Monday, September 15, 2014

October Memories

An autumn walk in Portland. Watercolor on arches, 11x16 in.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Returning home

Indian street scene. Watercolor on Arches,  cold press, 11 x 15 in. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ferry Bldg, San Francisco

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.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


The Sun peeking through tall betel-nut palms .. 

The sunrise, watercolor on arches, 12x16"

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The village

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..

The Village

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.

The remaining three

Thursday, March 6, 2014


A cloudy day. In the city of Echoes, Illusions and Yearnings, as they say.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


A warm, sunlit morning at the Parvati temple in Pune, India.