Thursday, February 26, 2009

same spot thrice!!

I have done this painting more than 3 times but posting it for 3 different ways .The paintings are done in last two years or so, but cant remember the seasons etc.So its not to show any progression or degredation,but to show that i liked this subject!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

village mulshi

On way to a trip, i stoppedby to see this scenic village and liked it very much for its rustic charm.

I have deleted cows and hens from the picture as i cant draw them!! I have not kept record of what has been posted,so may be this is a repeat for some!...I dont necessarily use actual true colours of scene, but in this case houses were painted in this shades.i think its local mud colour.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

quick washes

The dome at agriculture college is always a fascination to paint.Just after finishing other paintings felt like painting it once more !! so just a quick wash sketch is done.This was done on last sunday.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Light tower

Every indian hindu temple has a feature of light tower( deepa stambha) where on all special festivals,lights are arranged as a decoration.This tower is made of stone mostly.As far as painting is concerned i liked the white patches left untouched.This gives me a range of tones from white to black.

Friday, February 20, 2009

stone bridge.

Such stone constructed bridges are found in india all over.This one is at wai.This bridge is located over a river which has temples on both banks.So it is an artists delight to paint the temples using bridge arches as a framing element.This is one such attempt.There is hardly any water flowing under the bridge!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

konkan viilage

I had posted this painting as my first painting on this blog ! i had no folllowers then ,so repeating it once again. it is painted in a village of konkan,where one sees such typical konkani houses.I like it myslf for sheer brightness in the painting.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

effect of water !

After almost finishing my painting, it slipped out of my hands and fell on dusty ground.All the muck and loose earth got stuck to the painting.I just put my painting under running water tap and washed off the muck.But it gave me a totally different painting after drying.I tried this again deliberately just to see the effect of water on painting. Basically any excessive colour which is not absorbed in paper gets washed off and a very uniform colour is achieved.In east bengal this is supposed to be a mastered technic,which i came to know later!They dry it after washing, apply new layers and repeat this process many times!! i have never tried it as i use only 180 gsm paper mostly...You all can try it and share your experiences.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

summer time

It is almost an end to winter and summer has started.Its getting hotter day by day.This is a painting i did last summer at 38 degree centigrade, at high noon time! jsut to welcome summer this painting is posted.

Monday, February 16, 2009


i have painted this tower at least 5 times till now.Every time i start with lot of enthusiasm,but always end up just painting upper portion only.The details of this british era buildings are too complicated for me! i have tried to show light play on tower rather than showing intricate details of mouldings etc.The lower portion is left blanck.Its a landmark structure in university campus,and once used to be a governers residence before independence.Its built in local stone and it looks majestic!

Sunday, February 15, 2009


I was out of town for one day.Missed my painting day on sunday!So instead of a painting i am posting an calligraphic composition,which is a cropped version.Its done in ink.Those who cant read the script, it is to be viewed as a graphical composition!

Friday, February 13, 2009

quick responses

when there is an interesting light falling on structure,My urge is to capture it as soon as possible.The shadows keep changing very fast,which i like to avoid.This is one such painting where i got sucked in changing pattern of shadows.But in the end i was happy!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

exercise in absraction

adding some close ups for better viewing.

excercise in abstraction.

I teach as a visiting professor at college of architecture,the subject is basic design in architecture.In one of the exercises given to students they were told to transform an realistic scene to absrtaction step wise.I am sharing a work of a student with you.

1) step one is selecting any photograph and copying it in any medium like watercolours, oil pastels etc.This gives them the feel of the medium as well as study of the painting.

2)Then con verting this painting into black and white masses,Both negative and positive spaces in painting are highlighted in reverse ways.

3)After this simplification, they were told to take prominant lines in paintings and add few of their own lines to start a compositon,this was an interesting stage as individual thinking stated to immerge.

4)After this stage a last stage was to interprete this by using textures, like paper collage,or granular textures etc.

I enjoyed this process of students very much.We also need to cut lot of frills,extra baggages from our paintings and life!! thats the lesson i leart from this.

I would like allof you to share your views .I know this is not the only method or meaning of abstraction, but felt like sharing it !!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

split painting

When i finished painting of a street seen in one point prspective, i realised that the perspective has gone wrong! but when i saw it care fully, i knew that if i split the painting in two parts,it looks ok.

So thses are two parts of a same painting,individually having correct perspective,but wrong as one painting! Try and figure it out yourself!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

historical house

this is a painting of Nana Phadnis house in menavali near wai.The morning painting is done sitting crosss legged on floor .I have a habbit of sitting either on floor or any permanant bench or steps.I dont carry a folding chair many do. have never used eissel either. I just hold my paper pad at an angle on lap and paint.I dont wear good clothes when on outdoor paintings,as inveriably i splash colours on them.!!

This painting is of an house of historical personality Nana.It is crumbling due to non mentainence.I hope heritage commitee does something about it. wood and morter structure is the construction method used in this house.

Monday, February 9, 2009

two in one?

This painting looks like combination of two paintings,but it is painted as one.i am facinated by big blank textured walls ,an orange wall in this case.This painting is combination of natural and manmade forms 50% each!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

tree as a focal point.

I have painted whole lot of things in this painting, but feel that a tree bark in foreground is what catched my eye everytime.When big artists talk of focal point in a painting, probably they mean this only.And also focal paoint need not be in the centre .

Saturday, February 7, 2009

end of winter.

The global warming has caused an early summer signs in Pune. It is almost an end of winter here.The harsh sunlight is felt in this painting,which is natural reaction by me.The leaves have started falling too! next four months will be fun to paint in hot sunny days.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Framing of a view is very important lesson we architects learn in our practice.We design buildings to look good from outside,but at the same time, it is very important to frame views from inside.Sucess of any building is how you see things inside out,as they are designed for occupants! These two paintings are inside outside paintings .I do such spots when sun is too hot or it is raining!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

sketchbook painting.

Posting a sketchbook painting ,with both photos to understand the scale of painting.

As it is a challenge to paint on bigger canvass, it is also a difficult task to convey on small scale.It is like a full feature film against an 30 second advertisements to reachout to people.Both equally challenging.On smaller paper, the only joints we can move is fingertips, hence the strokes of any kind are difficult to achieve.Also a palm support on suface is not possible,so one has to hold a hand mid air while painting and that is difficult to keep steady!.I enjoy both the scales!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

temple at wai.

The steps leading to river water are always an interesting element to paint.Difficult to show too!

all kind of activities are on these steps like washing clothes to washing buffelows!!many artists have built their carrers on ghats( steps) on rivers paintings.This i have done from a photograph!!,a rare thing ! I think i have lost the looseness in this painting,it is too perfect for my liking.Once in a while i do painting from photograph,just to get back to actual spot.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

water colours.

After a break of 5 days from water colours, i am back to it with this painting.What you see in picture is pedestrian underpass crossing a toy train running at top.This is painted in Peshwe park pune.Lovely place to visit with kids.