Lily pond at venkatapura art gallery, Plein air painting, water color on paper
Last sunday I went for plein air painting with my friends. I always find this subject difficult to paint. But one of my friend suggested to try this without thinking so much. I tried this and quite happy that I tried.
Hunter Patch Adams: What's wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can't we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy gentlemen. If we're going to fight a disease, let's fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference.
I had been to Alleppy (back water) last week, its a beautiful place. I did few live sketches there and took lot of photos. The above painting is done one from the reference photo. Below are the live watercolor sketches I did there.
Pencil Jam art group organized a trip to Nrityagram on the outskirts of Bangalore. A lovely place. India's first modern Grurukul (residential school) for Indian clasical dance, its a in the form of a dance village. I tried outdoor painting there, but it didn't come out good, I m still not comfortable in outdoor. I took some photo and this painting I did from one photo.
Last Sunday early morning I went to Lal bagh botanical garden with my husband and my sister. We usually go there in weekends. They do morning walking/jogging, I do sketching/painting. Every time I was disappointed. I was so confused what to do what not to do. This time after searching for some time I found this small bridge with bambo trees. I sat there and did one small sketch, n then did this painting. And yes water was not there, I included in my painting :-) For the first time I like the outdoor painting output and the experience also.
Here is the color version of temple bells. Yes I could able to get the illusion of brass in water color :) :) :) I am going to share what colors I used to get it , brunt sienna, yellow orche, french ultramaraine and little bit of scarlet red. I applied various layers of wet in wet and then few brush strokes in dry. In this I added red ribbon to get more divine feeling. Hope u like it.
Temple bells. Done form a photo reference by my friend. Actually I was willing to do a painting. But not sure how to get that brass color. So I did this sketch to get the correct values. But still I will learn how to get that brass color in watercolor and then I will attempt to do this in color.
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
~ Maya Angelou
This painting is inspired from poem "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou. I love her poems, they represents the hope, pride and confident of a woman.
I have been always saying I am very bad in landscape painting but not working on that. So finally I started working on this seriously now. may be :-). Before doing this painting I saw few online demos, read some books, about various techniques. Then I attempted this one. Actually I did few more paintings, which I didn't like n not fell like sharing.
I saw this house some time back while I was walking to my house. Lots of things around there. Its always confused what to include and what not to. This time I took some time to simplifying the painting. Tried not to include all the details. And I'm little happy with the result.
She is my niece, my brothers daughter. Did from a photo reference. See the eyes, are not they so innocent! I loved these eyes, the expression, so pure! I know its always very challenging to do small kids portrait, but I tried to do my best. Hope my brother will be happy when he see this.
This one is the birthday gift to my sister. I did from a reference photo of me and my sister. She liked it very much :-)
I had dark brown colored papers. I did one painting using acrylic paint but it did not come out that good. I got recently poster color, gifted by one of my friend. So thought of trying some thing different using this poster color , ink and colored paper. And this is it. This is not that great but I liked it :-)
He is one of my Favorite sports person. I wish him all the best for 2014 Australian open.
This one I took around 6 to7 hrs to complete it. Even though I feel its not completed and I wanted to work more on shade but I could not wait to upload it. May be I will work on shades later if I want.
I saw this cute little girl in a park last year and she was posing nicely for photo. I like her innocent face and her dress. But what I like most the way she was posing for photographs. I also took one photo of her and was thought of painting or sketching one day.
I did this using charcoal stick and pencil. Though I am not much comfortable with charcoal sticks, but I like its outcome and started liking it. I like the original sketch than this digital photo.