Thursday, May 23, 2013


Hi there.. This is the fourth painting of my Chikmagalur series. When I started I thought this was going to be a rather simple painting. Very easy. Yes thats what I thought. And I started complicating it. I was in no time brought back to my senses by this medium called watercolor. 

Beauty of this medium is that nothing is easy, but everything can me made simple. :)

In my last painting I liked the central part and thought that only that could have also made a painting. So I made another painting, but changed the mood.

Have you done something like this before? Same painting or part of a painting painted differently. The hangover of the first painting was so strong that I just can not appreciate the new one. How have you felt?

Chikmagalur series - IV
22 x 15 inch

Last painting cropped  

New painting with different mood

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Nesting Grounds

This is where we stayed for the first night at Chikmagalur. It was on the hill side below a coffee estate and was overlooking the valley. I had woken up early to see the sunrise here, but to my surprise it was all foggy and beautiful. I did not mind missing the sunrise. I have taken a little bit of artistic license while doing this. I wanted to capture that feeling of fog and suggestion of the valley as seen from the building. 

I was on a small break for a week. This was done just before I went on vacation. Cant wait to start painting again. A week is actually quiet a long time. :)

Have a great weekend.

Nesting Grounds
Chikmagalur series - III
15 x 22 inch

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Almost there.. Somewhere

One the second morning of my weekend trip to Chikmagalur three of us woke up early and went for a walk. There was a small hillock nearby which we scaled. I clicked this picture then. Again it was asking to be painted. 

Almost there... somewhere
Chikmagalur series - II
22x15 inch

Friday, May 3, 2013

Chikmagalur - I

A couple of weeks back I made a trip to a place called Chikmagalur with a few friends on a weekend. Chikmagalur is a hilly area with lot of coffee estates. It was  peak of summers and not the best time to go to this place, but still it was a lot of fun. I had not carried my painting kit as it was only a 2 day trip, but I wish I had. However I took a few pictures and I'll be painting some of them.

I do a few sketches before every painting, which gives me an idea of the tonality, color etc before I make the final painting. But it also kind of ties me up a little. So for this series of paintings I decided not to do any kind of sketch and just paint. I want to see what happens and want to have the experience. This is the first painting of the series. As I am more used to preliminary sketches I was a little lost in some places here. But still it turned out okay.

I would love to hear from you about your thoughts on preliminary sketches. Have a great weekend.

On the way to Chikmagalur
Chikmagalur series - I
11 x 15 inch