Thursday, May 19, 2011


Hi everybody. A quick announcement. I am participating in a group exhibition of paintings at Renaissance Gallery, Bangalore. The exhibition runs from 20th May to 25th May with Sunday as a holiday. Timings are 11 AM to 7 PM daily. So if you are around please drop by. And I would be really happy if you buy one of my paintings. :)

Here is a collage of some of my paintings that will be on display. And the gallery is situated in Westminster building on Cunningham road if you are planning to visit. The telephone number of the gallery is 080 - 22202232.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Plein air..

I did some plein air work this weekend and the last weekend too at Lalbaugh. I am posting the outcome. Some okay, some not so okay. Anyway here they are. But its always great fun to paint outdoors.

I also realized that for some tricky compositions I needed to have a view finder. Hopefully I'll have one next time. And being a not so organized person I always end up forgetting something or the other. I think a checklist will of help. Those, who do not score very high on being organized must have a checklist for plein air painting I guess. Imagine if you forget your pad or your brushes.

Happy painting..

Friday, May 6, 2011

Indian Ocean

Title - Indian Ocean
Size - 21 x 14 inch
Medium - Watercolor on paper

So here it is finally. Indian Ocean. I tried to bring out the character of each member on stage through different color schemes. I hope you enjoy this.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Indian Ocean - In progress

Okay. The suspense of my last post did not really last. But still I'll formally break the suspense now. The sketches in the last post were that of a cult Indian band called Indian Ocean. Here is the wiki link. I have been the biggest fan of this band since I heard them first in 2000. Their music ans story has had a very strong influence on me. A documentary film titled 'Leaving Home' was made in the band and was released last year to rave reviews. It is one of the most inspirational movies I have ever seen.

I have been thinking of doing some paintings on them for a very long time, but never got the courage to do it. Portraits are tough anyway. And doing 4 portraits in one painting is a big ask. But finally I am doing it. It started off well. But midway it was not going the way I wanted it to. Anyway it is about 70% complete now and in my next post I'll post the painting no matter what is the outcome.

Before starting the painting I did a quick watercolor sketch of my favorite person in the band, just to gain some confidence. I am posting that for now. And in the meanwhile you can enjoy some of their music.

Desert Rain
Bula Raha

And by the way they have also been a band that lives by its own terms. Here in India record labels actually exploit musicians. But musicians have no other option other than going with a label. But Indian Ocean ditched record labels and was the first band in India to release their latest album on internet for free. You can download those songs for free on their site.