Very happy to share that my painting 'Bicycle by the blue wall' has been included in the watercolor special issue of PRATIQUE DES ARTS, a very prestigious and popular French art magazine. I'm very thankful to the editor and the publishers.
Apart from the lovely play of light and shadows, what moved
me to paint this subject was the muse -the old woman sitting on the street
protecting herself from the harsh sun while selling her items. The sun here is
a metaphor for the harsh difficulties she faced in her life. She was forced to
earn bread for her family at an age when she should be enjoying her last few
years with her children and grand children or it may also be that she had no
one now who would care for her.
Anyway, life is difficult for her and I have tried to depict
this harsh reality in my painting.
This is a scene from Ahmedabad. The city still has
such old and beautiful buildings which have managed to stand through the
passage of time although sadly they are being brought down to make way for the
new modern buildings. Some groups organize heritage walks in the old parts of
the city which is an absolute delight for photographers and artists alike.
I found these neighborhoods and lanes so quiet and peaceful, a
different world altogether, away from those bustling, crowded and chaotic
arterial roads with their noise and pollution!
Also, this painting has been accepted for the '1st international watercolor
biennial' organized by the International Watercolor Society, Thailand which will be held in Bangkok from 1st till
16th Oct. 2016. I'm participating as one of the Showcased
artists in the biennial. I feel honored and very thankful to the organizers.
This painting is one of my most favorites...a small piece, I'm very happy about and much fond of. You don't feel that way with all your paintings (until, of course, you sell them...lol)
Also this one has been chosen for the upcoming International watercolor exhibition in Budapest, Hungary from 9 - 25 Sep. 2016 organized by the IWS Hungary...yet another reason to be happy :-) I thank the jury and the organizers for the opportunity.
This is one of the important landmark buildings in Bengaluru - the Mayo Hall. I did this from my reference photograph that I took when I lived there for a couple of years. The building was painted in white then. Recently it was changed to red, which might look good to people, but to us painters, particularly watercolorists, it might not be so because the red sometimes feels chalky/opaque and may get muddy thereby losing the essence of watercolors- transparency and vibrancy.
delighted and honored to have my painting – ‘Varanasi Nocturne’ included in the
Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial 2015, one of the most prestigious watercolor
exhibitions in the world, to be held in December in Shenzhen, China. The other selected artists are some very big names in the watercolor world today and I'm super excited to share the wall with them!
I remember a quote by the famous pastel artist Harley Brown that in a painting, the center of interest needn't be big. On the contrary, a small center of interest when placed appropriately, becomes more powerful. This is well proved in this painting. The center of interest here is the bright illuminated part of the shoreline, which comparatively, is a small portion in the painting . This painting also serves as an example of dominant color scheme, which is blue here. The monotony of this blue space is broken by the introduction of complementary colors yellow-orange, thereby creating a contrast and drama in the painting.
Hope you enjoy it!
Happy to share the news that the following 2 paintings of mine have made it to the second
round of judging in ‘Castra Biennial 2015’ which will take place in Slovenia from 29th August to 30th September.
Today I’m posting 2 recent paintings from my varanasi series,
showing how I plan and execute my paintings
Both have been painted from my reference photographs. In the case of 'Morning Ferry' there
was a certain portion in the reference photograph in which I
was interested. So in order to check the composition, I did a thumbnail
sketch. I normally follow this procedure, if I'm interested in just a portion of the photograph.
once I like it, I do another sketch, this time, little bigger and in color. These studies give me an idea how the final paintings would look. Some changes can still be made if need be, at this stage.
Doing these small color sketches is much more fun than the final painting :-)
Very happy to share the news that 2 of my works 'A new morning' and 'Lanes of Varanasi' have been included in the 2015 World Watercolor Triennial in Seoul, South Korea. Honored to be part of such an event.
I did this painting way back in 2010. The subject was very
good, interesting forms, shapes, nice light and shadows and of course, the colors.
So I painted it. The result, however, was not as good as I had expected. Something
was not correct. I just kept it with my
not so good paintings ( Yes, there are quite a few! )
Now, after more than 4 years while I was trying to organize
my paintings, sorting them as which ones to keep and the ones to throw away (I
did throw away some), I took out this particular painting and immediately knew
why it hadn’t worked. The problem – ‘Values’. (Over time, the experience you
gain really helps)The tonal values just needed to be darkened a little so I
mixed a wash to glaze over the lighter areas and voila…it worked! I started
liking it :)
Lalbagh botanical garden in Bengaluru is my most preferred spot for plein air painting, mainly because its full of trees and foliage and that is one area which I need to learn to simplify in my plein air paintings and not get bogged down by trying to paint the details. So when I saw this huge tree, my main focus was the lovely light on it and its shadows on the ground. The leaves and foliage on the tree and the background were painted minimally so as to avoid unwanted distractions. What's more, while I was painting this, 3 girls just came and sat under its shade for a chit chat, which made the subject more interesting. So rather naming this painting as 'the big tree at lalbagh', I titled it as '3 friends'.
After completing the painting, I decided to do one more before heading back home. Wanted to do a different subject from the first one, so selected this red building at the garden. This was not as interesting as the first one, yet I carried on. It could have been better though!
Hope you enjoy them.
Very pleased to know that my painting – ‘Standing the test
of time’ has been awarded an honourable mention in Time and seasons competition
by Exhibeo art magazine, followed by a wonderful review of my art by Jonathan
Raddatz, art critic and chief editor of Exhibeo Art Magazine.
My painting 'Thinking over coffee' has been selected for exhibition in
Camel Art Foundation's All India Annual Art Exhibition 2014 which opens
on Jan 5th, 2015 at Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai. My gratitude to the
organizers and the jury.
Just back from Qingdao, China, where I was invited to attend the opening
of the China International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition 2014.
It was an excellent trip and my very first trip abroad. The exhibition was very well organized with so many fantastic and inspiring selection of works. Got an opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful artists from different countries and exchange our thoughts on watercolor.
I feel honored to have 4 of my works included
in the China Qingdao International Watercolour Biennial 2014. This
event is organized by China Ministry of Culture Art Department, China
Ministry of Culture Bureau for External Cultural Relations and Qingdao Municipal People’s Government and co-organized by Chinese Artists Association Watercolour Art Committee.
The exhibition will be held at the Qingdao Art Museum from Dec. 12th
,2014 till Feb 28th, 2015. I’m also very grateful to the organizers for
the opportunity to attend the opening ceremony personally. Looking
forward to meeting some wonderful watercolour artists from around the
I'm a full time artist from India. Painting is my passion and I paint what inspires me. There are certain things that attract me like the colors of the subject, the dramatic play of light and shade etc. which I wish to capture in my paintings.