Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lonely at the top

Lonely at the top : Watercolour : 15 X 11 inches
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Have been toying the idea of doing something of this kind for a while now. This was a joyful experience and provided cartloads of lessons to learn. I guess the guy would've loved it if I had let him be a not so muddy wash. Anyway, the possibility of a mountaineer series is lurking around :)

Before I forget, do you know that not just Mt. Rushmore, but all mountains have faces? Well here's the proof. Look (closely) at the dark piece of rock on the left of this sketch.

I am sure you think I planned it that way. But I swear that it just took that shape and I hadn't noticed it until I had finished the sketch.

Well, isn't art full of glorious surprises ?

fine print :: the distant range of mountains that exist only in the painting is camouflaging a dirty back run beneath it !

Edit :

On second thoughts, the dark portion to the left seems to be throwing the composition off balance. Here's a cropped version which looks far more pleasing to me. Guess, that rock got too dark. Some flakes of snow on it would've helped, eh ? Does that call for a second attempt ?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Leh Palace - reloaded

Leh Palace : Watercolour : 15 X 11 inches
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Just another view of the Leh Palace. The primary reason why I did his was because I wasn't too happy with yesterday's attempt. How do you like this one?

Guess I should move on to other subjects :)

Your comments, critiques and suggestions please. Thanks.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Leh Palace

Leh Palace : Watercolour : 22 X 15 inches
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Here it is. The watercolour avtar of the previous post. Not a disaster, but not something to be very satisfied about. I decided to write it off as a bad patch and move on.

Your comments, critiques and suggestions please. Thanks.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Leh Palace - Sketch

Leh Palace : Pencil : 12 X 10 inches
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Well, I wanted to do a watercolour today and decided on taking a shot at the Leh Palace, or what's left of it, rather. As always, I started with a sketch and when I finished it I decided that I might as well leave it at that.

What does one look for in art? The finished work or the joy of 'creation' ? I found joy in 'creating' this sketch and I am afraid I might kill it by taking this subject to the next level - a painting that is.

Or am I scared that I might not get good results with the same subject in watercolour. Yes perhaps. Your greatest enemy is yourself, eh ?

Crystal, have I let you down ?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A day well spent

I'd call it a day well spent.

I was at a special exhibition of paintings on India by British artists - all of them done between 1790 and 1927. It was an amazing experience and I spent hours gaping at those stunningly beautiful watercolours. The fact that I was the only one at the exhibition made it all the more interesting since I could spent all the time I wanted to, looking at those masterpieces with no one to interrupt me.

Picture this. About a hundred top class paintings to look at. All the time in the world. Absolute silence. Would you call that bliss?

The works on display included those of 18th and 19th artists like Thomas Daniell, William Daniell, George Chinnery, Thomas Longcroft, Charles Harcourt Chambers, Robert Smith, William Carpenter and William Simpson. Honestly, I haven't heard of most of these artists ever and was stunned by the fact that a good number of them were amateur artists. Does that inspire you ?

For those of you who are not within driving distance of the museum here's a sample of what you are missing.

Gateway of the Buddhist Top at Sanchi : William Simpson : 1862

Ali Masjid : Michael Anthony Shrapnel Biddulph : 1890

A drink by the way : John Griffiths : 1876

View of Government House, Calcutta : James Baillie Fraser : 1826

Interior of Golden Temple, Amritsar : William Carpenter : 1854

Ancient Observatory : William Simpson : 1864

The Taj, Agra : William Simpson : 1864

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Summit

The Summit : Watercolour : 15 X 11 inches
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Here's what I brought back from a painting trip to the Himalayas. Kidding :)

Jokes apart, This was inspired by accounts of Himalayan expeditions that I have been reading lately. I enjoyed doing this one especially since I only had to reach out for two colours.

Your comments, crtiques and suggestions please. Thanks

Saturday, March 13, 2010

After the rain

After the rain : Watercolour : 15 X 11 inches
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This one is an attempt to capture the wet atmosphere after the rain. Guess I failed, more or less. The foreground is a disaster, especially the reflections. Nevertheless here it is for you to see.

Your comments, suggestions and critiques please. Thanks.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Foliage Phobia

Old Warehouse : Watercolour : 15 X 11 inches
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I must admit that I am foliage phobic. I tend to shy away from subjects that have too much of them. Lately, I have been telling myself that I need to focus on my weak areas. That was when, Vinayak Deshmukh who's a fellow blogger and a good friend sent me a picture of one of his paintings. I derived inspiration from it and here's my interpretation of the same scene. I made sure there was enough foliage to challenge my brush.

On a lighter note, when I was done with this painting I showed it to my 5 year old. She liked it and wanted to be in the scene. I told her that its looks like an abandoned building and that no one would go near it. She told me that she wasn't scared as long as I went with her. The result is for you to see.

Your comments, critiques and suggestions please. Thanks

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Twin Houses - Watercolour

Twin Houses : Watercolour : 15 X 11 inches
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This is a watercolour based on the sketch in the previous post. The foliage behind the houses bothers me. At the point where I had finished that part I had half a mind to give up.

Well, I must admit that I am glad I didn't !

Guess, I got carried away and overworked a bit with the detailing on the houses. Like they say, its easy to start a painting but very difficult to stop it.

Your comments, critiques and suggestions please. Thanks

Friday, March 5, 2010

Twin Houses - Preparatory Sketch

Twin Houses : Pencil : 12 X 8 inches
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I decided to get back to my painting ways and started with making a sketch of this scene. The plan is to paint a watercolour based on this sketch but I am having second thoughts on the composition. Would a vertical composition work better with such a subject ? Yes, perhaps. How about some foliage behind the houses to make the compostion more tighter and 'busy'.

Your thoughts please. Thanks

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

From the archives

Old Timer
Old Timer : Pencil : 15 X 11 inches
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Haven't painted or sketched at all for a very long time now. Dug this one out of the archives the other day. This structure is the entrance to a temple in South India. It must be about a hundred years old and sadly gave away a few years ago.