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Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Happy Day



I can not resist sharing this bit of good news.. lucky day for me-- these two were SOLD today at Artfinder.com. The Zebra left for Australia while Woolly the Rabbit will leave for his London home on Monday! I am not surprised by the Rabbit's sale as there was tremendous interest in him, even some personal inquiries also.Zebras- always the favorites.
Hope you all are having a good day,too 



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Emu Painting; and the Rabbit wins the Race!

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 I have found another cute bird- the Emu! He is the second largest bird after the Ostrich; but with a  longer and more tapered beak and darker color- may be more hair on his head, too.....still, he looks so much like an Ostrich, they could be siblings.
I was apprehensive about his color, not sure if I wanted to use black-so good old  purple came to my rescue again.I like him in rich, dark purple with just a hint of blue.
This one is totally wet-on-wet, I used a squirrel mop brush to lay the first wet wash and then used my rigger to drag out the hair.It was fun:)

On the other front my White Rabbit has been doing quite well in attracting art lovers on Art Finder store.He has grabbed spot number 5 in this week's top ten most loved artworks! I would appreciate if you guys find a moment to visit and click on the heart (like) on the artworks that you like.I am new at this site and need to build a base.Thanks!

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Ostrich

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This is my first take at this magnificent African bird and I am already loving them.Hope to paint more soon!His whiskers were fun to create, I used a fine rigger to paint all those  facial hair!He looks like a tough guy here- with a stern gaze and a drooping mouth(beak!)though I have tried my best to give him a soft appearance!It would be a challenge to paint the full length bird, but I would do it someday, after I get to know them better. 
I have recently bought a new color - Daniel Smith's Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and I love it! Some people had suggested that its just like burnt sienna but I found it to be much more bright and vivid. Worth a try!

Please bear with me -I am very late in visiting or commenting on your blogs,( even replying on my own blog!) but I do see all the beautiful works that you all have been doing and assure you that you would get a bucketful of comments very soon!Keep creating...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Red Berries

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Some red berries for a change... they were perfect subject for practicing wet in wet.I think I am going to do some more studies of berries/grapes; may be on a darker background .These were a delight to paint, blazing red swirls of color...hope you like them,too.

Hare but not Hare

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This brown hare seems like he is trying to lose himself in his surroundings I have used some dry brushing and texture on his fur, in contrast with the wet in wet softness of background- but still he has managed to merge!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

time out

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Some warm colors now :) this cute little guy looks like he is all set for an afternoon siesta after a hearty lunch!Just cadmium orange, a bit of blue and burnt sienna...and a lot of playing around with color and texture.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Some Days Are Blue...

9" x 12"
Newest addition to the Zebra Collection.Not that I have many left.;one of the last few being sold just two days  ago.It is a pleasure to paint more of these wonderful looking creatures,more so as it gives me a chance to play with my favorite colors!Blues and Purple all the way...

Friday, June 6, 2014

Elephant Portrait ''Stalwart''

20"x 15"
I have been painting small for quite some time and felt that it was time to go big This one is as big as I can go at the moment, but I am quite happy with it.Shipping large watercolors can be a pain as I do not roll them into tubes but prefer to send them flat.It can be done but is extremely expensive. Anyway this "Stalwart" looks quite majestic on large scale, doesn't he? Painted in my usual style on Arches cold pressed paper.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tree tops


A small textural painting in watercolor and guache.I had started as abstract patterns with splashes and unplanned mingling of color; but no wonder some trees took shape! I can never be an abstract painter- I find form everywhere :)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Brown Eyed Bird Portrait

This is a small original painting of a British bird I saw in a bird sanctuary nearby.I did not get his name but this guy looked quite suave to me with his brown ringed eyes and white, fluffy chest.