Saturday, February 28, 2015

Just Practice...

Tulip
This is a quick one-hour Watercolor Painting. An year ago, I couldn't even imagine myself doing a watercolor painting like this in an hour. I believe, constant practice is slowly taking me there. I get the point now why professional artists do watercolor painting very fast.

Enjoy Painting and keep practicing. One can only get better at anything in life by "Just Practice".

Happy Painting! ;)

Details
Title: Tulip
Category: Nature
Mediums: Watercolors
Inspiration: A 2 inch photograph from a News paper
Size: 11" x 15" (28 cm x 38 cm)

Toolkit
Surface: Saunders Watercolor Paper Rough, 140 lb Cold Press
Paints: Winsor & Newton Ultramarine Violet, Permanent Sap Green, Hookers Green, Cobalt Blue and Yellow Ochre
Brushes: Da Vinci Kolinsky Round Size 3 and Raphail 8

Monday, February 16, 2015

Singing of Colors...

Singing Birds
Every painting is nothing but an experience of a series of brush strokes. When I started watercolor painting an year ago, I was bit tight on holding the brush and used to have my face even very close to the paper. Some Artists would call it- Painting with the Nose. I still do that little bit when I get to the details of certain portions of the painting. But majority of my paintings these days are done very loosely. Painting with freedom is more important, and then only, one can truly experience the Joy of Painting.

This Singing Birds is based on a photograph that I came across recently. To me, the birds look like they are singing in joy. I added my own singing of colors to the painting around the joyfully singing birds.

Sing along with the colors while painting, it makes it a joyful and enjoyable experience.

Enjoy Painting and Keep Practicing ;)

Details
Mediums: Watercolors
Title: Singing Birds
Category: Nature
Inspiration: A photograph by Debashis Das on Facebook
Size: 15" x 22" (38 cm x 55 cm)

Toolkit
Surface: Saunders Watercolor Paper Rough, 140 lb Cold Press
Paints: Winsor & Newton Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Violet, Neutral Tint
Brushes: Da Vinci Kolinsky Round Size 1, 3 and Raphail 8

Sunday, February 15, 2015

On the Top...

On the Top
Keep Painting and Keep Practicing ;)

Details
Mediums: Watercolors
Title: On the Top
Category: Nature
Inspiration: A photograph came across on Facebook
Size: 11" x 15" (28 cm x 38 cm)

Toolkit
Surface: Saunders Watercolor Paper Rough, 140 lb Cold Press
Paints: Winsor & Newton Burnt Sienna, Opera Rose, Ultramarine Violet, Cobalt Blue, Hookers Green and Olive Green
Brushes: Da Vinci Kolinsky Round Size 1, 3 and 5

Nātyānjali-5: Indian Classical Dance...

Nātyānjali - Indian Classical Dance
The Nātyānjali series I started last August goes on with this 5th painting in the series. The much needed  inspiration to start a painting comes for this out of my treasure-box-of-inspirations from my college-days of good-old news-paper-cuttings. It is based on a bhangima (pose) by Versatile Dancer and Telugu actress Bhanupriya.

This takes me back to my Engineering College days. I did a pen sketch of this for our College Magazine during my final-year exams after my juniors requested me saying not to leave the magazine without any of my Arts for that year. I didn't get a chance to look at the printed magazine as it was scheduled to be printed after I finished my college.

Good (g)old memories last longer than (m)any!

I am very satisfied with this painting. Turned a 4" x 6" paper cutting of black & white picture into a big color-painting of 15" x 22". The outcome was very clean and crisp, one of my best so far. Of course, as I always say- The Best is yet to come.

Check my previous paintings in this series here.

Keep Painting and Keep Practicing ;)

Details
Mediums: Watercolors
Title: Nātyānjali - Indian Classical Dance
Category: Random portraits - from my news paper clippings
Inspiration: Pose by Telugu actress Bhanupriya
Size: 15" x 22" (38 cm x 55 cm)

Toolkit
Surface: Saunders Watercolor Paper Rough, 140 lb Cold Press
Paints: Winsor & Newton Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red, Opera Rose, Ultramarine Violet and Neutral Tint
Brushes: Da Vinci Kolinsky Round Size 1, 3 and 5

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Kids' world is even smaller...

Kids' world is even smaller
We always hear the phrase from grown ups- The World is so small. When the world is so small for grown ups, imagine how tiny it is for kids. They don't expect anything, don't hurt anybody, but get upset very easily when their little world gets disturbed. Imagine, if the world has just kids, that will be the Happiest World!

Love Kids and give all your Love!

"That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up." - Walt Disney

It's been awhile since I did a small portrait. As I have been slowly moving towards bigger and bigger paintings, I thought I should try my Childhood Style of small Paintings. There I go...I am quiet happy with the outcome. It was a quick one.

Keep Painting ;)

Details
Mediums: Watercolors
Title: Kids' world is even smaller
Category: Random portraits - from my news paper clippings
Size: 5" x 7" (12 cm x 18 cm)

Toolkit
Surface: Saunders Watercolor Paper Rough, 140 lb Cold Press
Paints: Winsor & Newton Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red, Opera Rose, Ultramarine Violet and Quinacridone Gold
Brushes: Da Vinci Kolinsky Round Size 1, 3 and 5

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Comfort Zone...

Tollywood Actress Anushka
Recently, I have been only trying a particular watercolor paper and have become very comfortable with it. Sometimes, it's good to come out of that comfort zone and try different things. First time, I tried Saunders Waterford watercolor paper (rough).

This portrait is based on Tollywood beautiful actress Anushka.

Keep Painting ;)

Details
Mediums: Watercolors
Inspiration:  Portrait of Anushka found on Facebook
Size: 12" x 10" (32 cm x 25 cm)

Toolkit
Surface: Saunders Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Cold Press
Paints: Winsor & Newton Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red, Opera Rose, Ultramarine Violet, Ultramarine Blue and Neutral Tint
Brushes: Da Vinci Kolinsky Round Size 1, 3, 5 and 8