Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Done with acrylic on corrugated cardboard. Quick and satisfying! :)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Doesn't this seem like such a gorgeous place to live in? Well, all I remember is it is somewhere in Ireland... Since I can't go there on a whim, the painting will have to suffice for now! ;)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
It was a large area having outlets of some of the biggest brands, but more importantly, it was the scenic location that made it such a pleasure to visit. Vast open spaces, landscaped greens, the Zip shuttle and sunny days with deep blue skies made it a stunning vista.
This painting is my ode to those lovely days. I have taken the setting from a combination of two of my pictures taken in the shopping district.
Let me have your comments on this one.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I shall post the third painting - another cityscape - in a day or so. Do come back to check that one out. Meanwhile, hope you all are having a good weekend!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Going through one of my favourite blogs, Different Strokes For Different Folks by artist Karin Jurick, I came across this picture of the SFO street.
My first reaction was 'How can anyone paint something so drab and grey?' But the responses that came in were such a learning experience. It taught me how to look at a subject from your own imaginative viewpoint so that even the most regular of shots could be interpreted in an aesthically pleasing fashion.
So this was my version of the SFO street, and I must admit I'm quite pleased with the end result. What do you think, dear readers?
Friday, October 23, 2009
Duh! Am in the middle of dealing with a forced creative break. Its been over a month that I haven't touched my brushes. Just made some paper lanterns for Diwali with the kids, and a spot of rangoli, and that was it.... no more creative outings in the festive season. tch! tch!
Can't say I'm too happy about this scenario. Rather I'm starting to get withdrawal symptoms.... Now wait, my creative brain says that is a good thing, a sign of the tumult inside. Let's see where this leads....
Promise to be back soon with something to show! And hope you all (from India) had a fabulous Diwali.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Though an acrylic on paper again, this painting doesn't come from any photograph but has been entirely conjured up in my head. Not a very difficult thing to do for a woman, given the subject! :)
I have always been charmed by the round-bottomed traditional ceramic teapot that comes along with its matching set of cups. This painting is simply an ode to one of the biggest pleasures that we take for granted - sipping tea while nibbling into a piece of cake. Mmmm...
Hope you enjoy this as much as I loved painting it.
Monday, September 14, 2009
And this time I worked using poster colours instead of the usual acrylics. Well, poster colours spread better with water but the colours do not have as much vibrancy as the acrylics do.
I also captured the progress of my work through its various stages. So the first wash looked like this.
After the first wash was completely dry, I worked on the details of the railway track and its surroundings.
Then the final painting turned out this way....
My inspiration photograph for this painting came from the very interesting travel blog of Mridula Dwivedi called Travel Tales From India.
This picture was taken on a walk from Barog to Solan during one of Mridula's trips to the Himachal, accompanied by her young nephews. Click here to read the associated article.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
So what do you think of this one? In my next post I'll show you what I do in between my painting sprees. Now that is another story.... so stay tuned!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Anyway, I have come away from the experience with quite a few learnings. And most importantly, I have realized that I have to be a more patient artist. I just can't seem to wait for previous washes to dry before starting out with my loaded brush again!
Though when I look at this picture of the drawing, it does feel like the camera did not quite do justice to it. The interplay of light and shade in the finished painting does look much better upfront, believe me! For the record, this one is also inspired by the Cotswold countryside in the UK.
How I envy my friend for actually being able to travel down this road and watch these glorious Fall colours. And thank her for sharing this lovely photograph that inspired me to be creative with my colors and brushes. :)
Till the next paint outing....
Monday, August 10, 2009
Meanwhile I am trying to work on my next. I have to work out a way of not getting interrupted in the middle of my work... that by far seems to be my biggest challenge right now. Phew!
Comments, suggestions and reactions are welcome, as always.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
As for the painting update, August has started off totally wasted. I have slipped my target again and have not been able to paint anything for almost two weeks... and worse, I have spent the last couple of days moping about it. Not the best place to be in for doing anything remotely creative! But then I was unwell last weekend, and budding artists are allowed some sick leave.
Today my dearest hubby has been an angel in disguise and has bailed me out of my sad plight by chipping in whole-heartedly with humdrum housework. So this afternoon I finally got cracking again, and finished another as-yet-unnamed painting. Will show it around here soon... be on the look out! :)
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
So what do your think of this one?
Friday, July 24, 2009
Though I do have a confession to make. I slipped on my target of 'one painting in a week' with my very first painting! tch, tch... :(
From the sketching stage right upto the final layers of paint, it took me two whole weeks to finish The Lotus Ganesha. Somehow I got so entagled in household chores, kids' homework, weekend travel and so on, that the poor painting had to take a backseat.
But the good news is, it is finally complete. And I am already working on the next one!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
What I love most about them are the vibrant colours, and the umpteen luscious shades one can come up with. Yes, some of the mix-n-match shades look downright yummy and edible!
I have also promised myself to take my acrylic-on-paper phase more seriously. My target is one painting per week. Lets see if I can keep up the resolve!
Am currently working on the first one, and hope to share it soon. This sketch has been lying with me for perhaps six months now…. am so glad to finally see it getting done.
The monsoons sure inspire my creative juices! Hope you all are having an inspired phase too.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Started with some finger-painting…
Then moved on to ladyfinger printing!
Don’t these turtles give the Olive Ridley’s some serious competition? :)
Made an octopus out of a paper plate and cut-up straws…
And used the remaining part of the paper plate to create an African-style neckpiece! That, incidentally, is my three year old daughter posing so gleefully with the neckpiece.
Finally we did some palm prints to make the scorching sun (as if we needed any more of its heat…. Phew!!)
What did you all do to keep the kids busy during their summer vacations?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
1. Draw out the design you want on a piece of paper. Make sure before drawing that you fix the width of your drawing as per the size of the bottle you want to paint. We don’t want any pattern overlaps now!
2. Affix this paper inside the bottle using tape so that when you paint on the outside, the design doesn’t move.
3. Now paint directly or draw out outlines using a non-permanent marker.
4. Fill in all the details of your design, including a background.
Tip: If you want to add a background to your creation, then ensure you start the painting process with that. It’ll be easier to paint on the design details over the background color rather than make your background fit in with the lines of your design.
The second alternative if you are using a wide-mouth jar is to paint in the background color from the inside of the bottle.
5. Enjoy your creation! :)
P.S. - Remember the bottle-vases I painted a few months back? You can catch them in action here.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Froggy with his red umbrella and the giant mushrooms all add a dash of fun to the morning chore of brushing, making it that much easier for the kids and us.
This time I tried a more complicated design than my previous attempts at painting on glass bottles. And learnt some invaluable lessons.
I used Fevicryl’s ceramic paint pack which comes with basic colors. The paints are so quick-drying that you cannot work with them under a fan. Mixing colors is also pretty tough since you have to constantly keep thinning them with water else they dry up. And all that water wrecks color consistency.
So while this activity requires immense patience and a fair amount of careful planning before you start, the end result more than makes up for it. When my kids saw their new brush holder, they made friends with Froggy instantly and loved the mushrooms. :)
I’ll share the technique I used to paint this bottle in my next post.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The steps are:
1. Cut a circle of 1.5"-2"(inches) diameter out of stiff paper. I used both card paper from a pamphlet and glossy newspaper, and both worked for me.
2. Fold it neatly into half, making sure the edges match perfectly.
3. Fold it into further halves, twice over, so you are left with something that looks like this.
4. Now take a pair of scissors and snip off a tiny bit on the top. This will form the centre of the parasol or umbrella, from where we can slip in the straw.
5. Turn your scissors to the broad arc of the circle and cut out a jagged motif, so that when we open the folds, it forms a decorative pattern. You can be really creative here and create motifs as you like. Or use a pattern scissor to help.
6. Open the folds of your paper parasol and fit it right below the bend of the straw.
Go on, serve the drinks! What are you waiting for?? Oh, the compliments… they’ll come soon! :)