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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Autumn of Life- Portrait of an Elderly Indian Woman

                                                            Watercolor on Paper
                                                                  16"x12"
I have worked on my instinct this time, using dry brush more than wet here.This portrait took me about five hours, in two sitting.There were a lot of details in her face which I wanted to capture.I guess it has come out good and I am going to submit this one for the Art Show.
This will also be my last post this month, I am off to India tomorrow...
See you all in a few weeks' time.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Window to the World

                                                                           12"x16"
                                                                   Watercolor on Paper
I have been busy -I think I will post a few paintings before I go...This was done from a photo taken by my friend while on his recent trip to Leh, (India)A young Monk stares out of his window; who knows what goes through his mind...

Friday, August 10, 2012

As much as I would like to paint all day, I won't be able to do it for the rest of this month.I will be leaving on a vacation to India soon.But before leaving, I have to submit some artworks  for an upcoming exhibition of my Art Club in September!( I need time to improve my paintings but the exhibitions are cropping up so fast)...I need to prepare at least two more paintings for selection in this week.
Its tough to work when you feel pressured to deliver...but I shouldn't be complaining- the Art Centre's director personally asked me to submit my work before I leave- he wants my work to be in the exhibition..... that's an honor!
I guess these are little perks of living in a small town...I love you, Basingstoke!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Self Portrait

I was not really serious when I started this,but it looked decent enough to share in the end....It was painted in Raw Sienna ( I spent half of my tube!) Each color behaves in a different manner.So I guess there will be more studies, each in different color.It would be a good exercise, don't you think?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Value Study

This is a value study in Payne's Gray.My first attempt,to be honest.I have read so much about the importance  of value study but never really did it.This weekend I loaned Charles Reid's " Watercolor Solutions".Now I loaned this book about an year ago, too.But at that time it did not inspire me as much as it did this time.So whats the good news here? I am progressing!...Charles has a great style and I would love to be able to paint in the same loose, uninhabited way,some day.The most important thing that I need to learn right now is how to lose some edges and how to find some!There are not going to be any lines and boundaries in these studies, just the mass,the value! I will be doing more tomorrow, keep watching!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Everyday Art_Portrait

I10"x7"
I did this one after the little boy below...I felt I was going with colors too strong!And, I am so much in love with the 1.1/4 inch flat brush that I bought a few days ago.I loved painting the background in bold strokes with that.It was like painting in oils....I miss my oil colors....!Hopefully some day I am going to find a space where I can spread my oil colors and my canvas, painting on my dining table is not much fun!