Wednesday, December 31, 2008

happy new year!

I thought of putting up a bright picture to start a new year.Also this happens to be a part of temple called vittal mandir at sinhagad road.It is auspicious start to the new year by temple painting.

Well to be honest,even if it was a horse stable with bright colour i would have put it up!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

last painting of 2008

Today nothing about painting.Just Best of wishes to all of you.Have a wonderful new year 2009.Let us connect through the art !!

Monday, December 29, 2008

painting from a sketch 4

I am sure this sketch is from a rajasthan state.The harsh sun and colourful people is my imagination !!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

heritage site

this is a rock cut temple,with carved coloumns in stone.

heritage site.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

houses on a junction

this is done from a sketch again.I have used semidry colours to show textured walls.I wanted a abstact look (graphic), hence this effort.

Friday, December 26, 2008

close up

It is fun to just take a closeup shot of an object and do the painting.In this case just a wall with texture and sunlight is drawn.Artist not good at perspective very often resort to such paintings.

A long shot, i.e. seascapes, distant mountains, country side, such scenes dont require a great perspective command and tight closeups also dont demand the perspective.But architectural structures do need practice and understanding of perspective.

This is a painting of just one wall of a structure in university of pune.Colonial period sructure has its own charm.


Acrylic on canvass 11x11 inches.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

painting from a sketch 2

Just to illustrate my point of yesterday,i am posting both a sketch by Tupe sir and my painting .

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

painting of a sketch 1

When i was not able to go outdoors,I tried to paint from photographs,but found it boring as was unknowingly trying to copy it.But i resisted copying painting done by masters,as i could never mix the colours as they had.So finally i settled for a black and white skeches as abase for my paintings.It was totally upto me to decide the colour pallette.The shading was indicated in sketches and composition was ready!

These sketches were by Artist Shivaji Tupe,who i met later and also showed my painting!This i did in initial stage of my watercolour days.Now i dont do this any more,but i have about 20 such painting !!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


This was done as a practice for washes .I myself like the flow of watercolour.

Monday, December 22, 2008

wet in wet

this a painting i did few years back.The wet in wet technique is tried out here.I like to mix watercolours directly on papers,except darker tones.The surprise results of mixing on paper is something i enjoy!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Wada at wai

Wada means a house with a courtyard.For safty reasons all rooms can be be secured by just locking the front main door.The court acts as multipurpose space and a sourse of light and ventilation.

In summer days only court is bright and somewalls are in shade,this is what i have tried to show in this painting.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Somebody said that in watercolours,when you show trees at a distance,dont show leaves,and when you show jungle(folliage) dont show trees.In this picture, i have tried to do the same,and mostly i follow this principle.My inspiration is David Talor of Australia,and he is master at conveying trees with just a minimum detailing.

Friday, December 19, 2008

pocket diary .

I am running out of my pocket diary stock.I enjoy recording scenes and places when i travel.Just give a feel of my diary by showing these two photos.It is not specially bound,but difficult to get one with correcr paper quality.The size is 5x4 inches. approx.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

finally the final picture!

This is a whole picture.I strongly believe that there are smaller paintings in a whole picture.This was an exercise to verify this fact,It was fun doing it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

this is almost final!

I painted this door as a practise for one another painting to be done at a friends place.This is my daughters room door,which she allowed me to experiment with !!

Monday, December 15, 2008

something different 3

probably, you can imagine a full picture.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Something different

I see many smaller paintings , or say good compositions,in a big full painting.manually i keep cropping my paintings to salvage good parts,which i use to paste on my personal letterhead.

Since photoshop can do the same for photos, i am putting up one big painting in a fragmented way,one by one for next 4 days.The whole painting will be revealed on next weekend.

This is done as acalligraphic composition in acrylic medium.

Friday, December 12, 2008

riverside activity.

this is painted in the studio,a very rare thing for me to do.Photograph was very clear and i had seen the place,hence it was not very difficult.size -35x50 cms

Thursday, December 11, 2008

two views of same temple.

these are two compositions done at the same venue, and almost at the same time,but different days.It is up to you to decide which one is more spontanious and better.....

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I took a photograph on the spot itself hence you can see two twigs on the paper!they are adding to the painting.most of the roofs in sun i leave it as white paper,which now my friends call it as my signature feature in drawings.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


last sunday,I was painting in a 40 acre botanical garden,where i found this bamboo growth.

After painting so many different trees,this was a welcome change!

Monday, December 8, 2008

morning light 3

i find it very difficult to paint against light.This is one of such attempts.The dark foliage has filtered sunlight and ground has dark shadows.T the same time open ares behind are soaked in morning light!
it was a great spot.
size 15x11

Sunday, December 7, 2008

ILS law college

It was not a perfect composition according to me ,hence i have cropped it to make square composition.Looks better this way.It is a loose landscape,size 11x 11 inches

Saturday, December 6, 2008


I found these blue painted water tanks in sunlight a good subject to paint.I find copying a landscape as it is seen very unnecessry,so i just look at spot as reference point,and avoid making a photocopy of what i see.My pictures hence look totally mismatched with actual spot!

Friday, December 5, 2008

kasba peth

an old crumbling structure in kasbapeth,many such dotting the area are painters delight.It is a sad state of our old heritage buildings.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

market place

This is a fast watercolour sketch of a busy mandai market in pune.With hundreds of people around one hasto work fast!

It is 11 am and sun beating down,so mostly white is left untouched for the effect.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Devnagari painting size 12x24 inch

This predominent black painting is my personal favourite,as i like any thing black! offcourse combined with some is written in devnagari,translated as A to Z letters.

Monday, December 1, 2008

pocket diary sketch 1

I always carry a pocket diary ,a sort of sketch approx.4"x5" in size.It is ideal to record images when travelling and when conditions are not good to sit and draw.I have been doing pen sketches for many years in this pocketsize book,but recently i discovered that it takes good watercolour paint too.

It is said that size does this case small can be beautiful too.!!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

indian colours with BLACK

Thia is how i perceive the indian freedom.Lately with all terrorist attacks and political lethargee

I thought that black is also an indian flag colour.

Friday, November 28, 2008


I am experimenting with lines, forms and letters.i dont know the outcome ,but i have enjoyed the process

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

pen sketches

putting black and white pen sketches( TYpical architect!).These are studu sketches as well as record travelogue type sketches.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

watercolour sketch

On every outing i like to do atleast one direct paint sketch,that is without a pencilsketch.It is done on sketch pad with smooth surface.I enjoy it more than a finished product!

Monday, November 24, 2008

devnagari script calligraphy

While trying watercolour remaining in the pallet,this was an accidently and spontaniously drawn

calligraphic painting.size 11x 15 inches.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

trees in university

Being an architect,I have to make special efforts to draw anything other than a building.I am practising tree drawing, hence this picture.!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

morning light 2

very soft morning light promped me to take a picture and then painted it from a photograph.

Friday, November 21, 2008

college of agriculture pune

I have tried to give just a hint of colonial builing by minimum detailing.It is a wonderful heritage structure,but very difficult to draw!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

temple complex

Visted Mahuli, near satara,where temple complex is very interesting.Temples are situated on the banks of rivers krishna and Venna (sangam ghat).The river is just a stream and riverbed is exposed!This painting i did in landscape format.Somebody suggested that it can be cropped to make two portrait format paintings!! Am putting both ,thanks to software engineering.