Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Baby Elephant and Snow Leopard- two sides of a coin!

Latest watercolor, I can't get over these baby elephants.Painted with just blue, magenta and transparent yellow...and a lot of water!I know have been slipping up again;September being a busy month with some guests coming over to stay plus my exhibition in Winchester still running.
I have been painting a lot, just not uploading here! 

Last week I painted a different portrait- fierce and mighty this time:  


I have not been finishing any figurative paintings involving people lately...two or three of them are lying around at two-third stage...just waiting to be completed.One chucked into the bin...Its a strange feeling, when you are totally unhappy with a work but can not say why!With animal paintings at least I am hardly ever stuck..they flow quite smoothly.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pencil drawing

A pencil drawing I did this morning, after a considerably long time.I do not use pencil that much these days but enjoyed doing this little sketch. Had some good quality envelopes lying around so I thought may be I should put them to good use! 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Teal n Turquoise Elephant Watercolor

Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico CP 600 gsm
Painted this elephant yesterday, on a full sheet of Fabriano. I must say it was scary, my brushes are not that large so I had to work in sections-- but I managed to pull off this fast paced work AND was able to bring out the form without muddying it too much! Only three colors were used- light turquoise, intense blue and yellow ochre.
 I am thinking about a portrait or a figurative painting next.

Another news, I was invited to give an interview for Daily Paint Works and it was published today on their blog.Check the link above, of course, if you are interested in knowing a bit more about me! :) 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

JOJO the Chimp

Watercolor on Saunders Waterford Paper
This is a young chimpanzee that I spotted on telly this morning- some documentary about chimps in captivity.I actually froze the frame and took  picture of it--not the best way to get a  reference- but since I planned to paint it loosely, lack of details didn't matter much.In fact it helped me loosen up!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Snowy Owl

Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper
I started with the idea of a white subject against a dark background and this one was perfect, a snowy owl I had seen sometime ago in a nearby wildlife park.

Some good news this morning as well.My last painting "In Search" ( old man with a white beard)  has been accepted in International Watercolor Society HongKong. This is the first time I had entered any watercolor painting outside my country and feels great to be accepted.I am sure its going to be a great experience, fingers crossed.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In Search

Watercolor on Saunders Waterford CP paper

I have often felt guilty about abandoning my portraits.Well, this is just an effort to get back into the groove.I love to paint people's portrait but lately it has been kind of difficult to find subjects or willing models as everyone is so busy! I hope to get some new material on my next visit to India.Folk over there,especially in my hometown Rishikesh; seem to prefer a slower pace of life.The place is full of spiritual people who would spend hours on the banks of river Ganga, just meditating. This old man was offering his prayers at the river,too.He obliged very kindly when asked for a few pictures.This painting has turned out well so I plan to paint him at least once more, in a different profile.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bourbon_ Horse_Watercolor

Another horse portrait, this time in golden brown, finished this afternoon.I have worked a bit closely and diligently on this one and I hope it looks good! Reference picture was provided by Alexandra from Pixabay- I don't have easy access to horses :)

14" x 21"
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford CP paper 140 lb

Friday, June 17, 2016

Dark Horse and Some Thoughts...

Dark Knight
Watercolor on Arches 140 Lb cold pressed
I haven't been painting for last two days..a bit of a block as I can't decide what do I want to do now>watercolor?Pastels? Animals? Boats? Portraits? After much thought I figured that painting was not happening so I better catch up on some reading and writing instead, at least till the time inspiration strikes again.

This horse was painted last month.It was scary dealing with such intense color and I did not have any plan. I just went with my gut instinct- and a large squirrel mop! I actually finished it as it lay on the floor and I bent over to apply my color, stepping away every two seconds.
It was mainly DS moonglow coupled with DS Burnt Orange (which has become a staple in my palette) and some Payne's Grey.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Emerald Elephant_Watercolor

Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper

SOLD now

Finished yesterday, this one was painted with just two colors- winsor blue and quin. gold.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Oh Brother..

watercolor 10"x14"

Hard to believe its has been months since I posted something. I do hope to change for better!
Here is the latest watercolor, painted yesterday.Love these little creatures.Great to see most of you still very active, I will be visiting soon x

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Moon Shine - Baby Elephant in Watercolor

Recently got myself a new shade of Daniel Smith W/c, '' Moon glow". As I was expecting a rich, granulating color, there was some disappointment initially..the color looked rather flat.But then I decided to explore it further and  painted this baby elephant with it.No points for guessing that I am liking it now! This elephant was created using Moonglow,crimson with just a hint of Prussian blue in one or two places.Background was added later in cerulean blue. I am rather happy with the overall effect.

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Blues

The Blues
22x15 Fabriano Artistico
Here is a new one...a large family of elephants in shades of blue.I have painted it on a 300lb paper as I really hate stretching paper every time the inspiration strikes!Thick paper is trickier to handle but more convenient, all the same.
My days have been quite busy lately and I have been fortunate enough to sell a lot of my paintings this season. I did well in last few months at as well as Etsy and Daily Paintworks. As I have my work uploaded on many sites now, its now a struggle to find time for everything.Painting daily combined with uploading,checking and updating each of them takes up a lot of time and I do miss my blog buddies.Feels good to be here today..just hope that I don't fall into the same rut again!
To all my friends celebrating Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas and  happy New Year!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Glad to be back.I hope everyone has been doing fine.As for myself, I have been working all this time...just fell into the trap of putting off a thing too many times and then feeling embarrassed to come back to it! I have had too many things on my plate...just hope to keep on blogging.
Time to check upon my blogger friends x
Greetings to all with this cute guy recently done.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Elephant in Purple

Loving my new Saunders Waterford CP block-- first page done.I wish I had taken work in progress pictures ! I started with a loose, mingling wash, followed by some detail in the trunk and around tusk.Then I let it sit for a couple of hours.Finally some dry brush detail was added ,so were the shadows.I am quite happy with this one.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Ostrich Day

Used Bockingford 200 lb.for the first time.Heavy paper, so it did not need any stretching.Another plus- I could lift color without much difficulty. I might test it a bit more before declaring it a new favorite; but I liked the texture and strength - it works well with my loose style.Hope you enjoy this sweet little guy!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


A watercolor sketch I did yesterday,of some gorgeous sunflowers on my window sill. I started out real cool..thought that I could do it in detail and what not...but as soon as I put the first mark on paper, my mind subconsciously counted all those petals( !) and decided that the best approach was to paint fast, to capture the essence of the scene.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pencil Sketches..

This sketch was done to get a good understanding of a horse's head structure. I had planned to do at least six, but here I am ; with a single head to show for! Anyway, the days are finally getting sunnier and I did venture out to a nice park recently to take a shot at sketching people on the go.There was a paddle pool for toddlers and I sketched some of the mothers as they sat sunning or watching their kids.Toddlers were not easy to draw-constantly moving about!I will take a good picture of the work tomorrow to post. Also in the middle of an old guy's sketch, will post it if it ends up decent enough..hope you all are enjoying summer and keeping safe.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Intense Blue Zebra

Intense Blue
So we are back to Zebras again! And somehow they always turn out to be blue.I promise next one is going to be in warmer shades..may be red/burnt sienna.Hope you are having a great weekend.

Friday, June 12, 2015

A few little ones...

 I have been painting,drawing,studying and experimenting a lot lately.Sometimes the results are not good enough to share, so I am absent from my blog for long periods..but believe me, I am still out there,and I do intend to visit all of you to see whats everyone up to! .Meanwhile I have painted a few little pieces that keep me sane during this process.Two of them are on auction at Daily PaintWorks among a lot of beautiful,beautiful paintings. Bidding ends soon :)

Golden Rooster
Click to bid on DPW  here 

"Birdie" 5"x7"
Click to bid on DPW Here

Camouflage Hare 7"x10"
( This one is not on auction , he is a new one I painted recently.)
Just thought I would mention, I am thinking of going back to pastels.Try some low-key, intense colored works.It would be a contrast to what I do right now, but should be fun! Lets hope I can produce something that leaps out to the viewer.