Friday, May 29, 2015

My entries for CASTRA Biennial 2015

Happy to share the news that the following 2 paintings of mine have made it to the second round of judging in ‘Castra Biennial 2015’ which will take place in Slovenia from 29th August to 30th September.

'Towards a New Hope'
Watercolor on Paper,
21 x 14 inches

'Jodhpur Street'
Watercolor on Paper,
14 x 21 inches

Monday, May 25, 2015

Towards Howrah Bridge

'Towards Howrah Bridge'
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford Paper,
14 x 21 inches

A preliminary small black & white watercolor study (5 x 7 in.)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

From planning to execution

Today I’m posting 2 recent paintings from my varanasi series, showing how I plan and execute my paintings
Both have been painted from my reference photographs. In the case of 'Morning Ferry' there was a certain portion in the reference photograph in which I was interested. So in order to check the composition, I did a thumbnail sketch. I normally follow this procedure, if I'm interested in just a portion of the photograph.

 And once I like it, I do another sketch, this time, little bigger and in color. These studies give me an idea how the final paintings would look. Some changes can still be made if need be, at this stage.

Doing these small color sketches is much more fun than the final painting :-)

Here are the final paintings -

'Morning Ferry, Varanasi'
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford paper,
10 x 14 inches

'Varanasi Hues'
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford Paper,
10 x 14 inches