Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Majestic_1_ Watercolor

Watercolor on Langton 140 lb paper
I felt like painting loose today.. watercolors came to my aid!Its a beautiful day outside, and I loved painting this majestic animal in spontaneous style.In fact I intend to paint a small series on elephants in the same style- hence the name and number!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

White Cap_Pastel Portrait

Soft Pastel on toned paper
10"x 8"
It has been some time since I posted anything here.I hope to break the 'dry spell' with this painting in pastels.
For last few weeks, I have not been painting much.Mostly I have been reading ,studying other fine artists;trying to figure out my own art.The break seems to have done me good, I felt happy painting this piece, after a long time.I guess we all need a break to retrospect, at some point.
This is a man for northern part of India, picture taken by a friend.I made some changes, though!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ladakh Woman

Pastel Pencils and soft Pastels
Back to pastels again...I used a mask this time, and it was great because it actually prevented me from blowing at the painting, even by accident!..The woman is from Ladakh region of India; reference picture from a friend. I like the slow build up of pastels.Definitely.
Have a great weekend, friends!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Old Man with a Praying Wheel

Old Man with a Praying Wheel
Watercolor on Paper, 12"x9"

I have decided to work more on my watercolor.So far the dilemma has been, 'how much detail?' For the time being, I will be going with detail.Lets see if the realism suits my temperament.I have put in some effort here with the detail, considering that its a relatively small artwork.I think I will be working more on some smaller but more detailed work in near future- though I am not ruling out the pastels as yet.
Its a Pilgrim from Ladakh region of India spinning a prayer wheel. These hand held praying wheels are used by Buddhists of Tibet, Nepal and Ladakh. It is a metal cylinder containing a tightly wound scroll printed with a mantra.It is believed that spinning a prayer wheel is just as effective as reciting the sacred texts aloud.
Reference picture was provided by a friend who visited the region some time ago.
I welcome any comments and suggestion, as always.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Watercolor on paper
Has anyone of you experienced the period when anything you touch turns to trash?...For past 10 days I have been quite frustrated- I am out of inspiration, out of subjects and frankly , out of my depth! Whatever I attempt to do; the result is usually awful.This is the one piece that looked only half decent-though I spoiled the background by overdoing it..I am posting it here in a hope that it will change my luck! 
She is a flower seller on the banks of the Ganga river in Rishikesh, India. The background was just light waters of the river;( may be I should have left it like that.) The day was heavily overcast ,so I could hardly make out her features.