heat. I have to adapt. That is it from my side... until next time..Take care..

18 comments:

Pat said...

What aren't you liking, Prabal?
I like the top one, but feel that maybe you haven't quite finished it yet.. it feels to me like it needs deeper colour in the water like your second painting, which I absolutely love!

Would it help if you put some gum arabic in your paint? Would that slow the drying down a little?

Prabal said...

Pat,
I did the second one first and thought may be the water could have been a little lighter. And when I did the first one after that I thought may be the water could have been a little darker. So basically I am not getting that perfect tone right now. And the first one had a lot of potential which probably does not show in the painting.

I have never used Gum arabic. But I think I'll try to get some now..

AK said...

Prabal, I do not know why you are not happy. Both the paintings are really nice. I some how like the top one more. Probably the colors are more pleasing. But like you said each work takes you some where. Keep going.

Sandra said...

This place looks so beautiful! I can almost feel the humidity radiating from the paintings. I really like your series Prabal :0)

hmuxo said...

I truly love the first one..awesome colors and beautifully detailed. A beautiful scene, Prabal.

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Its all right to be unhappy...helps us to understand where we went wrong and learn from our mistakes :)
And I feel that we should revisit our paintings after a while...adding something or making some corrections if possible to make them work!
And I agree with you...its so damn hot here and very difficult to paint now!

Prabal said...

AK sir,
Thank you for those encouraging words.

Sandra,
You are always so good. :). Thank you..

Prabal said...

Hilda,
Good to know that you liked it. Makes me feel good.

Ramesh,
I completely agree with the first part. But I am not really comfortable revisiting old paintings. It takes a lot of determination to do that actually.

Gary Keimig said...

I think they are quite good Prabal. I see what you are saying. Isn't painting a wonderful journey?
Thanks for the kind comment on my art blog

Gary Keimig said...

I really like Backwater Living.

Jeanne @The Noodle Factory said...

I'm new to blogging and just discovered your blog. I think your work is lovely. I particularly appreciate your gift for composition! But what I love most is your courage in posting your artistic journey for all to see. It's what I hope to do. I've been an artist lacking in confidence for a long time and have decided to face my fears in the hopes of improving my abilities (and confidence). The kind and encouraging tone of the comments you've received boosts my courage to share my own journey.
I'll definitely be visiting your blog frequently.

Liana Yarckin said...

First, have you tried wetting your paper on both sides in the sink, shower or bath tub? I notice that keeps the paper wet for so much longer.

Although, I like both paintings, I think that in the vertical one both the background and the reflections in the water are very closer which doesn't allow either one to sing. I don't remember the rule or trick I should say, but, I think I have heard that the reflections in water need to be either really dark with a lighter background or really light with a dark backgroun.

Last, Prabal, I tried to find Jeane Carboneti on the internet with no luck and then on blogger. Who is this? I am so curious now.

Resham said...

Prabal, I've passed on the Versatile blogger award your way. Hope you'll accept it, and pass it on.

http://artcraftcart.blogspot.com/2011/04/versatile-blogger-award.html

Art with Liz said...

You've achieved a wonderful vibrancy of colour in these two Prabal. I like the almost 'jungle' feel to them - the backwaters must be a pretty awesome place to paint!

Crystal Cook said...

Prabal I just don't get why you don't like these! Every time I see your work all I see is fresh, spontaneous, confident, masterly handling of the paint and a scene that makes me want to know what the story is behind each painting.

I really love both of them, and your style too.

So, basically I think you're awesome and that these are really, REALLY good. :) I'll be waiting to see more from your series.

Prabal said...

Gary,
I am glad you liked backwater living.

Jeane,
First of all thank you for visiting my blog. I do share everything here because I think that is important for me to learn. And of course my wonderful artist friends keep encouraging me all the time.

Prabal said...

Liana,
I only wet my paper on both side once in the begining. Then for subsequent layers I do not do that. And I would agree with you regrading the tones. My main worry is that I am not getiing the tones correct.
I have left a message on your blog abt Jeanne.

Resham,
Thank you for the award. This is my first award ever and I'll do the needful.

Prabal said...

Liz,
backwaters is actually quiet awesome. There are Canals like Venice. But you'll find lot of forestation on the banks of the canals and some resorts.

Crystal,
Basically you are sweet. :)