Saturday, March 28, 2015


Watercolor on Fabriano Paper
10 x 14 inches

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Selected for World Watercolor Triennial 2015

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.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jodhpur Tangas - revisited

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 :)
Do you like it? It’ll be good to know.



'Jodhpur Tangas'
Watercolor on handmade paper
11 x 15 inches

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Quiet Moment Together

'A quiet moment together'
Watercolor on Fabriano paper,
7 x 10 inches

A small watercolor of one of my most preferred locations in Bangalore - the Lalbagh botanical garden.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Plein air painting at lalbagh

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.

'3 friends'
Watercolor on fabriano paper,
10 x 14 inches

'Red building at lalbagh'
Watercolor on fabriano paper,
10 x 14 inches

Friday, March 6, 2015

Honorable Mention Award

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.

Click on the link for the review.
Thanks and Happy painting! :-)