Friday, October 8, 2010

Trying different stuff

Today I am posting 2 paintings in which my approach was very different compared to how I normally paint. It was a conscious attempt to break monotony in the first case and the second case the decision was taken on the fly.

This one is the outcome of the Niladri Kumar concert I had been to. I tried to paint quickly with really dark hues in an almost abstract manner. I am not sure how this has come out.

Title - The Zitarist
Size - 15 x 21 inch
Medium - Watercolor on paper

I started this as usual. But when I put the first wash the paper behaved very unpredictably. It also dulled the color. It was one of those defective papers that you sometimes have in a pad. So I decided to paint quickly, which is not very natural to me. I am a bit of a lazy painter. It came out better than I expected with a good likeness.

Dad's portrait - II


Crystal Cook said...

I think they're both fantastic Prabal. I really love the color and energy of the top one. And your Dad's portrait is great too. Love that expression :) Awesome work!

Carol Blackburn said...

Very interesting, Prabal. Love them both. The portrait of your Dad has a sense of movement to it, a certain energy.

Liana Yarckin said...

good going, Prabal. I like the first experiment. great colors, confident brush strokes and shapes.

Sandra Busby said...

It's always good to try new things, to stretch yourself and paint in an inventive way. This is something I am trying to do. I love the vibrant colours in the top one and it's painted in a dramatic way - It's great! The portrait is good because you have managed to capture his expression enough that you can see behind the eyes which is a difficult thing to do :0)

Prabal said...

Thanks for your comment. I still cant believe I did not win in your portrait contest. LOL. In the first one I was trying to capture the energy that I had felt when I had attended the concert. Since you felt it I feel very good now.

We all artists are always trying to reinvent ourselves. Isnt it. In my dad's portrait I am very happy that I was able to capture his typical expression.

Prabal said...


I am glad that you liked both of them. I hope you enjoy your current painting.

Thanks a ton lady. I have got good encouragement for my experimentation now.

SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
This fabulous work with us
Good creations

Art with Liz said...

Well, you certainly have excelled yourself here Prabal! The zitarist is amazing! I love good abstracts and this is certainly one! And the speedy portrait of your dad really works!

Prabal said...

Thank you for your comments. I am glad you liked it.

What nice words of appreciation. Thank you very much.

Sadia said...

Very nice Prabal! Your conventional paintings are excellent , but this is a great attempt and you should do this more often!

Gary Keimig said...

very interesting and colorful Prabal. Great job.
God bless,

Prabal said...

Sadia and Gary,
Thanks for your encouraging words.. I'll keep trying something new..