Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Goat

7"x5" watercolor
I can't think of any other interesting title for this pretty girl.A small study I did today.
Reference picture courtesy Mary R.Vogt

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Secluded _ A Landscape

I finally got around to painting a landscape! I liked the way this tree stands alone in this mostly grassy landscape.I know it could have been better, but landscapes are a bit intimidating to me- so I think its an 'alright' kind of effort.Hope you all had a great weekend.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Anchored- The Boat

12"x9" watercolor on Saunders Paper
Another painting, I am producing a lot of art at the moment!..I guess it has to do with a general feeling of well being.My treatment has worked,finally and I feel alright now.No coughing.Feels great.
The boat looked lonely, sitting all alone on a pebble bed.But sometimes even 'sad' looks appealing.I tried an old paper for this, heavy weight -so no stretching.Though detailing was tough because of its grainy texture.Next time I am going to try hot pressed paper.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Pastel pencils on toned paper\9"x12"
A sketch I had wanted to do for a long time.Nice way to break in my new Starthmore charcoal sketch pad!
This is from a pic I took on my last visit to home.Though we live thousands of miles apart, she is always in my heart and my thoughts.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Shades of Gray in Pencil

Carbon Pencil on Canson Bristol Smooth
I love drawing in pencil but I hate the sheen of graphite .This artwork was an experiment, as I tried carbon pencil instead to bring out more contrast and more life.I think carbon worked better than graphite (though less easy to control- they are not as smooth)It would be difficult to do a child's face, for instance; using carbon pencils!Thus,I chose this elephant .The texture of his skin gave me a lot to try different techniques.Another reason was to get a better understanding of its anatomy.Now I know each and every line on this gentle giant's head ....:) It would be a lot easier to paint it in watercolor now.
Took me about 25 hours or so, but in the end I am happy with the results.
As for my smooth skinned subjects, I might have to experiment some more- may be find a new paper!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Blond and Handsome

Watercolor 7"x5"
Another small watercolor...I realized later that I could nor achieve the desired softness in his face because the paper I used was 'grain fin' !I will be doing some similar subjects again, using a smoother paper.

I have been refraining from pastels for some time- as my cough is still persistent.I don't have any evidence that pastels caused it- but since the doctors are clueless, I may as well stay on the safe side.( Though I love pastels and its tough forcing myself to stay away)
I visited the clinic this morning only to find that my chest X-Ray was fine, and they really don't have any clue as to why I am still coughing after three months!Trying on some steroids this week.Lets hope they work.
Till then, I am back to watercolor and pencil...

Monday, June 3, 2013

Shades of Gray II

watercolor on paper, 6"x10"
Some more crazy shades of gray...painted on a whim.Currently on auction at Daily Paint Works.
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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Senior citizen

Watercolor 7"x 5"
Did some watercolor painting today.I painted two little portraits, one of this aged gentleman whom I captured accidentally, as he sat on the same bench as my son as I clicked the picture...Since he was in the background, the image was blurry; but perfect for a loose watercolor! Same goes with a little blond boy I captured in the park.I will post that one later...These are very small paintings, I rarely paint this size- but I thoroughly enjoyed myself :) 
Oh and I forgot to post my maiden effort at still life:

Watercolor 6"x5"