Sunday, September 29, 2013

A smoke at the paan shop

Watercolor on Fabriano paper
14 x 10 inches

I had captured this scene in Varanasi. And there were quite a few things about this image which attracted me a lot. One, it was a night scene (I was eager to paint one) second - the reds, totally different from my usual palette...third, the relaxed expression of the old gentle man, casually watching the people, pilgrims and tourists on the ghats, about to light his cigarette, and fourth, his cast shadow on the left. Since I found this to be a little challenging, I chose a quarter sheet size for better control. I was happy with the outcome!
'Paan' is a hindi word which means a betel leaf filled with chopped areca nut and other mouth fresheners. Many people have the habit of chewing a paan after a meal (I don't...he he) and you'll find such shops all over India.
This particular kiosk was a temporary one, as I found out the next morning. The place was empty..not a sign of the shop. The paanwallah would come in the evenings and start his job!

Same place...next morning

I hope you like and enjoy this painting. Have been getting fewer and fewer comments...sometimes none! So would be happy to hear from you all!
Have a great day :)

10 comments:

  1. Ramesh.. I don't know why the number of comments you receive have dropped off. Your paintings are always fantastic.

    I personally check in on every post you do and enjoy your works every time. I am a big fan of your painting style and since I live in Vancouver, Canada - really enjoy your interesting matter and locations.

    This new piece of yours is interesting and bold in colour palette. I like it.

    Dave

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  2. Ramesh.. I just went back and looked again at your previous works and noticed that you received more comments when you showed the painting progression such as "Varanessi Vista". I also noticed that other artists professional or casual find an interest in your process. I tend to find that most non-artists just view and pass by as they feel nervous about leaving comments.

    Just something to ponder.

    Dave

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  3. Apologies on previos comment.. should read "Varanasi Vista". :-)

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    1. Thanks a lot dear Dave for your wonderful responses. May be I should include WIP with every post hereafter...lol, but its not always possible, as I've mentioned in that varanasi vista post.
      But thanks again for your view and its lovely hearing from you :-)
      Best regards

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  4. Your work always astounds me. To work so beautifully in watercolour and get such luscious colours is incredible. A wonderful work of art Ramesh.

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    1. Thanks a lot Liz! Wonderful hearing from you :-)

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  5. This is awesome. Those colours are very juicy and the attitude of the person seems very cool. :)
    Is this not posted on FB?

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    1. Thanks Prabal! It is posted in FB too.

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  6. hi.
    doesn't matter the number of comments. your work is still great and wil remain so.
    i think since you are sharing your work in facebook and many other places comments are divided now.

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  7. This painting looks stunning... I cannot believe all your beautiful works are actually watercolor! great works...

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