Saturday, December 31, 2016

Looking Back 2016...

Good Bye 2016
It's that time of the year, we look back to collect what we have achieved and try to recollect our memories with our achievements. When I look back to collect my memories with Art, this year I did less number of paintings compared to previous years. But I did not stop doing it. That makes me feel happy. It's my firm belief that, "When you stop doing something, you stop advancing with it". It applies to many-things in life, it applies more to Art.

When time folds one year as gone, it unfolds another year as to-go. As life goes on, more years get folded and deposited into "gone past". The deposited years are not available for withdrawal. They can only be withdrawn in the form of "memories". Memories that can only become more precious over time.

As this year moves close to the transition line of "the gone", I say my heart-felt "Good Bye" to 2016. Looking forward for another Artful and Peaceful New Year!

Good Bye to 2016 and Welcome to 2017!
Happy Painting!!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Nātyānjali-12: A Tribute to Indian Classical Dance...

Indian Classical Dance - Watercolors on Paper
My tribute to Indian Classical Dance continues with one of the classic bhangimas (poses) of Bharathanatyam, in this 12th painting of this series.

The only satisfaction in Arts is practice. Keep Practicing for more and more satisfaction!
Happy Painting!

Details
Title: Nātyānjali-12
Mediums: Watercolors
Category: Portraits
Inspiration: Passion for Indian Arts...
Size: 14" x 11" (35 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Canson Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Cold Press

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Nātyānjali-11: A Tribute to Indian Classical Dance...

Indian Classical Dance - Watercolors on Paper
My tribute to Indian Classical Dance continues with this 11th painting in this series. Tried little different in dark colors.

When you stop, you stop to progress, continue painting!
Happy Painting!

Details
Title: Nātyānjali-11
Mediums: Watercolors
Category: Portraits
Inspiration: Passion for Indian Arts...
Size: 14" x 11" (35 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Canson Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Cold Press

Saturday, December 10, 2016

నిదురించే తోటలోకి...

నిదురించే తోటలోకి...
Never give up anything you started!
Happy Painting!!

Details
Title: నిదురించే తోటలోకి...
Mediums: Ink & Watercolors
Category: Portraits
Inspiration: Morning thoughts
Size: 14" x 11" (35 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Canson Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Cold Press

Monday, December 5, 2016

Tribute to one of the great souls of India...

Portrait of Jayalalitha
My tribute to one of the great souls of India.

When touching just one heart in life isn't possible for many souls, people who touch millions of hearts and sadden their day when they leave the world are truly great souls.

I pay my tribute to this great soul of India: Puratchi Thlaivi Jayalalitha.

Details
Mediums: Watercolors
Surface: Canson Artist Series 140LB 300G Coldpress watercolor paper
Title: Portrait of Puratchi Thalaiva Jayalalitha
Inspiration: Respect to a great should on her demise
Size: 11" x 14" (28 cm x 36 cm)

Day-7 of Painting Challenge on Facebook . . .

Poster colors on Paper

Poster colors on Paper
Day-7 of Painting Challenge on Facebook . . .
I conclude this week-long #painting #challenge with the following 2 watercolor paintings done during my college days at #VRSEC Engineering college, #Vijayawada.

Both the paintings were done during my initial learnjng days by studying published paintings of Artist Uttam Kumar, an illustrator then in #AndhraBhoomi #Telugu weekly magazine. One thing common in both of these paintings is #woman with(in) the #nature. Each takes viewers into it's own story. They both depict different shades of a woman alongside of different changes of nature. Both nature and woman are portrayed beautifully showing the beautiful side of human-nature.

It's been a pleasure sharing my college days paintings and recollecting some of my memories with those.

Painting-1 signed and dated: Jan 14, 1988
Painting-2 signed and dated: Dec 3, 1988
Thanks to all those who took time to comment and a moment to click 'like' ;)
Special thanks to Indira Meka who followed this closely and eagerly, also saved and shared one of my paintings of those days that she got from me.

Day-6 of Painting Challenge on Facebook . . .

Poster colors on Paper

Poster colors on Paper
Day-6 of Painting Challenge on Facebook . . .
Painting-1
This #painting is based on a photograph published in "The Illustrated weekly of India" in an article about the Indian epic #Mahabharata played by Russian Artists on the stage. The original photo was of a Russian Artist who played the role of #Draupadi. The actual published photo was in color but I did it in #BlackAndWhite.
Signed and Dated: Feb 9, 1989

Painting-2
This #painting is based on a photograph published in "The Illustrated weekly of India" in an article about #BSarojaDevi, a south indian movie actress. This shows how Indian movies portrayed the same role #Draupadi. The original published photo was in #BlackAndWhite, but I did this in colors. I used Red color for the saree with white jewelry. It had some finest details put in with brush.
This is a photocopy of my original painting taken at that time as I did not preserve the original with me.
Signed and Dated: Dec 13, 1988

Day-5 of Painting Challenge on Facebook . . .

Ballpoint Pen on Paper

Day-5 of Painting Challenge
#Ballpointpen has been one of my strongest media. There are quite a few I did straight with ballpoint pen with no prior pencil outline. This is one among those.

The little #girl in this #painting like #drawing is trying to catch the #ocean into her small bucket. This is based on a very impressive printed-photograph I saw with my batchmate, one of my best friends and a good admirer of my art Srinivas Nilagiri.

Needless to say that I was quite happy with the outcome and it still remains as one of my favorite ballpoint works even after this many years!

Signed and Dated: Aug 30, 1987

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Day-4 of Painting Challenge on Facebook . . .


Day-4 of Painting Challenge on Facebook
This is one of my early explorations of #watercolor #painting during my college days at #VRSEC#Vijayawada. This is based on a painting by Thomas Moran, an American Artist, published in SPAN magazine I bought on the footpaths at Alankar theatre, #Vijayawada. I didn't know any techniques, didn't even know the basics of #colortheory. All I had was a limited set of poster colors and a strong desire to learn from #masters printed art works.
Details
Mediums: Camel Poster Colors on Paper
Inspiration: A Painting published in SPAN magazine
Size: 11" x 14" (28 cm x 36 cm)
Signed and DatedOct 21, 1987

Day-3 of Painting Challenge on Facebook . . .


Day-3 of Painting Challenge on Facebook
Another #painting based on an illustration by #Telugu Artist "Uttam Kumar" in Telugu weekly magazine #Andhrabhoomi. This is one of many I did in just #BlackAndWhite.
Most of my paintings that I did during my engineering college days at #VRSECnever went out of my hostel room. But, this is the only painting that got onto the "Literary Club News Board" and was displayed there for a week or so. One of my batch mates and a good friend of mine, Kiran Kakarlamudi made this happen with a caption of the following lines taken from a song:

"నీ నును పైటను తాకిన చాలు
గాలికి గిలిగింత కలుగునులే
నీ కనుచూపే సోకిన చాలు
సూర్యుడు వెన్నెల కాయునులే
నీ పాదాలూ తాకిన చాలు
శిలలైనా విరబూయాలిలే...."
Even as on today, if I happen to listen that Telugu song, this painting comes in and remains in the background.
Details

Mediums: Camel Poster Colors on Paper
Inspiration: A illustration by Uttam Kumar in Andhrabhoomi Telugu magazine
Size: 8" x 10" (20 cm x 25 cm)
Signed and Dated: Nov 26, 1988

Day-2 of Painting Challenge on Facebook . . .


Day-2 of painting challenge on Facebook
This is also one of the early milestones of my journey with #watercolors that boosted my confidence. I was so happy with this outcome and was so proud of it for many days at my home in #Kavali where I did this one.
This is based on a photograph from a Calendar of beautiful pictures that I got from my uncle Sudhakar Jaladanki. The original picture was a lake in beautiful #Kashmir in #India.

Details
Mediums: Camel Poster Colors on Paper
Inspiration: A calendar picture of a lake in Kashmir, India
Size: 8" x 10" (20 cm x 25 cm)
Signed and DatedAug 4, 1987

Day-1 of Painting Challenge on Facebook . . .

Day-1 of Painting Challenge on Facebook
Accepting the nomination for a 7-day Painting Challenge from one of my good Art Friends Mridula Satyamurti, I will be posting one painting each day starting from today for next 7 days. I chose to post my college days Paintings rather than recent ones in this challenge. These are the Paintings that I did when I was in my #EngineeringCollege #vrsec in #Vijayawada.
This very first #Painting is a mere copy of "Uttam Kumar"- a fantastic #TeluguArtist of those years who worked as an Illustrator for #Telugu weekly magazine #Andhrabhoomi, the one and only one Artist from India who later worked with thousands of other Artists for Hollywood animation movies. As I always say, his Paintings inspired me in my college days to hold a brush and start painting.

This is based on one of his paintings he did as part of his series in #Andhrabhoomi magazine under the title "Uttama Naayikalu". This one is one of my early watercolor paintings done with #CamelPosterColors. Needless to say that one of my best came out at the very beginning of my journey with #Watercolor Painting.
"Imitating Masters always gives an Artist a jump start with learning". Hope my Facebook friends enjoy this series. Thanks to Mridula Satyamurti for nominating me to take part in this 7-day challenge.
Details
Mediums: Camel Poster Colors on Paper
Inspiration: One of Uttam Kumar's Paintings published in Andhrabhoomi Telugu magazine
Size: 8" x 10" (20 cm x 25 cm)
Signed and Dated: Dec 11, 1988

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Keep doing like a kid...

Sketch with Ink Pen
There is no end to learning. But, it only comes to an end when you stop learning. Life gives many chances and opportunities to learn, learn from mistakes and improve upon. Each new day is nothing but another chance to learn in life. Just keep going, you don't to need impress anybody, other than yourself!

"A child's attitude toward everything is an artist's attitude" - Willa Cather

Keep doing like a Kid. Happy sketching!

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen on Paper
Inspiration: Morning silence
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Art is Autobiographical...

The Telugu Legendary Actor N.T. Rama Rao as Krishna
from the Telugu Movie: "Dana Veera Soora Karna"
We miss many things in life. Some- we don't miss at certain time, but later wish to go back in time to experience it again. Those are the ones that we feel like we missed forever. Some- we don't get a change to do at that time in life, but always love to do. These are the ones that get added to our wish-list. The wish-list keeps growing with us.

Childhood memories are sweetest of all. One of my childhood memories that I recollect very often was my joyful experience of watching the movie- Dana Veera Soora Karna with my Dad & my Brother. Also, the movie posters designed by Artist Gangadhar are still fresh in my memories. I used to simply stare at those posters by observing the finest Art work went into the poster designs. Thus it got added to my wish-list in my childhood. I am happy to do this portrait of Legendary Telugu actor Sri. N.T. Rama Rao from the movie Dana Veera Soora Karna. Just by doing it, I took my-self back into my own childhood ;)

All Artists take their interests that are near to their heart into their Art. Over a period of time, the works of an Artist become his/her own autobiography.

"All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography." - Federico Dellini, Film director and Writer (2- Jan 1920-1993)

Happy Painting! Enjoy Art!!

Details
Title: NTR
Mediums: Ink & Watercolors
Category: Portraits
Inspiration: Childhood memories
Size: 14" x 11" (35 cm x 28 cm)
Surface: Canson Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Cold Press

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Keep Going...

Ink - Sketching
Each day is a learning in life...so as each attempt in Art is!
Learn from others, learn from your own mistakes!!
Do not stop, just keep going!!!

Happy sketching!

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen on Paper
Inspiration: Morning silence
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Morning Practice...

Ink sketches - Morning Practice
Happy sketching!

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen on Paper
Inspiration: Morning silence
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Taj Mahal - a sketch 2...

Taj Mahal - a sketch
Happy sketching!

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen on Paper
Title: A busy Indian Market
Category: Landscape
Inspiration: Morning silence
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Let the time find you...

A busy Market in India
If you don't find time, let the time find you ;)

Happy sketching!

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen on Paper
Title: A busy Indian Market
Category: Landscape
Inspiration: Morning silence
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Taj Mahal - a sketch...

Taj Mahal on the banks of river Yamuna
Taj Mahal inspired Artists around the world for centuries and will keep inspiring many more. It's been my dream to start a series of Paintings on this magnifcient memorial monument -Taj Mahal. The time hasn't come yet, but will come one day for sure...Until then, I keep sketching it at least.

Happy sketching!

Details
Mediums: Ink Pen on Paper
Title: Taj Mahal on the banks of river Yamuna
Category: Landscape
Inspiration: Morning silence
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Art mixed with "Values"...

Lord Ganesha - natural clay
Anything practiced for a longtime becomes a custom. A custom slowly becomes a tradition. Traditions later become "Values".

Trying to keep up the tradition of making Lord Ganesha with natural clay for seventh year in a row since I adopted this form of celebration of the festival "Vinayaka Chavithi".

Art mixed with "Values" is "Invaluable" in Heart!!!

Lord Ganesha - natural clay
Details
Material: Natural Clay
Category: Sculpture
Inspiration: "Values of Life"
Weight: 9 pounds

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The most Precious Drawing of my Lifetime...

The oldest of my Drawing
Of all my Art works, the most precious one is- this drawing of a Horse which I did when I was a child. It was done on a typical hot-summer-day at my Grandma's home in Kavali, Nellore, AP, India. This is the oldest of my Art works that I could save and preserve through all these years.

I just can't imagine how fast the life moves on. It's been 37 years already since I did this. It's no surprise to me, when I look at any of my Art works and think of those moments when I did it, I go back in time and recollect all moments around it. When I did this, I had my brother Sridhar Pottepalem sitting with me on the floor in the middle room of our Grandma's house watching while I was doing it. After I finished it with a pencil outline first and then with blue ink pen, I wanted to make it in black ink. When I tried to put black ink over the blue ink lines, the thin paper I used started to spread the ink. So, I did not proceed any further. The little black-ink-line that spread over blue-line can still be seen on the forehead of the horse.

After I finished it, I showed it to my uncle Sudhakar Jaladanki who was a wonderful Artist. I always used to take his opinion and he used to encourage me a lot. When I showed it to him, he took a red ballpoint pen out and showed me how to do shades of lines. All red line shades seen in this drawing were done by him. I used the same red ballpoint pen to sign it afterwards. I still remember, next few days, how proud I was of my Art work, looking at it numerous times in joy. I would have not known at that age, how much love I was in with Art, but I remember how happy I was with the outcome.

It was based on a full-page colorful Art work done by Artist Sankar published in Mar, 1978 edition of Chandamama monthly Telugu magazine for children. Those days, Chandamama used to have a monthly running serial of Indian epic stories. The epic Ramayana was published around that time with the name Veerahanuman. Today, I found the original beautiful drawing that I did mine based on after googling long enough before I found a site in which all scanned Chandamama monthly magazines were made available. I went patiently through each page of several months of archives to finally find the following original picture which inspired me so much at that age. Like many children of those times, Chandamama was a big part of my childhood life. It played even a bigger role in my Art. The beautiful Drawing illustrations by all wonderful Artists: Vaddadi Papayya, Sankar, Jaya, Chitra and Razi were all early inspirations to my Art.

Chandamama - 1978 March - Veerahanuman
Artist: Sankar

I can't pay my respects any better than dedicating my Art work to those two Telugu Legends B.NagiReddy Garu and Chakrapani Garu and all above mentioned Artists of those days. I dedicate my Art work to these two Telugu Legends and all Artists who were behind the beautiful Telugu magazine Chandamama!

Long live Art! Happy Drawing!

Details
Mediums: Ink and Ballpoint Pen on Paper
Dated: July 9, 1979
Inspiration: A beautiful illustration by Telugu Artist Sankar in Chandamama, Telugu monthly magazine for children
Size: 6" x 8" (15 cm x 20 cm)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Find ways...

Kuchipudi - Indian Classical Dance
After hectic weeks of work, one needs a break to regain energies and get going in life. For Artists, Art  helps more than anything to refresh mind, body and soul. Just attempted this to be in my own world for a couple of hours. As long as Art doesn't leave me, I am just fine ;)

When you lose energies, find ways to regain. Never give up!
Happy Painting!

Details
Mediums: Ink and Watercolors on Paper
Title: Kuchipudi - Indian Classical Dance
Category: Portraits
Inspiration: A picture I took at a recent Rangapravesam by one of my friend's daughter
Size: 11" x 17" (28 cm x 43 cm)

This Day that Age...

Coastal Andhra, India - Ink on regular Paper
My vacation days, 30 years ago were filled with nothing but Art. At that age in life, I didn't have any sources around me for learning drawing or doing painting. But, I just used to draw and I just used to try hard to get into painting. I didn't even have any good Art material with me. All I had was just regular fountain pen ink (Camel or Bril, Indian brands), a couple of tiny cheap quality watercolor brushes, regular but not a good quality white paper and access to some newspapers and weekly magazines like Andhra Bhoomi.

Just the desire to Draw and Paint was strong enough which made me try numerous drawings with Pencil and Ink. Taking a step further, I think, I discovered my own way of painting in black & white with just ink and water. This one is one of such drawing-paintings done with ink and water on paper. As always, the moments and time I spent alone at our home with my Art are still fresh in my memories. When I look back now, all those good-old drawings make me feel happy. My efforts didn't go waste. They still make me happy even after 30 years.

Have a strong desire to do anything, and keep doing. A job well-done always gives pleasure!

Happy Painting!

Details
Mediums: Bril Ink with brush on Paper
Title: Coastal Andhra, India
Category: Landscapes
Dated: July 5, 1986
Place: Kavali, AP, India
Inspiration: A picture published in Andhra Bhoomi Sunday Special Edition Newspaper
Size: 11" x 16" (28 cm x 40 cm)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Time to time...

Morning Coffee
Time to time, test your skill and keep sharpening it. BallpointPen used to be the sharpest of all my Art skills. Time-to-time, I keep testing it to see if it still remains sharp...

Keep drawing and never give it up for any-reason or no-reason ;)

Details
Mediums: Ballpoint Pen
Title: Morning Coffee
Category: Portraits
Inspiration: Random pictures
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" (21 cm x 28 cm)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The cow I made for Radha and Krishna...

The Cow for Radha and Krishna
I was recently approached by one of my Art friends asking me to make a cow for a Radha and Krishna statue. She was planning to setup Brindavanam at the venue of one of my friend's daughter's Rangapravesam in Kuchipudi dance.

I never attempted anything like this before, but when asked, said ok. Then I took measurements of the statue to plan the size of the cow. I simply tried it on a Foam Board (20" x 30") and used Water Colors. When it was placed behind Radha and Krishna statue in Brindavanam,  it just looked perfect.

Here is the happy cow with Radha and Krishna:

Radha and Krishna with the Cow
At the end of the event, I gave it away to a friend of mine who likes my Artworks, for her Bommalakoluvu.

Simply put your heart in anything you do in life, the outcome will just be amazing and you will have  at most satisfaction with your efforts ;)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

My Art Teacher who taught me how to draw...

With the beautiful Painting of Goddess Saraswathi by my Art Teacher
on a wall in my school. 
Though my Dad and my uncle Jaladanki Sudhakar were two persons whose Art works I observed very closely in my childhood before I left home at the age of 9 years to Gurukula Vidyalayam, there was another person whose Art works I observed even more closer, admired more and in fact learned Art from him as one of his students. My Art Teacher from my high-school, A.P. Residential School, Kodigenahalli, Sri. M. Venkateswara Rao was my first-and-the-only Art Teacher in my life.

We used to have just one 45-minute "Art Period" every week in our school from 5th to 9th grade. Those five years, I was probably one of the two or three students in my class of 36 students who used to look forward for that one Art period, week after week.

The special Art notebook that we used to carry to our Art period which was at least two times the size of a regular subject notebook with just about 20 pages or so to fill-in with Art for the full school-year. I saved some of my Art works I did in my school days, but couldn't save any of pages from my Art subject notebook as at the end of the school-year, we had to return all our notebooks to the school.

Many of our school Art periods are still very fresh in my memory including the very small room next to our 5th class dormitory which used to be our Art teacher's room initially. The outer-side wall of that room had three beautiful Paintings with wonderful messages, 1) Goddess Saraswathi Devi with the slokam "yakundendu thusharahaara dhavalaayaa subhra vsthraamitha..." 2) Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation, India with some of his finest words, and 3) Rabindranath Tagore with his poem, "Where the mind is without fear...". All those beautiful paintings were done by our Art Teacher. Even after 30+ years those paintings are still there on the wall.

Also, the new and big Auditorium never fades out in my memory, in which my Art Teacher had his room at one corner with a small wall-window, in my later years at our school. He used to have a small watercolor painting of Saraswathi in a simple frame on his table. Whenever I used to go there, my eyes and heart just used to stare at that beautiful painting. That small painting got a photo-print in my memory. When I try to recollect it from my memory, it often comes out as the most beautiful painting I have ever seen and admired since my school days. I am still trying to extract it out from my memory so that I can try to reproduce it, as close to it as I can, in coming years to pay my respects to my Teacher.

One of the best things happened in my life recently was our first-ever school reunion in Dallas, US. I met many of our schoolmates, seniors, juniors and one of our teachers there. One of my seniors brought his school autograph book and showed the autograph from our Art Teacher. His Autograph was nothing but a very beautiful sketch in that book of small size: 3"x4". I was so happy to see the sketch and immediately took a picture of it- a quick sketch as his autograph on one page and his hand-writing on the other page. I am so glad that I took pictures of those two pages.

God plans few things for us upon hearing our prayers and delivers those to us at appropriate times in life. I believe, the God certainly delivered those two pages to me on that occasion.

Here are the two pages:

My Art Teacher's quick sketch in of my senior's autograph book
My Art Teacher's hand-writing
I was also so happy to call my Teacher's son after our school reunion event, who was also a student of our school and was a junior to me. With so much of joy which is hard to express in words, I did talk with my Teacher, 3 decades after graduating from the school. I shared my Art Blog with my Teacher. Later, his son shared with me, what my Teacher said after looking at some of my paintings..."Giri drew better than me". I do not consider that I drew better than my Teacher in anyway, but take it as- the best blessings that my Art ever received. Also, that is the best compliment a student can get from his Teacher.

A couple my Teacher's paintings I collected:

One of my Art Teacher's Paintings
An Oil Painting by my Art Teacher on a wall at his house

Some of my Teacher's Art works from memories of my school days:

  • Paintings on walls of several buildings around the school campus
  • Many good quotations in Telugu and English that were painted on the back walls many of our  classrooms.
  • The sketches that he used to prepare with help of few selected students for Science Fair Projects.
  • The stencil of our school name he made and used to print on our t-shirts for our Grigs: district-level Games & Sports we used to participate representing our school.
  • Sculpture on Soaps. Especially, the Taj Mahal on Pears soap, the only transparent bath soap available those days, placed in a see through box made out of audio cassette plastic box with an  added small light behind it. A marvelous piece of Art. (I attempted this feat of sculpture on soaps at least three times so far, and I wish I could do more of it.)
  • Our class-room black boards with white letters painted on the top left corner.

Art always touches hearts and lives loner. I hope to see and collect some more of my Art Teacher's works in future.

With great respects, I say- "Thank you Sir, for teaching me Art" and I also thank God for all these great memories of Art.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Indian Woman in Sari...

Indian Woman in Sari
Indian woman- yet another theme that I chose this year for my series of Paintings. For hundreds of generations, Indian women did not come out of their homes. But, this generation of Indian women changed it altogether. They are equally educated as men and proved that they are capable, stronger and even complete human-beings by all means.

For centuries, nothing could influence Indian women to change their traditional dress style which is- Sari. In recent years, the world has changed faster than ever, so as India. Indian women now are seen in western outfits and are much more free to wear what they like. But still...on any given day, an Indian woman would like to see herself a complete woman, only in the traditional and beautiful Sari.

In this new series of my Paintings, I am going to paint this traditional, yet elegant and gorgeous dress style of Indian women: Sari.

Happy Painting!

While progressing:


Details
Mediums: Watercolors
Title: Indian woman in Sari
Category: Portraits
Reference: Telugu actress Anushka's picture
Size: 16" x 20" (40 cm x 50 cm)

Toolkit
Surface: Artistico Fabriano Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Cold Press,
Paints: Winsor & Newton Cadmium Lemon, Hooker's Green, Neutral Tint, Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue, HWC Lavender, Daniel Smith Quinacridone Purple, Quinacridone Sienna
Brushes: Winsor & Newton Sable 6, Da Vinci Kolinsky Round Size 1, 3 and RAPHEL Pure Squirrel Mop Brush (N0. 8)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Indian Woman Hair Style...

Indian Woman - Hair Style
Looking at some of my Paintings, one of my Artist-friends made a comment- "Giri, you always show Indian woman looking so happy & beautiful in your Paintings". One of the new themes that I thought I would do a series of Paintings this year was - Indian Woman.

I love painting Portraits and especially the hair. It's bit hard doing hair in watercolor paintings. This is my second painting of this kind. My first one can be seen here.

I also did sketch as part of doing a value study for this Painting. Here is the sketch.

Happy painting and Keep practicing!
Stage-1
Stage-2
Stage-3
Stage-4
Details
Mediums: Watercolors
Title: Indian woman hair style
Category: Portraits
Inspiration: Random pictures
Size: 16" x 20" (40 cm x 50 cm)

Toolkit
Surface: Artistico Fabriano Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Cold Press,
Paints: Winsor & Newton Cadmium Lemon, Hooker's Green, Neutral Tint, Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue, HWC Lavender, Yellow Ocher, Daniel Smith Quinacridone Purple, Quinacridone Sienna
Brushes: Winsor & Newton Sable 6, Da Vinci Kolinsky Round Size 1, 3 and RAPHEL Pure Squirrel Mop Brush (N0. 8)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

An Art is not a lifeless piece of colors...

Gateway Arch, St. Louis

This Day That Age...

It was 28 years ago today I did this small Painting of Gateway Arch, St. Louis. At that time, I didn't even know where on the earth this Monument was. But, it was an amazing feeling when I went to St. Louis and spent a full-day on a weekend at the monument in the year 2003, almost 15 years after I did this Painting.

Today, when I look back 28 years from now, it takes me into my small but wonderful world of that student-life, filled completely with nothing but just Books, Friends and Love of Art.

"An Art is not a lifeless piece of colors. It has life and tells it's own story even to the Artist who created it. As the time goes by, the story it tells is is filled with some of the finest moments of an Artist's Life."

This was done based on a photograph published in a local Telugu News Paper.

Details
Reference: Picture published in a Telugu News Paper
Mediums: Indian Ink and Poster Colors on Paper
Surface: Paper
Size: 8" x 6" (20 cm x 15 cm)

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Time to clean up that mess...

messy Palette - watercolor
Artists' palettes usually look very messy. I myself often wonder how such messy surface can be the base for creating beautiful and wonderful paintings. Believe it or not, some Artists never clean their palettes ;)

I took a break from my watercolor painting to experience Painting in Oils last summer. Just opened my palette today to see what kind of mess I had left on it after my last watercolor painting. All of the color-slots have pretty dry paint left and the mixing areas and large wells for washes  all got dried-up. Before I clean this mess, I thought I'd rather take a snapshot of it, which when I look back reminds me, two years of wonderful journey into my dream of watercolor painting.

Now, it's time to clean up that mess and start a new journey from here again. Looking forward to fantastic experiences again after this break.

Creation is always a messy process, but the outcome of a creation is always wonderful.

Don't be afraid to get into messy things when you are trying to create anything that is wonderful and beautiful!

Happy Painting and get into it by all means of messy ways!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Value study...

"Value study" done before watercolor painting
Many Artists do a value study of the subject before they start Watercolor Painting. Value study is nothing but a quick sketch done to study the composition of shapes that make up the painting. The study of composition also includes finding the values, usually classified into three: 1) darks, 2) mediums and 3) lights.

Typically, value study is done with Pencil as pencil is close to Watercolors. Pen and ink is also good media to do a value study as darks and mediums can be easily shown. The sketch done to do value study is generally smaller in size than the actual painting. It basically helps studying the subject quickly. Once the study is done, it will be a good reference during the actual painting.

This sketch is done as a "value study" to my next painting. Darks are identified with dark black, mediums are shown with finer lines of black, and lights are nothing but the areas of paper not touched.

Happy Painting!
If you have a passion of Painting, keep painting.
Today is yesterday's tomorrow, to have no regrets of yesterday ;)

Details
Reference: Picture from internet
Mediums: Ink Pen on Paper
Size: 11" x 81/2" (28 cm x 21.5 cm)

Toolkit
Pens: Prismacolor Premier Brush Tip Marker (black), Staedtler 0.33mm ink pen
Surface: Heavyweight (80#) Sketching Paper