Sunday, 15 January 2017

Seascape and Watercolour Sketches

Ratnagiri Beach, Oil on Canvas, 18" X 24" 
Did this one from a photograph I took at Ratnagiri on the Pule Beach. Awesome place to visit. The sea is always so amazing to look at and paint :) The photo of the painting though is not so good, with too much glare especially on the top left corner.

I also did a couple of watercolour studies recently. Doing watercolours after a gap of a few months, it felt like beginning from scratch :)

All critiques and comments are most welcome.

Andaman Afternoon,
Watercolour on Paper, 16" X 12"

Early Morning Sun, Watercolour on Paper, 12" X 16" 

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Beach at Ganpati Pule, Oil on Canvas, 14" X 18"
Best wishes for Christmas and New Year to all my dear friends :)

A small sketch of the lovely beach adjacent to the Ganapati Temple in the village of Pule in Konkan. It is generally a very crowded place and /I was lucky to find this secluded spot with only these birds for company.
All comments and critiques are most welcome.

Friday, 17 June 2016


Seascape I, Oil on Canvas, 24" X 36" 
Its been a long time since I have posted anything on this blog. I have promised to myself I shall be more regular now :)

I did this seascape after combining several references, some my own, others from the internet. I am not used to painting canvases this size and it took me about a week to finally get it completed. I like to paint wet-in-wet and with a canvas this large it becomes quite difficult. 

Please do let me know what you think of this effort. 
Thank you so much for visiting. :)

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Still life with Oranges, Plums and Garlics

Still life with Oranges, Plums and Garlic, Oil on Canvas, 18" X 24" 
This canvas is slightly larger than those that I can handle comfortably. Henceforth I am planning to paint larger regularly so I dont have to feel intimidated by the occassional commissions I receive :).
I am not exactly happy with the blank forground. NExt time I will try to create a more balanced composition.
Thank you so much for visiting. Comments and critiques please .....

Monday, 12 October 2015

Sunny Morning Soliloquy

Sunny Morning Soliloquy, Oil on Canvas, 20" X 16" 
Its been some time since I posted anything new here. That is because I was busy completing the colour charts as described in Richard Schmid's book Alla Prima II. Each chart just seemed to take forever especially since I did all of them with a pallette knife. It was certainly an exhausting exercise but I feel more confident with colour now. Of course I will have to keep studying them periodically to grasp all the info they offer. I will be posting them in the near future. I noted that some colours result in really surprising mixtures, for e.g. Alizarin Crimson + Viridian give a beautiful purply-violet, Viridian, alizarin and Indian red are very strong colours and they dominate every mixture much more than the other colours even when added in traces, yellow ochre tends to darken every mixture it is added to etc. I am sure there is a lot more to discover. :)

The above painting "Sunny Morning Soliloquy" was done from a photograph I took very near to the place I live. The background was quite busy and I tried to quite it down to make sure it doesnt distract attention from the centre of interest. All comments are most welcome.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Navn Again

Navin, Charcoal on Paper, 15" X 11"
One more portrait sketch of my friend Navin from life, this time in charcoal. This time I feel its a much closer likeness. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 24 August 2015


Navin, Oil on Canvas, 18" X 12.5"
This is a portrait of my friend Navin done from life yesterday afternoon. It was a wonderful experience and I am sure I have learnt a lot of things from thi unconsciously. I was really hoping that I would capture the likeness to the best of my ability so that he is not disappointed. In the end he was quite happy .... although I can certify that he is much better looking than this ;)
Thanks Navin and thanks everyone for stopping by. Comments and critiques please :)