Thursday, July 1, 2010

Spanish guitar at Place del Rei

One of the many street artists of Barcelona - the music, the old buildings added a very nice mood to the evening .

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

More Granada

This one is from a photograph taken on a late morning in Granada, as we walked through the town trying to find the old Arab baths. We ended up walking these narrow lanes winding through a maze of white-washed houses - Too bad, the old baths were closed and the modern ones were disappointing, but the little exploring made up for it I guess :=) !

Friday, June 18, 2010

Santa Ana & San Gil

Did just a quick sketch-painting of the church this week - These buildings stand at the beginning of the walk 'Paseo de los tristes' in Granada. Although it literally means 'Promenade of the sad', the walk is actually quite charming!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Morning at Ano Neuvo

This one is from a photo that we took on a day trip to the Ano Neuvo State park. Its a lovely place by Highway-1 offering fabulous views of the Pacific coast & home to the elephant seals.

I am back to painting after a very long time - feeling very rusty & afraid that I have forgotten how to paint !

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sedona sunshine

I was really tired at the end of a long day and wanted to just paint a simple landscape with lots of colors in it - Ironically picked up a rocky desert picture :-)

I completed this one in under an hour - but in all the rush, overlooked a couple of things like having a huge blue 'empty' sky area next to the rock and the shrub and the rock look like 2 blocks one below the other :-) Ferenc suggested that I put some distant mountains in the right corner and some birdies - which I think works much better. I think the photograph has more shadow so the darks haven't come out that well in it, but overall I was happy with the experiment that evening :-)

Sunday, February 21, 2010


This picture is one of a typical Indian laborer. Although the lady probably toils away day and night, there is a certain cheerfulness & contentment on her beautiful face - at least definitely in the original photograph :-). This is what appealed to me the most. That, and of course the light on her face.

I enjoyed painting this one. Maybe the right half of the face needs more smoothening out. Isn't it quite a challenge to paint an open mouth :-) !

Friday, February 5, 2010


I painted this one from a travel magazine -- its some place in Bhutan. Looks like a monastery or a fortress .. Sure want to visit Bhutan sometime. Would be so quiet and serene set in the mountains like that. Indian artist Sanjeev Joshi is exhibiting his Bhutan sketches in Pune .. wish I could be there to take a close look at all of his fabulous work !

Wonder if the mountains on both the sides in the painting look too busy. Also, I ended up drawing the building right in the centre - realized it a little too late, tried to weigh it down to the right while painting ..

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Afternoon at the temple

I did this one sometime in December - found this picture online of a temple somewhere in north india. I liked the mood set by the bright orange and the sunlight. I actually did a couple of these before I got to this one, but still not happy with it - not sure whats missing - maybe more work on the highlights on the building and the shadows in the foreground?