Tuesday, January 31, 2012

More Greens...

Here are two more studies of leaves and trees...I have been trying to find out how can I paint them most effectively.Trees and leaves look good in loose bold patches of paint ...good for small studies.But what happens when you go Big? Like I did on the top one!It was b-i-g, and I was determined to make it work.I tried watercolor pencils to draw leaves around the doorway.It all looked splendid ...till I dipped my brush in water......and managed to get everything muddled up!
Actually I did not finish the door after I was disappointed with the greenery.It was left as a basic wash.
Thinking of using waterproof indian ink next time....its all experiment, experiment!
watercolor on paper
upper one A3
Lower  one postcard size

Sunday, January 29, 2012

watercolor Studies

It has been a long time since I posted here.Have been busy with my animation work lately..
These two tiny studies are what I did this morning.Top one is an old door set in a brick wall surrounded by bushes and vines..I took this snap in the courtyard of the local church building here and have been wanting to paint it for quite some time.The reason of putting it off- all those leaves making me nervous!
This is a postcard size study- just to see if it can be developed into a bigger painting.
Second one is a shot from our neighbourhood park in a bright and beautiful morning light.This was a little challenge- combining the light of sun with the dark of shadows.This one is also on a postcard.
Hope all of you are doing good...its time I paid a visit!
Watercolor on postcards

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Boat

My resolution for this year is to work more in watercolors. This boat was a new subject for me and I enjoyed painting this.These boats are very popular with the tourists who visit Nainital, a small valley in the foothills of the Himalayas in India; which boasts of many beautiful lakes. Recently one of my friends visited Nainital and I borrowed one of his holiday snaps!
I finished it in three sittings, total time spent; about 4 hours.
Watercolor on paper, A3 sized

Monday, January 16, 2012


This is another  practice page from my sketchbook..  my own hand in different positions.I have filled three pages so far.Next, I will be targeting feet!

The cute Birthday Card that my son made for me;complete with a pop-up cake and a funny message inside.I think he more or less made up for his dad,too; who didn't get me any!Anyway it was a great day, lunch with friends and a movie in the evening.Thank you all my friends who sent their wishes.I am so blessed!

And I look so pudgy in this picture that was taken yesterday.....May be its time to start the exercise and Yoga regime again :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Shoes, Jacket ...and Oranges!

Days have been sunny, lately-- a real treat in this time of the year.I took some pictures of the jacket and oranges to study the values and tones.The feet, however belong to mu husband and were captured in artificial light...I drew them all together last night while watching TV!Yes, I was 'watching' a movie with a sketchbook in my hands because 'just' sitting and watching TV feels like a waste of time to me :D........... Hubby hates it, of course!He is a TV buff.....I have my vices!!!
Today I celebrate my birthday ( of course, the two guys in my life very conveniently forgot to bring me any cards, flowers or chocolate....I wish I had a daughter!) Later we plan to go out for lunch, it looks like a great day outside.
Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Beautiful Start_2012

This is one of the 12 sketches that appear in the Desk Calendar 2012 of my sister's company 'MediaGuru'. We did it last year,too; with my 'Faith' series. This year she commissioned me to do a series about children, youth and dreams.I have spent two months on this project and I am happy that its finally out! Waiting for my copy, though...will share it with you once I receive it.
This time these calendars have become something like a collector's item; everyone wants one!
Have a Happy New Year, all of you :)

Pencil on paper
A3 sized