Thursday, March 30, 2017

Brown Horse

Brown Baron
Painted on 30/03/2017
Bought a new watercolor block of Saunders Waterford recently but the colors turn out a bit dull --may be something wrong with the batch. I was unhappy with the dull looking colors on this one so I tried to restore this painting using colored pencils.Thankfully the process worked, and it looks much more presentable now.I haven't used colored pencils much, but it seems that these can be combined with watercolor.I hope you like it too.
Have a great weekend.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Misty the Elephant

I have always loved this style of painting, it involves instinct rather than planning. Not much emphasis on correct drawing or proportions, it comes straight from the heart!Hope you like it too.
Painted on 17/03/2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Scarlet Horse

Saunders Waterford paper
I am still in love with this rich, deep scarlet by Daniel Smith.In painting this horse I have used this pigment to its full strength, actually went a little further than I had planned.I hope this doesn't come out as too strong...?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Purple King

Purple King
Painted on 11/03/2017
The base layer was painted very loose and wet.I let the colors have a free run, before going in with a fine brush to etch out the details.I hope it has turned out well!
Painted on Saunders Waterford Cold Pressed block.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Wren

Wallie the Wren
Painted on 0/03/2017
It doesn't take me long to fall last post was more than two weeks ago.I have been painting regularly - did this little piece today after working for three days on a large commission involving a pair of lions.You know you love your art when you paint to take a break from painting!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Zebra and the Donkey

Painted this cute donkey form an old picture that I took in a local farm.More use of my new deep scarlet , as you can see! It goes so well with the purple; doesn't it?

Donkey in a Barn 16''x12''
Painted on 17/02/2017

I do try to paint a zebra in black and white but it doesn't work and I always end up using a color.This time it was Deep Shadow Violet by Daniel Smith.I added Payne's Grey for darker areas.No black, after all.

Shadow Violet Zebra
Painted on 24/02/2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Purple Bunnies


Two cute little guys I painted recently..I believe it was an excuse to work with my new Daniel Smith Deep Scarlet;  it it was combined with  Dioxazine Purple..Love this combination!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Rooster_Wild One

I have been busy with a few commissions lately, and with some big exhibitions coming up, time is flying.This one is from last month, a wild rooster with bright red crown.Loving the use of large sweeping strokes to paint the tail, may be the reason for painting so many roosters.

Wild One
Jan 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017


I am really into birds these days..especially roosters and hens.Working with some more salt texture in this one.Tails are much more fun, just load a large brush with dripping wet color and sweep across the paper!
Ms Alice
10''x14'' Saunders Waterford Paper
Painted on 01/02/2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Owl On Night Watch

This one was painted recently, an attempt to paint a subject complete with background..Usually I leave the background blank or with very minimal work. It was a toughie, painting dark around him and still keeping the edges soft but I enjoyed the job!

                                             Watercolor on Saunders Waterford Paper
                                                          Painted on 19/01/2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

At Dusk_ Elephant

A new painting in watercolor.Looks like this guy is off to his resting place as the night descends.
I have tried a slightly different technique here,extending the colors to the background--usually I leave the background mostly white or dappled...Well, results could have been better but at least its a start!
''At Dusk''
12''x 9''
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford Paper

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.