A couple of weeks back, I tried painting en plein air (for the first time) .. This was a 3 day workshop and it was quite an experience :-) The paintings I did on site were complete disasters (I can't bear to look at them) but it was the most awesome learning experience. Since I am so used to painting from photos, it is relatively easier to resolve the painting that way - but outside, I was overwhelmed with everything I saw. Everything was changing so rapidly, my pigments were always dry, I couldn't judge the values and I was way too clumsy with my setup .. (but one has to start somewhere, right?!). I got back and redid one of the paintings at the ferry building. I tried to keep in the mind the earlier mistakes that I made, and of course made some new ones .. but here it is anyway.
A village scene from western India. I don't know if the figures in the middle are distracting or confusing .. would it look better without them? Also the closest roof doesn;t look quite right. I might make a few changes to this one..
This is a smaller sketch of flowers I did a while ago. As much as I like flowers, I must confess that I am not super excited by the thought of painting them. They are so perfect + I find it a lot harder to simplify the petals and the leaves and the beautiful details :) This one was a bit encouraging though, & hopefully some day I will not be as intimidated by flowers! Btw, these are plumeria or 'chafa' - so very reminiscent of home.
I am a software engineer by profession. Taking a few hobby classes with some senior artists recently has inspired me to paint a great deal. I have been experimenting and having a lot of fun with watercolors. A painting with uninhibited, rich colors fascinates me. Through this blog, I would like to share some of my art work and look forward to receiving your critical feedback.