Friday 27 May 2011

Vidya Balan - once again!

Continuing on the figurative paintings, which gives me a welcome break from the landscapes, I tried once again with the Indian actor Vidya Balan, (we were watching one of her movies recently which got her the best actress award).  It is so strange that you plan on so many things and suddenly you end up doing the totally unexpected! You never know your own mind! Here it is:

Used as reference her photo published in  FHM magazine as I did for my previous painting of her a while ago. Used Jerwitz acquarelle paper 425gms (manufactured in Hamburg!) an excellent support for portraits. Lifting is wonderful with this paper, but not good for masking fluid which damages the paper while removing.
Thanks for viewing and happy weekend!

Monday 23 May 2011

Jallikattu- traditional sport of Tamilnadu

Jallikattu- an ancient sport still prevalent in Tamilnadu villages, takes place around the harvest festival of Pongal in January each year. It is about taming a sort of wild bull (grown specially for the Jallikattu) which is let loose for the bold and powerful youth of the village to bring it under control. This painting depicts such an action packed scene, I tried to bring out the energy and the speed of the participants and the animal. It was quite a challenge for me but the dynamism of the composition hooked me to attempt it! I had sprayed paint to imitate the movement and the dust around.

Jallikattu- taming of the bull!

I used handmade Indian paper (Khadi) which is very versatile and I am loving it! Thanks for viewing, comments welcome!

Saturday 14 May 2011

Portraits : My new passion!

Sometime ago I was drawn into the whirlpool of portrait when my year old grandniece proved to be irresistible subject! Since then I attempted a few, mastered none, failed a lot but last week I found myself still at it! Again it was my grandniece, now going to be two in June. And what can be better present than another portrait of her on her second birthday! Yes, I am going to London carrying this portrait and to see her reaction! I am very excited! I can't be partial so I have made a portrait of my grandnephew also whose birthday is also round the corner (August)! I have used the  photos I took when they visited us in December and I am hoping she will remember us when we see her again after 5 months!

Thanks for viewing! Have a nice day! Comments and criticisms welcome!

Friday 6 May 2011

Lubeck in a winter morning

I tried to create an atmosphere of a greyish foggy day which is the general weather in Lubeck winter. On my two visits the chilly and gloomy weather underscored the mood of the city which is an hour's drive from Hamburg. I used a lot of bluish grey and left everything understated to accentuate the mood. Done on a half sheet of Arches 300lb Rough paper.
Made a lot of sketches of the boats and the buildings and also did a colour study before starting the final painting. Lot of trouble but I am happy with the result! Happy viewing!