Monday, November 30, 2009

Goa series II - View from Aguada

view from fort Aguada - watercolor
Fort Aguada is one of the more famous tourists spots in Goa. Its on a small hill and it probably used to be a jail in old times. One can get a bird's eye view of the vast expanse of Arabian sea dotted with steamers and boats from here. This view is from one corner of the fort.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Inspired by Goa - I

House at Calangutte - Watercolor
I had made a short trip to Goa 2 weeks back. It was my first visit to Goa and I was floored. Goa was very inspirational. It made me want to paint almost everything out there. I had taken some pictures and planning to turn a few of them into paintings. This is the first of the series.

This was a house behind my Hotel. It had enough space around it and it was filled with greenery. It had a certain calmness around it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Back after a small break

Watercolor painting of Puri

Hi everyone. I have been in and out of Bangalore in last 2 weeks and have not been able to keep much in touch. Moreover I have not been able to paint for a long time now. Plan to get back to it asap.

This is an old painting of the grand road of Puri that I had attempted about 7-8 months back in monochrome.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Larger than life

In other words this painting is called 'melodrama'. I call this a fantasy-scape. :)

Fantasy scape in watercolor

Thursday, November 12, 2009

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.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Painting dark to light

Watercolor painting - Through the mazeSometime back I stumbled upon this page which talks about getting a lot of freshness in painting when one paints dark to light instead of traditional light to dark in watercolors. So I gave it a try.

Sketch - Through the mazeFirst I did the sketch as suggested in the page and then did the painting with some changes from the sketch. In the painting I used the suggested technique in the trees only. And here is the outcome. I think the sketch ended up being more fresh looking than the painting.