With Shri Milind Mulick and fellow blogger Sandeep Khedkar
Gorai Beach, Mumbai
Parimal Garden, Ahmedabad
Lake Palace, Udaipur
With fellow blogger Anurag Mehta
Hi all, I'm back from my trip. Yes...It was a long trip (a little more than 2 weeks) and a really memorable one! I travelled to Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and finally Udaipur. I met some of my blogger and facebook friends for the very first time during this trip and it was such a pleasure. They were all so friendly and helpful. This was my first visit to Udaipur and needless to say, I was awestruck by its beauty and I was just there at the right time. The cold weather was bearable and this year's bountyful rains had filled up all the lakes and it was the beginning of the tourist season particularly for the foreigners. Udaipur is very famous for its beautiful lakes and is truly called the romantic city of India (Ah...I missed my wife :) Anurag Mehta, who lives in Udaipur was kind enough to show me around his beautiful city. Thank you so much Anurag :)
I now have loads of photographs...should start working on them! More photographs on my FB page, here.
Last but not the least...many thanks for your generous comments on my last post. The result is out...the portrait format wins :))
Hi, posting another WIP of my recent work. Hope you like it. I have used masking fluid (for the first time!) in this for the bus's headlights and their reflection. Masking fluid is a liquid solution used in watercolor painting to preserve the white of the paper in some areas while giving an even wash of color in a large portion of the paper.
The marine drive in Cochin, Kerala is a very beautiful promenade and a popular hangout place for tourists and the local people. Its built facing the backwaters and there are several boat jetties, like the one I have painted, along its walkway.
A scene from Fort Kochi beach in Kerala. These fishing nets are a popular tourist attraction in Kochi ( Cochin). It is believed that these nets are chinese in origin and that the nets were introduced by the chinese explorer Zheng He. The nets were brought to Kerala between 1350 and 1450.
I did this from a photograph that I took during my recent trip to Kerala.
Hi all! Had been to kerala last week. And what a proper time it was to visit such an exotic place...i.e., during the monsoon! Its truly God's own country! I've captured many pics of rain drenched streets and the backwaters and the beach. Enough to keep me busy for now! Will post them here as soon as I paint. Have shared some of those pics on my Facebook page which could be viewed by FB users here.
For now I'm posting one of my personal favorite watercolor paintings. This is a street scene from Kolkata, capital city of the state of West Bengal and one of the metropolitan cities of India. The reference photograph for this was provided by Shubhangi Athalye. Thanks so much Shubhangi!
A street scene from my town...I loved the soft morning light falling on the street and the pavement. Some shops had opened and some were about to and people going about their business in the street. Very soon the place would be abuzz with activity!
My group show with Prabal and Praveen was great! I wish to thank both of them. They were very kind and helpful and I really had a wonderful time with them!
The show was inaugurated by Prabal's and Praveen's family members along with some senior artists who were also present there. Though there were lots of visitors at the show on all days, very few were interested in buying. Also we felt that our show wasn't very well promoted and we couldn't reach out to many people. Anyway, as this was our first show in this city, we learnt a lot from this experience. Planning to do some more shows together! During the show some of my favorite paintings got sold and I'm so thankful to my buyers.
Inaugurating the show by lighting the auspicious lamp