Tuesday 2 December 2008

One More Venice

This is another Venitian painting, wanted to include the setting sunlight, the photo is taken in the evening so the actual painting is not correctly portrayed in the digital image, alas. Anyway, here it is. Comments welcome.
Venice in sunset

Thursday 27 November 2008


Two paintings of the same subject, Venice, only slightly different from each other, ie, the horizontal boat replaced by three vertical ones to balance the composition. The mood and atmosphere I tried to convey are sunset/moonlight, everything subdued. Only 4 colours used for harmony. Here they are:

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Tuesday 11 November 2008

Hyde Park once again

I made a painting of the sketch I posted recently, on half imperial sheet. The sky is a bit different, the sky in watercolor, if you are using wet in wet, is always a happy accident or sad disaster. This time it is OK. The rest was easy and the finished painting is here:

Wednesday 5 November 2008

Hyde Park Again

Hey up, you need to tell me if the composition sketch here makes a good painting? Need to know before attempting it bigger. Thanks.Firstly the reference photo:

Here is the sketch:


Tuesday 4 November 2008

Back to Painting

Have not done a thing since Deepavali, ie after returning from Brussels and Leiden. Too many other things, the internet was not working for a week, very irritating. Finished another painting of the Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple. Here it is:

Tuesday 21 October 2008

Gangai konda Cholapuram Temple

This is an ancient Chola temple, first time I am doing a temple. How is it?

Sunday 19 October 2008

Hyde Park Painting

I did an on the spot sketch of a spot in Hyde Park, the preliminary painting of which I posted recently. Today I finished the painting and here it is:

Comments welcome!

Friday 17 October 2008

Hyde Park

Here is a small painting from a Hyde Park spot. See the reference photo. How good is it for a composition, of course I can improve on the tree. Need your views, please.

Tuesday 14 October 2008

Rochester Castrle Revisited

I forgot to put the flag on the third one!. I have added it in real life. Imagine it is there. Thanks.

Rochester Castrle Revisited

Today I made 2 more paintings of the Rochester Castle. Then in the afternoon, made another one of the same. So there are 4 of them including the sketch I posted yesterday. Here are they in the order they were made:
Rochester Castle 1:

Rochester Castle 2:

Rochester Castle 3:

Comments are welcome. The third one is large size.

Monday 13 October 2008

Rochester castle

Today's painting sketch of Rochester Castle, we visited on Thursday last week.

Tuesday 7 October 2008

Stonewall Painting:from the workshop

This is the second day's painting from the Peter Woolley's workshop. My second attempt. Looks OK. Still can improve!

Barn painting Redone

This is the same barn painting from the workshop, wanted to improve and I believe it did this time around. Added a bit of autumn colours. Don't miss the sheep! Let me know what you think!

Wednesday 1 October 2008

Painting Workshop in Peak District

I attended a painting workshop by the famous English Watercolour painter Peter Woolley on 27-28 September in Hartington, Peak District area. Went outdoors on first morning and did some sketches of a barn nearby and in the afternoon went along with Peter in painting the same. Couldn't finish by 5.00, so carried into the second morning which was very gloomy to go out. But by the time we finished, sun came out and went out for sketching the stonewalls which are part of the landscape here. After which Peter showed us how to paint the stonewall, there was just time enough for that! Here I post all the work I did as also Peter's. I finished the stone wall painting today. The first one is the painting by Peter Woolley as well as the sketch below(4th image).

Thursday 25 September 2008


Today I did a painting of the Leeds Castle, from this photo, which is really good photo:

Here is the painting, I am not so satisfied, can do better next time:

I cropped it a bit:

Tuesday 23 September 2008

Ithaca Skyscape

This is the veiw of the university from Cass park. Medium size sketch! Not sure it will be worth making a big painting out of it?!?!

Thursday 18 September 2008

Bridge at Taughannoc Falls (upstate NY)

This is the reference photo for my painting, a rather tough one, at many stages it looked like a goner, but I needed the support for another painting, has to finish it, so the agony went on, now it is out of the board, and I think I could say I scraped through and saved it, sort of. Here it is:

What do you think?

Friday 12 September 2008

Tower Bridge London

This one I started before going to Ithaca, finished it yesterday, in involved lots of washes and drying time in between, but I was patient and finished it at last. Hope it is OK?

Tuesday 9 September 2008

Big Ben and Friends

This painting is finished (?) today, I had started this in August before crossing the Atlantic. To achieve balance I added the boat on the left side though it was not on the reference photo. Is this complete yet, does it need something more? I am waiting for a few days before deciding. Views welcome!

Friday 5 September 2008

Barn and Silos

We stopped on our way back from WATKINS Glen to take photograph of this barn building and the adjusant Silos,which I wanted to paint. Today I completed the painting. First I made a small study which is in my view is better than the bigger version, I changed the colour of the Silos to dark blue which I regret now.Here are the study and the painting:



Thursday 28 August 2008

Two from Taughannock Falls!

I did 2 paintings after visiting Taughannock Falls near Ithaca. The digital versions do not reflect the real paintings which look better in real life. The first one has gone to the framers!

Thursday 21 August 2008

First plein aire sketch!

Today Imspent sometime in CassPark, Ithaca and made a small painting of a nice tree with lots of boats in front. It took 2 hours to finish and I am morethan happy. The secret is I have already done 2 paintings of the same spot albeit from photos, making this one special!

Friday 8 August 2008

Big Ben II

It is the same as yesterday but slightly bigger, was trying out pouring technique in many parts, the whole of underpainting done that way before the final details were put in! Time to move out of big ben!

Thursday 7 August 2008

Big Ben

This is the view of the Big Ben from the Thames south bank. Though the buildings seem to have leaning problem no such thing in the painting, this is the way it is photographed causing the problem.

Monday 28 July 2008

Three of my latest

Hi, painting on and off over the last few days I completed 3 paintings, they are here,one is st pauls cathedral, though I had posted earlier, I did some washes over it to make it shiny, though it does not show in the photo, the second is of 3 boats, just to exercise my skills over boats, and the third one is of Tuscany, the landscapes of which are real designers' delight! Enjoy.

Thursday 24 July 2008

Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh

To day I made a painting of the Holyrood Palace(photo here) at Edinburgh:

Here is the painting, 16" x 12" Arches Rough 300gms.

Thursday 17 July 2008

St Palus's Cathedral, London

The famous St Pauls Cathedral offers immense opportunities for a painter. I have done that previously, with a closure viewpoint. It is here.

Today I completed another painting, from a different viewpoint, from the start of the Millennium bridge. This is 28"x 20". Have a look!

Wednesday 16 July 2008

Old times inn

I am in the midst of a big painting of St Paul's Cathedral, which is half way through and going badly!
As a diversion I did this quick one of an old inn from a photograph. Have a look!

Saturday 12 July 2008

Inside Westminster Abbey

There is a little garden tucked away in a nook of the Westminster Abbey, which was not open for public. I took some photos, and today made a sketch out of it for a future painting. Here it is:

Thursday 10 July 2008

Cornell Varsity Campus

As soon as you enter the Cornell University campus, where my son studies, you see this scene. I just made a sketch of it for the time being, may be a full painting later.

Wednesday 9 July 2008

Farm House

Today I made a painting of a farm house with typical settings. Though it is ok overall, there are too many attractions which take the eye away from the focus, the farm house itself, I should have downplayed the foreground shapes a bit I think. Here is the painting.

Monday 7 July 2008


This is a painting of a windmill, I wanted to exercise with the sky (clouds), windmill gave enough scope for that. A cloudy sky with light sneaking out. The water reflects the sky as well as the windmill(the difficult part of the painting). I think I did OK. Here is the painting.